MY VISIT TO THE AMAZON

Although I am a person who totally loves spontaneity, there is something to be said about “knowing” that you are about to have a great adventure in life. Such was the occasion when good friends Nels and Linda Hagenson, along with Paul Carrell (Village Cay Marina Dockmaster) and his lovely wife Judy, flew down from the BVI to visit in Nel’s private Cessna 206 airplane. As with all close friends it is always fun to be together, but this particular visit was a fantastic expedition. Flying with Jaime Escribens, a Venezuelan tourist executive, friend and interpreter, we entered into the canyons that house Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall measuring some 3200 feet high, exploring the area from almost every angle – what an opportunity. The canyons are steep in rock, wildlife and green foliage and we flew through in some unbelievable angles. By comparison, Niagara Falls has a drop of only 190 feet so Angel Falls is 15 times higher.

Fellow pilots at the nearby runway of Canaima National Park Airport, where we eventually landed, wanted to know what type of pattern Nels had flown as he did not seem to be following the usual route. As a commercial pilot in Canada for some 40+ years he told them, “I simply followed the river.” It makes sense to me and certainly provided us with a terrific thrill.

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  WATER LILIES IN AMAZONIAN POOLS - ABOVE CASCADING LEAVES AND FLOWERS FROM THE JUNGLE'S ROOF - BELOW

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