5-Oct-2016 : Today we were heading north wards to Niagara falls. En route the bus was to stop at Corning glass museum to have a tour which we had decided to skip. Just adjacent to the hotel we had stayed at night, there was a Baskin Robbins and we picked a bag full of hot yummy donuts and coffee and started towards the bus. The route is beautiful, especially this time of the year .The fall had just started and you could see the nature at its best. Its hard to put in words, but the different colors of tree leaves, some on the tree and many more fallen on ground is a sight to cherish. We were lucky to be travelling here at this time of the year to experience this which you don’t see in California. Also you cross or pass along many rivers and streams, surrounded by forest and fields. Its indeed a beautiful countryside.
Today we had started bit late at 7:00 am, yes that is late for the routine :). We reached Corning around 11:00 pm. Its a small tony town with the famous factory at its center. We were not going to do the factory tour, so went straight to the food court. There were many options, but we again went for some more pizza :), veg for us, cheese for Ar and more coffee :). Yeah, medicine for my sour throat ;). After spending some time there, we had look at their store which had some nice piece of glass work, though we didn’t buy any. They also have local apple produce and we picked some which were bit sour, bit sweet, Perfect! On the entry point they had made an art work of pumpkins which was nice and Ar liked it. Along the way they had a small demo workshop to showcase how glass is made and it was interesting to see.
We were again on the bus on our way towards Niagara falls. The continuous travel had started getting to us, especially G. I enjoy the journey as much as the sightseeing, but due to bad health it was getting to me too. On this route also we saw fall colors in its splendor which made for the long travel. The total distance from our hotel to Niagara falls was around 500+ miles and this was one of the long stretch ride. We reached our destination around 3:00 pm and headed straight towards the falls.
After having the view of falls from the Niagara vista bridge, we went for the famous maid of the mist cruise. You descent through lift at the river level and stand in queue for your number. This was my second time and G and Ar’s first. After wearing the customary rain coats, we boarded the boat which would take us right in front of Canadian falls after passing past the American falls. First you see the American falls which on your left and smaller one of two. Then as you head on you reach Canadian falls which are bigger, taller and a sight to behold. This is one of the best cruises I have had and this time too we enjoyed it. It’s an adventurous cruise and as you approach the falls its very windy and the water which splashes at you due to the wind is just like being under heavy rain. So much water fall down at that spot and from such height that the area around is continuously covered in mist.The moments we spent there we would remember for a long time to come.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to cover Caves of the wind, as we were on rush, no surprises here 🙂 Next stop for the tour was historic Niagara fort which i personally thought would be quite a bore. After some drama (we reached the fort after it had closed), guide used his persuasion skills best to sneer us in. It turned out to be a quite well built, maintained and interesting fort and gave me opportunity to see an American fort. Now that was something ! Also the fort has a very picturesque background, with it facing the ocean and lush green lawn inside. There was a local guide there who was wearing an attire of a soldier (with a gun to add to authenticity :)) similar to have been worn when this fort was built and in use 200 years ago. He also explained the forts history and then he started explaining how the gun was loaded and aimed at etc and and then he pulled the trigger. Nothing happened and we thought that it was all antics. Then he aimed again and pulled the trigger and it fired making a load noise and Ar got scared. It was a memorable experience.
Then we took a stop at whirlpool point where the Niagara river make a whirlpool. This is the point where falls were many millions of years ago which now due to erosion has moved 7 miles back where it is now and it is still falling back as I write.
Next stop was food mall just opposite Niagara falls park. There were many options including Indian food. We had veg thali, a burrito and then completed the meal with hot chai :). We then went outside at the designated spot but the bus was nowhere to be seen. We waited there outside shivering for good half an hour when the bus finally showed up and we were on our way to the hotel. Once reaching the hotel went through the daily rigor to get the keys and called the day.