Day 3 – The Falls
We awoke to the sound of rain this morning, which was really just fine, since we hoped it meant lighter crowds at all the places we wanted to go –and it did!
The first thing you see when you start driving toward the city of Niagara Falls is a tall plume of cloud, extending several hundred feet in the air. As you get closer you realize that it is not cloud, it is mist rising from the bottom of the falls. We were absolutely not prepared for the magnitude or the power of the falls, truly an amazing sight!
We went to the Cave of the Winds (see the great photo of Ron in his rain gear!) We did get wet, and it was just great. I got so many great pictures, and Ron even used his camera. From the Cave we went on the scenic trolley around Goat Island, getting off and on at various sites. Goat Island is the site of the Niagara Falls State Park, the first park designated as a state park in the United States. We had no trouble parking (a big worry during the height of the season up here, so we’re told!)
At the Welcome Center we watched an IMAX video of legends and stories of the falls from pre-historic times. It was so good that we bought a copy. We also went out on the observation platform, looking down at the place below where we were walking around in the Cave of the Wind.
It was a long day, and we’re really beat! Gaia seemed to have a great time at Doggie Day Care, although she behaved like an idiot when I went to pick her up.
Tomorrow we’re heading very early to the Canadian side since it is much harder to find parking on that side. We’re planning to go on the Maid of the Mist boat ride, (so we can get wet again!), and to the other things people like to do here.
We still don’t have any hot water, except intermittently, so we’re showering in the campground bath house. Reminds me of the old days, when we went tent camping with the kids!