Niagara Falls

The Experience

Some shots from my family trip to Niagara Falls. If you are in the area, that place is a must see. It was my dad’s dream come true, and I loved having the opportunity to have fun taking pictures at a leisure pace. My family is made up of a bunch of nerds, including myself. I love learning random facts and tidbits. I would be the dork going along an educational tour and truly enjoying it. 

Niagara Falls, NY

What struck me about Niagara Falls, NY was how different it was than Niagara Falls, Canada. They are the complete opposite. The NY side is a bit more “nature-y”, acting as an introduction to the magnificent Falls. Beyond the gardens though lies the declining city with its dilapidated buildings. It has the feel of a ghost town. Bloomberg Businessweek even wrote an article on the city’s decline. 

Our first view of the falls.

 Ya know that “larger than life” feeling you get sometimes? Where something just feels so infinite and majestic? That’s what the falls looked like the first time I laid eyes on them. 

Just wow.

 The roaring …. it is in the roaring. The water is rushing past you and the sound just lures you closer and closer. You want to be deafened by it’s power. I loved it. 

Just like a postcard.

Even though the day was grey, it was still amazing. My parents were a little trigger happy and wouldn’t stop to just watch the falls for a while until we asked them to stop. They just wanted to take non-stop pictures of us posing in front. Though this makes for great memories, I just want to remember the moment for a second, the pictures won’t capture all of  that.

A classic.

 You have to do the package deal. 5 attractions in total will give you a pretty good picture of what the Falls are all about. We were able to do all that in 2 days. 

The Facts

  • Niagara Falls is made up of 3 falls 
  • The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher.
  • 600,000 US gallons of water fall per second on the longest fall within the Niagara Falls.
  • 1/5 of the worlds freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls.
  • Only 1 person has survived falling in Niagara Falls.  A 7-year-old boy in 1961, who went over the Horseshoe Falls

Randomness

Don’t try this at home
Ha, this cracks me up every time. You know the quirks of belonging to a family? Don’t deny it. We all have those random moments that make you either cringe (especially when you were a kid) or laugh because you realize only within the context of family could it ever exist. 
The beginning of our trip consisted of just that. My mother suddenly asks if we want cucumbers with lime and salt. (Again, it should be noted that I am hispanic….and thus this part is not actually weird). When I say yes, she suddenly starts taking out all these supplies from some random Mary Poppins bag she has by her foot and proceeds to act like she is back in our kitchen.
Yes…. she had our very own traditional wooden board thing (I don’t even know what the name is) and had begun to dice a cucumber and cut a lime and even had the freaken salt from our dining room table. Hahaha, only my mom. 
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9 thoughts on “Niagara Falls

  1. I love how creative your Mom is; I was very surprice of the family photo, your brother and Ronnie look sooo much alike! Your pics and comments are refreshing, thank you for sharing. You are a wonderful person Alex.

  2. Querida hija, me alegra mucho que llegastes bien a Korea, me impresionas de la forma tan sutil para exprezar tus sentimientos con respecto a nuestro viaje a Niagara Falls, realmente, para todos fue sorpresa la forma en que tu Mami nos invito a comer el pepino con limon y sal, al verla sacar aquella pequena batea de madera, nos causo tanta gracia a todos, pero ella es asi, siempre pensando en la forma de alimentarnos, de un a u otra forma. I love you Alex, Dad.

    • Alex and family, this posting was a total tear-jerker..especially your Papa Dukes’ comment. I’ll make sure to visit Niagara Falls sometime in my lifetime :-)

  3. que preciosos estos momentos alex felicidades y tu abuelito feliz de verte y a tus papis y hermanos que cambio todos estan muy bien cuidense abrazos para ti mi niña .bendiciones y sigue cosechando triunfos en tu vida abrazos .

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