Niagara Falls

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Magnificent, Mighty, Majestic, Magical, Monstorous, Mesmorizing ... and SO much more!  I've officially logged the Niagara Falls into my 'M' File - for 'M'emories.

You've read all the blurb, seen all the postcards, videos and photos , but nothing prepares you for the reality.  Nothing prepares you for the thunderous noise the water makes as it hurls itself over the cliff - enough water per minute, to fill one million bath tubs!  Nothing prepares you for the ice-wind on your face, or the mist that settles on you,  and you could swear it was rain.   Photos  - they help us imagine,  but no photo in the world can make you feel.

This is a feeling that has been shared by millions and millions before us.  And as I gaze in awe at this natural wonderment, I wonder (as I often have on this tirp), how you could deny a Creator - no 'bang'  is going to make some so beautiful but so fierce, so empowering but so fearless.    And I admire, those generations who have gone before us, that they had the most incredible insight and determination, to build tunnels, behind these Falls, so that ALL of us could experience the sheer awesomeness of it.     How did they do it???   Every step we take is in amazement:  how did they keep on day after day, (with only the tools and technology of 100yrs ago)  with water just pouring in? I don't know, but I'm glad they did.

Their persistence has allowed famous people AND the common man alike, to explore this 'must-see in my lifetime' attraction.   Nature has no discrimination.

I'm going to share with you another side of this story.  Where's there's an attraction - there is a tourist dollar.  The Falls itself is very reasonably priced and does not charge tax.  However, just across the road from this natural 'wonderland' is the man-made 'disneyland' as such.  Big high-rise hotels line the street; casinos, ferris wheel, street vendors, and typical b-grade eating establishments finish the picture.  Don't get me wrong, I completely understand the demand for hotels here.  To be able to walk out of your hotel, literally, and walk the boardwalk of the Falls, absorb the serenity of it all, is something very special.   So....., tacky? Yes.  touristy - Definitely,  BUT nothing will take away from this largely untouched piece of paradise.  They have kept the 'buildings' across the road, and have given beauty its space.  

For us, however, our 'space' is a campervan - so after a quick bite, through customs, we re-enter the U.S. and head for Boston. 

 Just a footnote, for the bloggers that are tuning in .... You can use Canadian coins on the tolls through the U.S. (to a point) - we got rid of about $25 canadian dollars this way, that otherwise would have been useless.
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