This morning we had to be up a little earlier than usual because the tour bus was due between 8:00 and 8:15 at the campground for its first pick-up stop. We made a couple of other stops at hotels to pick up other people, for a total of 21 passengers. We had several good views of the Niagara River and rapids as we drove to Niagara Falls State Park (the first state park in the nation). It was a bit chilly because the temperature was only in the 60s.
Our first adventure was the "Maid of the Mist" cruise to get a close-up look at all the falls. They supplied us with thin blue plastic ponchos, which kept out some of the water, but our feet and pants legs got wet. We were able to buy single-use waterproof cameras from the bus driver. It was impossible to get clear pictures because of the spray, but that's just part of it.
Then we went to the Cave of the Winds, where we could walk right up to the falls. I climbed to the very top observation deck. Spectacular!! This time we were issued yellow ponchos and a pair of plastic sandals with hook-and-loop closures. They wouldn't let me wear my beach thongs, so I padded my poor broken pinkie toe with a paper towel. I put my thongs back on as soon as we got back to the bus.
After this we saw the 3-D "Legend of Niagara Falls" movie at the Thunder Theater. It was very interesting. We even experienced cold wind and mist at appropriate points in the story.
All too soon the tour was over. We arrived back at the campground at 1:00. I changed out of my wet clothes and hung them in the bathroom. Maybe they will be dry by morning.
Niagara Falls Trivia: Twenty per cent of the earth's fresh water (from the Great Lakes) flows over Niagara Falls - more than at any other waterfall in the world. The Niagara River is actually a strait connecting Lakes Erie and Ontario. Its deepest point, 170 feet, is directly below the Falls. The American brink is 1060 feet long and 176 feet high and 150,000 gallons of water tumble over its edge each second. The Horseshoe Falls is 2600 feet across and 167 feet high, with 600,000 gallons of water falling from its brink each second. Until you see all this, it is hard to imagine this much water power.