On Wednesday the 9th, the meeting for the trip was held in conjunction with some of the sponsors of Shedd Aquarium. It was great. We met with Cheryl, who is Shedd's travel planner and most of the members who we will be joining on this trip. Some members of previous and future trips were also there. The meeting was held after hours so we had the entire place to ourselves and were treated to supper along with beer and wine. Deb and I spent much time with the Beluga whales and the Pacific Dolphins, having just come back from Baja Mexico watching the pacific dolphins riding the waves made from the cruise ship. Most of our questions were answered by previous travelers in that they spoke highly of the arrangements and quality of the trips they made thru Shedd. We are planning on traveling light as we will be immersed in the Amazon environment and expect to get wet and muddy.