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Niagara Falls, NY Visit

On Monday, April 10th, after visiting Niagara Falls (Ontario, Canada), we crossed the Rainbow Bridge into New York at approximately 12:15 pm.  We parked at the Niagara Falls State Park parking lot. We didn’t incur the $10.00 fee for parking, as we purchased an Empire Pass Card earlier in the year.

We ate lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. Bob ordered a Java Lava Burger with French fries and an IPA that came in a souvenir pint glass. I ordered a pulled chicken sandwich with French fries, coleslaw and cowboy beans. Both meals were good. I can’t recall ever having a bad meal, or bad service, at Hard Rock Cafe.

After lunch, we crossed the pedestrian bridge onto Goat Island. We walked to Terrapin Point (Horseshoe Falls).

Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point

Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point

Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point

It was a beautiful, but extremely windy, day at Niagara Falls. It wasn’t just mist that pelted us, when the wind kicked up! We made several attempts to get close to Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point. We finally made it to the brink of the Falls, without getting too wet.

From Terrapin Point we walked to Stedman’s Bluff, which overlooks Luna Island. As we approached Stedman’s Bluff, I noticed an addition.

The Nikola Tesla Statue now sits on Stedman’s Bluff, overlooking the American Falls.

This bronze statue of Nikola Tesla was a 1976 bicentennial gift to the United States from the people of Yugoslavia.  The statue was moved from the center of the Cave of the Winds plaza on Goat Island to its new location.  I like the statue in its new location!

Iconic view of Luna Island and the American and Bridal Falls from Stedman’s Bluff
(see the rainbow?)

From Stedman’s Bluff we walked down several steps to Luna Island.

Bridal Falls, as seen from Luna Island

Bob, on Luna Island
(see the rainbow?)

From Luna Island we walked alongside Niagara River, back over the pedestrian bridge, and along Niagara River to Prospect Point (American Falls).

I liked this view of Canada across the Niagara River, while we were walking on Luna Island.

Walking across the Pedestrian Bridge
This young couple has the right idea to get good pictures of the raging waters of Niagara River!

Prospect Point View of the American Falls

We departed Niagara Falls soon after photographing the American Falls at Prospect Point.  We returned home around 6:45 pm.  What a GREAT day for a day trip!

Niagara Falls Daycation

We went for a walk today…at Niagara Falls State Park.

We left home en route Niagara Falls around 8:00 am, arriving in Niagara Falls about 2 ½ hours later.   We parked at Prospect Point, where the Empire Passport provided unlimited day use vehicle entry into the park.  The Empire Passport saves us $10 each time we visit Niagara Falls State Park.

After parking and going to the bathroom at the Visitors Center, we walked to Terrapin Point.

We were disappointed to find Terrapin Point under construction.  Visitors will not be able to get up close and personal with Horseshoe Falls until Summer 2016.

Terrapin Point

From Terrapin Point we walked to the Goat Island overlook of the American Falls and then to the Luna Island overlook of the American Falls.

Goat Island Overlook of American Falls

Bob and I at Goat Island Overlook of American Falls

Luna Island
Looking down Bridal Falls and seeing Maid of the Mist on Niagara River

I can’t recall the last time we were on Luna Island. It had been a while.

 

From Luna Island we walked to Prospect Point for one last view of the American Falls.

En route Prospect Point

En route Prospect Point

En route Prospect Point
See the drone?

Prospect Point

Prospect Point

What a nice walk we had!  I never tire of the sights and sounds available in Niagara Falls.

Indians and a Rainbow

We’re on our way to New Hampshire, where we will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with Bob’s sister, Cynthia, and her family. We made one fuel stop during today’s travels. The fuel stop was at a gas station on an Indian Reservation near Limestone, New York. I took pictures of a couple Indians that we saw at the fuel stop.

Indian #1

Indian #2

Rainy conditions were with us throughout much of today’s journey. However, much to our amazement, a rainbow followed us for about an hour along Routes 86 and 88 in New York.

We will arrive in New Hampshire tomorrow. We’re looking forward to seeing Cynthia and Larry and spending the holiday weekend with them.

Finally…a RAINBOW!

The conditions were perfect. The sun was shining, and it was raining. As I have several times this month in similar conditions, I picked up my camera and walked outside. I looked across the sky. At first I didn’t see what I was looking for. I kept looking at the sky. It HAD to be there. The conditions were perfect; they couldn’t be any better. All of a sudden a rainbow appeared, spread across the sky. I took this photograph from our neighbor’s yard, looking across to our yard.

 

What a beautiful rainbow!

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