Iquazu Falls, Argentina
21.11.2016 - 22.11.2016 30 °C
When you travel with a group, even a small group of eleven, one thing you are reminded of is people have different personalities. One girl in our group has participated in every extra option available to the group. She has jumped out of an airplane, gone parasailing, paragliding and many other thrill seeking activities. Another girl loves supporting her country's rugby team and has made an effort to watch the team whenever she can. One young man loves to exercise and has found a local gym so he can continue to do his workout regime.
I have watched, with a bit of awe, the passion displayed by the various members of our group. I enjoy following various sports teams, for example I cheered when I read that the Cowichan High School field hockey team won the provincial championship again. Exercising is important to me, but when I'm on vacation I'm content to relax a bit. And jumping out of airplanes, that will never happen!
The reason I'm reflecting on this is our group had an option to take a boat ride along the Iguazu River. The trip also included going under the falls, which meant everyone on the boat would get wet. After careful consideration, I decided, why not? Live a little! Go on the boat ride! After all, I will probably never visit Iguazu Falls again.
I did it! The view of the falls from the river was amazing! But, did I need the adrenaline rush of going really fast through the rapids and then getting soaked as the boat went under the falls? No, I've decided, I didn't.
As the rest of our group screamed, "Let's go again", I held onto the seat in front of me and hoped that the driver of the boat knew what he was doing. Many, many years ago I went white water rafting on the Thompson River and the feeling I had today reminded me of how I felt when I was on the raft. Mostly I kept my eyes tightly closed and hoped we wouldn't flip into the water.
When we disembarked and were walking back to the meeting area, I thought about what I had done. Yes, the view was nice, but I didn't need to ride in the boat to appreciate the falls. Was I coerced into taking the trip? No, although the rest of the group is much younger, and naturally more active, they have never made me feel inferior for not doing every activity. Ultimately, I think I signed up for the boat ride so I could do an exciting activity with our group. I think they enjoyed watching me close my eyes and hold on for dear life. I know my kids understand what I'm talking about.
I should mention that Iquazu Falls are amazing, incredible and deseve being designated as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world. Yesterday we saw the falls from the Brazilian side and the views were breathtaking. Today we traveled into Argentina (and got another stamp on our passport) and we saw the falls from the Argentinian side. At one point I put away my camera and tried to imprint the images into my brain. In addition to the sight of over two hundred waterfalls, the sound is something I won't forget.
Our final stop before we crossed the border back into Brazil was to go to a small park where you can see the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
We are leaving really early tomorrow as we fly to São Paulo. Once we arrive there, we board a bus for a five hour drive to Paratay.