The past few days in our outings exploring the Amazon, I’ve learned about a lot of the first the gifts the Amazon rainforest has to offer, both in terms of food and medicine—as well as observing many other natural wonders. The rules are: 1. Don’t touch anything. 2. Use soft voices. 3. Don’t go off by yourself. Stay with your guide. In the rainforest, it’s what you see, yes, but by far the most vivid sensory experience since we’ve arrived here is what we hear: steady tropical rain, a thousand sounds of life asserting itself, a thousand sounds and creatures I cannot name: calls and whirls and cheeps and plops and groans and kerplops and a dozen different whistles and counter whistles, a constant wall of unfamiliar, delightful sound—life insisting upon it self. What compels me ... [Continue Reading]
Here are some pictures from our outing high into the canopy this morning: The start of the trail. Lots of steps up. Joyce looked relieved when she made it across the first of many bridges. Here comes Brook. And Si. And me. I loved those bridges. Here’s what they look like from the platform. Here I am heading down #3. Whooeee! Love. The view from above. Mango. Boot washing station. Boot washing station #2. Boot stand at our cabin. ... [Continue Reading]
This morning we went on a canopy walk, walking through the rain forest and then climbing high above the ground into the trees across a series of bouncy suspension bridges. It was raining when we left. I wore long pants, rain pants, a tee shirt, a long sleeved big proof shirt, a poncho, a fanny pack, wool wicking sock and a pair of borrowed rubber boots. I was hot and sticky and vey very happy.
One of the best things about travel is coming home again at the end of it. Unpacking today....after a very very long journey back from Peru. I loved that country. What amazing diversity and what a great group we had. I just got to finally post the posts I created while we were in the Amazon rain forest. It took until I got home to have enough band width to post them! I hope you enjoy the end of my virtual vacation. ... [Continue Reading]