Woke up completely drenched in sweat.
Phoned the Australian High Commission and after a long time waiting
in a queue they told me they are going to let me in-HURRAH!!!
Went into town after having cold pizza
for breakfast. Had a cold drink in a sports bar type place whilst we
decided what to do. Eventually decided to opt for buying the
adventure pass, which comes in a nice little wallet for keeping
The first thing we then did was a trip
on the Maid of the Mist boat. You get a lovely blue rain poncho to
protect you from the spray. The Maid of the Mist is a boat which
takes you past the American falls and right up to the Horseshoe
falls, where you get drenched with spray - very refreshing.
You seem to go so close that at one
point I was worried about the boat getting swamped. However, needless
to say, we survived. When the boat docks you then exit through a gift
shop - the whole Niagara tourist service seems designed to separate
you from as much cash as possible.
We then walked up the river front
after getting an ice cream / iced yoghurt for refreshment. Did I
mention it was hot?
Though by the falls it is nowhere near as hot as
When we reached the top of the falls we
went to the journey behind the falls. Here, our adventure passes were
worth their weight in gold. People paying on the spot were being told
that they had to wait at least two hours,we went straight in. For
this trip we got a lovely yellow plastic poncho. You follow a tunnel
down to two points where you can look out directly behind the falls.
You could see the spray shadows through the wall of water.
At this point I was what the yellow
ponchos were for as we hadn't got wet yet, then we went to the
observation deck. The lower deck allows you to stand virtualy right
next to the falls and not even a yellow plastic poncho stops you
getting wet. The water hits the bottom of the falls and sprays over
you in a massive shower.
Very refreshing in hot weather. It is
amazing to be standing that close to such a force of nature. After
that it was out through the usual gift shop where I bought a T-shirt
with bears on. One thing that I really don't like here is that the
price on the price label doesn't include tax, so you get charged more
at the till than the label says.
After attempting to dry of in the
sun - though each time the wind changed we got wet from spray again-
we used the special adventure pass people mover bus.
We went to
see Brick World. A very unusual city built of Lego. Within one city
it manages to contain the Golden gate bridge, the CN tower,
skyscrapers, the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Niagara Falls, a cowboy
town, an Indian encampment, a harbour full of pirate ships and a ski
resort. The whole thing has trains built of Lego running all the way
As an example of Lego model building it was certainly
very impressive. Exit was, once again, through a gift shop.
By this time we were feeling somewhat
footsore and weary so after a couple of beers caught the people mover
back to a stop close to the hostel for a short break.
For dinner we headed to a grill
house I had ribs and chicken wings. Mountain Man had steak. The ribs
were gorgeous, the meat fell of the bone and they tasted really sweet
and smoky. I wasn't too sure about the chicken wings, I wasn't keen
on the sauce they were in.
After that we had a couple of beers
in a bar, but as we were falling asleep into our beer headed back for
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