Niagara Falls – wordless wonder

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls has been a favorite destination of ours for the last decade or so, and it never gets old. It never fails to awe you.

Niagara Falls - the volume

 

It’s majestic. Ethereal. The gossamer quality of its flow over the edge is almost celestial. In short, it’s darned mind-blowing.

 

Rainbow

 

The sheer audacity of the currents mesmerize you.

 

Niagara Falls Canada side

 

As you peep over the not too tall railing at the raging waters cascading down the edge, you feel the earth shifting by you. You realize that you are but one flying leap away from a doomed eternity of a swirling rag doll. The unsavory thought sobers you and you promptly take two steps back and stay there.

 

The Falls

 

You also realize you are puny in scheme of things.

 

Niagara at night

 

You get to meet the tallest man who ever lived according to Guinness Books of World Records. Suffering from a medical condition called ‘Gigantism’ this kid didn’t stop growing. He was pretty intelligent and all that, and became a celebrity before a minor infection in his ankle became septic and claimed his life at 22.

 

Robert Wadlow - the tallest man who ever lived - almost 9 feet tall and growing at age 22 when he died of an infection.

Robert Wadlow – the tallest man who ever lived – almost 9 feet tall and growing at age 22 when he died of an infection.

 

You also get to visit silly monster houses that promise to scare you. Your children snicker, snigger and go in convinced nothing and no-one can scare them. Then they spend the next 20 minutes trying to brave it out in pitch darkness confronting strange and unexpected shadows, tacky monsters, bloody body pieces strategically spread around, moving figures with daggers, and shrieking visitors. Once, you even try to steer them to a particularly interesting spot which you feel is quite spooky and would be of interest to your kid. Your younger kid literally breaks his bones trying to get away, screaming that he has already seen it’ and he ‘does not need to see it again’. You also run into your older kid who, in his hurry to get away, literally mows you down. Hmmm. ¬†They come out white-faced, their smirks now wiped off their pale faces, all the while trying to convince you it was all silly and they were not scared at all. You are so convinced.

 

Frankenstein horror house at Niagara Falls

 

Then you come back home at midnight and feast on this fabulous Red chicken curry cooked by your friend. You are so gratified and satiated that you forget to get the recipe.

 

Thai Red curry

14 comments for “Niagara Falls – wordless wonder

  1. August 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Such beautiful photos of a truly spectacular place, Minnie. It sounds like you really enjoyed seeing it again. Your boys and their response to the monster houses were classic, exiting pale-faced yet scoffing at the idea of being scared. Hehehe. And that red curry chicken does look good. This was a such a nice post. Thank you.
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    • August 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Why, thank you John! We really did enjoy this trip. It was refreshing and a much needed break.

  2. August 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I’ve never been to Niagara Falls. I have no excuse – just never went. I love your photos and now I want to go.
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    • August 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Oh wow……you didn’t?? And you grew up in Maine….you must visit this place. Hopefully soon :)

  3. August 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    The only falls I saw were Iguasu between Argentina and Brasil. Niagara is still a big dream :)
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    • August 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      May your dream come true :)

  4. August 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I have never seen Niagara Falls and it’s definitely on my must-see list. Thank you for the gorgeous images. It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to be 9ft tall; he must have had so many challenges. xx
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    • August 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      I can imagine…..his shoe size was something like 37 or 38….the largest available in stores is 14 I think – which looks puny in front of it. He did have a lot of medical problems and couldn’t walk without aid – hence the cane. Poor guy…so young….did you know he was 5 ft 10 in tall when he went into Kindergarten?
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  5. August 14, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    I still have never visited there. But that rainbow picture is gorgeous (even though I’m afraid of heights)! :D Hope you’re having a great time! :D
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    • August 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      I am afraid of heights too, lol! But here you don’t feel it as such. Grand Canyon is the one you should be mortified of, hehehe!

  6. August 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    My sister lives in Canada so I’ve had the opportunity to visit Niagara and do the Maid in the Mist tour where you get totally soaked! It is everything you described. Really puts you into perspective! Glad you had a great time. Visit Colorado next, I’ll show you some steep drops here too ;)

    Nazneen
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    • August 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Don’t you love Maid of the Mist? I love it.We did it every time we visited Niagara. This yr we skipped it though. Saved it for next time. We didn’t spend much time there. Plus our friend has a six month old baby, and she would not have been able to go. Kids wanted to do haunted house, so decided to go for that. I would love to come to Colorado……
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  7. August 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    What breathtaking pictures! I’ve never been there, so this was a treat. Thanks!
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  8. Pete
    September 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Lived in Buffalo so everytime someone came to visit we would go………but it never gets old

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