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Undertoad 08-07-2017 03:29 PM

Niagara Falls


glatt 08-07-2017 03:31 PM


Griff 08-07-2017 04:36 PM

Choose a quality barrel.

xoxoxoBruce 08-07-2017 06:02 PM

Don't forget your passport.

Gravdigr 08-08-2017 01:11 AM

Niagara Falls
Slowly I turned...

Gravdigr 08-08-2017 01:10 PM

...step by step...

BigV 08-08-2017 05:05 PM

Gravdigr 08-09-2017 12:56 PM

I wonder who was first with that bit, Abbott & Costello, or The Three Stooges?

Happy Monkey 08-09-2017 01:36 PM

Between those two groups, I would guess Abbot and Costello; they both first put it on screen in 1944, but the A&C film probably was in production longer the 3S short.

But the true originator is probably lost in the history of Vaudeville.

Edit: Apparently a comic named Joey Faye claimed to be the original.

Gravdigr 08-09-2017 01:52 PM

Good research, HapMo.

Undertoad 08-11-2017 09:50 AM

Back. We drove up to Niagara Falls on Tuesday, but in order to make it more interesting we stopped along the way. First because we had never been to any of Pennsylvania's many tourist caves, we went to Penn's Cave, in which you descend about 100 feet under the ground to a cave with a little stream running through it, and tour it by boat.

You look around in wonder at the slow creation of the place. Calcium carbonate leeching through the little cracks and constructing its own monuments. The tour takes an hour, it's 52 F degrees all year (and thus winter home to many bats).

It was about an hour, a perfect way to relax and see something cool for a while, instead of just driving.

Undertoad 08-11-2017 10:09 AM

Next stop, Kinzua Bridge State Park and the wonderful Kinzua Viaduct. This consists of a really huge trestle-type bridge, built as high as the Statue of Liberty. In the late 1800s, it became important to move a lot of oil and coal from Pennsylvania, and this bridge helped get that done. It was the fourth-tallest railway bridge in the US. When it was built, it was the tallest.

They stopped using it in 1959. And then, in 2003, a tornado came right through the middle of it.

But now it's a lot cooler, because they constructed a viewing platform at the end; so you can walk to the end and look over at the devastation. In the middle of mountainous forest land that is really not used for anything. It's really cool and worth a stop.

Undertoad 08-11-2017 10:17 AM

We stayed at the Hilton, Canadian side, and got this excellent view of both falls. The iPhone takes a nice panoramic shot:

This was by far the most expensive part of this trip but it was worth it because damn. Then at night they light the falls for the first few hours, and at 10, it's fireworks. From this view, that is all pretty glorious.

Next day we drove over to the 'Merkin side where you can do a lot of the cool touristy bits. First we went on Maid of the Mist which is the little boat the takes you right into the Horseshoe, Canadian falls. That was outstanding, although we don't have any pictures of the best part of it, because it was too... misty. Keep your phone tucked away or it will get soaked.

But we do have this nice shot of the American falls which you pass right by on the way to the bigger one.

Undertoad 08-11-2017 10:19 AM

This is from the top of the American side, and shows the Maid of the Mist boat on its way. I like this shot because it has the boat, and also, the string of people with blue ponchos on, who are just off the boat and heading over to an observation platform.

Undertoad 08-11-2017 10:25 AM

Then, Cave of the Winds. From the island in the middle of the falls, you get yellow ponchos, and walk out on wooden decks to the bottom of the Bridal Falls.

And the decks lead up to what they call the hurricane deck, where you're hit with forceful waters and 60 MPH winds. The falls right in your face. And it is awesome. Especially at the end of a long hot touristy day.


After; because I stood right in the middle of it and got super soaked, because that is what you should do:

In a stunning coincidence, Jackie's brother and his Japanese wife were ALSO in Niagara Falls, stayed over Tuesday in another hotel. We did not plan this whatsoever, and only figured this out Tuesday night via family posts on social medias. ("We're in Niagara Falls!!" "Wait, are you with T and Y?" "What? You mean they are here TOO?!")

We got together for this part of the tourist venture.

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