Well as the weatherman predicted, the day is warm and sunny. Just great for a trip to the falls. We took the shuttle from the RV park and we drove for about 20 minutes. OMG I was not quite prepared for the spectacular sight that greeted us, when we got off the bus we walked to the promenade at Table Rock, we could hear the sound of water but at that point could only see the rapids cruising toward the drop off. As we got closer we saw where the noise was coming from, drowned in a sea of mist was 34 million litres of water cascading over the falls every minutes.
For anyone who has not been to Niagara Falls, in my opinion it is an absolute must see. I can barely express how I felt, awestruck, gob-smacked, stunned. I was grinning from ear to ear, Frank was quite amused at my reaction. We stood at the railing, getting soaked from the mist but it didn’t matter. We saw the renowned Maid of the Mist, which we were going to take later in the day, getting closer and closer to the water of the falls and smiled in anticipation.
Frank and I decided to take in the Journey behind the Falls, which is an attraction that takes you by elevator down 150 feet to some tunnels that take you behind the falls. When we got of the elevator, we were given plastic yellow ponchos to protect us from the neverending spray of the mist. The thunderous noise was overwhelming and it just makes you aware of the power of millions of gallons of water passing over these rocks for centuries. Thankfully it is now being utilized by the Province of Ontario to make electricity.
After about 1\2 an hour we ascended in the elevator and met up with Ed and Eileen for coffee and donuts at where else, but Tim Hortons. After our snack we walked about 30 minutes along the promenade to pick up the Maid of the Mist for our trip towards the falls, on our walk, we caught sight of the US side of the falls and they are by far miniature in size.
We arrived at the ticket booth and was given yet more ponchos, blue this time and were herded along with hundreds of other people to one of the many boats, we secured a spot by the railing and prepared ourselves for the onslaught, the boat took off and we got a close up look at the US falls, which weren’t really that small, just looked that way compared to the Cdn falls. We were tossed around like noah’s ark as we made our way closer to the great cascade of water, thank goodness we had those ponchos on, we were soaked, but exhilerated. Later that day we took the funicular up the the “hotel” district and were able to see a different perspective of the falls.
We got back the the RV site and had wine and appies with the Reeds and played cards. We went to bed around 11pm the some special memories of the day.
The next morning we awoke to bright sunshine again, we had a lazy morning and Ed and Eileen got their windshield repaired by the mobile glass technician. In the afternoon we decided to take a 25 minute drive to Niagara on the Lake. What a pretty little town, the main attraction was the Prince of Wales hotel which has been standing there since 1864. Beautiful building, with inlaid wood floors, authenic victorian furniture and lots of pictures of various parts of the royal family, including of course, the namesake, the future King Edward VII, very high class. We spent a couple of hours browsing the shops, it reminded us a little bit of Victoria and White Rock. We drove down to the lake, which happened to be Lake Ontario and Frank waded into the water, just because.
We plan on going back to the falls this evening for dinner and to watch the laser show over the falls.