Islands of Time - Guyana Highlands, Venezuela

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May 6: We Have Three Changes

Caracas

Kessler's team reacts to the news that the expedition may be called off due to helicopter problems.

May 8: 1, 2, 3, 4 Possible Events

Caracas

Scientist Joyce Lunderberg talks about the cave life form (biospeleothems) she hopes to study on the trip.

May 9: Anticipation

Caracas

Backyard of Charles Brewer-Carias's house; before the expedition begins.

May 10: In It

Base of Acopan Tepui

First day at base camp at the foot of the tepui; a five-hour downpour of rain prevents the team from setting up tents.

May 11: When Walking Sounds Like Burning

Foothills of the Acopan Tepui

On foot, the team crosses over from savanna into jungle.

May 12: Black and White, They Didn't See It

Jungle, foothills of the Acopan Tepui

Javier Mesa, one of Charles's assistants, momentarily catches a poison dart frog. He tells the story of how the frog was mistakenly believed by Europeans to be black and white.

May 13: Howling Monkeys

Jungle, foothills of the Acopan Tepui

May 13: Naming the Cave

Yunek Village, Roraima

Conversation between Charles Brewer-Carias and Leonardo, Chief of a Yunek Village in Roraima.  They talk about the legend of Muchimuk, the bat-like bird that ate people.  Charles asks Leonardo about what name they should give to the cave he has discovered.

May 14: The Benefit of Understanding

On top of Chimanta Tepui

Charles and Leonardo talk about the possibility of Leonardo joining a future expedition into the new cave Charles has found and which they've just named "Muchimuk."

May 14: See It for Yourself, Everything I've Found

Chimanta Tepui

Charles and Leonardo look out over the tepuis. They continue to discuss the possibility of Leonardo joining a future expedition into Muchimuk Cave and Charles describes other parts of the cave system he's exploring.

May 15: Miles Away from Light

Charles Brewer Cave, top of Churi Tepui

Charles and his team in the cave.  Charles talks about what he calls a bio-speleothem, mineral deposits in the caves that he thinks may be organic forms of life, perhaps from outer space.

May 16: Cave Calls

Charles Brewer Cave

Expedition team members call out to each other.  The cave acoustics and darkness make it difficult for them to communicate.

May 17: How We Got Here

Helicopter blades, raw.  Helicopter blades, multiplied.

May 18: Giving Another God to the Indians

Charles explains why he thinks some Venezuelans view him as a nemesis.