We finally made it out of New England! First stop: Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is on the Niagara River and drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario and includes three falls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. These combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world - at least 6 million cubic feet of water falls during each minute of high flow. And the vertical drop is more than 165 feet - pretty powerful stuff! The falls formed when glaciers receded, causing water from the Great Lakes to carve a path through the Niagara Escarpment while making its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Nature, you're sooo cool. Today, the falls are an important source of hydroelectric power. [Facts from wiki]
Since Niagara Falls is the international border between Ontario and New York, we were excited to bike into Canada. We biked through customs with all the cars and it was such a cool feeling to bike from one country to another! Taking in the falls from the Canadian side is definitely the way to do it - you get the full, panoramic view. The view, combined with the mist in the air, the powerful (yet soothing) sound of the falls, and the rainbows (!), make for a beautiful experience. It didn't hurt that we had perfect weather. The pristine ocean-blue color of the water, plus the clear blue skies made for a magical frame for the waterfall. At night, after a $66 winning streak at the casino using free hotel vouchers, we walked back into Canada to see the falls all lit up. It felt like a completely different experience seeing the falls in the dark with no one around - the falls seemed so much louder and even more powerful.
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