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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

He Promised Me Africa - Part 2 - Victoria Falls

For those of you who remember my story of the helicopter ride over Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Africa, in "He Promised Me Africa - Part 1," here are more pictures of that amazing day. For those of you who didn't see the earlier post, here's a brief background. We were staying at the Elephant Lodge in Zimbabwe which is a beautiful estate complete with a huge golf course and a helicopter to take you on the ride of your life over the Falls. When we got to the helicopter pad, there were warthogs lying on the concrete pad....totally uninterested in moving. After they were chased away, we took our ride. Here are those photos.

Here the warthogs are leaving the pad and moving away as the helicopter lands.

As the helicopter rises, this mist is the first glimpse we have of Victoria Falls.

I aways thought "breathtaking" was an overused cliche...until I saw this.

The pilot changed altitudes to show us different views of the falls.

From this vantage point, we zoomed down across the canyon.

And came back around a little higher on this side.

The pilot told me that people bungie jump from the bridge...and I wanted to do it so bad. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I thought, to test myself. Later that afternoon, we had someone drive us over to the bridge where a company was setting up for folks to jump. I was surprisingly unafraid...until I saw the bungie lines themselves and with my great eye for quality and my deep knowledge of bungie jumping equipment, judged them too frayed to take a chance on. Or perhaps I was just a coward and didn't realize it.

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