Friday, August 6, 2010

Maid of the Mist - Niagara Falls

Alright I'm having too much fun. I took a taxi over to the American side of Niagara Falls. I've not been to the falls in 20 years. A couple of wives back by any reckoning. And I only vaguely remember those visits. It was the 60's and the 70's. I'm attending an Addiction Medicine conference in Buffalo. Go figure.

What I do remember is coming here with my parents when I must have been 5 or 6 years old. Watching the kids around me I got to enjoy the awe all over again. As for Romance, given the commercialism it's about as romantic as Los Vegas. There was however a beautiful bride and handsome groom getting their pictures taken in the garden. Even the fish in the pond were shedding tears at the beauty of the bride.

The Maid of the Mist boat ride was exciting. Well worth the $15. One of the women docs had taken her kids over the day before and done the 5 site package tour and said she'd loved it all, the tour getting her past lines and getting her kids from one site to the next.

Today we all got these glorified blue garbage bags which were essential given all the mist and splash. There was actually a brief downpour at the end of the ride making the garbage bag raincoats even more valuable.

While everyone was excited by the falls I was really impressed by the whirlpools and the power of the Maid of the Mist boat. There were some mighty sink holes. The kids were screaming. Water came over the bow. I was glad someone else was at the helm.

The mist turned to droplets. I was snapping pictures with the iphone and running video while my glasses were completely fogged. The boat actually lurched on the turn. I loved it. The squeals of surprise and delight added to the ride. A little boy in the arms of his father was especially enjoyable. Such big eyes!

Yes the falls were where the dinosaurs came for their showers. They're that spectacular. I loved them. I especially loved the Maid of the Mist.

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