I go to Brazil for many reasons, too many to really explore in one post, but one big reason is this guy...
Bill has been to Brazil about 20 times. He spends the entire year raising money to help build churches, wells, and just try to make life better for the folks along the river. He's 85. I can barely handle this trip at 35. When I grow up, I want to be just like Bill...with, maybe, a little bit cleaner vocabulary. He pretty much keeps us laughing from the airport, to the Amazon and back again.
This year we were joined by a guy, Chris, who went two years ago and saw the river water that is the part of most family's daily life. It causes all sorts of illnesses with the parasites living in the waters. He raised enough money to buy 100 buckets this year (50 dollars each) and he gave them out from village to village and showed the villagers how to use them. One bucket would actually keep an entire village with fresh water for 7 years. It's pretty incredible-100 liters a day, for seven years, and it filters out all impurities. Most of the folks on our boat were willing to try the water. Look, it's not that I don't trust the filter, but....somebody had to be available to call the medics should the filter be a dud....so I sat out this round.
This flower comes from a tree called the jumbo tree and below it's branches these petals fall and create a pink carpet.