CANOPY WALK AND GOODBYES

Trip Start Jan 11, 2011
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Trip End Feb 19, 2011


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Flag of Guyana  , Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo,
Monday, January 31, 2011

At 5 AM we got up and had breakfast and were driven numerous miles away to a Rainforest Canopy Walk, actually totally installed in 31 days by 3 skilled Canadians.  The swaying walk connecting the trees was often about 100 feet above the ground---only one person on the walk at a time, to minimize swaying.   Then we drove the Miami surgeon to a nearby airport at Rock View Lodge for his trip back to Georgetown and Miami.  We had gotten along quite well together and had many things in common---Eastern European parents(his from Jewish shtetls), we were both born in 1941, both divorced, both with kids we cherished, both loving travel!!  He actually served as a surgeon in Viet Nam in "near the war" field stations and also unofficially in Cambodia----a real MASH guy!  If I had been born in the US I would have also likely served in Viet Nam.  Later my friend is going to Uzbekistan and give his services to repair cleft lips and palates.As for me I was driven to the Amerindian cooperative of Surama and arrived as the staff were having a conference with a visiting Norwegian ecology delegation.  In the afternoon, I had a peaceful walk through the rainforest with Milner, my Amerindian guide.                         
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