Saturday, July 25, 2015

Slowly I turn, step by step... some of you may not understand the Three Stooges reference

The day was gloomy, rainy and chilly at Niagara Falls. We had visited the Falls in the past and ridden the Maid of the Mist on the U.S. side. This time we observed.

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.

From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island. The international boundary line was originally drawn through Horseshoe Falls in 1819, but the boundary has long been in dispute due to natural erosion and construction

Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. More than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost four million cubic feet (110,000 m3) on average.Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America. It has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, provides 4.4 gigawatts of energy to the region, and a staggering 3,160 tons of water flow over the Falls every second. The Niagara Falls State Park is also the oldest state park in the United States.
Information from Wikkipedia

 Look at the power of that water, and do you see the seagull soaring through the mist?
 Below is a Horn Blower tour boat on the Canadian side. The tourists on the Canadian side are decked out in red rain coats, and the US visitors who ride Maid of the Mist wear blue raincoats. The boats go right up to the falls and of course everyone gets drenched. But oh, what an experience.
Note the bronze statue of Chief Clinton Rickard,
RO-WA-DA-GAH-RA-DEH  "Loud Voice" of the Tuscarora Beaver Clan.
 My sweetheart suggested I may be related.


BECKY said...

I certainly remember that funny bit....BUT I saw Abbott & Costello do it. I didn't even know the Stooges did it, too! LOL. Do you also remember the Susquehanna Hat Company bit?? Hilarious!! Thanks for the smiles!

Susan said...

Hi Linda. Loved your seagull photo. I enjoyed Niagra Falls, too, and would be scared of going too close to them. The power of nature is unmeasurable. So glad you got to go again! Susan

K9friend said...

Powerful, but filled with misty beauty.

Critter Alley

Val said...

Good thing Bill brought his bumbershoot!

Daisy said...

Beautiful photo with the seagull! My husband and I visited the falls thirty years ago. They are quite impressive.

Tammy said...

Beautiful and informative, too. Sounds like a great trip!

Karen Lange said...

I remember seeing that routine, but it wasn't with the Stooges. Not sure if I knew it came from them.(Saw it on an Abbott and Costello film, I think, like Becky said, and possibly on I Love Lucy maybe.)

Niagara Falls is amazing. We visited the Canadian side almost 18 years ago. Would love to go back. Thanks for sharing your pics!