Mosi-O-Tunya / Victoria Falls

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It was a hot day, perfect for visiting one of the biggest waterfalls in the world.

There is so much water that it’s “always raining” at Victoria Falls!

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We hiked out on the Knife Bridge, a slippery walk over a perpetual rain forest that grows down at the bottom.  Ponchos are rented for about 50 cents at the entrance to the park.  Nothing fancy, but it does the trick!

When David Livingstone stumbled onto the waterfall he named it Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria, but to Africans it is  Mosi-O-Tunya, or “The Smoke that Thunders.”  In this picture, we were a photo-op for the locals too!

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Here’s a wide shot of the railroad bridge stretching across the Zambezi River:

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We had to talk Dede down from one of his crazy ideas!!

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After a day spent darting from touts and rolling up the car windows to keep out the monkeys, we were ready for a break and a little Happy Hour back at The Green Tree.

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This poor guy was carrying an awful lot of orange juice in the 100 degree heat.

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We were grateful for our little lodge and a welcome dip in the pool!

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The trees also helped keep the property and our chalets cool.  Mangos, lemons, oranges, bananas, papayas, there were even pineapples growing.  Did you know that pineapples grow on a bush?  We had no idea!

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After the afternoon sun cooled down a bit, Jake kept wanting to have races:

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Eli found a dirt pile, and went hunting for guinea fowl:

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is it happy hour yet?  Where’s the Captain Morgan’s?

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We ended our day with pizza at Olga’s, maybe the best place in the city to unwind and feel normal after being surrounded by what almost feels like another world.  Zambia is beautiful, crazy, on the other side of the Earth, and full of once in a lifetime opportunities that makes this life we’re living sometimes feel like a dream.  Are Mimi and Dede really here?  Did we really just visit Victoria Falls while fending off a bunch of monkeys?  Were those real lions out there this morning, and is that meat on our pizza actually real pepperoni?  I guess sometimes we have no choice but to jump in feet first,

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and be glad when the rope holds.

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