Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vacation to Niagara Falls - Part 3

On our third day of vacation we headed back down to the Falls to ride the Maid of the Mist boat tour and go through the Cave of the Winds.

First up was the Maid of the Mist boat tour. We boarded the boat along the Niagara River and chugged along the river passing the American Falls and then going into the Horseshoes Falls. Since we read on online and heard from other people that you get soaked on the boat, we only took a couple waterproof disposable camera since we didn't want to ruin our good camera. Also, since we knew we would be getting wet we wore our Keen shoes and shorts and t-shirts while other people hopped on the boat with jeans, sweatshirts, and gym shoes and socks. After the boat tour, I'm sure they were uncomfortable because everyone got soaked. They did give us a poncho but that only goes a little past your knees and only helps so much. But since we planned ahead with our attire we were fairly dry and shoes aired out fast.

This was a great view of falls! When we boarded the boat everyone raced to the front of the boat but since we were a couple of the last people to board we ended up in the middle of the boat. but once we got into the middle of Horseshoe Falls and everyone was getting soaked they all raced under the canopy and Carl and I shot to the front of the boat to get the best views and totally wet. We had a great time on the Maid of the Mist tour.

Next up was the Cave of the Winds tour at the base of the American Falls. Again, we planned ahead with our attire but we ended up getting quite wet on this tour. The poncho they gave us was pitiful; tissue paper is to regular paper as the Cave of the Winds poncho is to a garbage bag. We even ripped a few holes in the things trying to get it opened up before the tour even started.

Again more great - up close and personal - views of the falls.

The ponchos have to be the most unflattering thing of all time as well.

Towards the end of the tour, you can go up to the Hurricane Deck, which the Falls powerful wind and splash create hurricane conditions. Alot of people on the tour skipped this section because you do get drowned with water but not Carl and I, we headed right up there. Since we had our waterproof disposable cameras with us, a few other brave souls who ventured up there with us took our pictures.


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