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Riverboat Research Trip

Day 1 - 22 May 2017

Written 2017-05-23

The boat is packed with about $4,000 worth of sophisticated testing equipment secured to the boards for stability. Rodney and Ted are my heavily armed guards and guides. They will guide me through the many estuaries of the Chihuahua River to the sweet water dolphins. Aris will be with me this first week and I am so happy he is. The situation is very intimidating and his company will be a calming effect for the first week while I get used to it. The boat is 34' long. Bigger than I expected. Besides the laboratory in the cabin, there is a tiny kitchen t will serve us well, as we plan to cook on the banks of the river most of the time. We also have a refrigerator and many gallons of potable water. We have a small toilet room but all bathing will be done in the river itself. I will learn how privacy will work but I believe the guards cannot let me out of their sight while I am in the river. This is different from my Amazon adventures. More sinister. I wish Aris could stay but he has responsibilities at the Observatory at Oxford U. that cannot be excused. Once we find the waters where the sweet water dolphins live, the pods, I will be very busy with testing of waters and dolphin studies. These are the pink river dolphins who are very reclusive and have been difficult to study. I am reluctant to dive as the river is full of caiman so I am hoping to do most of my research from the floating barge where I can be as close to the water and the fish without submerging. Tonight we sit on deck under an unseen moon and clouded skies. The sounds of the jungle surround us in darkness. the boat has a light to show us the way. There is light at the cabin. The air is cold and bugless, pleasant. Aris and I. A new experience.

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6/21/2014

Last night's party

Written 2014-06-21

It was boring. I had the beginning of a migraine and a touch of agoraphobia. I would have rather stayed all alone in my room instead of seeing all those people. It turned out to be a bigger party than I was expecting. All the usual suspects plus a bunch of surfers who were staying at the lodge. It was at Lilliana's new Hostel, a celebration of her birthday. The Italians were pissed off after losing a soccer game to for the World Cup in Brazil to Costa Rica; the Swiss were in disbelief that they could have lost to some lowly S. American country. The French are always unpleasant. Bob sang his entire repertoire of songs from the 60's-70's era. He sings ok, but I would have preferred more silence; Mike sang beautifully the only two songs he can sing all the way through ... a little respite, I think. Otherwise he sat in a corner pouting as usual and no one was willing to rescue him, including me, who would have just as well sat in a corner as well. Ivan's music would have blown everyone away, but he would have had to be there. I was happy to get home and hide under my bed covers.

Tonight there will be a dinner at Lindy's. Not looking forward to it, but must go. Will say how it went tomorrow.


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