Thursday, April 24, 2008

Welcome to the Jungle

Stepping into the Bolivian jungle for the first time is a step into another world. Life is exploding in a blinding green everywhere you look, thick and lush. It is a weird feeling to know that you no longer stand at the top of the food chain here. It is here you can be knocked off by any bug or animal along the ladder of life. It makes you watch every step you take so as not to disturb something potentially poisonous or with teeth. Once you get over that pressing concern, the jungle blossoms into one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Wild flowers and orchids are everywhere. Our guide points out wild fruit in droves. Hundreds of unfamiliar birds can be heard throughout the forest canopy but you only briefly catch glimspes of them. As we chopp through the dense forest floor, we move through clouds of exotic butterflies the size of my hand as they flutter around looking for a mate. It is hot and muddy and wet and perfect.

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