Monday, August 9, 2010

Niagara Spectacular Falls

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We drove two hours to Buffalo NY yesterday to see friends Jon and Barbara.
We made it across the Lewiston border crossing with minimal delay and drove through Niagara Falls.  In a text message to Barb, she indicated that we were going to see the Falls later in the day, so we didn't stay in town long and drove out to their place in Williamsville, NY about 20 minutes away.

Jon cooked pork tenderloin on the grill and we had a big Sunday lunch with two of their three girls along with their guys:  Sara and husband Matt, Katie and boyfriend Steve.  Kelly is also at the table in the backyard with Ed.  Melissa arrived later in the evening and we all had a nice visit.
After lunch we went into Buffalo near Buffalo State College where Kelly met friends from Virginia Beach, Eric and his friend Patrick.  Both are USNA grads and currently in the Navy.
We found separate coffee shops for about an hour so they could talk and we could talk.  

Then we proceeded over to the Falls.  This is where the Niagara River flows into the Falls and drops between 100,000 and 200,000 gallons per second over the edge.  It has been a longstanding source of hydroelectric power for the region since the 1950's.

We stopped for pictures along the river.
This is looking across the American Falls from the US side with the larger Horseshoe Falls in the middle distance on the Canadian side.
We went across the Rainbow Bridge, through customs and then walked around and took some pictures from the Canada side in the Clifton Hill area.
In some of the previous pictures you can see boats (Maid of the Mist) which passengers can ride from both the American and Canadian sides.  The observation tower on the American side has an elevator that goes to the bottom where passengers board.
It was a beautiful day for our visit and we had a great time with the Browns.

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9 comments:

  1. The falls look beautiful. We have never been there, it is on our list!

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  2. gorgeous pictures of the falls..!!!thanks for sharing!

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  3. Awesome! One of God's wonders!

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  4. Great photos of Niagara Falls. I've been there once, years ago, but still remember the roar!

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  5. Great photos, thanks for sharing. It has been a long time since we have been there, got get back again.

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  6. Never have been on the US side , but did the Canadian side..It never ceases to amaze me that so many people thought they could actually "go over " that thing!! I get dizzy when I get too close!! WE forget how close those great falls are to us here in the midwest.

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  7. Great photos of Niagra Falls. We have not been there yet, but look forward to that day.
    I bet the falls create quite a loud roar.
    Take care & travel safe.
    Mike & Gerri

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  8. Really nice pictures, but I am surprised that the Maid Ticket cost that much. But then folks are lined up to get on, so why not. It is great fun.

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  9. So beautiful falls. I love and wish to visit such amazing places. You must have great fun there. niagara falls

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