In 1976 Mike and Karen Hopkins, the mom and dad in these stories, quit their jobs, bought a van, and set off for Panama with their four month old daughter Megan in tow. Mom was amazed to see bananas growing on trees, delighted by the monkeys, and nervous around bugs. But every day was an adventure. That trip set a pattern for life in the Hopkins' household. After they returned home the lands to the south called them back. Eventually eight children joined the family and dad took up bug collecting first as a family-friendly hobby and then as a passion. Who would have imagined where bug collecting would take them! These are some of the family's adventures over the years.