Posted by: John McGerr | February 23, 2009

Niagara Falls


We stayed for a while at the Falls, taking in the scenery. It was one of those occasions that I felt that only a camcorder could do justice to the scene. Still photos, no matter how good, just don’t capture the sound of millions of gallons of water flowing across a cliff. I can only imagine what this looked like to the first people ever to see it. After we checked into our hotel our guide led us across to Canada to see the view from the Canadian side. A Canadian friend of mine claimed the best view of the falls is from the Canadian side and it does give you a good over all view, but I felt that the closeups from the American side were much better. To me this wasn’t just about the view, but the sound and feel of the water. It was almost night by the time we crossed the border and there was a fireworks display on once darkness fell. We ate on the Canadian side and the returned to our hotel. The next day we took a trip on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ one of the more famous boat rides in the world. It was great to get so up close even though it was difficult to film with the spray from the falls. Afterwards we were heading back to New York. It was a short visit but a memorable one and, like other iconic places, worth seeing in person. Our trip back was by a different route, via Syracuse and the Catskill Mountains. Mom left some medication behind her and our guide contacted the Hotel who found it and sent it on to meet us in California.

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