Hi. My name is Eric. This is my journey after being paralyzed in an off-road motorcycle accident on January 22, 2011. I suffered a fractured T12 resulting in a ASIA A Complete spinal cord injury. I have no sensation or motor function from my waist down and am in a wheelchair. My wife, two young daughters, family and friends have been supporting me in this journey.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Adventure Day - June 18, 2011

It is the weekend and our day to see more of Panama.  Today we decided to go see some native wild monkeys and challenge ourselves to get Eric and Scott onto a little boat.  Should be exciting!  Our guide took Eric, Scott and I on a nice drive to the to the Gamboa rainforest.  The drive took us further along the Panama canal and through some rainforest.  At our destination, my challenge was to get each of the two guys transferred onto low fiberglass tourboat.  With a little help from the tour operators, I got each guy down into the boat and seated.  Phew!  Hmm, not sure how we will get them back up, but we can figure that out later.  

The boat took us into the Panama Canal lake portion.  We passed several huge container ships which are soooo amazing and impressive up close.  Our destination was Monkey Island.  The driver was quickly able to locate Howler monkeys taking a siesta in a tree.  


Next he found the White Faced monkeys.  They are very active and love eating bananas, mangos and baby alligators.  One banana was offered and two monkeys rushed the boat.  We were told not to move and don't try to touch them.  One jumped on top of the canopy then leaned over and looked down at Eric; pretty cool!  

As we continued cruising the lakeshore, the boat driver found a baby alligator sitting on a log and later we saw an adult alligator, who quickly descended under water.  The guide pointed out several iguanas, but they were very hard to see in the trees.  Just riding in the boat was so relaxing and we all agreed we enjoyed the trip.  

Back at the dock after everyone else unloaded, I put together the wheelchairs and brought them back over.  Two men helped lift each guy and I lifter their legs and they were quickly back in their chairs.  YEAH, not too bad with help!

For dinner tonight we ventured to a new restaurant that supposedly served Mexican cuisine.  We walked/rolled through a slight rain dodging cars to get there.  The menu was confusing but we eventually found the Mexican food and ordered.  Scott went for a appetizer of Oysters Rockefeller, then he and Joe ordered chicken fajitas, Eric ordered carne asada and Tracy ordered green and red chicken enchiladas.  The wait was long and no chips were offered.  Eventually the Oysters came out and they were surprisingly good.  Our meals were served and while prepared differently than you would get in the US, it was all very good.  Yum yum!!!  We walked back to the room stuffed and happy.

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