A cultural dance in the Darien Gap (Photo Larry Pitts)
My two week trip to Panama happened during the summer of 1998. Without a doubt this was the most difficult summer of my life. Lien and I were supposed to travel to Panama together on a "fam" trip sponsered by the Panamanian travel ministry, ANCON. On May 6, 1998, Lien died suddenly and my life was completely flipped upside down. Maintaining La Selva Expeditions, which was our joint project, was the last thing on my mind naturally. But we had many groups already in the works with well over 200 clients booked and ready to travel on various trips. We also had multiple "fam" trips arranged. This summer we were to travel to Panama, Midway Island, the Russian Far East and to Viet Nam on top of managing several group departures! With Lien's death, I could not tell up from down, yet I somehow managed to make sure all of our departures went according to plan. With one glaring screw up (booking a group of 56 college students from Texas on the WRONG flight on the WRONG date...but I fixed it...), all of the trips finished well. I have no idea how I did it. I could barely stand to even look at the computer let alone follow through on what needed to be done for these folks to finish their trips. I did cancel all of our fam trips with the exception of Panama. I was in no mood to do anything, let alone complete a trip designed for Lien and me. To be honest, I cannot recall what changed my mind, but I ended up traveling their with my brother, Larry and it ended up being a pretty good trip! Take a look at some of the images below to see what we experienced!
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Here are some images from the trip: