In My Uncle’s Basement

Artist and writer William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I whispered these words to myself one warm May morning as I hauled boxes of my belongings into my uncle’s basement. He had generously offered to store 95 percent of what I owned.
Although I am not a packrat, I did value many of my more sentimental possessions, such as boxes of letters and photographs, keepsakes and treasures from my travels, as well as my artwork and supplies. I pared down what I could, but still ended up with a couple carloads of stuff. Then Kyle and I set out on our one-way road trip with the vague idea of moving to my hometown in Northern California. Beyond that, we had no concrete plans. It was a liberating and unnerving sensation.

In The Middle Of A Rainforest

Camping out under a starry sky, in the middle of a tropical lowland rainforest is a great way to enjoy the nature. It is a unique opportunity to experience the mystery, comradeship, and adventure of an expedition into a primeval tropical environment. It is an invitation to the unexpected, a chance to accomplish something very exciting, and explore strengths you never knew you had. The appeal of going through those great experiences took me to the Amazon rainforest of Brazil’s most northeastern state. First, let’s learn some facts about Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon rainforest or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America
The name Amazon is said to arise from a war Francisco de Orellana fought with the Tapuyas and other tribes
The women of the tribe fought alongside the men, as was their custom
Orellana derived the name Amazonas
One in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon rainforest
This constitutes the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world
The Amazons of Greek mythology, described by Herodotus and Diodorus