We drove from Cleveland to Niagara Falls and spent the rest of the day touring around Niagara Falls. We meant to see the falls from the Canada side, but by the time we were done touring around the American side it was pretty late so we didn’t venture across the border. The section of the falls you see in this picture is the American side of the falls. The entire Niagara Falls is in a horse shoe shape, and it is difficult to see the whole thing from the American side. So, in most of our pictures you can only see the American side. The Niagara Falls are a lot bigger than you’ll see in our pictures. If you look very closely in this picture you can see a very small part of the Canada side to the right of Chris’s head.
We first went on the Maid of the Mist tour that takes you closer to the falls so you can see all of it. Over the loud speaker they also tell more about the history of the falls, and some of the incredible stories associated with it (like the people who have gone over the falls in a barrel and survived!).
Chris is modeling the awesome ponchos they give you for the Maid of the Mist tours. Because you get fairly close to the falls you can get a lot of mist on you so they give you these souvenir ponchos to keep you dry 🙂
For this tour, they also give you a thin poncho to keep you dry as well as “special shoes” to keep you from slipping as you walk near the falls. These shoes are merely cheap sandals. I think our Dozers would have been way better for the job, but to go on the tour you have to wear these shoes. The ponchos are not any better than the ones they give you for the Maid of the Mist, so I had very little faith that they would actually keep my dry. I put on my rain jacket underneath in hopes that at least my shirt would stay dry.
This part is called the Hurricane Deck. You are directly under the waterfall. You can see why I had little faith that the thin poncho would keep me dry. We had so much fun playing in the water and trying to take pictures. It was difficult to see because the mist was so thick you could hardly open your eyes without getting water in them. We never walked directly toward the waterfall, we always walked in backwards because that was the only way to keep your eyes open. We had so much fun and got nearly drenched (except most of my shirt, yay!). We totally recommend this tour to anyone who is going to Niagara Falls. We had a blast… haha.