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As most of my tour
participants will affirmatively acknowledge, I go more than the extra
mile to assure their (and my) safety and the safety of their equipment
when we travel either locally or to far off lands. I learned a very long
time ago to listen carefully to my own instincts or my own inner voice,
but also I try not to have my judgment clouded by rumors, gossip, or all
the ‘doom and gloom’ that seems to be constantly spewing out of the
television, radios, and other means of human communication. I’m also a
firm believer that when I’m in doubt as to what the right move is or the
correct course of action might be that that is the time for me to sit
back, do nothing and play the ‘wait and see’ game.
Well, folks, that is where I
am right now regarding my upcoming Ecuador Tour in June. There just have
been too many signals or negative bells going off for me not to stop,
postpone the trip for now, and play ‘wait and see’. The economy going in
the toilet isn’t pleasant, but really didn’t slow things down completely
as the tour filled with a nice group. But now with the ‘Swine Flu’
rearing its ugly head, the need for airline travel (which is a trip to
hell at it’s best!) and with the second case of that flu cropping up here
in Florida and right in my own county, I deem it necessary to stop and
‘sit tight’ for awhile. I feel the phrase “forewarned is forearmed”
There has been keen
interest in the Namibia trip scheduled for this September, but I’ve
suggested a ‘hold’—just for the immediate future-- on those of you
wanting to send me a deposit to insure your spots. You are on the list
and will get first “dibs” when I make my final decision on that tour,
which will be in the near future.
I can only hope that you
Ecuadorian participants took my advice and obtained the necessary travel
cancellation insurance, which I believe you did. I am returning your
deposits in full and have asked my Ecuadorian hosts to apply the deposits
I already sent to them to my next, upcoming trip. This is a time for
good-faith, and for everyone to help each other out as best we can.
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