Finally at the Falls

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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What I did
Went to the AAA Office

Flag of United States  , New York
Monday, May 9, 2011

It's an experience of a lifetime!  The sheer beauty of the cascading water is one thing, but to take the Maid of the Mist enhances it beyond your wildest dreams...  We drove down to Niagara Falls State Park on another warm and sunny day.  The have had a significant amount of rain here lately, so we must have brought the sun with us.  We've been blessed with tolerable weather for the last two weeks at least.  i don't really mind driving Shorty in the rain, but camping in it is a pain.

The Hussy got us to the park, more or less.  We finally had to use the map to get located.  We had a free parking pass from our park, but were lured into a local parking spot prior to arriving directly at our location.  It only cost us five dollars, but it still irritates me to get suckered in so.  Perhaps it was just being frustrated at the difficulty in getting there that did it.  Anyway, we were there...

Some of the venues are not open yet.  The tunnel behind the falls is still under construction, so is only partially open.  We wandered around the park a bit and enjoyed the views and flowers.  Then we got our tickets and climbed up onto the observation tower.  Here I got some decent photos and one of the videos.  

When our boat arrived, we opted for a spot on the port side, which would give us the best view of the water.  The boat holds about a hundred patrons and is an SRO situation only.  We found out later the why of it.  We pushed off and headed on a course just below the falls itself.  I got two or three shots of the area prior to ditching the camera under the included raincoat.  Then the water and wind hit!  It was a thrilling and exciting ride.  We crossed over and approached the Canadian side and got the full view of both parts of the falls.  We got wet!.. to say the least.  

On the return trip, the wind, which reminded me of the blow dryer in the car wash, dried us off almost completely.  We both retained our wet feet as a memory.  It was a great trip!  If you ever get here, do not miss it.

One experience I really enjoyed was visiting with several visitors a t the park.  We, as Americans, were truly in the minority.  There were numerous Chinese and also folks from India.  Since I'm naturally loquacious and curious, I approached a number of them to visit and ask a few questions to get the conversation going.  Some of the Chinese were students in engineering, studying in Detroit.  I also met an Indian gentleman, a retired engineer, who is visiting his son who lives in the area.  He was quite animated and fascinating when telling me of his career.  Mechanical engineering has always been an interest of mine, so we had a fine visit.

By the way, two kind folks took photos of us today.  Unfortunately they both seemed uncomfortable with including our feet.  Interesting...

We then headed south to Buffalo... no shuffling though.  We need maps, tour guides and campground books for the remainder of our trip.  There's a AAA office just off of the interstate with easy access.  We "mapped up" and then found a spot for lunch.  It was called the "SoupHerb Gourmet".  Took me a while to fully get the meaning of the name.  The food was good and reasonably priced, for New York, that is.  We also found a terrific food store nearby, called Wegmans.  It's a huge store and has so many choices that I was amazed.  Pricey, but nice, is how I'd describe it.

We headed back to the park and are relaxing.  Too much lunch helps us decide to forego dinner tonight.  We'll stroll over at about eight thirty and view the sunset again.  It's an amazing experience.  I could go on, but for once, will not.

Tomorrow is a trip to Lockport to do some needed laundry, so stay tuned for more adventure!
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