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…