Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day 55, Niagara Falls, Canada

Goodbye Brenda......hey guys, since we are in the state of New York....and Niagara Falls is only 27 km north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, guess where we are going to?

Niagara Falls is composed of two major sections separated by Goat Island: Hors eshoe Falls, the majority of which lies on the Canadian side of the border, and American Falls on the American side....hmm, I think that we need to push on to Ontario, Canada since the view is better from there......
Throughout its history, Niagara Falls has been a magnet for dare devils who have tried to go over the falls in barrels, boats, rafts and even by riding bikes alon g tight ropes suspended above the 50 plus meter (over 150 foot) drop down the Falls.

Hmm, we certainly wont be trying any of those activities !!!

Ok, we are going to take a helicopter ride to get an aerial view first

OMG, this sight is absolutely overwhelming.....

The Niagara Falls are voluminous waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario a
nd the U.S. state of New York.
They were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciatio
n (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 4 million cubic feet (110,000 m³) on average m
aking it the most powerful waterfall in North America.
The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power.
The Horseshoe Falls drop about 173 feet (53 m),
The height of the American Falls varies between 70-100 feet (21 m) because of the presence of giant boulders at its base.

The larger Horseshoe Falls are about 2,600 feet ( 792 m) wide, while the American Falls are 1,060 feet (323 m) wide.

Next stop..... the The Sky Wheel

At 53 meters tall each ride on the Sky Wheel lasts 10 exciting minutes.

The 42 gondolas slowly rise to the top and the view provided on a clear day is absolutely stunning!.
And finally we are going to have dinner at the Revolving Dining Room, found at the top of Skylon Tower
The restaurant revolves once every hour by resting on a circul
ar rail that is propelled by a 3 horsepower (2.2 kW) motor. pretty cool, huh!

The Skylon Tower, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the tallest structure that overlooks both the American Falls, New York and the larger Horseshoe Falls, Ontario from the Canadian side of the Niagara River.
Standing at 160 metres (520 ft) from street level and 236 metres (775 ft) from the bottom of the falls, this place provides us with an amazing view of the Falls....

Oh, wow, this is is such a spectacular view....the Falls are illuminated!

I am at a loss for words.... beautiful, awesome, amazing, awe-inspiring,

heart-stirring, impressive, magnificent, thrilling.........

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