Monday, February 13, 2006

Home from the Amazon

It was a pretty incredible 10 days and I'm sure I'll be sharing tons about my experience in Brazil but I just wanted to post up this picture of the four of us from the first Thirst Relief Team and say thank you to all of you for your thoughts and prayers because we needed them!

Our host while we were there was Richie Bouthillier and this guy was freakin gnarly (in a really good way)! I remember the first day we were on the river and we had some spare time so he hops off the side of the boat into this dark water that you can't see anything in and like 10 seconds later comes up with a Piranha! He shot it with his spear gun! It was insane and freaked me out because down in that water was where we were going to be bathing for the next week! He even taught us how to hunt Crocodiles!

There are some wonderful stories on his blog about the trip and the picture you'll see of "Celio" ( he had his hands blown off by fireworks ) is the guy we'll probably use in the video at WPPI. He has a great testimony of how these water filters have saved his family and it was such a blessing to see Celio's excitement to tell Richie about how their family isn't ever sick anymore now that they have a filter!

The kids were amazing!

They were always so happy and excited to see us they loved seeing pictures of themselves so Colon would always chimp with them and I'd try and turn my video screen around so that they could see what I was filming!

and here's a cool shot I got of a bird up on a cross.

...I didn't have my camera out there so these were just little pics I took with the camera mode on my video camera so that's why the quality isn't very good.

Definitely go to Richie's Blog and see some more pictures and read the stories from our trip and I'll post up more when I get back from Fresno. :)



JeffersonTodd said...

Sounds like so much fun!!! I can't wait to hear more about your trip!!

Tim Halberg said...

Freaking awesome man! Glad to hear you made it home safe. Can't wait to hear the stories.

Jasmine said...

Can't wait to see the video!! Welcome home!