Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Amazon beaming

I don't care I am wearing the ugliest men's work shirt, i love this photo more every time I see it. Mirko (back), Tessa and Dominic (thumbs up!) were great Amazon-mates, excited about everything and willing to do anything even when that meant gett…

Caution: Stray piranha on board!

We are driving along in the tuk-tuk ... the small covered, wooden boats so prevlant in the Amazon, with a small outboard motor and put-putting along. We are on the Amazon, four hours from the nearest port, of Nauta, looking for pink dolphins that…

"I fell in an Anaconda hole"

On the discussion of whether or not my hiking boots can be saved or need to be doused in gasoline and set on fire (of which I am the only one still arguing for saving) ... Me: "Well, they got bad when I fell into an anaconda hole up to my wai…

The Rubber Boom Revival

I'm out of the forest early but with some luck: the two scientists with whom I went three weeks deep into Lago Preto are in town. They returned from the field Sunday and presented a lecture on their new book about effects of climate change in the…

They're alive!

Martin the German is a six-foot-five elementary teacher... who was my roomie in the hostel for most of my extra five days. We watched World Cup and yelled at the sleeping German team that one game... and it wasn't until the last day when fate fina…