Friday, June 19, 2009

Niagara Falls- June 19

Considering how much John and I ended up walking today, we were a bit foolish with the first hike we took in Whirlpool State Park. We were just going to do the scenic overlook, but then the hike down into the river gorge looked very inviting. Fortunately we did not go all the way down. Note the picture which I took looking up at the stairs from near the bottom. I would say that that path of stones was close to one hundred years old- they were cracked and some had pulled away from the wall of the gorge. Good example what weathering does over the years! By the way, the whirlpool that results in the river here is a result of the Niagara's 90-degree turn and is swirling counter-clockwise. A phenomena that happens in no other river in the world. The rest of the day we did a walking tour of the American Falls of Niagara, including Luna Island and the Bridal Veil Falls. We then walked over to the Canadian side of the Niagara, viewing Horseshoe Falls. We had both been here before and had already taken the Maid of the Mist boat ride(which gets you close to the falls,also quite wet). There were quite a few overlooks that got us very close to the falls so we were very satisfied with our walking tour. One picture I have posted here is of the American and Canadian Falls- the other is showing a rainbow with the falls. The boat Maid of the Mist is in both of the pictures.

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