Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Adventure at Niagara Falls ...

The editor and publisher of this journal extends apologies to all its readers for what seems like a lack of work on our part.  Publication has been delayed due to a lack of WIFI access (we try not to use our own hotspot connection when posting lots of photos which eats up our data plan - yes, we are frugal, not cheap). --Editor.

August 4th, while staying in Westfield, NY, we decided that we had "to go and see the elephant", what everyone has been talking about for so long, why people would honeymoon at this place, what so many millions of people had put on their "bucket list"; we had to go see Niagara Falls.

You can get a little wet here.

 I took this photo of the American and Bridal Vail falls from the boat, The Maid of the Mist.  It was later in the afternoon and thunderstorm was approaching. The boat runs up the lower river into the Canadian falls. 
 From the boat you can see The American Falls on the left and the Canadian Falls on the right.
Rainbow Bridge which connects the USA to Canada.
This shot was taken from upstream of the Niagara River and a group of islands called the Three Sisters.  You can see the mist rising up from the falls.  The skyline is Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Joanie on the Maid of the Mist just before our run up into the falls.  The wind caused by the falling water is of hurricane force, we were told.  I did not get any photos of the run up into the water as my camera was not water proof.

White water up river of the falls.  Note the absence of kayakers.  "Only people who are crazy go over the falls" which our tour guide, Saint Bobby, reminded us and who showed us the museum dedicated to the "daredevils" who have. 

 The American Falls is on the left.  That is Bridal Vail Falls on the right.

Tourists can view the falls from Canada as well as the US.  Boats on the Canada side fly the Canadian flag and give all the tourists red ponchos.  The boats from the US side of course fly the American ensign and give all who board blue ponchos.  If someone one falls overboard, the authorities know where to return the body. 

This observation tower is on the Canadian side.  Canadian tourists have much nicer observation facilities than their American counterparts.

A tour boat returns from a run up into the falls.

At the falls is a large bronze monument to Nikola Tesla.

Luckily the falls are so large that you don't notice the thousands of tourists who have come from all over the world to see the falls.  My guess is that half of them could not speak English.

Some families from other countries made it easy to locate one another in the crowds.
There was a Muslim family on our tour bus who did not speak English but when they encountered a group of nuns, who, I believe, were from Europe, had no problem communicating a request for a photo that compared head dressing.

Just a little educational note here:  If you had come here 50 years ago, you would have seen 50% more water going over the falls.  At night it drops to 25% of what it once was.  During the winter that drops to 12.5%.  Canada and the US control the water so that they can use more for power generation.  Can you imagine twice the amount of water we saw!


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