Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Guyana: They Think It's All Over...It Is Now!

I won't even try and explain the heading above, aside from saying if you're British you'll understand it. If you're not, you probably won't!
Anyway, to the point of this post: the Guyana Five are now on their way back to cold and blustery England after their time spent in the steaming hot jungles of Guyana, and it's time to look back on the excursion.
First, I think it's fair to say that the team, Richard Freeman, Dr. Chris Clarke, Jon Hare, Lisa Dowley and Paul Rose had more than their fair share of obstacles to overcome - such as broken thumbs, infected feet and the super-intense, and ever-present, temperatures.
Being a Brit and living in sunny Dallas, Texas, where the temperature reaches extremes in the summer, I have an inkling of how the Guyana Five felt. I know from experience that it can't have been easy to go from cold and frosty England to a never-ending wall-of-heat. So congrats on completing the feat without dying!
And we should also note that the expedition is one that Jon Downes, everyone at CFZ-HQ, and not forgetting the Guyana Five of course, can be very proud of.
Back in the early 1990s, the CFZ was merely a fragmented idea in Jon's mind. Today it is a worldwide organization that embarks on yearly expeditions to places as diverse and different as Guyana, the Gambia, Mongolia, Loch Ness, Puerto Rico and Thailand. And it's now getting funding from companies such as CAPCOM, who have helped enormously to make the Gambian expedition a success.
I know from speaking with Jon that the Guyana Five are returning home with a wealth of testimony, interviews, data, new leads and more on the mysterious beasts (water-monsters, hairy man-beasts and giant snakes) that they sought out.
I also know from speaking with Jon that when you get to read the details of their findings and discoveries, you will be amazed at the startling amount of progress they made in such a short period of time and while up against the odds.
So, congratulations to the Guyana Five, to Jon and Corinna, and to all at CFZ-HQ and CAPCOM for making the expedition a success.
Getting out there, into the field, and doing the work so that others might learn something from it, as well as furthering our overall knowledge, is what it's all about, and it's what the CFZ does best.
I raise my glass and I toast the next expedition (and hopefully it will be one without broken bones and heat-stroke!).

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