Deep in Bill’s country.

I have reached enemy territory. After nine hours of driving (mostly on the New York Thruway) I made it to Buffalo on Sunday night. Met up with my travel partner Katie at her parent’s house, where we’re staying for a few days to gather ourselves and condense all of our stuff.

Since they are only about 30-40 minutes from Niagara Falls (and I’d never been there) we decided to make the trip over. We first went to the Canadian side of the Falls (Fun fact – this is the first time I’ve ever been to Canada) and then returned to the American Side. People try and debate on which side is better. While the Canadian side has a better full view of the Falls, you can get much closer on the American side in the Cave of the Winds.

There was also an unexpected surprise found on the Canadian side.

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There was even a Ferris Wheel on the Canadian side.

There is one main street in Niagara Falls, Canada – Clifton Hill, that Katie and I decided makes us feel like we’re in an amusement park. There are haunted houses, vendors with balloon animals, mini golf, a wax museum, and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. It was bizarre to contrast this amusement park vibe with the stunning natural beauty of the Falls.

We then returned to the American side of the Falls, where you can get much closer

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Before being soaked on the Hurricane Deck of the Cave of the Winds

to the water, specifically the rapids above the Falls and go to the Cave of the Winds. We also went on the Maid of the Mist, which got us right up near the falls (and we got some killer free ponchos as souvenirs). At the Cave of the Winds, you got right up below the Falls, which is fantastic and terrifying all at the same time. You were right up there at the base of the Falls, but you were also standing on a wooden platform with millions of gallons of water flowing under you every minute. So don’t slip.

We ended the day doing some hiking in Devil’s Hole State Park to get down closer to the rapids in the river below the Falls. I also learned something I didn’t know, the rapids below the Falls are not caused by rocks in the river but simply the sheer volume of water in such a small space. So if you watch them for any amount of time, the location of the rapids change!

Anywho, that’s all for now, hope you enjoy the pictures!

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View from the Canadian side.
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View from the observation deck above the Maid of the Mist
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Close up shot right after the Maid of the Mist
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This rock, at the base of the falls, was cube shaped.
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One of the views from the Maid of the Mist, featuring random people’s heads.
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Another view from aboard the Maid of the Mist
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Getting soaked at the Hurricane deck at the Cave of the Winds

 

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Some of the rapids above the Falls
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One thought on “Deep in Bill’s country.

  1. Hi Jaime! We are finally looking at your blog while sitting on our porch during a thunderstorm. Your description and pictures of Niagara make us want to go again. We went there 15 years ago but didn’t go on the maid of the mist or see the cave. Keep doing cool things and say hi to Katie and we’ll keep reading. Chief is doing great. Love darlene and Chuck

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