From Batavia to Niagara Falls — 37 Comments

  1. Glad ye enjoyed yer trip to the (mostly) frozen north! Ye’ll have to come across to the Canadian side in summer and see the Falls…and visit the little village of Niagara-On-The-Lake (originally known as Newark, Upper Canada – the original seat of Government for Upper Canada before being transferred to Kingston).

    That is one o’ the many Maid O’ The Mist tour boats – they are a decent size to pack the tourists on…and a fun trip into the business end o’ the Falls!

    • I figured ye would be the one who could help me out with all this. So busy catching up since I returned Monday at midnight that I still have not answered all my emails . . . yet to do . . . and I would love to go to the Canada side and photograph the US side from there, as well. And is it true that I must now have a passport to do that? It seems so close, and so odd that I would need a passport!!!

      • Yep, gotta have a passport for Canada and Mexico now. We had to get one for our cruise to Mexico. We got the Passport Card (looks like a credit card) good for Canada and Mexico only.

          • It has a photo, and if I remember correctly it last for 10 years. Check with the Post Office about the length of time. I think it took about a month to receive ours, and we were surprised because we were told it might take 3 months.

            • The card is good for land travel only so if you get into Mexico or Canada and have to be flown back over for any reason it is invalid. The passport book is good for any type of travel. I have my passport but I also have my tribal identification which works as a passport too but I’d rather have the book just in case of emergency. The card is cheaper though and if you just plan to cross the border for a day trip, etc it shoud be sufficient.

            • Oh and the cards good for cruise ships too, just have to come back through the port you went out of. Forgot to mention that part. lol.

            • The bad thing about the cards too is that they have a chip in them that allows you to be “found” wherever. I’d rather have the regular passport.

    • I have visite Niagra On The Lake. Wht a great little town! That whole area is fantastic with all the vineyards and good eating places. I remember camping next to fields of flowers. Very beautiful! I think we spent close to a week in that area.

  2. The falls look even more beautiful in the winter! I have seen them from the Canadian side (really the best view) during the summer. We did not go on the boats. I didn’t feel like getting wet. Looks like you had a great time dancing and eating in true LA style.

  3. The photos ARE good. They give us a peek at what many of us will never get a chance to see in person. Thanks for sharing the experience (and the photos) with us.

    • Well, I was invited to speak at a Bayou Cross-Cultural Conference at a nearby college, and there was no way I was going that close to Niagara Falls on a free pass without going to see them. It was really quite a nice adventure! We just forgot to cover our ears!!!

  4. Y’all got to take the train to the Faux Falls up through the heartland across the Candian side to the falls. I think you go up through Wisconsin cross at top of Lake Michigan.

    My Mom did this twice while legally blind and loved the boat rides at the base of the Faux Falls.

    I know I know Why Faux, Blu? Well cause like most fabulously looking babes now, she’s fake. Without concrete and steel added wouls have eroded away like well like Loozy.

    If you leave now you can get here in time to help shovel this weekend.

  5. Lovely photos and I do envy you. That is one of the places I have always wanted to go.

    The water is so fascinating and it seems like it is alive and pulsing with energy. I think I can understand why men would want to try to “beat” it by going over the falls in various things. It has to do with proving man is stronger than mere water. But, I think the water will win one way or another.

    • I’m sure you’re right about man’s desire to overpower the water; but if you just sit there and watch that water churning and coursing, riding those currents in a kayak or a barrel is just unfathomable. I’m so glad you like the photos, and so you went to the Falls with me! (vicariously)

  6. The water is a beautiful green color in those photos! Glad your back in the warmth! It’s 33 degrees here in Oklahoma today. I’m about to consider a permanent move to a more tropical environment!!!!

    • Okay, my dear, those photos are not “photo-shopped”. The water really was that color. However, the camera did not capture that color in the rapids, but when you look at the rapids from the side, the water color was evident below the white caps. It was so pretty.

      Hey, come on down. We might need a Commodities Lady down here! Except we don’t have a Federal Tribe. Sorry.

  7. What wonderful photos! Now that I think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Niagara in winter. There’s a lot to be said for off-season travel, though – I saw Stonehenge during hte winter solstice, and there weren’t any tourists around, for sure.

    This is completely off-topic here but related to your wonderful posts about the gar. Did you hear about the record-setter caught in Mississippi? Over 8′ and 375 pounds or better.

    • No, I had not seen this. Thanks, but quite honestly, he won’t know how to clean it, and because it has lived to about 60 years old, I hope he let it go back to live another 60. Bayou Fabio brings in fish almost this big (six feet long) but cleans them and sells them as part of his subsistence fishing.

  8. That thing is huge! And here I was thinking the 27″ catfish my brother caught today in his private pond was big! And he turned it loose to grow some more. (He feeds them corn and dog food.)

  9. Everyone – The continuation of this is delayed because I’ve been on my sick bed for three days now. Guess it’s more like the flu than a Yankee cold! I’ll be back here as soon as I can to continue this saga.

  10. Sorry you are sick. There is a NASTY cold/stomach virus going around our area and my daughter kept her 1 yr old grandson and now she and 4 others at her house have the same stuff. It is bad to the max too!

    Hope someone makes you some herbal tea and warm chicken soup.

  11. What great pictures of the falls! We were there in November and they were beautiful then, but I would love to see them in winter. All that ice! I can imagine your lil wetland bodies were in shock from the cold, though.

    Get well soon, Wendy. We’ll be waiting.

    • Hi Sue! Great to hear from you. I am on the mend. I had been mentally bragging about how I made it through the winter without getting ill—but airports and conferences harbor lots of germs, so I did not escape after all! It’s like spring here, and I’ve had to spend it in bed. Darn it! Will hopefully get to the next part of the story today. BW

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