Saturday, September 7, 2019

XXI - Above the Falls

XXI - Above the Falls

We awoke to find that the Hotel sits on a large lawn with an infinity pool that overlooks the Argentinian side of the falls. 

There were paths that led from the lawn into the National Park with its trails and walkways that spanned the falls.

The trail comprised of a series of elevated walkways. As we moved along, we walked over many small streams of rushing water and smaller falls. Then we came to the first (of many) larger falls. In all my excitement about the falls, I failed to realize that we would be walking above the falls, often at the edge as the water tumbled over cliffs reaching 200 to 300 feet or more. 

Being scared of heights, I found the experience frightening at best - terrifying at worse. But, I was there, so I moved on. To get an idea of the height of the walkway. This is just one of the bridges I ventured over - and survived.

The morning was overcast, so it wasn't sunny and bright. This gave the falls even more of a ominous, almost overwhelming effect. Even in the cloudy conditions, the force of the water was a staggering.

Finally, the sun came out and the true colors of the water was visible. Due to the constant mist rising from the falls, there was always at least one rainbow over the falls. 

Then the following morning I was able to catch the falls at dawn.

A fun fact about the hotel is that in 1985 it served as the base for the three-month filming of the Academy Award-winning film The Mission starring Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Cheri Lunghi, and Liam Neeson.  

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