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June 20, 2003

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Our last day on the Peruvian Amazon. Ferry traffic runs up and down the river near Iquitos. The ferries, composed of wood planking in the shape of long canoes, stretch twenty feet long, and use a converted car engine for a motor. The motor turns an axle with a propeller connected to the end of it. Cars that don't go to heaven end up powering boats on the Amazon. We disembarked from our Peruvian boat at Iquitos. Then we traveled a few hundred kilometers downstream to Colombia...
Amazonian Indians fish with nets instead of poison vines. The baby has learned to hold onto Mommie's breast while Mom pulls fish from the net. No diapers needed; Mom dunks the baby's bottom in the river if the baby needs a cleaning.