On my last full day visiting the Camino Verde team at Baltimori on the Tambopata...
October 12, 2016
On my last full day visiting the Camino Verde team at Baltimori on the Tambopata River, I took a leisurely stroll around the reforestation center with CV director Robin Van Loon and researcher Olivia Revilla. I saw some cool trees and bugs (and got stung by one nasty wasp). Below is one "artistic" rendition of Olivia walking behind a forked tree. Check out the full album of pics on the CACE page at: https://www.facebook.com/amazonecology.org/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1427506673944858
"There is no doubt that Blue Heron is a very fun festival. People come with all manner of colorful clothing, tattoos, and behaviors. I didn't have any volunteers to help me at this event, so I especially appreciated having good conversations with customers who were interested in our work in Peru and happy to share parts of their life stories. One memorable regular visitor to our booth was Eric Stayer better known as Bushy Vanderbilt who is a part-time wizard that has won multiple competitions for his well quaffed beard."
"I appreciated getting to know other neighboring vendors who each have their own fascinating life stories. Some vendors have built a business traveling to festivals to sell their wares (lots of tie dyed clothing) or services (henna drawings) while others are people with other careers who mostly want a chance to share their creative efforts and make some extra income if they can. I made a special connection with an artist named Nate who offered to do a sketch of me while we discussed ecology, spirituality, and prisons."