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We are slowly transitioning from life on the river to life back in the United States.

It's really delightful to back home in the United States. We've been catching up on sleep, visiting with friends and families, and sharing stories from the Amazon. How different our lives are now than when we were on the Trans-Amazon Expedition. Waking up early every morning, the lack of electricity and running water, and paddling all day long under intense weather conditions seem almost like distant memories, even though we've only been home for two days.

It's very easy to take all of the comforts of home for granted. Tasks like washing hands, using the bathroom, turning on a light switch, and cooking a meal are simple, fast, and clean. We can travel long distances in short periods of time with a car, train, or bus. And our beds are really comfortable!

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Everyday more rainforest is lost as roads are built, farms are expanded, and forest is cleared. We all need to work to save the rainforest.

Surviving on the Trans-Amazon Expedition, means you need to learn how to do everyday tasks a little differently. And once you've gone without modern conveniences for a while, you realize just how easy we have it in homes with plumbing, electricity, and climate controls (like heat or air conditioning). However all of the conveniences of modern life have a direct impact on the earth. You can make choices that can have a positive impact on the rainforests, your backyard, and the entire globe.

The next time you're getting a glass of water from the faucet think about how much water goes straight down the drain. The next time you flip on a light switch, think about if you really need all of the lights on, or even if you a need a light on at all. Ask yourself if appliances, computers, radios, and televisions need to be plugged all of the time (even if you're not using these things, if it's plugged in, it's using electricity). And above all, do you really need to use a car for each trip in your neighborhood? Could you walk or ride a bike? What about taking public transportation?

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Eating less beef, and eating meat and other foods at are raised close to where we live is one way that we can help protect the rainforest.

Now that we're off the trail and back home, we spend much of our day inside. After spending the last two months entirely outside, it seems strange to be confined indoors. We've all been walking and jogging since coming home, mostly just to be outdoors. And often we'll go to a park and play a game or just sit on a bench, rather than sitting in front of the television. You don't always need a reason to go outside. Our bodies feel much better after being outdoors, and we have more energy. Being outside also lets us notice things like new flowers blooming, the phase of the moon, birds singing, what direction the wind is coming from - which were all things we noticed on the expedition, but now seem a little less important. We encourage you to make a habit of spending time outdoors every day, whether you're outside exercising your body, playing with friends, or just investigating a plant or tree up close. You might just realize that you have what it takes to become an explorer, biologist, or a lifelong nature-lover. We hope you keep exploring forever.

What animals should we focus on next week?

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