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The truck drops us off on a dirt road, then we hike for a mile through the rainforest to reach our field camp. We carry everything with usfood, clothes, research equipment. The camp is primitivejust some corrugated roofing over wooden frames to provide shelters.
In the camp, everybody sleeps in hammocks. Its hard at first, but before long we all sleep like babies. We bathe in a stream, and wash our clothes there, too. The food is a little monotonous in campwe always have rice and beans, often supplemented with chicken or fish.
At dawn, we are woken by the deep, unearthly roar of howler monkeys. I dont know how to describe the eerie sound they make, but it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Its almost like something from another planet.
You wont be surprised to hear that the weather is hot in the Amazon. Some days its so hot and muggy that I sweat just sitting down, doing nothing. We have to be careful to take a lot of water with us when we go hiking, because we can easily lose five or six pounds of water a day just by sweating.
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