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Niagara Falls Probably Deserves the Hype (Day 67)

September 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Which is sort of hard to admit with as anti-hype as I usually am. Just that I’ve never seen such a massive waterfall complex. Either of the major falls by itself would’ve been fantastic, but those two in the same place? Worth the hype maybe.

Of course, in my drive to keep the 48-state road trip pure, I declined to cross into Canada for the full-frontal photos. I’m guessing it would’ve been mostly mist anyway.

niagara_bridal-veil-rainbowIf I ran the world, I’d force people to rename everything currently named “Bridal Veil Falls” to something a little more thought-provoking.

niagara_american-falls-2American Falls seen from the correct, American side.

niagara_baliwoodI would’ve preferred they film the dancing scene while I was watching, but whatever.

niagara_horseshoe-mistHorseshoe Falls with attendant mist.

niagara_both-fallsAmerican and Horseshoe: Two Great Falls that Fall Great Together

Should probably be “fall greatly”.

Ways I Would Fix the Niagara Falls Experience:

  • Reduce the number of people visiting by 98%.
  • Get rid of all the buildings.
  • And tour boats.

You know, I go to National Parks and it sometimes feels like the Parks Service is trying to prevent people from seeing the park. Then I go to Niagara Falls and better understand what they’re trying to prevent. Oh well. Mighty falls, regardless. Would probably look better without all the hotels and people. And it should be possible to walk yourself down to river-level without having to pay some concessionaire to ride their elevator.



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  1. September 23rd, 2009 at 17:10 | #1

    You’re such a dork. (And I mean that in the most affectionate way.) I imagine God is relieved to hear that you’re slightly impressed with something. (If you’d just use a few more explanation points!!! Niagara Falls is sooooooooooo cooooool!!!! Like that.)

    At Craters of the Moon last week, the theme of one “walk” seemed to be “Getting You Ready for a Time in the Future When We Close This Place to People. And Then Later to Plants and Animals, Too.” Every sign was about how people are speeding up the natural progression from volcanic coolness to regular earth. We’re ruining everything! But so are the plants and animals, because what they’re really trying to do is stop Nature from making more dirt.

  2. September 24th, 2009 at 05:47 | #2

    We grow by the inch AND DIE BY THE FOOT! Some of those NPS/NFS signs get really irritating. Like the one at Lassen Peak that said that if people kept cutting the switchbacks, they were only going to allow guided tours. Here’s an idea: build stairs where people are cutting switchbacks! It worked at Tuskagee U. (at least I think that was there).

  3. September 24th, 2009 at 08:38 | #3

    Guilt should be enough to keep our wilderness pristine.

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