American Falls with Horseshoe Falls in the background.
Although we are posting this entry the fourth week of February 2011 we were actually at Niagara Falls the last week of September 2010.
I doubt there is a more recognizable natural landmark in the eastern half of North America than Niagara Falls. We have all seen countless pictures of Niagara Falls, but just as with the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone, nothing really prepares you for the full impact of being there. One and half million gallons of water a second going over the falls just has to be felt.
We had a mix of weather while in the Niagara Falls area. We had rain and clouds; along with some warm humid days. The day we visited the falls was quite warm and very very windy.
The "Maid in the Mist" boat tour of Niagara Falls
Brave souls hiking down to the wind caves near the base of the Falls
The updraft from the falls was so strong it was all we could do to keep our cameras dry from the top of the falls. We had no idea why these people would want to get even wetter by trying to get closers to the falls.
As it turns out the best views of the two falls are from the Canadian side of the river. So we walked across the Rainbow Bridge into Ontario, Canada.
The view from the bridge; American Falls on the left and Horseshoe Falls on the right.
Did I mention that it was VERY WINDY!!!
American Falls as seen from the Canadian side of the river.
American Falls is 100 feet high and 1,060 feet wide.
Horseshoe Falls as seen from the Canadian side of the river.
Horseshoe Falls is 173 feet high and 2,600 feet wide. Notice the “Maid of the Mist” boat just right of center. Can you imagine how soaked those people got?
Oddly enough the walk to Canada was free, but there was a 50 cent per person toll to return to the United States.
Many more pictures on the Niagara Falls slideshow: