The Amazon

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

We arrived in Manaus on 9/2  and just as we had guessed, since they changed our flights at the last minute, they didn't have our luggage in Manaus. Keep in mind that we came from Lima 60 degrees, to Manaus 90 degrees and humid as hell. so we had been wearing cold weather clothes with nothing to change into for 2 days. We spent the first couple of days in Manaus waiting for our luggage and Jonny's ATM card. He called the bank and found out that they actually sent the card to Laguna Beach and not Manaus like they said that they would. So Leilani became Jonny's only source of money until Rio. Once we got everything squared away, we planned a trip to the Amazon.
The Amazon was awesome, we arrived at the lodge mid day and ha some freshly cracked Brazil Nuts. Then our guide, Alex, took us onto the water to fish for some piranhas. Leilani was very good at it, she caught the first one and she was bringing them up about one every 3 minutes. They are quick little guys and hungry too. We baited the hook with some steak and the bait would either be gone or we would hook a fish in about 15 seconds. All in all, we caught about 25. Once we caught a good sized one Alex showed us how strong their jaws were. He asked us to break a branch off a bush next to the boat, which we had a little trouble doing because the wood was strong. With no effort at all, the fish cut right through the branch, it was amazing. After fishing, we went back to the lodge for dinner and then it was off to catch some caymans. We had to do it at night because that is when they are most active. We brought a flashlight and shined it on the banks if the Amazon. They were actually pretty easy to spot because their eyes would light up like reflectors. We caught one and pulled it on board and Alex showed us the animal in detail. As you may have noticed, bugs are especially attracted to the light, so you can imagine what would happen if you stood still with a powerful light in the middle of the amazon in the middle of the night. Before long, we were surrounded by what seemed like thousands of flying bugs, mostly mosquitoes, Leilani even had to make a little mask for herself so she wouldn't swallow any. It was then that we found out that bats are attracted to the light too. We convinced Alex to toss the cayman so we could get another one. The next one we pulled up was a little guy and Jonny couldn't resist giving him a little peck. The next day we woke up for sunset and it was beautiful. There isn't much we can say about that that the pictures don't.
After the Amazon it was back to Manaus and off to Rio.
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