Melina Gunnett

June 29, 2011

Niagara Falls

Filed under: Travel — Melina Gunnett @ 12:31 PM

I spent yesterday walking around Niagara Falls.  I stuck to the U.S. side today.  Today I’ll be heading across the rainbow bridge to the Canadian side on my way to Detroit.

   I started my day at the Niagara Aquarium where I was greeted by the cute little guy on the left.  He wasn’t alone though.  He had several playmates in his pen, including the momma to be pictured sitting on her egg to the right.  
     They, of   course, had the usual array of  fish, some more interesting than others.  One little girl was very excited because she found Nemo.

The one unexpected find was a display of poison dart frogs. I had never seen one up close before and never realized that they came in such a wide variety of colors.  They had yellow, blue and green ones (Like the little guy to my right) on display.  

After the aquarium I made my way over across a bridge to the discover center and took the trolly to the falls.

  They were, as I expected, breathtaking. What I hadn’t anticipated was the sheer force. At the point that the water hits the falls it is traveling over 30 miles per hour and has already passed through 4 of the 5 great lakes.You can feel the roar of the water has it plummets nearly 200 feet over the edge. In the picture to the left you can see the continuous spray of water which bounces back up from the bottom.  It is difficult to get near the falls without getting wet.The first thing I did was head for the observation tower and then take the elevator down to the base of the falls.  There I boarded the Maid of the Mysts, which took us up river to the base of the Horse shoe falls and back.The mist was so thick at the base of the falls that once the boat entered them, I could see nothing until we turned back out.

Observation Tower

Horseshoe Falls

Americian Falls

American Falls

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

 Afterwards I walked across the river and stopped to give a nod to my man Nikola Tesla.

Hermit's Cascade

Hermit's Cascade

Nikla Tesla

Top of Horsheshoe FallsThere is a restaurant at the top of Horseshoe Falls – Conveniently called Top of the Falls, just in case you forgot where you are.  I stopped there for what I thought would be a light lunch.My over priced salad didn’t seem so overpriced when it arrived.  It was big enough to feed 2 or 3 people and the view… well you can see that for your self.  I took the picture on the right from where I was eating.

After lunch I took a long slow walk around Goat Island (This is the large island between the American and Horseshoe Falls in the middle of the Niagara River.) The island is beautiful and a place I could easily spend an relaxing afternoon. Toward the Canadian side there is a string of three small islands called the three sisters you can walk out onto. It was a nice reminder that Niagara is a state park for a reason, and not just a large tourist spot.

After my walk around the island I headed back to the falls, finally ready for my last excursion – The Cave of the Winds.  I donned the raincoat and sandals  they provided and took the elevator down to the base of the cliff.  At the bottom I found myself walking down a long corridor that smelled a lot like the showers at a gym.  It was worth the trip.  I emerged at the base of the falls.It soon became evident why they are called the rainbow falls.  As the sun hit the mist filled air rainbows appeared across the rocks bellow the bridal veil.

Rainbow streaked rocks below the falls.

   Oh, and Canada has a space needle too. Theirs is overlooking the Niagara Falls.  So I guess this means that my trip will be taking me from space needle to space needle as I cross the continent.The sun is coming out and I should head out too.  Time for another day of adventure!

 

More pictures can be found HERE.  I will be uploading more as soon as I have time and wi-fi.

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