Niagra Falls

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Woke up and made our way to Niagra Falls. Along the way we made a visit Catellani Art Museum on the Niagra University campus. Ok...Ok...so it wasnt "along" the way but it wasnt much of a detour. They had an exhibit i wanted to see called Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad of Greater Niagra. There were a few interesting things but it wasnt much to it.

On to Niagra! We parked at the big casino that's 5 or 6 blocks from the falls. Free parking. While we walked, we passed a couple 8-10 store shopping strips. So many of the stores were closed. Not closed as in after hours. I mean closed as in for good.

get to the falls, walk around some and take a few pictures. We take the "Cave of the Winds" tour. To get here you have to cross the pedestrian bridge to Goat Island.

american falls looking towards the canadian side
It may sound confusing but you'll be able to figure it out pretty easy when you get there. Cant remember the price but it was about $13 or so. You get these nifty little ponchos and souvenir sandals. They have a little camera crew to take your picture if you want. It has a close up view (picture) of the falls as the backgroup. Nice souvenir I guess.

Side Note: Goat Island is just that. An island. Its also the natural divider between the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. 5.5 billion gallons of water flow per hour. Alot is diverted to the power plants tho. Think about how the water changes when you put your thumb at the end of the water hose. To me, Goat Island is a big thumb. Like 10% of the water flows over the American Falls. The rest goes over Horseshoe Falls.

looking towards rainbow bridge
Awesome amount of power.

Anyway, elevator ride down to the cave. (its not really a cave). The have the stairs/ pathways built going a few directions. You can get as wet (or not) as you like. One part is called the hurricane deck. Its an earned name and you WILL get wet. Stay in the cave as long as you like. When you're finished trash you poncho and elevator back up.

Next stop was/is Maid of the Mist. Pay $13.50 (only $1 if you dont want to ride the boat), go through the gate and you're on the top deck of the observation tower. It's 230ft high and really the best place to get a picture of both falls together. Stay as long or short as you like.  If you opted for the boat ride take the elevator down to the bottom. Pick up your poncho and wait for next boarding.

falls view from rainbow bridge
They came very 15 minutes or so. I stood at the bow (front) of the board. I wanted to be as close to the falls as possible. While that close to the falls, there's a huge amount of wind generated by the falls. On an otherwise bright sunny day, the "rain" and wind created rainbows. They looked so pretty and full. Seemed close enough to reach out and touch. One thing i didnt see were pots of gold on either end.

Leave the mist, walk across rainbow bridge to the canadian side. You'll need your passport. I immediately noticed that this is where all the action is. Tons of restaurants, bars, shops and attractions (haunted houses, etc). When I was there a fireworks show was scheduled at nightfall. Wasnt hard to pass a few hours until then. In the end there wasnt much to the show but lots of people turned out to watch.

Long walk so we headed on back to the car for home.

If you visit Niagra Falls you for sure have to get to the canadian side. Like i said before, its where all the action is. Another reason would be to get a good full frontal of the falls. When on the american all you get are profiles.

A great day and another check off on the ole bucket list.

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american falls looking towards the…
american falls looking towards th…
looking towards rainbow bridge
looking towards rainbow bridge
falls view from rainbow bridge
falls view from rainbow bridge
looking down to people in the cave…
looking down to people in the cav…
preparing for the storm
preparing for the storm
me in the cave of the winds
me in the cave of the winds
kinda cold
kinda cold
i know right
i know right
from the observation deck
from the observation deck
maid of mist boarding on canadian …
maid of mist boarding on canadian…
230ft observation tower
230ft observation tower
starting to get a little wet
starting to get a little wet
heck have i gotten myself into
heck have i gotten myself into
wringing out the hair
wringing out the hair
you can stop laughing now
you can stop laughing now
no pot of gold
no pot of gold
no gold on this side either ;-(
no gold on this side either ;-(
on the boat looking back at the fa…
on the boat looking back at the f…
about to cross rainbow bridge
about to cross rainbow bridge
falls from the brdige
falls from the brdige
28 km (17 miles) traveled
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