Niagara Falls

6 Oct

When in Buffalo for the first (and potentially only) time, you have to stop and see the Falls.  They are truly amazing.  We didn’t think to bring our passports, so we were limited to the “American side.”  (The “Canadian side” is supposed to be better.)  Still, it was gorgeous.The Falls are more wide than they are tall (I expected Niagara Falls to be supremely tall), but that’s not to say it isn’t breathtaking any which way you look at it.The most compelling part for me was the calm water that gently streams into these massive, unstoppable falls.  Like if you didn’t know better you might just take a swim, or go for a little kayak ride, and end up dropping hundreds of feet (to a not very pleasant ending).Amy told us about a Japanese tourist who stood next to the Falls with an umbrella for a picture and the wind blew her away.  How sad!  On the other hand, a little boy fell into the Falls with nothing but his bathing suit and he was rescued by the Maid of the Mist, the tourist boat that takes you in and around the falls.We definitely took a ride on the Maid of the Mist and it was definitely awesome.  Misty, without a doubt.  It’s impossible to determine depth when you are at the bottom of the Falls.  We rode into the white mist for some time and still came nowhere near the actual Falls.  Apparently, as you get closer, the rapids are unsafe for any type of boat.  Crazy.On our way out there, Abe told me Niagara Falls was a honeymoon destination and I laughed at him but it turns out he was right.  Only that was 30 years ago.  Anyway, it’s sweet and romantic and really interesting, but after six buckets of mist in my eyes I was glad we opted for the Riviera Maya for our honeymoon instead.

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