Conquering the Falls

A couple of months ago, John and I went to see the movie, “The Bucket List.” As a result, we’ve started labeling the things we’d like to do “someday” as an item on our bucket list – things we’d like to do before we die. Now mind you, we don’t plan on dying anytime soon, but there are lots of things on our list so we decided we’d better get started. Since our 33rd anniversary is just a couple weeks away we thought we’d celebrate it with a trip to Niagara Falls, one of the “places we’d like to visit” on our list.

We arrived yesterday and today we conquered the Falls. My legs feel more like the Falls have conquered me, but I digress. We are currently on the Canadian side of the Falls, which we’ve been told is the prettier side. I have to say, the Canadians do seem to have the better view and have figured out how to capitalize on their advantage.

I left home knowing only that I wanted to ride on “The Maid of the Mist;” the boat that takes you as close to the base of the falls as is humanly possible without actually going over in a barrel. Who knew there’d be so much more to do here? With the help of an “Adventure Pass” we’ve done the “Journey Behind the Falls,” the White Water Walk,” the “Maid of the Mist,” and for a small extra fee, “The Whirlpool Aero Car.” All were great fun, but my original instincts were correct – “The Maid of the Mist” was amazing. Granted, it would have been a wee bit more fun without the other 500 people on the boat with us, but still, it was pretty awe inspiring to be that close to the Falls, not to mention we got to wear those cool blue “souvenir” ponchos. The need for a blue poncho was obvious shortly after we arrived. All the cool people had one and I’m not one to be left out.

Both the Canadian Falls and the American Falls are incredible works of God. Everyone should see it at least once in a lifetime. If it’s not on your “bucket list,” you should seriously consider adding it.

Don’t we look “cool” in our blue ponchos. We looked even better AFTER we were soaked by the Falls.
If you get to the Falls at the exact right time of day, you can see the rainbow created by the sun shining through the mist of the falls. It’s extraordinarily beautiful!

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