Back to Argentina, Iguazu falls. But we’re not actually going to the falls.

When it was decided my mother would come down and visit me and I decided to bring her to Iguazu falls, I did some research: what is there to do near the falls? One thing that caught my eye was rappelling. The thing is, my mother is afraid of heights. Like REALLY afraid.

Example:
Many years ago I went to England on a soccer/football tour. Part of our tour included visiting several castles. The fact that she is a bit claustrophobic probably did not help. If you ever climbed up a castle tower you know that it is cramped, not only because of the massive amounts of tourists climbing the stairs, but because the staircase is actually quite narrow. That also results in very narrow steps towards the center as the staircase is spiraled with a bit more space for your foot towards the outer end. In addition, the steps are quite high. This wonderful combination makes it an interesting challenge for a shorter person who doesn’t like enclosed spaces or heights. By the time we got to the top, I was excited to go to the edge of the tower to overlook the castle and glimpse the town a little bit away. As I got to peer over the edge, I feel a yanking to the back of my shirt and find myself in the center of the tower. My mother, one hand is holding my shirt and the other arm is clutching the flag set in the center of the tower as if holding for dear life.

She does not like heights.

I on the other hand am a bit of an adrenaline junky. For some reason she initially agreed to rappelling because she didn’t actually think it would happen. Oh mother, you should know me better than that.

In fact we ended up doing an adventure tour that included rappelling, a nature walk and zip-lining, in that order.

So starting with rappelling…

She's thinking about backing out
She’s thinking about backing out

That's where we're going down
That’s where we’re going down
As adrenaline junkie, I'm the first to go down!!!
As adrenaline junkie, I’m the first to go down!!!
Giving birth position
Giving birth position
...AND GO!!!!
…AND GO!!!!
Mother doesn't look pleased
Mother doesn’t look pleased
So proud of her, she's actually doing it!!!
So proud of her, she’s actually doing it!!!

She apparently didn’t have faith in herself to go through with it. But I believed her, BELIEVE IT!

But the sucky part about going down, is coming back up. Actually another sucky part is it was TINY. I mean mother would disagree, saying it was long enough. We were even supposed to be rappelling down a waterfall rather than just a boring rock wall, but due to the massive amounts of water and flooding, the starting platform over the waterfall was destroyed so it was normal rappelling for us. Still, WAY TOO SHORT. Also a lot more fun if you rock climb up and then rappel down.

Sigh.

Next time.

Back to the point I was trying to make before. Hiking back up. It was pretty. We got to see the waterfall we would have rappelled down. I think at that moment mother was thankful for the flooding. It saved her from being REALLY wet. Not that I didn’t get her soaked several times during her visit. But then it was the hike up, uphill. I mean it was no biggie. However mother would disagree between gasping breaths.

Fricking nature with it's giant bugs
Fricking nature with it’s giant bugs
One of the landing platforms we would go through for ziplining
One of the landing platforms we would go through for ziplining
Tree is good, tree is cool
Tree is good, tree is cool
Tree is cool, tree is bad (you know being uprooted and all)
Tree is cool, tree is bad (you know being uprooted and all)
Zip-line starting platform
Zip-line starting platform
We zip-lined through these trees
We zip-lined through these trees

The nature walk was…well a nature walk. But zip-lining through the trees…now that was fun! I felt like I was going through a tunnel of leaves. I swear I felt like I was going to hit into some of them. It was fun :3

And then on the way back, you can see Paraguay across the fields!!!
And then on the way back, you can see Paraguay across the fields!!!

By the way. I took mother zip-lining before which was hilariously fun because she was so scared. This time she was more chilled out. I think I need to up the adrenaline level. I think rappelling and rock climbing will be the new things. Let’s see how she deals with that. Muahahaha

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