It’s been a few weeks since I went on my first ever helicopter ride. That was thrilling enough in it’s own rite, but when you couple it with a ride over Zambia’s wild countryside, amazing views of Victoria Falls, and diving and dashing over class five rapids of the Zambezi river, well…..

You feel as light as a feather upon the wind as the helicopter rises into the air with ease. The speed and motion as you see your shadow glide upon the earth mesmerizes all my senses. I see the world in a whole new light of brilliance.

Victoria Falls opens up new avenues of wonder as you truly see the power of water from above, carving stone over several millenia to form the site before us. It takes my breath away and humbles me like never before.

The gorge that is formed from the singular Zambezi river beyond the falls is equally impressive in it’s crisscrossing z pattern along the Zambia countryside. A rocky African snake making it’s way through South Africa to the mighty ocean.

Just as I thought our pilot would be ending this adventure, he quickly dives the helicopter to the left and sharply flies right into the Gorge. Next thing we know, mighty river rapids are forming before us as we glide over them, seemingly river rafting the Zambezi in our helicopter. You can imagine great hippo and crocodiles just underneath the waves. It was a thrill that will not soon leave my memories.

Thank you to my friends Jane and Laurie for sharing this unforgettable experience with me.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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