Did you know….??? 150,000 gallons of water goes over the American Falls per second. 600,000 gallons per second for the Canadian Falls. So…750,000 gallons of water per second. If you live to be 80 you will probably drink about 14,600 gallons of water. What can you learn from this??? Simple: Do not stand under the falls with your mouth open. It’s just too much!
The first person to go over the falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher.
In 1969, engineers stopped the flow of water over theAmerican Falls. They wanted to investigate moving the rocks from the bottom of the falls to make them more attractive. Found out it would be too
I could give you lots more interesting facts, but I’ve been informed by my editorial staff that I need to move on before it’s too late. Instead, I’ll just offer you this link: http://www.niagarafallslive.com/facts_about_niagara_falls.htm
|Getting Up Close to the Canadian Falls|
We left the Canadian side of the falls and moved to the American side in the early morning. We wanted to clear customs early to avoid the crowds and besides…everything is cheaper on the American side. (Not to mention…Mona got her 3G back. Have I ever mentioned how she is without 3G? It’s been four days in Canada and my iPhone was the only one with a data package. I’m SO glad to be back in America because Mona will return to normal!)
We got in line early for tickets to Maid of the Mist…the famous boats that take you right up to the falls. You get your tickets and then go down about 250 feet in an elevator. Then you walk down to a line for the boat. Along the way you are handed a blue raincoat and you put it on as you queue up in line. As we stood in line we discussed where we’d stand once we boarded….Mona wanted somewhere on the side and not on the top. Me, I wanted on the top in the prow. Because Mona is a sweetheart we ended up on the prow of the upper deck.
|At the Canadian Falls – Up Close and Personal|
This 30 minute boat ride is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The boat takes you right up
to the Canadian Falls; so close you can seemingly reach out and touch them, but you don’t. (See note above in regards to 500,000 gallons per second.) The spray and mist from the falls blast through you and there is no place on the boat to hide….you will get wet! What a thrill to be that close to all that raw power of nature!!!!
After Niagara it was time to head for Pittsburgh. There we visited Julie and Bob at their new home and met their daughters, Emily and Taylor. Then we went to The North Park Lounge fora local favorite…steak salad. You get salad with steak on it…and fries on the salad. Very unique and very good! Great food, great conversation, great time! So good to see Bob and Julie again!
We started our day in Canada and ended in Pittsburgh. The beginning and end of the day were fun and the ride in between was full of autumn beauty!