Getting Primitive: The Sound of a Balsa Raft Listener John Haslett recalls his time at sea on a primitive balsa raft off the coast of South America. The Los Angeles resident submits this SoundClip.
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Getting Primitive: The Sound of a Balsa Raft

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Getting Primitive: The Sound of a Balsa Raft

Getting Primitive: The Sound of a Balsa Raft

Getting Primitive: The Sound of a Balsa Raft

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John Haslett and others launch a balsa raft in Salango, Ecuador, in March 1995. Sandra Haslett hide caption

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John Haslett and others launch a balsa raft in Salango, Ecuador, in March 1995.

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Listener John Haslett recalls his time at sea on a primitive balsa raft off the coast of South America. The Los Angeles resident and his friends built the balsa raft — a massive type of craft made famous by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki expedition — according to ancient techniques and sailed it on the ocean.