Well, here we finally are. Two years of planning is finally coming to fruition. We are about to embark on the Central American leg of our Ends of the Earth Expedition (E3). The months consisted of detail trip planning, team conference calls, and master purchasing and packing lists divided between myself, Scott, and our employee, Jeremy. The time flew by, especially as we grew closer to our departure date. It seemed there was no end to the details. Every time we checked an item off the list we thought of several more to take it’s place. Shots, check. Shop for quick dry clothes. Check. Waterproof the tent. Check. Pick up pesos, insure new camera equipment, acquire vehicle and medical insurance, copy and translate documents, secure the businesses, find someone to watch the animals, water the plants, open the mail…
Finally, the day came…I felt a surge of emotions as we headed down the mountain toward Phoenix in near blizzard snow conditions. I couldn’t really pinpoint what was making me tear up. I guess the realization that this was it. The months of planning, details, organization, late nights, early mornings, and near crushing, heart-palpitating stress had finally come to an end. We had made it. There was nothing left to do but leave.Â
Ends of the Earth Expedition: We leave for Central America, and will travel along the western coastline of Mexico. We will explore the foothills of Copper Canyon and the rich colonial cities before turning east towards the jungles and the remote, muddy tracks in the Yucatan and Belize. The team will explore newly discovered Mayan sites in Guatemala and travel several routes not documented since the Camel Trophy. Continuing south, we will cross into Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, before completing the final 140 miles of dirt roads to the Darien Gap.