Friday, September 1, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things


Friday kind of snuck up on me this week, so like the white rabbit, I'm late, I'm late, for a very important...blog hop. Okay, that doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Anyway, please put your paws together for our host, Lexa Cain, and her cohosts L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker.

Last week, I shared images from our trip to the Toronto Zoo. After that, we zipped down to Niagara Falls for a few days. I love waterfalls, so it's pretty cool that one of the biggest and most beautiful is within driving distance of home.



The boat on the lower left is the Hornblower, or the Canadian version of the Maid of the Mist. These boats will take you right up to the bottom of the Canadian falls, and, as if that wasn't fun enough, you get to wear a cool (actually hot) garbage bag rain poncho. Red for Hornblower, blue for Maid of the Mist.






What does it look like that close to the falls? I have no idea. I had to squinch my eyes shut to keep my Niagara-filled contacts from jumping out of the boat. But I can tell you what it feels like. Grab a garden hose, hold it about a foot from your nose, and turn on full blast. Yes, that's why they hand out ponchos. Sadly it's byog (bring your own goggles). 

Another fun thing to do is The Journey Behind the Falls. For this attraction, you get to ride an elevator down the bottom of the Canadian side and view the falls from a platform.




This attraction also comes with a poncho (yellow). There is also a tunnel that takes you behind the falls. The view isn't that exciting--just white mist, but the roar and rumble of the water is fun to experience.



There is a nice sidewalk on the Canadian side to see both the American Falls (those in the background) and the Canadian falls (the horseshoe-shaped falls). I haven't been to the American side, ironically, or toured Goat Island (the area between the falls).

After dark, there are lights on the falls that change color.

Niagara Falls in teal


Niagara falls in purple

They also have a fireworks show just before 10 p.m., but we were so exhausted from walking around all day, we skipped it. 

Do you like visiting waterfalls? Any big ones near your home? 


13 comments:

  1. Ooh, pretty. I don't think I've ever seen a waterfall irl. Maybe someday.

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  2. Beautiful! If I'm ever in that part of the world, I'll definitely take that trip, though I'd better tie on my glasses! And no, we don't have even a small waterfall near where I live. A semi-related comment: did you know that the only part of LOTR that wasn't filmed in New Zealand is the bit where Boromir's boat goes over the docks? And guess WHICH falls those were?

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  3. Falls, not docks! Stupid predictive software!

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  4. How beautiful. I have always wanted to go to Niagara Falls and now I want to go even more.

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  5. The changing colors is pretty. I knew you'd get wet getting near the falls, but I didn't think about the pressure of the water.

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  6. I'm about an hour away from Taquamenon Falls which is quite large, but tiny compared to Niagara. Hubby and I have been planning on going to Niagara falls for a few years, but we haven't had a chance to make that happen. I'm hoping next year in May we can.

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  7. I've been to Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. It is beautiful.

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  8. I used to live in Western NY and was at Niagara Falls many times. I like how you can take an elevator down and see underneath the falls on the Canadian side. I also thought they were neat in winter, with chunks of ice falling over them.

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  9. Niagara Falls look wonderful and it's definitely on my bucket list. One day.....

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  10. I still can't imagine the power of those falls. They are spectacular.

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  11. Awesome. We have plenty of waterfalls around the Top End, but nothing to compare with Niagara. I remember swimming towards the bottom of one at Wangi Falls, and loving the struggle against the current and the spray...such power and it's not even a big waterfall. Great pics again, Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I love the Niagara Falls! I think I have visited three times and I have never takes the Journey Behind the Falls, though! Glad you enjoyed it. Great pics!

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  13. Niagara Falls is on my list of places to visit in future.

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