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Jul 25, 2011 - Day 14: Towards Niagara Falls

Yesterday the rain pitter-pattered; today it’s heavier and lasting much longer. I don’t think this will end before we leave the campgrounds. Last night we watched RV with Robin Williams after we walked down to the seaway, probably about a mile all told. The temperature is decidedly cooler than we’ve been experiencing so I put on capris (pedal pushers, whatever) and a long sleeved shirt. It’s really a shame that when most people hear “New York,” they think of the city , not the state. We have seen some absolutely gorgeous parts of this...

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Jul 21, 2011 - 21 - 22 July - Niagara Falls

Branches of Niagara Campground. We had such fun here. We visited Niagara Falls on the hottest day of the year so that was perfect timing. Experience the thrill of the falls with some wobbly video:

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The Great Escape

Jul 20, 2011 - Niagara Falls - USA

Wer kennt sie nicht –die 58.hoechsten wasserfaelle der welt. Richtig, nicht besonders hoch, und im vergleich zu den beeindruckenden iguazu-wasserfaellen in argentinien/brasilien... eben nicht so gewaltig, so erfreut einem doch die kuehlende gischt bei 40 grad. Ja, wir hatten traumwetter und kamen gerade rechtzeitig in die hitzewelle rein, zogen es aber doch vor, nicht die niagarafaelle runter zuspringen...damit wir euch nun davon erzahelen koennen ;-) Hmm, welche seite ist wohl schoner? Die frage stellten wir uns natuerlich auch, aber da...

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Jul 18, 2011 - The Erie Canal

We all slept in and recovered from the full day at the Falls. Andrea, Susan and Tim wanted to drive over to Lockport, New York, to see the Erie Canal and the locks. It was a nice drive thru the country side with many farms that had corn planted. The Erie canal was started in 1825 to connect the Hudson River to Lake Erie. The length is about 325 miles. In 1825, the cost was $7 million! That is $4 billion today. The canal was finished in about 3 years and quickly paid for itself. Today, you can still take a private or commercial boat for a...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Fort Niagara and Niagara Falls,Canada at Night

Today we drove over to Fort Niagara that is located on Lake Ontario. The fort has been reconstructed and their are staff in period costumes to explain the buildings and what happened there. Prior to the USA being born, the French built the fort in the late 1700's. The British did not like the French being there--so they fought a battle and won the fort. Then the French re-took it later during a night time raid in December. They walked across the Niagara River because it was frozen! Later in the War of 1812--the fort was returned to the...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Niagara Falls

This is our first major stop of the trip. We reserved two Grey Line tours--one on the US side and another in the evening on the Canadian side. We had a great tour guide--Larry--who described all the sights on the US side. We took the Maid of the Mist boat ride and got wet from the spray. There is alot of water going over the falls--even though 50% of it is diverted upstream for power generation during the day. After midnight, the diversion is 70% and the water level in the river drops about 8 feet.--But they turn it back on every morning...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Naturally Fabulous in Niagara Falls

About 50 years ago, Don visited Niagara Falls with his family (yep…he’s that old). I, on the other hand, have never been there, so New York was our next destination. We stayed at Niagara Lazy Lakes, an ROD park about 15 miles from the falls. Karen and Sherie were going to be here, too, and our friends Ron and Nancy that we met this past winter through Dan and Dee would be here, so this would be a sight-seeing visit and a visit with friends…yea! Anxious to see the falls, we started out early the next day to play tourist. We crossed into...

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Freebirds

May 21, 2011 - NIAGARA FALLS

We get our passports and head up to Canada. It is only 15 minutes from the campground. The line at the Canadian Customs is negligible but the one for US Customs is quite long since this is a Canadian Holiday and Canadians want to exit to the USA. We make it to the falls and find a public parking lot directly across from the Falls ($20.00) and take a walk to see the fabulous falls. The mist is so intense that you can hardly see the falls, occasionally there is a small clearing and you can see part of them. The view of the American Falls is...

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May 21, 2011 - Niagara Falls, NY

May 21. After what seems like rainy day after rainy day we hit the jackpot for warm sunny weather today for our adventure in Niagara Falls. We spent some time walking and photographing the Horseshoe Falls before venturing down to the bottom of the Bridals Falls and American Falls. To be at the base of such power was an awesome experience and managed to photograph enough to keep memories. My highlight was to stand under the Falls and feel the ice cold water bounce into and over me. Next was the boat ride out on The Maid of the Mist tour....

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Team GO

May 20, 2011 - NIAGARA FALLS

Today we have a long drive... about 450 miles from Lancaster to Niagara Falls. We leave at 10h00 am and decide to take i81 and I90. I was not aware that I90 was a toll road... so beware if you are hauling it ride costs $23.00 between Syracuse and Niagara Falls. We have chosen another Passport America campground called Cinderella Motel and Campground. It is simple but has everything, full hookups, 50 amps, cable and a very quiet site. Nothing fancy but we are not looking for fancy... we need privacy, security and pleasant. The managers are...

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May 13, 2011 - Niagara Falls, NY

We got to Niagara Falls early, so not too many tour buses yet. Saw the Whirlpool below the falls, then drove to Goat Island, which is just above the falls and walked around to the viewpoints. The American side is mainly before the falls, the Canadian side is after. Took the elevator down to the bottom, but the Cave of the Winds tour is not yet open, the walkways are damaged every winter from the snow and ice that forms here and they need to be rebuilt. After that drove to Ontario and saw the falls from that side, much more spectacular views...

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usa 2011

Oct 1, 2010 - Lockport, Erie Canal

Just cant resist a chance for a boat trip along the canal. The Erie Canal opened in 1825 connects Lake Erie to the Atlantic. It rises 568 feet through a series of locks and the greatest single rise is here at Lockport. Originally 5 locks lifted boats 60 feet over the Niagara Escarpment – it’s the same cliff which forms the famous falls. The original locks have been replaced with two larger ones which do the job now and we took a boat trip along the canal which passed through the locks en route.

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