On Monday, we were picked up at our campground and had a great tour guide for the American side. Our first stop was the Cave of the Winds. They give you a raincoat (say large yellow plastic bag) and non-slip sandals to wear for the tour. Both are needed as it’s very wet out there.
This is our first look at the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls from below.
See what I mean about large plastic bags?
After climbing around below these falls, we went back up to the top and walked over to the park above Horseshoe Falls. Even here you get wet from the constant mist.
I can’t imagine anyone being crazy enough to go over these falls. The amount of water rushing over is phenomenal. And half of the water from the river is diverted for electricity before it ever gets to the falls.
From there we drove out to
Then it was back to the falls for a ride on the Maid of the Mist. This time we were issued blue raincoats. Here we are passing the
We couldn’t get any pictures of
Notice the observation tower on the far left of that picture. That was our next stop and the view was really great.
It was after 4pm when we got back home and we were beat! But it was a great day and the vistas were awesome.
The next day, we did it all over again, but on the Canadian side. We were picked up at the campground again and eventually picked up all the others in our tour group and made it through customs into
Since we had done the Maid of the Mist the day before, we got to go into
You can also see the dam upriver (far left) which is where the water diversion takes place.
Here’s the American and Bridal Veil Falls, which are to the left of the Horseshoe Falls.
This is the
Our next stop was the Journey Behind the Falls. Once more we were issued lovely yellow raincoats. They take you down in an elevator and there is a large tube cut out behind the water fall. It’s pretty amazing to be standing right there with the water barreling down in front of you and hear the roar of it all. Then you can walk out to the viewing platform right beside the right-hand side of
You are right down at the base of the falls, here. This shot looks back across the river to the American side, including the falls, the observation tower and the
Once back on top, we had time to walk around this side of the Falls. We were just this close to the water and it was really moving fast!
They took us to
Our last stop was at the Floral Clock. It’s pretty good size and chimes at the quarter hour. We were there long enough to hear two sets and it was really pretty cool.
They change the flora in the clock twice a year. We saw post cards with several different pictures of how it has looked in the past. It was really quite interesting.
Getting back into the
We were the last of the group to be dropped off, and again we were pretty beat. We had a pizza delivered and just relaxed.
We left the next day, but we could see how one could spend another day or two in the area. The town of
(My apologies that none of these photos can be enlarged by clicking. I had a devil of a time getting this post done at all and that was an unfortunate by-product of my HTML edits.)