A pleasant start to this trip for us came in the form of a box of handmade truffles brought down by Deb C. of Seattle. Espresso, lemon-rosemary, orange, pure chocolate and mocha were the mouth watering flavors found within the handmade box that contained them. I’d show you a photo of the truffles but they met with an unfortunate
feeding frenzy accident.
Another treat for us was having Ben T. along. Not only did Ben travel outside of the U.S. for his first time, but he took his first flight ever to get here! Needless to say, he was often wide-eyed during the trip and the group was more than happy to show him the ropes. His enthusiasm reminded us all of the thrill and wonder of being a first-time traveler.
At the other end of the spectrum was Ben’s good friend Steve F, who claimed the prize for paddling eight seasons with us in Ecuador, followed by Dick S. with six trips here! Rounding out the group were veteran travelers, yet Ecuador first-timers, Deb C. and Arn S.
Having had the privilege of paddling with everyone before on either the Rogue, Middle Fork Salmon, or Ecuador, we counted up a total of twenty-five DAK trips amongst the group members!! Thanks you guys!
Steve and Dick used their knowledge and experience to lead the way on many of the sections we paddled. Arn, Deb, and Ben enjoyed discovering the variety of rivers found here. Midweek the group opted for a “rest” day. They paid a visit to Pepe Tapia’s mariposario (butterfly farm), followed by a 40-ft, motorized canoe trip down the Napo River to tour virgin jungle. Pepe always shares a wealth of information during his time with each group.
Thanks, all, for a wonderful time week! See you next year?
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