We drove from Grand Rapids, MI to Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada today approximately 380 miles. Total travel time was a little over 7 hours. It makes a difference pulling a trailer, our speed is usually 60 mph or less. Of course the back up at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron plus the traffic in Hamilton took their toll on travel time too.
After we got settled at the Niagra Falls KOA and had a quick dinner we headed to the Falls. We found a place to park ($18.00 Canadian) and walked along the beautifully landscaped walkway to the viewing areas.
Horseshoe Falls drop about 188 feet
Below is the Hornblower (formerly The Maid of the Mist) moving into the pools …..it was very misty on the viewing area where we were at the top of the falls, I can only imagine how misty it was for these folks.
The height of the American Falls varies between 70 and 100 feet
Both the American and Canadian sides of the falls are very commercialized. Lots of t-shirt sellers, casinos, House of Frankinsteins, Dinosaur Adventures, Rock and Roll and the like. It always amazes me that places of such beauty become so overdone.But I guess if we, the public demands it, that is what we get.
On October 24, 1901, 63-year-old Michigan school teacher Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the falls in a barrel as a publicity stunt; she survived, bleeding, but otherwise unharmed. Soon after exiting the barrel, she said, “No one ought ever do that again”. (…..good idea Anne!)