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The Little Girl and Red-eye Dog at 12,000’

I don’t know if you heard the back-story of the author photo, taken with a disposable camera by a 10 year old girl who had never seen one before. It was a magic moment: I was in a small town of cobblestone streets high in the Peruvian Andes, kicking along. There was a girl dancing [...]

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High and Lonesome

Backpacking a rural road in Baja yesterday, I looked up to see an 8-foot ostrich trotting my direction. I sat on my backpack in the track and the bird walked up, and peered into the shudder. I rose and it fled the opposite direction to a grateful pursuing owner with a lasso, who insisted, "Be [...]

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Cortez to the Pacific

I have been in Baja, Mexico for two weeks of hiking. I walked from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean via the ruins of the mission Santa Maria in five days. There were serious times without water in the mountains above the Pacific. I found a windmill and sat on my pack with [...]

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Toes, Claws and Opportunists

It is a perfect desert morning when a story jumps out of the sunshine. I sat in the dirt sunburned and barefoot deliberating the next move at Rancho Scorpion.  Rare is a visitor, so a sharp ‘Peep!’ took my ear. A 7’’ metallic green-black bird with a short, pointed bill I’d never met walked under [...]

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Sapo Frog Venom Hunt

The Sapo green tree frog offers predator snakes, crocs and birds the most poisonous secretion in the world used by the Matses to poison darts, US special forces in Peru to enhance bullet tips, and burned into the biceps of Iquitos tourists as a death rehearsal. However tonight´s batch goes to scientists worldwide to analyze [...]

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How I found Bigfoot Searching for the Amazon Wild Dog

The location of the Amazon Wild Dog is somewhere between classified and sacred. For a century the elusive Peruvian Wild Dog Atelocynus microtis genus has avoided man and never been found near civilization. With only a handful in zoos around the world its natural habits are unknown. Nearly every jungle expedition has three steps: A [...]

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Boas, from Bo

A month ago, here in the Peruvian Amazon, I walked into a village on a lake where a one meter baby boa constrictor was being tormented by a ring of children and adults. They claimed it deserved the smacks in the head with sticks because its long neighbors at their swimming hole ate their chickens, [...]

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Amazon Medivac

Today I watched a child kiss her pregnant mother goodbye on the stomach. Children are that important in Peru. Being a naturalist means doubling as a mid-wife in the Amazon, as Richard Fowler has found on five occasions. Probing the deepest Amazon he is legend in backwater villages as the Lone Ranger mid-wife where there [...]

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Death Valley Walk

I was shocked this afternoon to hear the back porch door open. I was very surprised to see Bo. We didn't expect to see him until the 18th January 18, 1998).  We planned to take a little busload of seniors to Scotty's castle and pick him up. But he started his walk on New Year [...]

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