There were several frogs too, including the poison dart frog. As we got further into the jungle it got denser, and the trees higher. It was not long before the only way to make progress was to walk in the river. There we found an older gentleman with an axe. A tree had fallen and it was just the right kind to make a bowel for husking rice. We watched him work for a while. I was impressed at what he was able to do with his axe. The whole thing was about 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. I'll have to see if I got a good picture of it.
On the way out I spotted a banana palm with a nice bunch of bananas that looked close to ripe. With a quick whack of a machete they came crashing down. I filled my backpack full and one of the other boaters grabbed a bunch too. I think we had over 50lbs of bananas. Paths sure seem to get longer when you are carrying a heavy load. I am pretty sure those last two miles were closer to ten. Luckily there is a swimming hole just before entering the village. Us wimps climb down to steps in the clay; the kids of the town (and Teggy later on) jump the twenty feet making a great splash. There are little fish in the pool that just love to feed on you.
They also have a type of fresh water shrimp. One of the villagers caught a few and cooked them up for me. Not being a fan of shrimp I politely took a small one. They were so unbelievably good I ended up eating several. They are boiled with some local roots, and a little oil. You may be asking yourself how big were the shrimp. Well a small one is about 5 inches long, big ones over 8.
Today we are headed back towards the Perlas Islands. Departure will be at around 6am with the outgoing tide. It is so nice moving at 7kts with the motor just over idle.
Until next time,