Mon., July 23rd – We started our day with a stroll along the rushing waters of the Niagara River at Whirlpool State Park before heading back to Niagara. I must admit, Niagara Falls has been a very mixed bag to say the least. There are some very amazing places to visit here in Niagara Falls State Park, but be prepared for a very crowded, multicultural experience. Today we visited the Discovery Center with another short movie about the falls, not the most exciting part of our day. Adjacent to this was the elevator ride down to the old power plant. Niagara became much more interesting when we rode the trolley around Goat Island and later returned by foot to take the adventurous Cave of the Wind walk. After a very long wait, we rode the elevator down 175 feet into Niagara Gorge. Donned in our bright yellow ponchos and fancy water sandals they provide, we started off on the multi-leveled wooden walkways that take you right up to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. Carla insisted I go with her to the “Hurricane Deck” where the thunderous waters drench you from head to toe while the wind whips that flimsy poncho all over the place. No one stays for long! From there we walked back to the Maid of the Mist boat ride. We were just drying off from the last venture when they handed us another poncho, bright blue this time, and off we went right into the Horseshoe Falls mist. Calling it a “mist” is somewhat of a misnomer. Be aware you’ll come out pretty well soaked again from the heavy spray, but honestly the views of the falls from the boat are worth getting wet. By the time we finished our late evening dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse, we were all ready to call it a day. My fitbit ended with over 18,000 steps today! Whew!
Interesting Fact: Niagara Falls is made up of 3 falls - American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Over 650,000 gallons of water tumble over these powerful cascades every second!