Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Toronto Part 5: The end

Okay, after this post I promise I'll stop talking about Toronto. I mean, it's already been 3 weeks since we got back and lots more is happening in our lives right now. :)

On one of our days in Toronto we decided to take a tour down to Niagara Falls. On the way, we stopped at a winery, where we tasted Dan Akroyd's line of wines. Dan has poor taste in wine. We also sampled some ice wine, a very sweet wine that is made after the grapes have turned into raisins and frozen.

We also stopped in a cute town called Niagara on the Lake that had lots of fun shops. It reminded me a lot of Breckenridge, Colorado, a nice mix of tourist stores and upscale retail shops.

So, here we are, freezing, in front of the American Falls. We stayed on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls all day, which, contrary to my mother's opinion, has plenty to do, including Madame Tussuad's wax museum, the IMAX theatre, and don't forget the Hershey's chocolate store. We spent our free time looking at the endless row of tourist traps, I mean, gift shops.
Here is the Canadian Falls. The mist rising from the falls is amazing. You really can't even see the falls themselves.

This is the American Falls. It looks shorter, but that's because there have been some landslides and they decided it was best not to remove the debris at the bottom. They say that the American Falls won't exist in 100 years or something like that.
After viewing the Falls from the outside, we actually went in a tunnel underneath the Canadian Falls to view it from a different perspective. Speaking of perspective, that's Brad in the hallway to give you a little perspective.

The view just to the side of the Falls.

Underneath the Falls. The roar of the water was amazing, and you couldn't believe how fast it was going. I have to say that a couple days later I was musing to myself about how millions of people go see water falling down a cliff every year. I mean, it's water. And it's going over some tall rocks. Big deal, right? But when you're there, it totally makes sense. It's awesome.

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