Triborders to Manuas

Trip Start Aug 20, 2007
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Trip End Jul 04, 2008


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Sunday, October 21, 2007

The days seemed to melt together. Swinging on hammocks, eating rice and beans with spaghetti and mystery meats, playing dice, watching the drunken Colombians, doing push ups, taking showers next to toilets, and watching the shore has been my routine the last three plus days. Being on a slow boat down the worldīs largest river allows one much time to do not much. I arrived to Manaus late last night. Itīs a seedy city in the middle of the Amazon. I will be here only a day or two before jumping back on a slow boat going down a big river.
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blchalker
blchalker on

ouch
I do not envy you. 24 hrs was bad enough, 3 or more days and drunk Columbians and mystery meats and I am glad to be in CA. Dad

tbkeeler
tbkeeler on

I'd rather be there...
You really ought to write for a travel mag. Or better yet, write a novel. You really do have a flair for making it all come alive. We all miss you, the kids have asked about you. All is good here.

~Tara

rlcastleberg
rlcastleberg on

View??
Women in little attire(hmmm?) Drunk Colombians. Hanging from 120 ft tree and hearing dirty words? Cruizin' the River. I'd like to hear about what it's like looking up? Are the stars brighter down there? Seein' any new constellations?

wconk11
wconk11 on

So Cal Apocalypse
Chalker. Just to keep you updated on the homefront. The strongest Santa Anas I've ever felt are howling through here, and there must be about 10 fires blazing out of control from Valencia to San Diego. The surf is going off with a big N and S swell combo, it is crazy. There is a fire about 5 miles away from Oakley where the 241 meets the 133; they are evacuating a huge chunk of SD County: Poway, RB, RP, Santee... and the winds are supposed to blow up to 80 mph through Tuesday. Check any news website to see what is happening.

blchalker
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miss you a lot
I've been back like 5 days and it seems like 5 years already. Can't seem to get going on anything progressive, like buying a new (used) car (found the stolen Honda - stripped - 5 blocks away, the buggers), cleaning the carpet, make cookies, clean the bathroom. I am still so tired from climbing trees and red-eye flights. I am suppose to start emailing family about my trip and your blogs say it all, almost. I might add a grunt or groan or 'what bird?' now and then, but you say it all so well. I am glad I'm back breathing all the smokey air and watching CA burn and all that but that Amazon. Does have a certain appeal. We did see a lot of its mystery so the unknown part isn't so alluring I guess. Hope you stay safe. Love, Dad

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