A Trip to the Amazon

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Amazonas,
Saturday, July 17, 2010

Once my tour around Europe was over, I knew it wasn't time to call it quits just yet. I had a great journey in Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, and all I have to say to sum that story up is, Dantes got his revenge.  After my trip back, I decided to head to Washington D.C. and the Amazon River basin in John Grisham’s The Testament.  D.C. is pretty miserable this time of year, the cold air makes it hard to breathe and when the wind picks up, it’s almost unbearable.  The once beautifully covered cherry blossom trees are now naked with snow.  I am being taken on a tour by my host Nate O’Riley, a lawyer. 

We were sent on a mission to the deepest, darkest shores of the Amazon River in South America to find a lady named Rachel Lane, who is about to inherit a lot of money from the will from one of Nate’s clients, a billionaire.  It is Christmas time up the states, which means it is the rainy season down here in the Amazon.  Bugs, the size of small birds, are around every corner of this river basin, each one has a more deadly bite than the last.  The gators out here are nothing like you would see in a zoo.  Well, actually they are exactly like what you would see in a zoo, but the only difference is that there are no fences between you and the mouth full of teeth.  And if the animals out here are one thing to worry about, they aren’t even the worst.  I’ve seen pretty bad rain storms before, but never when I have actually had to fear for my life.  It is an entirely different type of jungle out here.  I hope I am prepared for whatever lies ahead. 
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stephscott on

Those are two very different settings! At this point I can't imagine anything being so cold, it's been so hot lately.

Great description of the gators!

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