In the middle of the week at the retreat there is always a night off from "ceremony." It's a nice break, especially when you have come to despise the taste of the ayahuasca.
At the new retreat center, they arranged for a moonlit boat ride on the Amazon. We were going to stargaze, constellation gaze, and hunt for night animals.
One of the guests, who had been there a few times before, brought a lovely surprise for everyone...
We piled them on, and then piled into boats down the muddy bank to the river.
We rode a few minutes on the river - I've no idea what direction - till we heard a loud honking/chirping sound.
We turned the motor down and guided the boat toward a collection of bushes in the river, near the bank.
We were looking for the sound. And we found it...
Our guide educated us on the frog... And insisted on getting closer into the brush.
Then he found another frog he wanted to show us...
A teeny frog!
He had to hold it by squeezing (gently) one of its hind legs. It wanted to jump away. And who could blame it? We were shining a bright light on it.
Off in the distance, about 10 miles away, was a storm. We could see the sky light up with red bursts...
Yes. A very poor shot. But I was shooting with my iPhone.
We gazed at the Moon with binoculars... And looked up at constellations that you don't get to see in the Northern Hemisphere.
I was able to doctor up a shot I took of myself with the Moon in the background...
It was a fun excursion.
The river had pushed us back towards to the retreat center... So we only had to power boat a small distance to get to it.
I climbed up the rickety steps and went into the game room. I grabbed a hammock and immersed myself in a book for about an hour, with the remaining electricity we had for the evening.