Thursday, September 25th ~ Niagara Falls, NY and Canada
Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the U.S.A., established in 1885. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who was the landscape architect for Central Park in New York City.
Here are a few facts about the falls that I found at http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com:
- 3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.
- Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply
- Over 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls extended seven miles down river to what is now Lewiston, New York and Queenston, Ontario. Over the years, the brink has eroded, sometimes as much as six feet per year, to its present site.
- Niagara Falls State Park stretches over 400 acres, with close to 140 acres of that under water.
Back in 1991 Tim and I took two months off to drive around the USA. He had just left his job as Director of Service for Budget Rent-a-car and we were planning on starting our own business.
We knew that once we started the business we would be working long, long hours, so this was kind of a last hurrah for us before putting our noses to the grind stone so to speak. On that journey we came to Niagara Falls, so this was a return visit for us.
The weather was perfect today – sunny and in the 70’s.
Located in upstate New York, just north of Buffalo, Niagara Falls sits right on the border of the USA and Canada. Parking is not cheap – $10 for the day.
First stop was the Observation Platform which gives a wonderful view of American Falls. We paid $1 per person to walk out on the platform and to take the elevator down to water level afterwards for a different view.
Walking down below to Prospect Point…
Next we walked out to Goat Island. There was a brilliant rainbow, and beyond that is Rainbow Bridge which connects the US side on the right with Canada on the left. You can either drive or walk across the bridge.
And then checked out the view of Horseshoe Falls from Terrapin Point
There are different views from the Canada side, so we grabbed our passports out of the car and walked across the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side to take a look.
And here are some shots taken from the Canada side of the river:
We spent about 5 hours here and had an amazing day! But then it was time to get back in the car and continue on. We headed down through Pennsylvania and into Ohio for the night.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for having one of those perfect days where everything just topped the scale. Brilliant blue skies, warm and sunny, breathtaking views in every direction and sharing it with the love of my life. It doesn’t get much better than this!