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Peru Day Seven

February 10, 2010

January 16, 2010

Started working on the Church at 6:00 AM. I am still working with the saw, but the heat and humidity seem to have taken their toll. I am tired and have to take more breaks to rest and drink more water.

This turns out to be one of the most exciting days of the trip. We were shown a termite nest in a tree near where we are working that is over two feet in diameter. One of the villagers came in from the forest with a tree limb and on the limb was a Three Toed Sloth. Even though it was wild we were able to hold it as it moves so slow it is hard to see it moving.

Sloth

Termite Nest

We continue to work and soon a couple of the men from the village drag in a six-foot alligator. They killed it with a Machete. We are told this was for us to eat and sure enough for lunch along with our usual chicken and fried bananas we had fried alligator. It was delicious fried with some onions and peppers. I asked if they were allowed to hunt alligators in the Reserve and was told that only the natives that live in the Reserve are allowed to hunt and kill wildlife for food.

Cayman Alligator

Alligator For Lunch

By afternoon I was beat and stopped long enough to take a swim in the river to cool off. As we worked there were flocks of parrots and parakeets flying over all day. In the river I saw more Pink Bellied Dolphins swimming past the village. In the afternoon we were given a dish pan full of a fruit called Sapauta (Sa-polt-ta). The fruit had a hard shell and large seeds. They cut the fruit into sections and we ate it out of the shell. We were also shown a river of leaf cutter ants that went across one of the trails. There was a constant flow of ants each carrying a piece of a leaf from the nearby forest. In addition to this we saw many creepy crawly critters.

Fruit Called Sapauta

Leaf Cutter Ants

Creepy Crawly Critters

I wasn’t much help in the evening. I seemed to have run out of gas, so I took another swim to cool off. Thanks to all the young people, Larry and the villagers the Church got finished in spite of me. This truly was a wonderful day with all the wildlife, new experiences and friendly people from the village. Every day I thank God that I was able to take part in this project.

Raising the Roof

Finished Church

We had devotions and then it was off to bed. We did find out that there were bats living in the attic of the schoolhouse. After dark you could hear them flying around sometimes in the building. At one time one landed on the mosquito netting over my mattress, but a couple of quick taps and it was gone.

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