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 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.