Well, Adam's parents are in and so we drove up to niagara falls today! It was beautiful- you drive by all these vineyards to get there and then there you are- alongside this huge river that is suddenly becoming very wild. crazy rapids. waterfall ahead.
we rode the maid of the mist. oh yes, 'bruce almighty' anyone? The boat takes you right next to the falls and if you're going to make the journey, you have to ride the boat. You put on these great slickers and still get soaked. The wind coming off the falls is incredible! And, did you know that the Maid of the Mist is well known for its role in the July 9, 1960 rescue of Roger Woodward, a seven-year old boy who became the first person to survive a plunge over the Horseshoe Falls with nothing but a life jacket.
random: The boat involved in the rescue (known as Maid II) was retired from service in 1983 and relocated to the Amazon River, where it served as a missionary ship for years after.
the lady of the mist is the little speck sailing towards the falls.
the worst picture we ever took together.
'Anyway, I'm here with Katherine Hepburn's mom. Tell me, why did you toss the "blue heart of the ocean" jewel over the railing of Titanic? Did you feel bad at all letting Leo DiCaprio drown, while you were safe floating on the big door?... Is it my hair, Bill? Are my teeth not white enough? Or, like the great falls, is the bedrock of my life, eroding beneath me? eroooooding. erooooooding.'
-Bruce aboard the Maid of the Mist
the intense mist.
i mean, the pictures do not even do it justice. The falls are just incredible. Its not one of those things that you'd build up and then be disillusioned by. Its beautiful.
We only visited the American side, although we could see the Canadian side. The American side is kinda like Branson, you know, Wax museum. Hard Rock Cafe. Ripley's. But we heard the Canada side is amazing, so next time....
In October 1829, Sam Patch, who called himself The Yankee Leaper, jumped from a high tower into the gorge below the falls and survived; this began a long tradition of daredevils trying to go over the Falls. In 1901, 63-year-old school teacher Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel as a publicity stunt; she survived, bleeding, but virtually unharmed. Soon after exiting the barrel, she said, "No one should ever try that again." Unfortunately, the fortune she hoped to make from a later lecture tour was never realized, as her manager was a con-man who took everything she owned. (Legend says that a small kitten rode in the barrel with her, but this seems to have been a whimsical myth. Still, when she posed with the barrel afterwards, the kitten sat placidly on top of it.) Since Taylor's historic ride, 14 other people have intentionally gone over the Falls in or on a device, despite her advice. Some have survived unharmed, but others have drowned or been severely injured.
Mom, Dad, and Son.
Here is Powers when we left. He wanted to play.