Niagara Falls (Hometown Series)
(Day #11: 30-Day Blog Challenge)
I can’t talk about my hometown without mentioning some of the landmarks around the area. I have lived my entire life only 30 minutes from one of the Wonders of the World; Niagara Falls. I am lucky enough to be able to see the falls anytime that I want and no matter times I see it, I still look at it in awe. Niagara Falls was made over 10,000 years ago by a glacier (to which also made the Great Lakes and the Niagara River).
This is the Maid of the Mist and takes people down to the base of the falls. Believe it or not, I have actually never been on this before. Mostly because anyone coming into town from other areas have no interest in seeing the falls or have done it before. The wait time is very long and when we visit for the afternoon, I honestly don’t want to do the “tourist stuff”. So if any of my blog friends ever come out for a visit, you can bet we’re going on a boat ride. lol
One of the neat things about the falls being so close, is that we can go and see it in other seasons. Most people see it during the summer months and while it is beautiful in its own right, it is even more awesome during the winter. Michael and I had the pleasure of going to the falls this past winter and seeing it almost completely frozen over. We went over the Canada to get the best view of the frozen falls and it was a really neat thing to see and not one that many get to experience.
Of course, there are always the daredevils that will attempt things like going over the falls in a barrel but only one can say that he has walked across it. Nik Wallenda walked across on June 15th, 2012 on a tightrope in front of tens of thousands, while 16 million watched on television. Everyone was on the edge of their seats while he crossed. It was truly amazing to watch.
There have been a lot of movies filmed here at the falls (Superman II probably being the most famous) but the one that I find to be the neatest was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Every time we watch that movie, there is no escaping the scene where you can clearly see Niagara Falls. We notice it because we’ve seen it in person throughout our entire lives but if you look at enough photos and watch the scene, you can’t miss it. I have looked for a photo of the scene in the movie where they go over the water’s edge but I couldn’t find one.
Sometimes it is hard to believe how much we take having the Niagara Falls for granted because there are people that will never get the chance to see it in all of its glory. But seriously, if anyone does come here for vacation, let me know! I would love to show you around the falls and do the touristy stuff with you. 🙂
The Hometown Blog Series goes along with a postcard exchange with my Chatterbug blog friends. I thought it would be nice to show everyone more about my town and the interesting things that we are known for. Come back to see more highlights about my hometown and even some other interesting things about my area.