I finally got around to transferring my pictures of Niagara Falls from my digital camera to my computer. I took dozens, but I'll only bore you with three! The first one shows the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, which I think are simply magnificent. You can't appreciate the power and force of the falls until you stand next to them and hear the thunder of the water rushing over the edge. In fact, our hotel room on the 22nd floor faced the falls and we could hear the roar from up there when we opened the window. If I remember correctly, somewhere between 5-6 million cubic feet of water flows over the edge every minute.
The second picture was taken from Journey Behind the Falls where there is a series of tunnels and observation platforms that bring you behind the water. I'm not claustrophic, but I felt very uncomfortable down there. The walls and floor are slimy and wet and the thought of tons of rock above me made me uneasy. What can I say? The older I get, the more neurotic I become! (I also skipped the Maid of the Mist this time. I survived that 30 years ago and decided not to push my luck!) They provided us with yellow plastic rain ponchos to protect us from the water, and I got several pictures, but we look like drowned rats so I decided not to embarass myself by posting them.
The final picture shows the American Falls on the left and the very narrow fall adjacent to that on the right is called Bridal Veil Falls.
On a side note, I had several opportunities to engage Canadians in conversation while I was there so I decided to conduct my own unofficial poll. The question was: Who do Canadians believe is the best American president in recent history? The answer quite surprised me - Bill Clinton. They love the man over there. They believe he had the potential to do great things for our country and the world, but he was stymied by Republican self-serving zealots who put the party ahead of the country.
It seems like the GOP's image is taking a beating from everyone these days.