Drenched by the Falls
Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
10Trip End Jun 26, 2010
Tredging back over to the American Side, we took the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Again, you take an elevator down to the river where you board a boat that takes you past the American Falls and right up to the Horseshoe Falls
Since we had already been drenched twice, we decided to go for the trifecta and went of the Cave of the Winds tour. There is no longer a cave, but the walkway/stairs is a one way trip that takes you right up to and partly through the Bridal Veil Falls (the right side of the American Falls). You will get soaked. The provide you with raincoats that are long and have sleeves. You are also required to wear the water shoes they provide you, which you may keep. Only problem, the women's sizes come in small, which my size 6 feet slightly hung over, or medium which my friend's size 7.5 were swimming in (Pun intended). But they will keep you from slipping. You then head out on the walk. You climb stairs and there are platforms frequently where you can stop and rest and/or take pictures
All three tours were worth the money. And luckily the day was nice. The rain was gone and the temps were in the mid 70's.
The rest of the wanderings were free. We walked along the river, overlooked the falls from the top, walked over to the Island and walked completely around it. Saw the rapids on the American side, (which are lit up at night also), and marveled that the 7 year old boy who had been involved in a boating accident upstream (years ago), had survived not only the trip down the rapids and river above the Falls, but also the plunge over the Horseshoe Falls, only to be rescued by the crew of the Maid of the Mist. He is the youngest survivor of the Falls.
After walking for what seemed like hours, we showered, changed, and took the car across the Rainbow Bridge to head up the coast of Canada to Niagara on the Lake, a beautiful old historic town about 20 miles north. The road follows the river, with a great overview of the whirlpool area of the river. You pass estates, beautiful old homes, lots of orchards and vineyards. We ate dinner in town, and walked along the quaint streets, in and out of the shops. It is a side trip worth doing. As it finally got dark (which is not until after 9 pm), we headed back to our hotel.