Wetting our pants at Iguassu Falls

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Saturday, May 22, 2010

Iguassu Falls is a damp experience....no, it's a soaking experience...as we not only wet our pants, but everything, even with a raincoat.  And all the while it was an exhilerating and beautiful experience.  Mother nature out-did herself in making Iguassa Falls....a vast collection of falls with 3 countries sharing the beauty.

Since this is our mid-trip break, we have an opportunity to stay in a hotel in the resort town of Foz de Iguaca.  A nice change from staying in hosts' homes and an opportunity for us to just hang out without thinking about how to say something correctly.  Also, it has given our team to review our trip so far and to just talk.  And then tomorrow morning we fly out at 6 AM and start the marathon again.             Til later, Doug                

My God, did Mother Nature show her power to us!  With over 275 falls, the falls at Iguassu Falls just keep going and going and going.  We lucked out because the region just experienced quite a bit of rainfall so the rivers flowing over the falls are three times their normal volumes.  Just a week or two ago, the river flow was FIFTEEN times its normal volume.  At that flow, the river boat safari experience we had would not be possible.  In fact, such unexpected flow managed  to sink one of the safari boats under the dock it is normally moored at.  Normal flow is nearly 1100 cubic meters per second.  The river also varies from 20 to 25 meters (~ 75 ft) deep.  The river bed is mostly granite, so erosion is not really happening.  All this I learned from the off-duty guide that I questioned on the ride back to the park entrance at the end of the day.  I loved our day at the park, though.  The pictures capture only a fraction of the feeling of the falls and the rush of water pouring over the many cliffs.  It has been nice to spend more time with just the team and share such an awe-inspiring experience.  Hopefully, this weekend has recharged our batteries enough to make it through the last two weeks of our time in Brasil.                    Cheers, Sarah
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