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Hello from Niagara Falls! If you read my latest life & travel update, you already know that I left New York for a change of scenery and I returned to Niagara Falls this weekend. When I was standing on the crest line of the Falls today, watching the water spurt over the cliffs and crash down onto the rocks at the bottom, I thought to myself how lucky I was to see such a magnificent place not only once, but twice in my life.
It was exactly three years ago when I visited Niagara Falls for the first time – back then I only made it to the Canadian side though. This time, I visited the American Falls, which left me just as awe-inspired as my first visit in 2011 did. I have to admit – now that I’ve seen both Iguazu Falls and Niagara Falls, at first I thought what Eleanor Roosevelt said when she saw Iguazu Falls – ‘Poor Niagara’ – but then I got up close and personal with the Falls on the American side and was left in awe once again.
The Cave of the Wind walkways bring you right next to the Bridal Veil Falls, and nobody who walks the wooden catwalks stays dry – especially on the Hurricane Deck. The water rushes right towards the viewing platforms right at the bottom and at the sides of the falls, evoking a feel as if you were going to be washed away by the giant water masses any second. Within minutes I was wet from the mist that was spraying everywhere and from the waves that kept crushing onto the walkways with a scary force.
There is just no better way than going almost under the falls to get a feel for the true power of this natural wonder of the world – more than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water rush down the 167 ft (51 m) tall Falls every minute! The roaring sound of the falls drowns out every word, and you have to scream at each other to make yourself heard. Once you reach the Hurricane Deck, which truly lives up to its name, you get completely drenched – almost as if you were standing right underneath the Falls. Niagara might be smaller than Iguazu, but it is still an impressive and unforgettable experience.