On July 14th 2009 my mother, sister, and I set out to drive to Niagara Falls. We packed our bags and car with snacks and any necessities we would have needed for the long trip ahead. We left our home in the afternoon and drove to a hotel in Ithaca, New York which leaves us half way. We woke up bright and early the next morning and ate breakfast at the hotels restaurant. After eating we headed to Taughannock State Park for a hike. There was a choice of walking on the pavement or walk in the water. We walked in the stream which was great because there was fish that you could see and you can feel the water rushing past your feet. Along the way it was quite slippery because of the algae, however there were plenty of rocks you could walk on so you do not fall. The sun was shining and the sky was clear and once we reached the waterfall it was absolutely beautiful. We took some photos and headed back to the car.
With about four hours to go we headed straight for Niagara Falls. Once we got there we were relieved, it had been a total of nine hours in the car. We went to the viewing area called Terrapin Point. Standing there you could feel the mist moving past you and see Canada on the other side. There are three parts of Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Together they form Niagara Falls. After taking some photos and enjoying the view we moved on to the hotel and then went to eat. After eating dinner at ihop we went to see the falls. At night there is a light display and the water looks like it’s changing colors.
The next morning we headed out for a tour. Our tour guides name was Rick and he showed us everything about the falls. The first thing we saw was the whirlpool. The whirlpool is located in the lower Niagara river and is what allows the water to circulate properly. Then we headed to the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant. It was a science museum that had interactive activities. Next we went back to the falls for The Maid of the Mist. This is a boat ride which takes you right up to the falls. For this you are given a type of raincoat to prevent you from getting soaked. I had never dreamed of getting that close to the falls. After we docked we headed for The Cave of The Winds. Here you are given shoes and another raincoat. You start your adventure by walking up stairs that are next to Bridal Veil Falls. As you walk up the stairs the water is falling right next to you. Towards the end you walk up to the hurricane deck. The water from the falls crashes onto the deck and you as well. The force is unbelievably indescribable. The raincoat did not stop me from getting wet. But I didn’t care, I was so happy and not even a little water could change that.
As the day was nearing it’s end the tour was over. As night fell on us we saw the falls before going home. This was a trip I know I would never forget. On our way home we spent the night in Syracuse, New York. It was a long day but well worth it. The next morning we headed home. Our trip was outstanding, although we were happy to go home. Seeing Niagara Falls was such an amazing experience.
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