The Falls! (or visiting a distant cousin)

Niagara Falls Travel Blog

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water rushing to the edge

Growing up with the last name of "Falls", the jokes went 2 ways: jokes of tripping and falling down, or jokes of being related to every waterfall that has been named by man. So, it was surreal to me to see my former last name plastered all over the place! I did kinda feel like I was visiting a relative! :)

Anyway, after a lovely breakfast at the inn, we head out for the falls. Warning: nobody ever tells you that you will get soaking wet when you go to Niagara! So this is YOUR fair warning! I guess at the height of summer, it would be refreshing...but not in 40-degree weather! Scott and I did go prepared with water-resistant coats, but no hats or umbrella.

We arrived and walked along the river until we got to the part where all the spray was raining back down.

me and the American Falls
We ran thru that part, then we were able to enjoy looking at the falls. The water really is powerful! I cant imagine what it must've been like for the first European settlers to stumble upon the falls for the first time! They probably HEARD the falls long before they reached them! They estimate that the "original" falls were downriver, closer to where the Rainbow Bridge is, back when Europeans first came! I guess that much water would errode the rock!

The mist and spray from the falls goes up hundreds of feet into the air! We were able to see it from the airplane when landing in Buffalo! (we didn't realize what it was at first...thought it was just fog or something) All that spray creates permanent rainbows....well, I guess as long as the sun is out!

We wanted to do the Maid of the Mist, the boat ride that takes you really close to the falls, but it was closed for the season.

the pretty park along the river. I was excited to see fall foliage that had not fallen!
There is also a pretty park that is along the river, so we walked around that and decided finally to find the Starbucks. After warming up with coffee, we walked up to the casino to shop a little and eat lunch. From the casino, there is an incline railway that we rode don the mountain, so we avoided having to get wet a second time! We left the falls area and drove the Niagara River Parkway to Niagar-on-the-Lake. The Parway was a gorgeous drive! It winds right along the river, thru vinyards and small communities, and you end up right on the banks of Lake Ontario at the mounth of the Niagara River.

sassylassie22 says:
Great blog! I really enjoyed reading it and seeing your beautiful pictures of the falls. :)
Posted on: Jan 23, 2008
mellemel8 says:
isn't awesome there. i miss it.
Posted on: Nov 08, 2007
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water rushing to the edge
water rushing to the edge
me and the American Falls
me and the American Falls
the pretty park along the river. I…
the pretty park along the river. …
The Rainbow Bridge, connecting the…
The Rainbow Bridge, connecting th…
Part of the American Falls
Part of the American Falls
here we are!
here we are!
O Canada
O Canada
more of the little park
more of the little park
taken from the casino
taken from the casino
we are always trying to get that g…
we are always trying to get that …
going down the incline railway
going down the incline railway
rainbows created by the spray
rainbows created by the spray
top of the falls
top of the falls
more rainbow
more rainbow
going over!
going over!
we were getting soaked and cold at…
we were getting soaked and cold a…
the camera was spotty from the wat…
the camera was spotty from the wa…
rainbow going down into the gorge
rainbow going down into the gorge
sun reflecting off the mist
sun reflecting off the mist
American Falls and Bridal Veil
American Falls and Bridal Veil
im scared of heights!
i'm scared of heights!
Niagara Falls
photo by: portia