Wow. You know you’re going to get close and you’re going to get wet, but you don’t realize how close or how wet. It’s so fun, it deserves three exclamation points! (And its own blog post.) Definitely the top side-trip of The Great Loop so far.
I heard about Niagara Falls as a place for Midwestern and Northern honeymooners. Since I never had one of those, and had no other reason to visit this part of the country, I never made it there…but was of course fascinated by all the human drama and daredevil activities that have happened there. Well, we added a little drama of our own, with our shrieks and laughter, during our tour into the falls on the Maid of the Mist. And I do mean into them…close enough to feel the wind they create and get doused by a driving rain.
I’m the umpteenth person to experience this thrill. The first Maid of the Mist was a side-wheel steamboat ferry in the 1840s! Ours was an all-electric boat launched (with its sister boat) less than two years ago and is powered by high-capacity battery packs. At least 1.5 million tourists ride the two boats each year.
My thanks to Stephanie Burgess, a local resident who I met through other Loopers and who acted as our tour guide and chauffeur. She made it easy to get there from our boat in nearby Tonawanda.
Photos of the thrilling ride below. Now I want to go back and have more time in this spectacular national park…
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We used to take out of town guests to the Falls on a regular basis. So powerful and so much water. My sister, young and not comprehending, wanted to see the bunnies near the Falls… The rapids (rabbits in her mind). I also recall and have several photos of the American Falls when they were “turned off” in the 1960’s to study the erosion. Quite something, but I never rode the Maid of the Mist.
Fascinating! Also funny. Thank you for sharing that. I’m a little jealous that you got to see it so many times.
Appreciate you continuing your blog. I remember the Lockport locks as a young kid being scared because of how high we had to go up. One thing I can’t see on google maps is how my dad navigated us without a lot travel to see the mist coming off the top of the falls in crystal clear water so much that we could see the very rocky bottom. We actually took out a tow line incase the one of the boats we were traveling with broke down so no one went over the falls. Maybe my dad was pulling our legs and I will ask him next time we talk but will never forget seeing the most and the rocky bottom of the river. Continued safe travels.
Wish I could see what you are describing! So nice that these posts bring back good memories for you.. Thank you for your comment on the Great Loop FB page, which did nudge me to start writing again. 🙂