Cataratas do Iguaçu,
or Iguaçu Falls,
one of the great natural wonders of the world,
has been on my Bucket List
since I first saw photographs
of these iconic falls
near the borders of Brazil, Argentina
Cataratas do Iguaçu
So I'm sitting at the bar
at Parkway Bar and Grill
with Terry for Friday Night Date Night,
and suddenly an image of the falls
fills a huge TV screen.
How often do you see this on a sports channel?
Cataratas do Iguaçu
Source: Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Foz_de_Igua%C3%A7u_26_Panorama_Nov_2005.jpg
"Terry, do you have any idea
how much I want to go there?" I said.
"You want to go everywhere," says the Ever-Patient.
"I'll go anywhere,
but I really want to go there!" says I.
"I've wanted to go there since..."
"I know. I know.
Since you saw a photograph of the falls
in some Richard Halliburton book
in your grandmother's bookcase
says the E-P.
My First Hero
"Actually, I can't remember
when I first heard of them.
Maybe in New Worlds to Conquer
or our Lands and People encyclopedias.
But, it doesn't matter..."
Source: Wikimedia Commons: http://wikitravel.org/en/File:DSCF4291.JPG
"I can't believe what I'm seeing!"
motocross bikes and big mounds of dirt
fill the screen:
X Games, Foz do Iguaçu.
I am so disillusioned ~
well, embarrassed at my ignorance
is more accurate.
I thought these incredible waterfalls
were hidden in a remote area
deep in the primordial jungle.
Here, instead of primordial,
is a world class sports event
with motocross bikes
flying over a bar almost 30 feet high.
Where have I been?
Brian Deegan jumping at X Games 17 in Los Angeles, 2011
I've been living in a Halliburton world
that has disappeared into the mists of time.
Source: Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sunset_over_Iguazu2.jpg
The falls of my imagination
are located only seventeen kilometers
from the Brazilian city of
Foz do Iguaçu ~
a city with a quarter of a million people!
Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, sul do Brasil
You can stay at the Five Star
steps from the falls
and a short journey from
Iguaçu/Iguazu National Park,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
You can go on a full moon walking tour
and see a lunar rainbow!
A lunar rainbow?
Now that would be something!
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Okay ~ I'm flexible.
Bucket List Item:
Take a walk under the full moon
to see a lunar rainbow
over Iguaçu Falls
with a massage
at the Hotel das Cataratas Spa
Now to convince the E-P!
And go dig up my copy
of Richard Halliburton's
New Worlds to Conquer ~
Even if it doesn't have
Iguaçu Falls in it,
it would be fun to read again!