June 10-14, 2015

June 10, 2015 Misahuallí, Ecuador
About to head into the jungle. It’s just me, my photographer Lauren Turton, 2 machetes, a tent, and a chainsaw. hoping to have the makings of a 30 foot raft by the time I get out. Cross ur fingers!

June 11, 2015

Never been so tired in my entire life. Sweat so much today that my boots were filled up to my ankles with pure sweat, and accomplished more toward fulfilling a long-time dream today than in any other day in my entire life. if it weren’t all documented in 4K, I wouldn’t believe it myself. You’re all just gonna hafta wait till the documentary (our mini-doc) comes out. Believe me, it’ll b worth it!!

June 12, 2015

Spent yesterday blazing trails through the Amazon jungle searching for balsa trees with which to build a raft – a raft that I will float 5000 miles to the Atlantic Ocean on. Was only able to find, fell, and debark 9 of the 15 I need to construct the 30 by 15 foot monster, so I had to execute plan B today. I looked on the other side of the river a mile or so upstream, found the trees I needed, cut them, peeled the bark off of them, used a long rope to lower them down a cliff, and rode them back (standing on them as they float through rapids) to the construction site. I’ve done some weird and unusual things before, but these last 2 days have taken the cake!

June 13, 2015

project “living another dream” preparations almost complete. started the day dragging trees to my make-shift drying site with the help of every kid in the village. then took a break to watch a 5-year old build a fire, and a 7-year old catch and kill a chicken. then after builing my drying rack, we cut an entire bamboo stand to make planks for the floorboards for my raft.

June 14, 2015

after a hard week of working in the jungle, I decided to take today off to just “monkey around”. Hiked to a few local waterfalls, visited a larger-than-life 800-year-old Ceibo tree, had lunch with some old friends (the monkeys), and tubed 10 miles down the river. Work hard, play hard I guess

 

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