After we arrived in Buffalo, we headed toward Niagara Falls. We stopped at Gratwick-Riverside Park to take a few photos and stretch our legs because it was beautiful. And a little snake startled us as it quickly slithered into the brush near us.
|Cave of the Winds|
|Bridal Veil Falls|
|Cool shoes and poncho, eh? But really, when you got up to the "hurricane zone", you got quite wet. The power and majesty of the falls was pretty incredible.|
|statue of Tesla!|
|walking around Goat Island...it was named this because a man brought some livestock to the island but the weather was so fierce that all of his cattle died...all except one goat|
|I'm not unhappy in this picture...just trying to see into my wet phone to see if I'm capturing the falls behind me at all...all while trying to hurry so the water didn't ruin my camera or phone.|
|Then we had lunch. There were several squirrels around us, eating food people dropped and even crawling in the garbage can to get leftovers.|
Here are a few things I learned:
*Horseshoe Falls used to erode over a foot per year, but once they built the control it erodes less than one inch per year.
*There's a spot of rapids called The Point of No Return. If a boat passes this point, it has 3 minutes until it goes over the falls (to their death).
*Rapids in the US are typically ranked from a 1-5. These American rapids are ranked a 6...meaning unsurvivable. They are 3-5 feet deep but moving 30 mph.
*About 675,000 gallons of water go over the Horseshoe falls every second.
*9/16 attempts to go over Horseshoe Falls have been successful.
*Annie Taylor was the first person to successfully go over the falls. She went over on her 63rd birthday. She had an oak and iron barrel designed to go over the falls and had a mattress crammed into the barrel with her. A couple of days before she went over the barrel, she sent a cat over the falls in the barrel. The cat survived and posed with her in a photo. She hoped the fame of successfully going over the falls would help her obtain financial security, but sadly that was not the case.
|Three Sisters Islands|