Niagara Falls

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Aug 24, 2007

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Flag of United States  , New York
Saturday, August 4, 2007

In the morning we left our motel and went to breakfast at McDonald's. It was in a really cute part of Conneaut, the town was pretty adorable. While Mom and I ordered food, Dad went across the street to check out the church yard sale (he is always doing this kind of thing) but it was a good thing he did because he found a book he had been wanting and purchased it for a dime. It looks pretty interesting to me, I might borrow it when he is done, it's called "The Tough-Minded Optimist" by Norman Vincent Peale. After we ate we headed out of town.

 To get to Niagara we had to pass through more toll roads in Ohio (this is most annoying and I am still not used to the idea of paying for the use of asphalt) and then pass through the tiny tip of Pennsylvania. Before we got out of Penn we stopped at a tiny shack building off the freeway that had info about the falls. Finally we got into New York and an hour or so later we were through Buffalo and at the Falls. We had to take some intense bridges to get to the city of Niagara, which didn't make me feel so comfortable after the whole bridge incident in Minneapolis.

The falls themselves were amazing, definitely a must see in your life time. The water is so still and quiet flowing along down the river, then all of a sudden it drops off and crashes onto the rocks below. I am used to the violent, rushing rivers and waterfalls of Yosemite that don't have the same peacefulness that Niagara does. However, there was one thing that took away from the sereneness.....people. There were millions and millions of people there, some times making it hard to push your way up to the rail to get a peek. And not only were they everywhere they were also in every line, for food, for tickets, and for the maid of the mist (Dad and I had to skip it or we would never have made it to Vermont the next day). The park itself that housed the falls was not that great, it was really commercial, it totally exploited every aspect of this natural beauty and it stunk, literally! It was so gross, the only way to save yourself from the stench was to go towards the water. Luckily seeing the water was what we were there for, so we escaped by walking across the bridge to Goat Island to get more views of the horseshoe part of Niagara. Unfortunately, on the way back to our car we did have to endure the smell. Ew.

After our "interesting" adventure at the falls we left to drive as far towards Vermont as we could get. We got as far as Utica, NY and stopped for the night.
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