Thursday, June 24, 2010

vacation destination four: Niagara Falls, NY

A picture is worth a thousand words, right?  Here's the short version:  we went to Goat Island the first night we arrived in Niagara Falls and wandered all over the American side of the falls before eating our picnic dinner (French bread, Nutella, apples, grapes, cheese, and carrots.  Yum!)

The next day, we went back to the falls and took a ride on Maid of the Mist.  I've visited the falls at least a half-dozen times, and I much prefer the boat ride to any of the behind-the-falls thingies you can do.  Best part about Maid of the Mist from the American side:  you also get to go up in the observation tower and you can go on the walkways next to American Falls and get completely drenched.  So soaked, in fact, that Isaac went to sleep in Rosalind's arms purely out of self-defense.  Apparently he was not a fan of being swaddled in a poncho (but he was sooo cute). 

And commence pictures.  Keep your eyes open for the kids in their ponchos (can you spot Abigail's watch-the-falls method of completely enclosing her entire face in her poncho hood?  If you've never gone to the falls, guess what--you get totally soaked.  It's so cool.)  These pictures are kind of mixed, but mostly they're of American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, since Horseshoe Falls (the ones that most people think of as "Niagara Falls") are hard to get a good shot of unless you're on the Canadian side.  And we don't have passports for the kids, which is frustrating because the Canadian side is totally awesome). 



Later in the day (after yet another picnic), we drove to Lockport, NY, and took a tour that included the locks of the Erie Canal and then through a man-made cave running beneath three factories (burned to the ground in the 1800s) that relied on hydropower.  Which meant that they had REALLY HUGE tunnels blasted through the bedrock.  Which meant that we climbed up inside a huge drainage pipe (8 feet in diameter) to get into the hydropower caves.  And then took a boat ride underground.  Pretty cool stuff.  Then we went into town and had the best ice cream I have ever had in my entire life (go to DeDee's Dairy; get the Rocky Mountain Raspberry.  Sooooooo good.) 

5 comments:

Dani said...

Looks like a great vacation! So fun. I love the pictures. Thanks for sharing all of your fun with us.

Dani said...

Looks like a great vacation! So fun. I love the pictures. Thanks for sharing all of your fun with us.

Neil said...

We got some good photos. I wish we had that brand of ice cream around here.

Lindsey said...

I totally agree about Maid of the Mist. Worth every penny and definitely the best way to see the Falls. Glad you guys had such a great trip!

Meghan said...

Makes me wanttogoback to Niagra Falls, but I need to get a passport.

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