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posted Aug 3, 2010, 6:54 AM by Julie Bateman   [ updated Aug 3, 2010, 7:03 AM ]

Our formwork was waiting in the same spot we left it the previous night, and with four sets of hands it was pretty quick work to get it to site so that John could start milling down our non-dimensional lumber and then construct the formwork boxes. As it was James and Mercedes’ last day, and neither had yet seen the Cuiaba River we sent them down the Transpantaneira after breakfast to hunt for hyacinth macaws, giant river otters, and the elusive jaguars. The rest of us continued synching and screwing together the formwork up top so that the concrete wouldn’t surprise us and burst through during the pour.  This activity kept us busy until sunset, when James and Mercedes returned victorious with the spotting of many, many birds, riverotters, a tapir and three whole jaguars. After dinner, Ethan and I took off with James and Mercedes to Pocone where they would be catching a cab for Cuiaba the next day.