Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
187Trip End Ongoing
As he was growing up, Mike heard lots of stories from us about our days in Tanzania where we met and worked back in the early seventies
The Memorial Service held at Trinity United Church of Zambia, in Lusaka on October 1st, was another experience which surrounded us with support and love. His colleagues from Airwaves Airlink and many other friends joined with us in celebrating his life, and then at a reception shared more poignant and often amusing stories of their time with Mike over the past nine months. It was very moving to be with such fine people who had very quickly become his good and trusted friends - people from a variety of countries and all walks of life.
Later, as we visited South Luangwa where Mike flew charter clients, it very quickly became apparent why he loved to work in the area. Besides the abundance and rich diversity of the bird, animal and plant life of the game park, there was an amazing sense of caring community that encompassed us for every hour of the day. It was so reminiscent of our time in Tanzania, and was a truly special visit. Our particular thanks to everyone who was so generous and welcoming at Robin Pope Safaris at Nkwali Lodge, and also at Remote Africa Safaris Tafika Camp. We will certainly be back to visit another day.
We leave Zambia determined to pick up the broken threads of our lives, and to continue with our travels. It will take us a while to get back on track, but Mike would have it no other way. Meanwhile, we will be trying to respond personally to all the messages of support that we have received. However, the numbers have been overwhelming so it will take us quite some time. Please be patient with us.
"Mike, you were a fine, talented young man, and an inspiration to us all. You were deservedly well loved, and will be sorely missed by many whose hearts you touched. Go soar with the eagles, touch the face of God, and watch over us mere mortals left behind".