"Hey mom, hows it going?"
Muffeled person in the background
"I'm here with Jackie. She wants to know if you've gone to that place yet? She says you have to go to that place with the water falls. "
"What's it called...What?... Igwagoo? " - to Jackie
"Well, anyway you just have to go. Have you gone yet?"
I have had this exact conversation more than once, and I am glad to finally say, Yes Jackie, I've gone to Iguazu Falls, and you're right, it was incredible
|Obviously up to no good.|
While the falls are boasted as one of the reasons to come visit Paraguay, they actually aren't in Paraguay. They split Argentina an Brasil. I can't decide if that is crazy or make total sense. I've been in Paraguay too long. To be fair you can walk not very far and see Paraguay, but technically speaking the falls aren't in Paraguay.
|We got so close!|
For an extra charge you can take a boat directly into the spray of the falls, and get as close as possible without dying. When Ginsey timidly proposed this idea, she was rewarded with an overwhelming "HECK YES!" from all of us. We were here to see the falls and if we could feel them, we'd do that too.
We walked to the boat dock, and saw one tourist after another, shoeless and with the heavy hunch of sopping wet clothes. Most were grimacing.
Further testament to my friends, not for a second was anyone deterred. We were going to get drenched, and it was gonna be awesome!
We all suited up with our rain jackets the best we could but there was no hope. We entered the spray of the falls, and the force of the water was instantly overwhelming. Hunched over, shielding my face from the blast of the water, I hear Shavon yell at me, "LOOK INTO IT!."
I summoned my strength and faced straight into the blasts of water. Barely able to see, and rendering my otherwise awesome rain jacket useless, -there is a giant whole in my rain jacket where my face goes- a huge smile came across my face. Vicky told us that moving water creates ions that then intern lift a person's mood. Well if that's true, I was OD-ing on them. The only thing halting my laughter, was the water choking me as it sprayed into my mouth.
|Wet, but loving every minute.|
To end our tour of the park, we had to see the falls from above, and headed to the GARGANTA DE DIABLO!
A) What a rad name! THE THROAT OF THE DEVIL
B) I have no suicidal tendencies, but if I ever do, I'm hurling myself into this abyss of water and power. That's got to be the most epic way to go EVER.
So thank you Mom and Jackie for nagging me until I made this trip. A trip to Paraguay wouldn't be complete without this adventure. Even if it's not in Paraguay.