Around Niagara Falls

In early June 2018, we and our children and five of our grandchildren – eleven of us in all – spent a week of vacation in Ontario, Canada.

Here is the rental house where we stayed, six bedrooms and five bathrooms, a short walk through two back yards to a sandy beach on Lake Erie.

Going up the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Canada, is quite an experience. This is an observation tower 520 feet tall, with two restaurants at the top, one of them revolving. We rode the glass-walled bubble elevator to the observation deck but chose not to eat at the restaurants, which we thought were expensive.

The Skylon was built in the slip form method, in which the concrete is continually poured, day and night, into a form moving slowly up the tower. The process took 38 days as the slip form was raised at the rate of 1 inch every 10 minutes and gradually reduced in size as it move upwards.

From the Skylon, a view of the Horseshoe Falls, in Canada.

And a view of the American Falls. The larger main part is on the left; on the right is Bridal Falls.

On the American side, we went on the boardwalk that goes right next to Bridal Veil Falls. The ponchos provided to us protected us from being completely drenched. The wind was like a hurricane.

Several kilometers downriver, the Niagara Gorge has a White Water Walk along the turbulent rapids. From the upper-level bank we went down 230 feet via an elevator, then walked through a tunnel to a boardwalk along the rapids.

This is a class 6 rapids, the highest rating. It is considered unrunnable.

Geologists say that the rock layers are 410 million years old, which is way beyond my comprehension.

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