Dave Looks for Plants

Journal of a plant explorer

Epilogue – Why I Keep Going Back

When I got back to San Jose, I stayed at a Marriott hotel in the western suburbs of Escazú with all its modern shopping centers and ate dinner at an Outback Steakhouse.  I remember feeling very depressed, like my trip had already ended and I was already back in the USA .  I had had so many wonderful experiences and I was totally hooked on the tropical rainforests.   There was no doubt in my mind that I would be returning many more times, God willing.  Even as I write this, with my next trip to southern Ecuador just a week away (today is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015), I yearn to be back in the forests with all its sights and sounds and smells and with the wonderful people of Latin America, the campesinos I have come to know and love.

After returning, I wrote an article for the Heliconia Society International quarterly Bulletin, published in Volume 14, No. 4, and entitled Costus of the Golfo Dulce Region.  In my first short trip I had seen 12 species  of Costus, and I had made new friends I would remain in close contact with for years to come.




3 Responses to “Epilogue – Why I Keep Going Back”

  1. Dave Says:

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  2. Holly Skinner Says:

    Wow, I don’t know how you remembered all of that. . .what a beautiful place to see!

  3. Holly Says:

    Wow, what a trip!

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