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Saturday, 18 April 2020

APROPOS OF NOTHING #1 - 18 APRIL 1960 - PETER MATHIESSEN IN A BALSA WOOD CRAFT

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This is a series of very, very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #1 - 18 April 1960

On this day in 1960, the US naturalist Peter Matthiessen was travelling down the Rio Urubamba in Peru when he and his companions braved the whitewater canyon of Pongo de Mainique. Their balsa-wood craft was called Happy Days.




Sources: The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness;

The Traveller’s Handbook/Fergus Fleming/Atlantic Books/2012





Peter Matthiessen

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