Solbit’s Big Amazon Basin Adventure

Dear Nicalai,

Well, we’re already in Peru. Nona and Papa have taken us to a remote area of Peru’s Amazon basin region called Manu! More birdwatching … and reptiles and mammals too!

We traveled by boat on a big, wide, fast moving river.  I saw this alligator first and yelled to everyone in our big river canoe, “Alligator!”  Wrong. Our excellent Manu Expeditions guide, Danny, gently corrected me, “Solbit, I know it looks like an alligator, but, actually, it is a caiman.” That’s why we have guides, you know, to help us learn.  I said, “Thank you!”

That's not an alligator. It's a caiman. We saw it from our big river canoe on the Alto Madre de Dios River on our way to Manu.

That’s not an alligator. It’s a caiman. We saw it from our big river canoe on the Alto Madre de Dios River on our way to Manu.

We see all kinds of wildlife here in Manu: birds, frogs, monkeys,  and even a tapir!

We saw this Large-headed Capuchin Monkey at the Cock of the Rock Lodge on our way to the park. He wanted me to give him a banana. Our cousin Tom gave him one. Then he just wanted another.

We saw this Large-headed Capuchin Monkey at the Cock of the Rock Lodge on our way to the park. He wanted me to give him a banana. Our cousin Tom gave him one. Then he just wanted another.

Traveling by river canoe is an adventure.  Sometimes it is even scary. The current of the river is fast, but the river is wide and shallow in places.  The boat can get stuck.  Our captain, Jose, was so good at “reading the river” that he almost always found the hidden deep channels to ride. When he didn’t, he got help from Aurelio.

Aurelio, our boatman, was strong and often saved our river canoe from getting caught on tree snags, dragging on the bottom, or crashing into rocks.

Aurelio, our boatman, was strong and often saved our river canoe from getting caught on tree snags, dragging on the bottom, or crashing into rocks.

I didn’t get to tell you all my Ecuador stories.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Katy, Dino, and I did so well at birdwatching in Mindo, Ecuador that we’ve graduated from wonderful birdwatching in Ecuador to an Amazonian adventure to see all kinds of wild life.  Here’s our graduation dinner that we had in Ecuador before we left for Peru.

Marcelo (R), our guide in Mindo, Ecuador, and our friend Louise (L) helped us celebrate our graduation, before we left for Peru. That’s me (orange), Dino (blue), and Katy (red). Only we got to sit on the table, because we’re really small.

Marcelo (R), our guide in Mindo, Ecuador, and our friend Louise (L) helped us celebrate our graduation, before we left for Peru. That’s me (orange), Dino (blue), and Katy (red). Only we got to sit on the table, because we’re really small.

My first graduation!  Papa says that I’ll have many more.  Have you already had a graduation, too? Graduations are good because they bring us our next big adventures! Look at me.  I’m proof of that.

I wish you were here.  Bye! I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

July 2016

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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