Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Niagara Falls

July 23-31, 2012
(This week will be broken up to be a few posts since it is photo intensive.  It was a busy, wonderful week!)

Youngstown, NY
Four Mile Creek State Park (NY) site 65

If you want to be a tourist, then Niagara Falls is the place to be.  We set up camp next to Dan and Tricia at a NY State Park that was about 13 miles away from all the hubbub so that we could enjoy a little quiet time also.  Tricia’s son Brandon and his wife Amanda flew in from Wake Forest NC to join us for the week.  Also in camp was Mac and Moe who are a hoot of a couple that Dan and Tricia met this past winter in Cedar Key FL.  We all went to the Falls on the first day along with a few thousand other people.  It is Beautiful!!
Niagara Falls-American Falls and Horseshoe Falls Syl, Gin, Amanda, Dan, Tricia, Moe and Mac (Brandon took picture)

We all enjoyed walking around the NY side and I just marveled at the power and beautiful color of the water.  Since we had our receipt from the other state park cg, we didn’t have to pay for parking.  That was nice.
P1000102 The American Falls at Niagara
Canada Shore Horseshoe Falls at Niagara

It was indeed a lot of people there, but the park is set up so that it didn’t feel all that crowded.  There are a few different attractions to get you closer to the Falls and to get a bit of history of this Natural Wonder so that helps to spread out the crowd.
Niagara Falls P1000099

One of those attractions is Maid of the Mist which is a boat ride upstream to the base of the Falls.  They run a boat from the Canada side and another from the US side.  They issue a blue poncho to you so that you won’t get completely wet.
Maid of the Mist Rainbow in the Niagara Mist

The next three shots were taken from the boat before I had to put the camera away due to the spray.  The awesome power of the water is just indescribable.
Rainbow Bridge to Canada from Maid of the Mist
From the Bottom From Maid of the Mist

There were lots of posed pictures taken with beautiful backdrops…
After Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls NY 
and some pictures developed much slower.
Nice touch

Another attraction that we took advantage of on this first day of Niagara was the Caves of the Wind walk on the Hurricane Deck.  The decking and stairs are replaced every year due to the extreme winter weather.
Cave of the Winds  Cave of the Winds-Niagara Falls NY
Cave of the Winds

We finished off our first day at Niagara by walking over to Three Sisters Islands which isn’t nearly so crowded.  It was a nice way to end our extreme tourist experience.
The End


Sue Malone said...

So nice to see you at Niagara. The photos are beautiful. I always thought it was just a touristy place I would avoid until we went there two years ago. You are right, it is beautiful and a great place to be! Loved reading about this

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

They give you ponchos and special shoes to visit the Hurricane Deck, they should also give you a bar of soap!

I give you an 8.5 score on your "End" picture. ;c)

Terrie said...

Glad to see you two are finally on the road with no "house" worries. It has been nice seeing what you have been doing. Stay safe!

Nancy and Bill said...

Thanks for the great photos and nice tour. Reminded us of our time there many years ago!! What a great group of friends to share this experience...can only imagine all the fun;o)))

Laurie and George said...

One of our favorite places! It is amazing the power of water.

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

Great pictures

Ron and Cyndi said...

Yes, it is great to see you two on the road without any of the "house" worries. We're glad to see you enjoying yourselves and all of that wonderful scenery. We continue to enjoy your blog and we wish you safe travels.

Dan and Tricia said...

We made memories that will last a lifetime! So glad that we got to experience it with you guys! Tons of fun and tons of laughs!

Sherry said...

It's so great to see the very beginnings FINALLY of your really truly full time life. And what a way to begin. I could use about a barrel of the laughter I'm sure was there. GREAT "the end" picture. I give it a TEN! But now you are in the game. :-))

Anonymous said...

Great pictures and brings back memories. It's been awhile since we've been to Niagra Falls. Glad you enjoyed it!

Bruce and Laura

Happytrails said...

Awesome pictures!! Niagra Falls is on our "to see" list. Never been there but look forward to seeing it first hand. Thanks for the tour and great pics!!