Monday, 16 June 2014
Niagara Falls - one very cool 'Fathers Day'
It was 'Fathers Day' today and what a way to celebrate with a ride up to Niagara Falls, only 21 miles from downtown Buffalo. The falls are considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Another natural wonder of the world is the Grand Canyon so we have been privileged to see two of them on this epic adventure
Niagara Falls is an incredible waterfall system located on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York of the United States. Niagara Falls is comprised of three distinctive falls that include: Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the American side. The Horseshoe Falls are 2,600 feet ( 792 m) wide with the American Falls measuring 1,060 feet (323 m) wide. The highest drop occurs on Horseshoe Falls at 173 feet (53 m).
The weather was perfect. It seems we have always been blessed with wonderful weather each time we have visited a major destination on this tour. This photo is taken on the American side with the 'American Falls' over my left shoulder and in the far distance are the 'Horseshoe Falls' spanning both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls.
Notice the plume of mist rising from the Horseshoe Falls in the far background. You can see this 10 miles away from Niagara.
See the blue 'snake-line' down there on the path, that's people getting up close to the Falls.
The boat in the middle of this photo is one of the 'Maids of the Mist' heading up towards the Horseshoe Falls. We took this boat-trip and it was the best $17 I have ever spent on anything - great value for money.
The photo above and the one below are the 'American Falls' on the American side, naturally.
Getting ready to board the 'Maid of the Mist'
Chugging past the 'American Falls.' The boats have incredibly powerful engines to deal with the force of the currents.
Close up experience of the 'American Falls' flowing almost over you.
More of the 'American Falls' above and below
Don't we look 'dapper' in our plastic rain-suits, but you do really need them.
Starting to head into the 'Horseshoe Falls.' The noise was exciting and a little scary.
Just entering the 'Horseshoe Falls.' As you can see the camera is starting to get wet!
Can you see the building on the top which provides some perspective.
I love the colour of the very top of the water-line on this photo. The noise was magnificent.
Here is some idea of what is was like being "in the mist"
We need not have showered this morning had we known this is how wet we were going to get. I have never taken a "selfie" in conditions like this before.
This is Lake Ontario flowing into Lake Erie - the top of the 'American Falls' which can been view from the town of Niagara.
The air was wonderfully fresh and the sound of the fast flowing river as it approaches its drop-off was captivating.
It was a great experience visiting Niagara Falls and I will certainly be coming back one day to see them with my wife, who would love them.