Niagra Falls

Getting there

We left Williamsport and drove on I-44 North through some of the best woods we have ever experienced.

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We only managed to spot a few deer, but as the hunting season has started this was probably a good thing.

Breakfast with the Mayor

We had been moving for about 90 minutes, when we stumbled on a small country store. The local mayor and 2 other constituents were having breakfast, we not only had a really nice breakfast but met some very pleasant people.

Alas being on a touring holiday means we sort of have a schedule to keep, and getting close to Niagra was the plan for today. So back on the road and another 70 miles of driving through a forest.

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Lake Erie

As the miles flew past Lake Erie appeared on the GPS, so we took a slight detour and stopped at a small state park on the lake shore. It is hard to believe it is a lake as it is so expansive.

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Having made good time, we now decided to push on to Niagra with the hope of seeing some of the sights.

Niagra

Wow it was busy... Car parks full, but eventually we stopped and parked. However it was not clearly signposted when we were out of the car - now it may be obvious to people who had been there before, but there were a lot of very lost looking people.

As a result we booked into a tour, and were promptly in a small bus and off to the 1st attraction Cave of the Winds.

Cave of the Winds

As the name suggests, it used to be a cave. But it got dangerous and was blown up ! Instead it is wooden multi layered viewing platform.

Top tip: Wear shorts as there is lots of water

After a short visitors centre explaining how the falls used to be, we were given a plastic mac, and a pair of sandals.

Here is Dora modelling this years rain-ware.

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You descend to the foot of the falls, where you are greeted with this.

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At this point you are quite dry - but the noise is really loud.

As you walk around you get closer and closer to the falls. Here we are looking towards the Maid of the Mist site, the bridge is the Rainbow Bridge connecting US and Canada.

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Start climbing up

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Still not too damp, Dora manages to still smile.

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To the Hurricane

The viewing platform closest to the falls, which is the

  • loudest
  • windiest
  • wildest
  • wettest

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Three Sisters

We next went to see 3 small islands just downstream from the very impressive rapids.

After this - we headed to the Maid of the Mist, which we all had seen from the movies.

Maid of the Mist

Being on a tour - means we did not stand in line - which was a great way to speed things up. So very soon we were again donning a plastic mac and getting on a very short, fat ferry boat.

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As we moved down the river the port side started yelling and whooping. As we closed towards a side of the falls.

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We were all now pretty wet

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Just when we thought we had seen it all - we then found ourselves in the middle of the horseshoe falls - alas being down in the boat means you can not see the 270% water wall that is around you. The noise, spray and power of nature makes itself very clear.

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Final View

Leaving the Maid of the Mist, we now headed to shore, were just as we were leaving we spant a few minutes looking from the viewing platform.

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Dora still having fun

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As was I

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Next place of call .... Lake Placid.

Gallery

There are some more photos including these in the gallery.