On July 2nd, I took an early morning journey that was an unexpectedly great decision. I arrived at Niagara Falls, on the Ontario side, just after 7 AM to peaceful surroundings. With the exception of a few cyclists and joggers, I was able to stroll along Victoria Park with the sights and sounds to myself. The sun was low in the sky, the mist over the falls was heavy, and it was quiet and lovely.
Approximately 90% of the Niagara River, after diversions for hydropower, flows over Horseshoe Falls, the Canadian Falls. The remaining 10% flows over the American Falls. Who knew? So, there's no doubt that the Canadian side is absolutely stunning in comparison, but the panoramic view is captivating. At 9 AM, the tour buses began to arrive, followed by the tour boats beginning their journeys. It was time for me to move on.
My next stop was the USA for the 4th of July, and a visit with a dear high school friend and family. It has been more than 10 years since Barbara and I connected in person, and there was much catching up to do and holiday fun to be had. We enjoyed 4 days of great food, fireworks, music, cake walking (a new game for me), cycling, the beach, and hours of conversation. We're exactly the same as when we skipped homeroom together, if you ignore the minor wrinkles!
Cyclist, writer, teacher, avid reader, bike/ped advocate, nomad, pie lover