Saturday, April 21, 2012

Niagara Falls, an American Icon by Barbara Edwards

Visiting Niagara Falls wasn’t at the top of my list of places to visit. I felt that it was kind of old-fashioned. 

A place people used to think romantic for a honeymoon. Like many Americans  I’d seen those pictures. Yawn. 

So it was a side-trip.  Let’s go there since we’re in the area.

Niagara Falls is the most impressive view I’ve seen on the East Coast. It ranks up there with the Rockie Mountains and the Grand Canyon. 

We chose to do the local tour since my husband likes the convenience of someone else finding parking, getting tickets and generally explaining the features.

Birds waiting to feed, Bottom of Falls
Niagara Falls carries one fifth of the world’s fresh water supply. Of that, fifty percent of the water goes through the electric turbines not over the Falls. I can’t imagine what a full flow would look like and neither can anyone alive since the last time one hundred percent went over the Falls was in the 1880s. Electricity is supplied to the entire East coast of the United States from this place.

We stopped at the whirlpool where water is forced through a narrow gorge before reaching the river. We descended to the Cave of the Winds and looked up at Bridal Veil. 

We didn’t see the rainbows since it was cloudy but the birds were too numerous to count. It seems that any fish caught in the current gets ground up by the turbines and the birds gather to feast.

The Maid of the Mist isn’t in the water during the winter, but my husband vowed to return to take the voyage under the Falls.

I walked out on the Three Sisters, a set of three small islands extending into the river above the Falls.

Barbara Edwards on Three Sisters
Because of the location, it feels like the water will wash over your head at any second, a wonderful and scary place to take a picture with your feet at the edge of the rolling water.

Niagara Falls is one of the places every American should visit. It is an example of how American ingenuity and Nature's power can partner to fill a basic need. 

I'll certainly be going back.

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Jannine Gallant said...

You sold me, Barbara! In my distant youth, I spent a little time in the North East, mostly Vermont, but I didn't make it up to Niagara Falls. One of these days... The power of all that water is inspiring.

Colleen Connally said...

I visited Niagara Falls once with my daughter and her hockey team. It was in the dead of winter right after a blizzard. It was still a beautiful place.

Barbara Edwards said...

They told me that the Falls are spectacular any time of the year, covered with,ice in the winter or gleaming with rainbows under the summer sun.
I'm happy I went.
Hope you both make the trip, Jerri and Janninne