Getting Swept Away at Niagara Falls

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“Brace yourself, and whatever you  do don’t drop the phone,” I told myself as the exhilarating rush and roar of the water from the Falls rushed over my body, drenching every ounce of my being.

I expected to get wet, but I didn’t think I would feel like I was standing in a cold shower with the water literally taking my breath away. Sure, the thin poncho they gave to everyone before boarding the Maid of the Mist was a hint, but it still didn’t prepare me for what was to come.

Imagine the excitement standing at the front of the boat as it approaches the roar of the American Falls. Poncho draped over my body, with a digital camera in my right hand and iPhone video camera rolling in my left.

I have no clue what's about to happen.

I have no clue what’s about to happen.

The sun is shining on what seems like a perfect day at Niagara Falls.

Boarding the Maid of the Mist with the American Falls in sight.

Boarding the Maid of the Mist with the American Falls in sight.

But as quickly as I was able to put the poncho over my body it lifted over my head just as fast as the sudden windstorm created by the crashing water swirled everything not held down.

As I stood there being tossed about by the wind, getting drenched by the roaring falls in front of me I found myself laughing hysterically while doing everything I could to hold on to my phone, camera and keep the poncho somewhat over my body. All of this happened as I fought a losing battle of trying to keep my glasses dry enough to be able to see.

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And that was just the “tame” American Falls. The monster known as the Horseshoe Falls was still to come.

The ride on the Maid of the Mist near the bottom of the American and Horseshoe falls at Niagara Falls was one of the most exhilarating moments I can recall.

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And it was just 30 minutes of my full-day Niagara experience with King Tours. In addition to being swept away at the bottom of the falls, I enjoyed just walking along the top of the gorge for a couple of hours taking in the majestic view and thunderous roar of the falls on a perfect warm and sunny day.

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People say Niagara Falls is overrun with gimmicky tourist traps. I’m sure they’re correct.

The extent of the touristy Niagara Falls, Canada, that I experienced. And it was out the window of our tour bus.

The extent of the touristy Niagara Falls, Canada, that I experienced. And it was out the window of our tour bus.

However, I stayed glued to God’s natural tourist trap, never venturing up the streets into Niagara Falls, Canada.

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With just a couple of hours in the city, my focus was on the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is Niagara Falls.

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My day wasn’t all about Niagara Falls, although that was the focus. It started out with a complimentary pick up by King Tours at the hotel before going to the company’s Toronto offices where everyone who participated in our day trip boarded one bus. It was then off to a Niagara winery and a brief stop in Niagara-On-The-Lake before driving to the Falls. But more on that part of the trip in a coming blog.

The day was all about this:

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And this:

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And this:

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I don’t have a travel bucket list. I’ve been told I should, and maybe one day I’ll get around to it. But I will say with certainty experiencing the beauty and power that is Niagara Falls would be high on that list.

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I plan to return to Niagara Falls. I’d like to spend more time exploring other tour options. But I’d love to take my son on a ride into the mist. I can’t imagine any boy not enjoying this:

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Thanks to King Tours in Toronto for the fabulous complimentary tour of Niagara. I can’t compare them to other tour companies in Toronto. But I know I would recommend them to anyone who asked.

8 thoughts on “Getting Swept Away at Niagara Falls

  1. What an incredible view of the falls! I also loved the videos, haha. I visited Niagara only for a few hours on my way to TBEX and while I enjoyed it, it was hard to compare to the beauty of Victoria Falls. I do think that if I went on the Maid of the Mist that it would have changed my opinion though. What a way to see a waterfall!
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  2. Thanks. I made the mistake of wearing my glasses that day so I had iPhone and camera lenses, plus my glasses that I was constantly drying as I tried to keep my balance.

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