Blogger attends conference against his will
The Steam Tunnel
|Kidnapped in paradise. A pirate captain |
finds himself landlocked on Tiburón Island
What transpired thereafter was stranger than some of the “guests” on Rosebrough’s daily program.
Still groggy from an agave-inspired natural sedative, Chris awakened 15 hours later in a one-window room, locked from the outside, overlooking the Gulf of California. He had a “VIP” identification tag hanging around his neck.
|Mexican federal police in Kino Nuevo prepare |
to confront Avengers on Tiburon Island
From that point things deteriorated quickly. “They wanted me to lecture on the Sun-Stand-Still prayer: Normally, I’d have been happy to do so, but these guys were under the impression that I was promoting Sun Stand Still. They told me they wanted to learn how to do it, reasoning that even a few extra minutes of daylight per 24-hour period could significantly increase tourism in their communities in the off-season winter months.”
The tipping point came when the group leader, “Céro”—the closest thing Rosebrough ever got to a name while he was in captivity—explained to him that the opening plenary session would be conducted by Dr. Dan Allender, who, by the way, speaks perfect Spanish.
“That’s when I knew it was do-or-die for me,” he said. “The thought of him coming down here and translating words like ‘bruta-ful’ into another language was more than I could bear. It was bad enough in English.”
Despairing even of his life—or at least his sanity—the 43-year-old apologist, who was a varsity swimmer in high school, took to the waves. Just under two hours later, he had traversed the 1.4-km strait and arrived on the beach at Kino Nuevo, where he was greeted by off-duty agents of the Federales the Mexican Federal Police, who were in the area investigating claims that a young boy had seen something “great and white” moving in the water.
|Rosebrough arrives at U.S. border checkpoint |
in Douglas, Arizona, accompanied by Irrigation
and Customs Engagement (ICE) agents.
An exhausted Chris Rosebrough was escorted by Mexican customs officials to the
“The facilities were actually top-notch. They even had a gym where I could work out. And even though this was
, there was always a copy of USAToday outside my door when they came to get me in the morning. The food was good, too. Mexican, mostly. Lots of combo plates—and not one was missing a taco! I don’t know who our chef was, because I never saw him. Whoever he was, though, that man could make a chili relleno like nobody’s business.” Mexico