Knee-a-gah-ra, Rah Rah Rah!
Trip Start Jul 31, 2009
36Trip End Jul 31, 2009
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... we got to THE FALLS!
The falls, as we discovered, are actually split into three different falls. The American falls, which are shallower and more disappointing than the Canadian falls, the Bride's Veil (which is more or less a part of the American falls but just a bit separated from it) and the Canadian (or horseshoe) falls. Those are the best ones. We were informed that since we were coming at peak tourist time in the summer the dam up the river would be allowing us to view the falls in their full glory - we didn't have to worry about them being turned down because some muppet in Niagara-on-the-lake wanted to put his microwave up to full power.
We were first given a half hour to experience the breathtaking sight from above the river. Fabi wasn't terribly impressed upon seeing them because they're only (only?!?!) 52m tall, but when we got close she changed her tune because of the sheer volume of water that was going over them. It was bordering on being ridiculous, with the spray from the bottom rising to high above our heads and landing like rain on us - I knew that there was mist along on the boat, but I had no idea that such a ridiculous amount of water could come from below to high above our heads and soak us...
After soaking in (haha) the atmosphere from the top we split into two groups - those doing maid-of-the-mist (including me) and those who wussed out. We had to queue for about 5 minutes, which wasn't bad at all, really, and we went down an elevator to the level of the lake where we were handed our ponchos. Unwilling to be steam-boiled I left mine off until we were underway on the boat. They say that Niagara means "sound of thunder" in First Countries language and I can certainly see why. The boat takes you as far as it possibly can without itself being forced back by the current and you can feel it wobbling as it struggles against the insane amounts of water which go over the falls without remorse.
When we got off the boat, we were roasting. It was like the cool mist (followed by battering gale of rain when we got nearer) was magnifying the sun onto our skin, and we needed to go somewhere to cool down. We got a rubbish little discount book for all of our troubles in getting on and off the boat and this gave us a free sample of fudge at Hershey's, this crazy chocolate place which made me glad I had no more money with me to buy anything, because I think I'd have spent a LOT. Niagara Falls Ontario itself is something of a tacky place - Fabi said it reminded her of Cancun, whereas I was reminded of Las Vegas. Seeing a Dairy Queen advertising a Mint Oreo Blizzard, I had to stop. It was, I'm sure, the best ice cream North America can offer and I think I may be addicted - I'm just thankful I don't have to walk by any of them regularly in my travels. It cooled me, re-energised me and just generally rocked.
After this, we all met up back at the van and went home. The CFL game last night was awesome - Eski's Vs Stamps, with the Eski's leading until 39 seconds left in the 4th quarter, when a field goal would have tied it. It was 3rd and 10 for the stamps but they gambled, got the touchdown and looked set. Ricky Ray, the eski's QB, then made the most of a great kick return to get the Eski's the win with 9 seconds remaining. That marked midnight, and the end of a cracking day.