For some reason this evening, the Internet went mad. Mad. I conferred with 3 other people in the city and they were having trouble, too. I could use online programs, and access search engines, websites directly connected to search engines, and Brazilian websites. I could not access most international sites. Including Typepad. I was about to lose my mind. Three seconds ago, things started working again. All is right in the world!!!
Anyway, here is the first of several entries about our trip to Ilha Grande this weekend.
Ilha Grande, despite being so close to Rio, is still very undeveloped, and most of it really is "the wild." It's the place to go to be with nature and to be reminded that we humans are mere invaders in the midst of earth's creations. We did a fair amount of hiking, including one stint called "The Ill-Fated Mission." That story will come in the next few days. In our mere two and a half days there, we saw a lot of Creatures.
Fun Creatures Spotted
-lots of tropical fish
-a black hummingbird
-a Brazilian squirrel
-lots of semi-wild doggies
-the most beautiful butterflies I've ever seen (besides the blue ones in the Floresta da Tijuca)
Creatures Spotted that I wish We Hadn't
-1000 types of mosquitos
-1000 types of ants
-suicidal queen bee
-spiny poisonous caterpillars
-a ginormous red ant-fly bug I almost stepped on
-a dead snake/worm monster
-enormous yellow and black spiders, with bodies the size of a large grape and a total circumference of a CD
Creatures We Unsuccessfully Tried to Spot
Yet, despite all of the very wild wildlife, with more money and no jobs, we would have stayed there for as long as we could have managed it.
Much love and not so happy to be back,