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2015 Happy Trails - Week 07

August 30 thru September 05, Niagara Falls, NY, PA, OH, IN, IL, MO

Sunday, August 30

Lake Ontario, Youngstown, NY

Tomorrow we’re going to Niagara Falls but today we discovered a beautiful hidden spot at the campground right on the beach so we took some time to just relax. Tim even got in a little reading.
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Sprocket
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Unbelievably clear water!
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Sunshine enjoying a swim and a game of fetch.
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Success! Of course her favorite part of this game is shaking water all over you when she brings the stick back. LOL
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Cormorant - interesting picture; I may need to paint this someday.
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Monday, August 31

Niagara Falls, NY

We had a wonderful day at Niagara Falls touring both the Canadian Falls and the American Falls. Until today I hadn't realized there was a distinction, but yes, there are two different falls. I took a million pictures.

I've actually been here before on a family vacation when I was only 11 or 12 years old. I remember the Horseshoe Falls, as the Canadian Falls are called but not the American Falls.

Not that I'm a hoarder or anything, but I still have the souvenir my parents let me buy on that trip - two of the cutest little ceramic blue birds.

Our tour package took us to every one of the Overlooks (Cave of the Winds, Bridal Veil and American Falls Overlook, Maid of the Mist Overlook, and Table Rock Overlook of the Horseshoe Falls) plus lunch, a boat ride into the falls, a cable car ride over whirlpools, and a visit to the Skylon Tower. Fabulous tour! I highly recommend it.

I've organized the photos by tour event.

Cave of the Winds
We have Maid of the Mist boat ride tickets for later today. Looks scary as it disappears in the mist near the bottom of the falls!
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The power of the water of the falls creates a thick mist. When you begin the tour you're given water shoes and rain gear. The hairdo went by the wayside. LOL But it was great fun. We climbed these stairs all the way to the top of the falls.
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Because of the winter freezes these stairs are dissembled and rebuilt every year!
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The plants and flowers love the mist.
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View of the casino.
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Bridal Veil and American Falls Overlook
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How would you like to have the job of manually dissembling and reassembling these stairs every year? I can't imagine how they accomplish it!
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Tesla

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Maid Of The Mist

All decked out for the ride into the mist.
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American Falls to the left, Canadian Falls to the right.
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American Falls - you can see how they have collapsed more than the Canadian Falls.
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American Falls
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Approaching the Canadian Falls
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It was pretty scary as we rode right into the mist at the bottom of the Canadian Falls. Yikes!
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View of the Maid of the Mist Overlook as we head back upstream past the American Falls. We'll be going there next after we get off the ship.
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Skylon Tower as seen from the ship. Later today we'll include a trip to the top of the Tower as part of our tour.
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We've turned around and are now leaving the Falls area and are heading upstream toward the Whirlpools area. Sounds scary. We'll see.
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Maid of the Mist Overlook
Before reaching the Whirlpool area we have a stop at the Maid of the Mist Overlook. Thankfully there was an elevator to get us to the top!
The view was breathtaking!
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We were even blessed with a rainbow!
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Whirlpool

The ship docked and let us off to climb to the Whirlpool Overlook where we boarded a cable car to cross the river with the whirlpools below us. Yes, I was a little nervous. LOL
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We watched some brave souls below who were taking the Whirlpool Jet Rides. No thanks!
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Table Rock Overlook Horseshoe Falls, Canada

And finally our tour brought us to the Table Rock Overlook of the iconic Canadian Falls, often referred to as the Horseshoe Falls. Simply stunning!
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511, Tim - enjoying the tour.
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Below us is the Maid of the Mist ship heading into the Horseshoe Falls, the ride we took earlier today. Now you can see why it was a scary ride.
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Skylon Tower

Our last stop of the Niagara Falls tour package, the Skylon Tower.
This is a great view from above of both the American Falls and the Canadian Falls.
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Views of the Horseshoe Falls were spectacular.
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And more pictures showing the Maid of the Mist heading into the falls.
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This was us earlier in the day!!!
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The bridge between the US and Canada.
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And thus ends our wonderful tour of Niagara Falls. Tomorrow we'll be heading south and back to home base in Missouri.

Posted by JudyandTim2015 22:31

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