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Niagara falls

In the next couple of posts, I intend to write about a few of my earlier trips in the USA which I had been planning to but had been postponing for one reason or the other.  Going down memory lane as I recollect the innumerable road trips that we made, it makes me ecstatic and satiated.

I will begin with our trip to the spectacular Niagara Falls. I had read about the Niagara Falls in our school GK books, about it being the largest waterfall in the world, but never imagined how huge it would really be. When I first came to the US after my marriage, I had no idea what was in store. I never thought I would be travelling so much though we did talk about it often.

My husband was in Chicago at the time and Chicago itself is a place of wonder and beauty. This was the beginning of our road trips  and also my husband’s first long drive(self) experience in the US. We were joined by a couple friends with their sweet 3 year old who was very excited and enjoyed throughout the trip.

It was the month of  May, 2010. We drove from Chicago for about 8 hrs and stopped at Amherst for the night. Next morning, after another 4 1/2 hrs drive we reached the Falls. Since it was a long weekend, the place was over crowded and with great difficulty found our self a spot to park our car. Tired from the long drive we stopped at one of the restaurants and had a hearty meal as it was already lunchtime. Having rested for awhile we then went up the observation deck, which has a spectacular view of both American and Canadian Falls and The Peace Bridge.

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After that, we headed towards the Maid of the Mist,  a boat tour that took us to the base of both the American and Horseshoe Falls.  At the start of the tour, we were given blue colored ponchos to keep us dry. The mists from the Falls intensified as we approached and the water began to swirl and roar. As we reached the edge, the boat stopped for a couple of minutes so that the people could enjoy the majestic view.The magnitude and power of the Niagara Falls can be fully and adequately appreciated only when one visits the place and feels the noise and the mists himself.

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We returned in the evening to watch the display of colorful lights in the Falls. There was a huge crowd on both sides of the river.

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The next day, early in the morning we walked towards The Cave of the Winds. In this trip we got to wear yellow ponchos and flip flops. The trip was literally breathtaking. After a long wait in the queue and a short elevator ride down about 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge, we reached a platform from where we climbed a few stairs that led to the Horseshoe Falls. To the right were the platform to the American Falls and Bridal Veil.

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The roar of the water gushing down from above was just awesome.The final climb led to the Hurricane Deck, which literally gave us the feeling of a hurricane with the wind, gushing water and the crashing roar all around. I enjoyed getting drenched in the cool water of the mighty Niagara Falls, an experience of a lifetime.

After that we went to the Niagara park and walked along the bank of the mighty river. We took a couple of pictures there too. We explored the three sisters island and walked the trail down to the area just above the Fall. It was simply mesmerizing.

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Anyone visiting the US must visit the Niagara Falls as its a place worth visiting. There are also many activities for the adventure lovers. I have heard that the Canadian view is even more beautiful but as we didn’t carry our passports we left it for some other time.

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