Thursday, February 25, 2010

Well it's Official

Well it's Official......... My trip to South America with Karen Russell has been cancelled!!

Due to the massive mudslides that struck Peru, the travel company has decided to cancel the trip. The mudslides wiped out all passageways along the Inca trail from Cuzco to the Holy City of Machu Picchu. It took  military helicopters several days to rescue thousands of tourists trapped by the mudslides.

This trip was like a dream come true for me! I was beyond excited about this trip since it was much more than a was a going to be a thrilling & exciting adventure! It was a trip promised to be filled with discovery & exploration. A National Geographic Explorer type expedition rather than a plush holiday resort vacation. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity!

I've been building up my physical strength all year for this journey! I was really looking forward to seeing the Amazon jungle & walking among the ruins of Machu Picchu, seeing the busy streets of Lima, and so much more!! And making it even more special was that I (and a small group of others) would be sharing this experience with  famed photographer & scrapbooker, Karen Russell!! (I just adore her)

Needless to say, I am very so disappointed. Some tears have been shed! Words really can't even describe how bummed I am!!!

As things stand right now, I will file my claim with the insurance company to get a refund. Thank goodness I purchased trip insurance!! The travel company is very optimistic that the trip will definitely take place next year.

March 2011 seems so far away! The long wait will be hard!! But I'm excited and looking forward to the experience!!


Cheryl Nelson said...

I am so sorry for your disappointment! I can see why you feel that way...what an amazing adventure. How smart of you to purchase the trip insurance. I sure hope you will be able to this next year. It is amazing how time seems to fly by. Hopefully it will be here before you know it.
Big Hugs,

Karen Russell said...

I totally know how you feel Debbie - I've been feeling the same.

It'll be March 2011 in no time at all though!

Looking forward to it!

Lynn Biermann said...

so sorry Debbie. I know you are disappointed. Time goes so fast that you will be snapping photos in the Amazon in no time!! {{Big hugs!}}

Lynette said...

I can imagine how disappointed you are...that would have been an awesome trip...but if you look how quickly this year is going...goodness it will be March on will be 2011 before you know it.

VAWM said...

Debbie, I know how disappointed you are. I am so looking forward to your photos and pages. I sponsor a little boy through Compassion and he just asked if I had ever been there. I told him that I hadn't but that one of my friends was going next year. Which you will!

Julie Howard said...

Bummer Debbie. But look at the bright side... now you have something new to look forward to! March 2011. :)

Jane said...

Oh, I'm so bummed for you!!! that is definetely disapointing I hope you get it all worked out and receive your refund! man, sorry girl!!

Discover USA said...

sorry to hear about this..i know how you as my trip to the US this year which much also not push time again!

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