Brad Paisley released a song that as soon as I heard I loved. The name of the song is “Water”. The story of the song is that he has had a love affair with water since he was 3 years old and his dad blew up the kiddie pool. I can attest that my love affair with water goes far younger. Growing up in Florida surrounded by water my parents did one of the best things for me. They took me to swimming lessons. Lessons started when I was just a year old and by the time I was 18 months they would drop me in the pool and I could swim the length of the Olympic pool at the local public pool. Since then I have spent nearly my entire life less than two hours from either the Gulf of Mexico or an ocean. I love water.
When I was in high school and found out my parents were moving me from Boston back to my beloved Florida my girlfriends and I decided to run off to Chicago for a road trip as a good-bye. On the way back to Boston we side-tripped to Niagara Falls. We were only here a couple of hours but we did get to see both the American side and the Canadian side of the falls. This was long before the required passport to travel between the countries. I loved it.
As Bill and I were discussing our travel plans Niagara Falls was a place we both agreed we needed to see again. We didn’t really have plans for what to do but neither of us needs incentive to be near water.
It was almost a 6-hour drive from Cleveland and generally after a 6-hour day driving we just grab dinner and crash. When we got here we were both so jazzed that was not going to happen. We did grab dinner but then after dinner we headed straight over to the falls. There was little chance of us being this close to water and not dropping everything to go. We got to the falls and wandered around taking pictures. Just as we were about to leave because it was getting dark the lights came on. Niagara Falls lit at night is spectacular. We stayed a little longer and then decided we had several more days to enjoy it so we came home.
Tuesday morning we got our mail and THANK Goodness my passport made it. We excitedly jumped in the jeep and headed straight to the Canadian border! We spent the day roaming the little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Canadian side of the falls. We spent an hour taking pictures of the falls after dark in all the many shades of light.
Wednesday was windy so we decided to postpone our cliff dwelling and boat riding and spent the day just meandering.
Today was the day. It was time for the two highlights. The Cave of the Wind is not actually a cave but a series of walkways built into the side of the cliff next to Bridal Falls (part of the American Falls) it takes you down to 10 feet above the base of the falls and up to the Hurricane Deck, where you can stand under part of the falls and basically get drenched. They give you a yellow poncho and special water shoes. Bill and I had a blast. It is funny of all the things I wanted to see and do in life THIS was not on my list but it is one of the coolest things I have ever done. You can also see the magical “Back Side of Water” that you cannot see just anywhere (for the Disney fans out there you will get the joke.)
Next was the Maid of the Mist boat ride. The boat takes you into the mist of the falls. I remember seeing the boats the last time I was here and wishing we had time to go but we didn’t. The boat ride was very cool. I recorded video as best I could between the sheets of water falling, the wind billowing, and the boat rocking. Check the www.smugmug.com/twotwistedlimes account if you would like to see it.
Well with Hurricane Irene headed north and east it looks like we may stay here a couple more days if we can. The park office was closed by the time we got home so we will have to check in the morning. Being as it is Friday night and the park is only half full I am hoping it will be okay. The area is so beautiful I can imagine people would want to stay for a long time… or well until it gets cold! Grin. Everyone stay safe as the hurricane gets closer to land.