Thursday afternoon we took a tour to get our bearings and to take in the must do tourist attractions. We did the tour on the Canadian side, since this offers the best views. Also the Maid of the Mist boats are larger on the Canadian side.
Kathy took this suitable for framing photo of the American Falls from the Maid of the Mist.
We then rode into the Horseshoe Falls which is quite an experience. You can feel the power of nature, which is fierce. This photo was taken as we approached the Horseshoe Falls from the Maid of the Mist. Note a sister Maid of the Mist in close to the falls.
Then, the ever present rainbow when the sun is shining. This photo was taken from the closest point you can get to the Horseshoe falls on the Maid of the Mist. Besides the rainbow, note the thrashing water.
We also did a behind the falls tour, where once again you can feel the power of nature. The flow over the falls was reduced in the 60's to both control erosion and to provide more water to produce electricity. The flow is about half of what it use to be and can be reduced even further. The flow of the falls does not change that much, but the erosion is slowed to one foot every 10 years while in the past the erosion was about one foot per year.
Friday, we drove over to Canada and visited the must see town of Niagara on the Lake. It is a quaint town at the mouth of the Niagara River as it enters Lake Ontario. On the main street are shops and the Prince of Wales Hotel. The street is lined with beautiful flowers. Here is Kathy beside the Prince Of Wales Hotel.
We then drove to a quiet spot along the shore and enjoyed the view and solitude. Here is a photo of the mouth of the Niagara River where it enters lake Ontario with old Fort Niagara visible on the US side.
Then it was time to drive back to Niagara Falls, Canada, for dinner and a view of the falls illuminated at night.
We ate at Edgewaters with a commanding view of the falls.
Then, when darkness arrived, we were treated to a live band that only played songs from 1964 to 1967, right up our alley, as well as the illuminated falls, complete with fireworks at 10 pm.
Saturday, believe it or not, we slept in until 9 am. Then, after some shopping, it was off to Lake Ontario on the US side and Old Fort Niagara.
Yesterday, we took a photo of the fort from the Canadian side, today we took a photo of the Canadian side from the fort.
We toured the fort, which was built in 1678 and has a long storied history on being crucial for the protection of the waterways and country. It has been under the control at various times of France, England and finally the US. It was used to train troops for WWI and as a missle defense in the 60's.
We spent the rest of the day having a picnic and relaxing on the shore of Lake Ontario. Nice breeze and temps around mid 70's just a gorgeous day!
This is a the last update from Niagara Falls. We leave tomorrow to travel for a couple of days, eventually making our way to Quakertown, PA where we will stay for a couple of days visiting MerryLee, Kathy's best friend from high school. Updates may be scarce for awhile. Guess all of you are looking forward to that!!!