The Niagra Falls has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It’s one of those scenic attractions that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. And on Thursday October 8, 2020 I finally got my chance.
It was kind of a weird day to be honest. Neither Daniel or I were feeling great so that was kind of a bummer. The weather couldn’t make up its mind – raining one minute and sunny the next.
But we finally got to see the mighty Niagra in all her glory! Yay!
A Cold Morning
I woke up shivering on Thursday. We had planned to see Niagra Falls but I was feeling worn out. Staying put and resting sounded like a better idea.
Then I realized that we had run out of propane. This meant that we couldn’t use the heater or the stove. Blerg!
A hot beverage would warm me up. I put a mug of water in the microwave and then – poof – the microwave stopped working too. Double blerg!
We checked the breaker and fuses but couldn’t find an obvious culprit. I could go outside and use our Coleman stove but that sounded like way too much work.
I had been wondering when we would run out of propane. The last time we filled up was in Yellowstone National Park. Unfortunately, the propane gauge is notoriously faulty. It’s almost impossible to know how full the tank actually is.
According to the weather forecast, it was supposed to get down to 40 degrees tonight. Brr. I guess we would have to break camp and go fill our propane tank today.
We might as well see Niagra Falls while we were at it.
Viewing Niagra Falls from Prospect Point
After filling the tank, Daniel and I drove into the town of Niagra Falls. We were on the American side, of course, since the border crossing is closed right now. That’s too bad, since the view of the falls is supposed to be pretty spectacular from the Canadian side.
As we walked over to Niagra Falls State Park, dark rain clouds filled the sky. I dashed back to the car to grab raincoats and an umbrella.
Daniel and I managed to get in a few good photos at Prospect Point before the rain started in earnest. Neither of us felt like braving the rain so we hid under a shelter.
American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
Niagara Falls is not just a single waterfall. It is actually comprised of three distinct waterfalls that are grouped together. This is probably common knowledge for most people but it was news to me.
From our initial viewpoint, we got a good view of the American Falls. We couldn’t see the other two falls very well, however. So, after the rainstorm passed, we crossed the bridge over to Goat Island.
From there we crossed another bridge to tiny Luna Island. This allowed us to stand at the very top of both Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls. It was pretty spectacular.
Rain clouds darkened the sky as we continued across Goat Island to Horseshoe Falls. The biggest waterfall of the three, Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful extant waterfall in North America (as measured by flow rate).
As we approached the falls, a huge spray of mist showered me and some nearby onlookers. I put away my camera and snapped some photos with my phone before scurrying away.
Then I realized that it was raining again. It wasn’t just waterfall spray that was drenching the area. The rain was back!
Daniel and I decided that we’d had enough for a day. We both felt like we might be getting sick. Neither of us had the energy to do any more sightseeing. Plus wandering around a touristy area in the rain seemed like a bad idea.
I hoped to come back someday however. I’d really love to see the falls from the Canadian side. Someday when we can travel to other countries again. Sigh.
Where are we now?
Date: October 8, 2020
Great American Road Trip Status: Day 95
Location: Four Mile Creek State Park – Youngstown, NY
Miles Traveled: 38.3
Total Trip Mileage: 6371.5
For more details on our Great America (Socially Distanced) Road Trip, see my previous posts:
- Day 94: The Great Lakes Challenge
- Days 90-93: Cuyahoga Valley National Park: A River on Fire
- Day 89: The Pandemic Dilemma: Traveling across America during COVID-19 to Ohio
- Day 87: A Long Travel Day Across Michigan
- Day 86: North Country Trail from Sand Point to Miners Castle