Niagara Falls, New York
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My family and I were just outside
Sackets Harbor, NY for a Vacation/Family Reunion and discovered
that we were only about 4 hours from Niagara Falls. So we
decided to spend our last day in NY driving to and enjoying
This photo is taken from the American
side looking at horseshoe falls toward Canada. We arrived
about 1:30 pm on a Saturday. It was a little cloudy.
We walked down the steps to the crest
of the falls. The roar of the water drowned out all sounds around
us except for the people that were speaking very loud to each other
to be heard. The mist would occasionally blow toward the crowd in
a cooling breeze.
Looking beyond the crest the mist gets
very heavy. The water is moving about 22 miles per hour at the
crest of the falls. Here you can barely see the visitors center
on the Canadian side.
Here you can see a Maid of the Mist boat ride that
gets you very close to the bottom of the falls and in "a lot
of cool water" (mist).
A little closer view of the Maid
of the Mist boat. The boat is all blue because all the passengers
are dressed in blue rain (mist) gear. If you go to the page
with larger photos you can see them better.
Looking from the same vantage
point on the American side, we look toward the "American Falls".
If you were on an aircraft looking down on the falls, you would
see that there is an island of land in the middle of the Niagara
River. The water splits and forms the American Falls and the Canadian
Horseshoe Falls. We are on that island viewing both of the falls.
A short walk , still on the island,
takes us to a better vantage point of the American Falls.
From here we can walk down to the observation lookout in the
foreground of this photo.
We have crossed over into Canada and
are now standing again at the Horseshoe Falls. If you go to the
falls in the summer, be prepared to wait in long lines as
much as 30-45 minutes to clear customs when going from the
US into Canada. As you can see, we lost some of our light and it
is now almost entirely overcast. In fact, right after I took this
picture, we had about a 30 second shower.
Another look at the Maid of the Mist
boat close to the falls.
Here is a better idea of just how close
to the bottom of the falls the boats actually get. Even though
you can get much closer to the crest of the Horseshoe Falls from
the American side, the view of both of the falls is much better
from the Canadian side.
From here you can see the full
horseshoe of the falls. That little dark thing at the base
of the falls in the mist is the Maid of the Mist boat. Right
under where this photo is taken is the outlet for the Hydroelectric
plant that is here at the falls.
From the same vantage point as the above
photo, I turn to take this photo of the American Falls looking
back toward the US. To the left of the falls you can see the Rainbow
Bridge that crosses into Canada.
As the Maid of the Mist boat travels
back from the Horseshoe Falls, it passes the American falls.
It can not get as close to this falls as the other due to
the rocks and debris at the base of the falls.
If you look closely at this
photo, and at the larger set of photos (click on any photo), to
the right of the falls down close to the river, there are rows of
yellow. These are people in yellow rain (mist) gear. On the U.S.
side at the American Falls and on the Canadian side at the Horseshoe
Falls, you can get all geared up and take an elevator ride to the
base of each falls. There you get the most close up experience of
the falls from any vantage point.
I regret to say that we did not have enough time to do much more
than visit both sides and enjoy the spectacular views of the falls.
There are very many things to do while at Niagara Falls. This is
a photo of Skylon Tower and a little cafe/restaurant. We went to
see if we could get a bite to eat before rushing off to Syracuse
to catch a plane in the morning.
When I get back in that area again,
I will make sure that I have at least a full day to enjoy and experience
all the slender of the falls and the surrounding area and stay in
the evening to see the light and laser show of the falls at night.
you would like more information, visit www.niagaraparks.com
and Photography by Gar Benedick. Copyright © 1999 Gar Benedick.