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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story – Day 7

Day 7 began with a brief, heavy rain which turned into light showers on and off during the day.  Such is not generally good for fishing.  But the fact was, Mark had the biggest fish so far and that bugged me. I went without socks today and used some of Curt’s duct tape on my feet to deal …

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story – Day 5

I woke to find my left arm and left hand were both puffy, and my elbow bruised all around my boo-boo.  I figured if the puffiness continued up my body my head would explode in two days.  Hm.  At breakfast, Bibi shared the story of a fisherman who showed up one morning unable to wrap his hands around a coffee mug with one puffy hand and had …

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story – Day 4

On the morning of Day 4 I noticed that my left hand was just a little puffed up, my elbow a little stiff, my ears sunburned.  I took heart in the fact I wasn’t creaking and popped two aspirins with breakfast, which included eggs, ham, cheese and green peppers on a sesame seed bread.  Quite tasty.  We’re off …

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story – Day 3

Day 2 ran into Day 3 because Mark got up four times in the night due to some silly stomach upset.  At 6 a.m. we dragged our sleepy selves to the dining cabin in search of Imodium, which is something we always take with us on our travels . . . until this trip.  We found Curt and Bobby in …

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story Day 2

Day 2 began with a 2 a.m. wake-up call in Portuguese which I responded to with something sort of like “Obrigado”  which is Portuguese for thank you.  We dressed in our fishing garb–lightweight shirts and zip-off pants pre-treated with insect repellent–and walked the quarter mile to the motel restaurant.  There we were confronted with about six tables covered with food, including one …

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Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day 2013! Photos of Some of my Fuzzy Pals

A few days ago, my local wildlife food store sent me an email offering in honor of National Squirrel Appreciation Day.  I’d never heard of such a festive event, so I got online and learned that–according to the National Wildlife Federation– Squirrel Appreciation Day was started by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina.  According to …

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