The Falls of Niagara

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American Falls by night.

On Monday night we hopped on the overnight bus from New York to Niagara Falls, Canada.

The Falls themselves were amazing - the sheer volume and power of the water is a sight to behold. It's funny though how ingrained we are in the drought culture: on seeing the falls for the first time, both of us found ourselves thinking "look at all that water being wasted!". But then we shook ourselves out of water-restrictions-stage-3 mode and were able to appreciate the falls for the magnificent piece of creation that they are.

We took a ride on the "Maid of the Mist", a boat that takes you right up to the base of the falls. We got soaking wet but it was worth it, just to see the falls up close and hear the thunderous wall of noise. We went on the "Journey Behind the Falls", which took us into the cliff-face behind the falls so we could see the water falling in front of us. It really was an amazing sight.

In contrast to the natural wonder of the falls, the town of Niagara Falls itself is not-so-natural and perhaps, one could argue, not so wonderful. The main street is lined with every tacky tourist trap imaginable - wax museums, game arcardes, ice cream stands, haunted houses and enough neon flashing lights to make it look like a minature Vegas.

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American Falls by night.
American Falls by night.
Us at the Horseshoe Falls.
Us at the Horseshoe Falls.
The lip of the Falls.
The "lip" of the Falls.
Brent contemplating what it would …
Brent contemplating what it would…
The American Falls.
The American Falls.
The Maid of the Mist heading int…
The "Maid of the Mist" heading in…
On the Maid of the Mist, before …
On the "Maid of the Mist", before…
On the Maid of the Mist, after w…
On the "Maid of the Mist", after …
The falls up-close.
The falls up-close.
Brent in the Journey Behind the F…
Brent in the "Journey Behind the …
The Cosby sweater lives on.
The Cosby sweater lives on.
Niagara Falls
photo by: portia