My Trip to Niagara Falls!
This is going to be a long entry, so please stick with me.
Okay. Well. I don’t even know where to begin with this… Let’s start at the beginning.
It all started when my mom and I decided to spontaneously take a trip to Niagara Falls because my mom wanted to use her passport before it expired (haha). I’ve always wanted to see the falls and I knew they would be a photographic gold mine, and with the travel bug that I have, I, of course, accepted her invitation. So we hopped in my tiny, but fun, Mini Cooper S and took off on a 13 hr journey to the north.
We stayed the night in Columbus, Ohio, visiting a childhood best friend that I have not seen in ten years. We used to be inseparable! It was SO great to see this family… I can’t begin to describe this… so I am not going to. Just know that it was as perfect as I hoped it would be.
After leaving Columbus, we decided to detour a little bit because neither of us have seen any of the Great Lakes. Lake Erie was not too far out of the way, so we took a few extra turns which brought us to the lake. It really just looks like a flat ocean.. you cannot see the other side. This is a lighthouse resting on the lake.
A few more hours brought us to the beautiful town of Niagara Falls, NY, from which we had an AMAZING view of the illuminated, rainbow-colored falls, with Canada there to add some flavor. Incredible.
So, the next day, we got up and walked around a bit. We headed over to the Horseshoe Falls to see what’s up and to go down to The Cave of the Winds (& wow, they should really hire me for some new photos.. that site needs some work, for real). Anyway, during our walk over there, I stopped to snap this photo of one of the rivers that rush towards the falls.
ISO 100, f/22, 1/13
You could just walk down to it.. Hopefully everyone keeps their eyes on their kids unless they want a waterfall adventure for their toddler.. bring your floaties!
So, we went on the Cave of the Winds which was the most incredible thing… We walked down on the decks below the Bridal Falls where I was able to capture these photos.
That picture is my poetry. Hi Ryan!
It all looks so peaceful and pretty from a distance. But as we got closer, it is mind-blowing. Soooo intense. So much pressure from the rushing water, so much force. So much POWER. Really, really incredible.
I can feel the power of the falls just by revisiting these pictures.. It has had quite an effect on me. I think everyone should go once in their life.
Sometimes I wonder how people can put so much trust in little man-made things such as these little stairs, to hold us up against the force of nature. Mind boggling. o.O
I was feeling brave bringing my Canon 5D Mark II down there.. However, it did not make it on the trip with me to the Maid of the Mist– and for good reason. I was soaked when we exited the boat after “Exploring the Roar”… cheesy logo, but an amazing experience. After our play-day at the falls, we went to our hotel, took a little napsies, and then headed over to Canada for a night of funnn!
& this, of course, is the SkyWheel, that sent my mom into hysterics. She has urged me to post a link to their website so you can see how tall it is, to try to justify her monumental meltdown. Because I have already linked it, as I always do, I will post the link again, just to make her happy.. because she is my mom, and you always want to keep your mom happy!
She was terrified, but in the end, it all turned out okay. ^u^
And on our final day, we visited their sad, miserable, tiny little aquarium. I always want to free those poor little suckers. Aww..
ANNNNND that concludes my vacation to Niagara Falls. I had a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful time with my mother, and traveling, and finding new things that strike my big bug eyes. Magnificent! Thanks for sticking to the end…! xx
Niagara Falls, Canada