Thundering Water.

Trip Start Nov 17, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We had to be on Bowery St in Chinatown by 8am.  We checked out and I hailed a cab that was big enough for all our stuff.  When we arrived at the tour company, it turned out that we are on a Chinese tour!  China again!  We walked around to our guide and bus, I went to buy drinks and then we were off.  We were supposed to be going to Philly and DC today, but there was murmuring amongst the Chinese guides about what was happening.  Our guide started asking if anyone was getting off in Buffalo, but no one knew what he was asking.  I translated for someone, told him that all was well, and that’s when he told me that we had swapped around and were actually going to Niagara today.  So we decided to make today my fake birthday, since I wanted it in Niagara. 

Later on, on the bus, Shirley handed me a gift bag and said Happy Birthday!  It was my turn to open pressiees!  I got a card from graham and Katie, and one from my parents. Shirley and Kevin got me some lip balm and a photo scrapbook, and my parents got me a memory stick, an 8gb sd card and $200!!!!  This was for a new camera, so it would replenish the money I spent in Chicago on my new Samsung. 

We Stopped a couple of times to eat and stuff, and arrived in Niagara at 5pm.  First we saw the movie, which was 45 minutes long.  Then we went on the Maid of the Mist.  It was awesome!!!  It was done really well, because when you pull up you can see the river starting to rush and turn into rapids, but you can’t see the falls.  Then the movie gets you all excited, and then you go on the boat.  So you first view of the falls is from right below them.  We donned the famous blue ponchos and the Maid of the Mist took us past the American Falls, and right into the middle of the Horseshoe Falls so that we were surrounded on  3 sides by tumbling, thundering water.  It was unbelievable.  Words can’t even describe it…this was the ultimate evidence of the power of nature.  The Maid of the Mist just floated there on the spot, rolling around on top of the choppy, post waterfall, Niagara river.  She stayed for a good  5 or 10 minutes in that same spot, allowing us all to take pictures and videos, and to just stare in awe at the power and beauty that surrounded us.  I couldn’t help picturing the boy in the movie who had tumbled over the falls in his life jacket after a boating  accident, and the woman who had gone over in he barrel.  What would it be like to go over Niagara Falls?  The word ‘Niagara’ means ‘Thundering Water’ …and the Natives named it just right.  The experience had a eerie feel to it for some reason…

Suddenly the Maid of the Mist turned on the spot, and took us back to the dock, with a last view of the American Falls.  The mist creates rainbows, which is beautiful.  We were allowed to keep our ponchos too, which is pretty cool.

After Maid of the Mist, Katie and I wanted to buy patches, and we found one in the gift shop, but we thought we’d look around first at the other gift shops.  We had about an hour until we had to meet the guide again.  The other gift shops didn’t have any better patches….but I did manage to get a B-day present for Kevin for his fake birthday.  Katie and I had to quickly run back to th other gift shop to buy our patches so that we had time to eat before meeting our guide at 8:30.  He took us to Goat Island so that we could see the falls in the dark.  W didn’t stay for very long….they had only turned on one light when we had to leave.  I will definitely come to Niagara again, when I visit Canada. 

Our hotel was 20 minutes away, and it’s a Holiday Inn.  It’s very pleasant.  I’m not sure what we are doing tomorrow.  I know we are going to a glass museum, but no one could understand what the other thing is that the guide said.  It’s quite funny really….at least we will get a surprise!

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