Bring on the beast...

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

"Bring on the Beast!" yells an Australian-Chinese-Indonesian - strapped into a powerboat on the mighty Rio Parana. There are screams and squeals - vocal adrenalin - all around as the boat heads towards the base of the largest of the mighty, tremendous Iguazu Falls. Guess what it's called? Giganta del Diablo. Throat of the Devil. Gorge of the Devil. One look at it, and you can clearly appreciate that it is of the devil of the death from hell. The sound of the boats incredible engines ascends to a high pitched plateau... Everything goes white - warm, crsip water gushes over everything - unspeakable volumes pulled from above by the earth - your body slightly in shock; slightly exhilirated as it looks the devil in the eye. Wet. Fucking wet. But awesome. The dream - living it...

Iguazu falls is the type of phenomenon that belittles you entirely - makes you feel supremely crushable, insignificant, powerless - as you watch the ferocious, mystifying and utterly astounding energy of the falls - water seemingly with a purpose, a knowledge of its existence and its own magnificence. Even more impressive was some of the numbers and information that I read on the boards scattered along and circuits over and around the falls. I can't remember the specific facts now, but they went something like this:
- really old land
- heaps and heaps of waterfalls
- really massive waterfall system
- a fuckload of water
Incredible hey?

There's only so much I can rave about the beauty of the falls of Iguazu. It's not something that can be described - particularly by one as inarticulate as I. It's not the type of scene that can be done justice by photographs or video - it's majesty not properly portrayed in any 2 dimensional format. Perhaps a pop up book would do. The falls are something that requires the complete, physical experience - absorbing not only the incredible, enveloping sight of the falls, but the pulsating sound of the sheer weight of water, the vibration of its constant collapse, the refreshing spray floating, rising, in the Iguazu breeze. After 2 days walking both the Argentinean and Brazilian sie of the falls, you get a great understanding of the entire water system of the area - your perspective constantly shifting - the circuit superior, circuito inferio, paseo dela giganta del diablo, la trihla del diablo, each leading you to magnificent views of the different falls - being soaked at the foot of the beast, or seeing the awe-inspiring giganta del diablo from afar, numerous falls - the accompanying acts - in the foreground - until the complete picture is formed.

I really don't think that it is the kind of thing that can be describefd You have to experience it. Indeed - everyone should 'bring on the beast'...

So, to the Top 5. Well, being surrounded by such a vast volume of water for these last few days, it has been hard not to think about water in a different way - appreciate it from a different perspective. This got me thinking about how amazing water was. Which got me thinking about all the crazy and brilliant things you could do with water. Here are the Top 5 that I came up with:

5. Put it in a bucket. Chop up some celery, brussel sprouts and pumpkin, heat it on the stove, on high, for 17 minutes, pour it over your arch-nemisis.
4. Add some dye, preferably green or blue. Put it in a super soaker water pistol. Then kick your arch nemisis on the knee cap.
3. Turn it into optimus prime.
2. Pick the olives out and then play lacrosse with it.
1. Put it in a can and seal it. Open the can in 22 years and see what's inside.

I'm leaving Argentina. To January River...
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