Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
81Trip End Dec 10, 2008
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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
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
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.