Louise Speaks: Day 3: Our last day in Niagara Falls and we could not come here and not do the boat ride to the Falls. In previous years this attraction was known as “The Maid of the Mist.” This was on the Canadian side of the
Falls. Turns out there was a mishap and Maid of the Mist lost their contract. So the American side, which never had the boat ride picked up the contract. Not to be out done, the Canadian side came up with a new company name of “Horn Blower” and the boat rides continue. It’s fun to see the boats however. They take the exact same route but the American boat the guests wear blue raincoats and the Canadian side the guests wear red. Still a Niagara Falls attraction you just can’t miss.
To avoid us from having to drive and find a place to park the RV, Bonnie once again came over and picked us up. Now as a kid, Sonny and I used to walk to the Falls, that’s how close my aunt lives to the actual Falls. But driving it today, I’m glad we were driving and not walking…humidity is pretty bad today. Since my Aunt has taken such a liking to Gracie, she offered to dog sit so we could enjoy the day. Bonnie just dropped us off and we will call her when we are done.
Now I have been on this boat ride before but Thelma never has. The boat leaves every 15 minutes and the cost is $18 Canadian money…meaning it’s about $12 on your American Credit Card. Everyone is handed a “Red” raincoat and you are herded through long lines. But since a boat leaves every 15 minutes the line does move very quickly.
This is a stand up ride. They pack you onto the boat and you find a place to stand. There are two levels. You first pass the American Falls which are big and straight. You head to the Canadian Falls which is in the shape of a Horseshoe, hence the name Horseshoe Falls. There’s not much to write about except it is an experience you will never forget, and you will get very, VERY wet. I am going to post pictures without writing as a picture says 1000 words.
It is very difficult to take pictures as it is almost as if it is raining the mist is so intense. I took pictures as far as I could but didn’t want to ruin my phone or camera. Once we turned around I could take more pictures of the American Falls and of Rainbow Bridge, the bridge we crossed when crossing the border. Things sure look different from the bottom looking up.
When we were done with the boat ride we decided to do the tourist thing and just walk the boardwalk. We went as far as the Niagara River which is the beginning of the Falls. The river looks like it is moving so peacefully and then it just “falls”. There are still many suicides each year of people floating down the river and going over the falls. These are not suicide attempts, as no one survives the fall.
We were able to see just how close the boats get to the falls from up above. Knowing that we were on one of those boats explains why we got so wet and shows us just how close we were. We were also able to catch a rainbow over the falls, which was a very beautiful site. People like my cousins who live here don’t see this as a big deal, but us tourists were very impressed.
While walking along, I happened to see a young lady wearing an ASU shirt. I had to stop her and ask for a photo with the falls as a backdrop. I mean come on…what are the chances of finding a Sun Devil Fan at Niagara Falls?
After walking and going into the few museums and gift shops it was time for Ice Cream and to call Bonnie to come pick us up. What a fun day and what an incredible experience. Even though I’ve done it before, it is still an spectacular thing to see and do.
Tonight is our last night in Niagara Falls. I really don’t want to leave as I have had such an incredible time with my family. I know I have more family to see, but I can see my childhood memories flashing before me. Oh well, this gives me another reason to come back. Thank you so much Aunt Cecile, Bonnie and Bridgette. You made this stop one I will never forget. Love you all!!!