Waterfalls!! In celebration of test passing and yearend happiness, I accompanied two of my friends to a waterfall on Friday. I have three waterfall stories to share…West Rock and stretchy vans and crime tape, bunjee jumping at Victoria Falls, and Flying over Niagara Falls!
West Rock Ridge State Park
Batool took her final exam and Nupur passed her latest test – frozen drinks in hand we drove to West Rock. West Rock Ridge State Park is a state park located in New Haven, Hamden, and Woodbridge, Connecticut and is named for the 400 ft – 700 ft traprock and is the sister formation of East Rock. We parked in a small parking lot with two other cars, one of which was a dilapidated green minivan with 3 large cracks in the windshield. Sitting in the front seat with the door open was a disheveled man alone fiddling with his hands. We walked past and went down the hill into the secluded woods to the water where all we could hear was the rushing water over rocks that formed a small waterfall – the noise would certainly cover any scream. Outside of looking over my shoulder every few moments out of concern for our safety, the setting was beautiful. On our way back to the car, I noticed yellow crime tape tied in the woods – hmmmmm….
Victoria Falls or Mosi-o-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) wide and 108 meters (354 ft) high, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
The Victoria Falls Bridge lies between the Zimbabwean and Zambian Border Posts. From this bridge one can jump 111 meters towards the Zambezi River with a bungee cord tied to their feet. However terrifying, I chose to jump. Wow – I was beyond scared – even though prior to this jump I did a jump from 600 ft and from 450 ft out of a cable car in Switzerland. While all three are quite high, the highest is the SkyJump off the Macau Tower at 233 meters (764 ft). The second highest which I actually visited with plans of jumping (sadly it was closed the days I was there) is from the top of the Verzasca Dam near Locarno, Switzerland and is 220 meters (720 ft). This jump appears in the opening scene of the James Bond film GoldenEye. I need to go! Anyone up for it?
Also, the first (and only) time I flew a plane was over the Zambezi! I loved it!
In June 2009 my friend Seun wanted to fly over Niagara Falls before his cord blood transplant – so we did. He piloted a red-and-white Piper Arrow, a single engine propeller plane. We took off from New Haven and flew up to New York where we happily circled the falls several times before landing and enjoying the ground view. It was a 5 1/2 hour round trip through rain clouds and a bit of turbulence at 8000 feet. It was an unforgettable trip!
Happy Orange Suggestion: Play in waterfalls, jump off of things and make friends with a pilot 🙂