I can now say that I have hiked through a rainforest…
This is at the top of Pedra Bonita in Rio de Janeiro, about 2200′ elevation, within the Tijuca Forest National Park.
(Click on pic for HD view) This is the view towards Rio de Janeiro… our hostel is beyond the two large mountain peaks in the distance. It took about 4 hours total for our trip, the trail was intense at times, but it was unforgettable experience. After the hike, we all came back, got our suits and headed to the beach, where swimming and beach volleyball consumed the rest of the time before we had to head back to the hostel to shower, change, and get gussied up for dinner.
(Pic Above: Sandra from CUA and me outside our hostel before dinner). The Conference Dinner was at “a mineira humaita”, which was an all-you-can-eat Brazilian buffet. It was also an all-you-can-drink for different traditional Brazilian liquors. Dinner was spectacular, I ate entirely too much (as did EVERYONE), and ate some things I wasn’t aware I was eating (i.e. Chicken hearts, very standard in Brazil, which was in a soup I tried last night).
We had a great evening having all of the conference astronomers together at long group tables, laughing, sharing stories, and occasionally talking science
Today (Thursday) we have a full day of talks and conference work and then plan to head out to the beaches tonight.
Tomorrow (Friday) I give my talk at the conference presenting my research from Notre Dame!
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