Sunday, September 18, 2011

Niagara Falls and Other Stuff

These are a bit late, but it has taken me a while to catch up with our pictures from this summer. We landed in Buffalo New York the afternoon of May 20th and it was pouring. As we drove the little rental car to the city of Niagara Falls to get checked into our motel it was really coming down. By the time we got to our motel we were tired and it was raining, so we decided to take a nap.

When we woke up the rain was gone and the sun was out so we headed for the falls.

Horseshoe Falls from the top.

The mist from the falls with Canada in the background.

American Falls

Time for a walk on Goat Island between the falls.

It's so beautiful here.

Another shot of the mist.

The top of the American Falls.
The observation deck and Rainbow Bridge.

American Falls

Ray on the observation deck.

The next day we drove to the Canada side of the river.
The top of Horseshoe Falls is behind us.

Before the falls, in the middle of everything, is Bird Island.

Me with the American Falls in the background.

We had lunch here at the Edgewaters.

We had a wonderful view of Horseshoe Falls.

And American Falls.

Back on the American side we drove up the river.
At the top by Lake Ontario is Fort Niagara State Park.

Our first lighthouse was not on the coast.

Looking across Lake Ontario.

A close up of what's on the other side.

We drove along the lake for a while and then went in search of the Erie Canal. Earlier we saw a show about it on the history Channel and were impressed with all the work it took. We didn't see as much as we thought we might, but in the city of Lockport we finally got our chance and were able to watch a lock in action.

Here the locks have filled and are letting the boat thru.
Notice there is a wedding party on the boat.

Another stop we made was Lewiston.
It was the last stop on the Underground Railroad.

A monument at Freedom Crossing.

What it was like for those crossing.
I wouldn't want to take that boat across that river.

It was so green and beautiful there, but I'm sure it had something to do with all the rain. We were expecting lots of rain on this trip, but actually lucked out and didn't get rained on very much at all.

We were gone three and a half weeks so there are more pictures to come!


  1. What an amazing trip! Thank you for sharing the pictures. You two look like you're having a fantastic time!

  2. I'm with Dawn, looks like you had a lot of fun!

  3. We had a great time. It was so good - I want to do it again, but not in the winter.