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Niagara Falls

08 April 2013

Our visit to Niagara Falls, US is not without any hiccups. Actually, the whole vacation was full of hassles from my husband and mom-in-law's flight from Manila back to Dubai, from our split party trip from Dubai to New York and to the weather condition that welcomed us in what was supposed to be spring in New York. This is not the first time we traveled to New York during cold season. However, we didn't expect the extended winter.

We didn't let the weather dampen our spirits. We didn't fly all the way to Buffalo to miss out on the chance to see the wonderful Niagara Falls up close. We did visit the place twice.  The first time was an epic fail. We visited Niagara Falls last April 2 around 09:00 in the morning. We checked the weather and we knew there would be flurries but we had no choice. Like I mentioned earlier, we didn't fly all the way to Buffalo to coop ourselves in the motel. We braced the harsh weather and went. The temperature was around 2 degrees Celsius but it felt more like -9. We were excited and shivering but a bit disappointed when we reached the Niagara Falls area. We could only see mist and plenty of ice chunks floating on the river. The pathways were slippery too so we could not approach the railings. I still managed to take pictures from afar but we all could not stand the bitter cold. It only took us less than 10 minutes outside the wintery like weather and we headed home.

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The first time we went last April 2. Epic fail! Weather was too cold. We couldn't stand it.


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Mist and more mist from the falls


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Slippery pathways. We were scared to go near the railings.


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This is what we saw on April 2- floating chunks of ice, lots of mist, and not to mention, an extremely cold morning to visit Niagara Falls.

I was really sad and upset that I didn't enjoy the view of one of the wonders of the world. I told my family that my bucket list check was just partial as I didn't see the whole area. But you know what, God is really good. He knows how much we all wanted to see Niagara Falls. So, a window of opportunity came last April 4 when the weather let up for a while. It was 10 degrees Celsius! We drove back to Niagara Falls State Park around 2:00 p.m. Well, the cold was still bitter but we could care less. It was perfect the second time around. My hubby dropped us off and headed to Seneca Niagara Casino while my daughter, mom-in-law and I enjoyed Niagara Falls this time.

We took plenty of pictures. We went up the observatory deck. The Maid of the Mist and other attractions were closed for very obvious reasons; there were plenty of ice chunks floating and the operation is only seasonal.

I marveled at the beauty before my eyes. I have to pinch myself several times to make sure I am standing next to the famous Niagara Falls where I once dreamed of seeing when I was five. I was there, taking it all in - the bitter cold and the beauty of the falls.

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Better weather this time. Taken on April 4. My princess enjoyed the place so much. She braved the cold weather  to get a closer view of the beautiful Niagara Falls.


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Breath taking! One of God's wonderful creation. By the way, those white big stuff are chunks of ice.


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Hello there Canada!!! View from the observation tower.


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Frosted grass near the falls


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Mom-in-law's new hand accessory, a very hot cup of coffee to warm her hands. :)

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Goofing inside the Visitor Center. It was warm inside. We stayed for a while to keep ourselves warm.

 This is another check on my bucket list. It has been a dream for me to see the famous falls. To be standing there, marveling at the beauty of God's creation is truly an opportunity I and my family are very thankful for.

15 comments :

  1. Oh! Niagara Falls, when will I ever see you. Sis, great experience yan.

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  2. Ahhhhh Niagara Falls my fave place to explore and am so happy that you get the chance to visit this amazing Niagara Falls Sis :-) It looks like you and your family had fun. We will visit it this summer when the weather is warm :-)

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  3. sorry to hear about the setbacks in this trip. as i was watching the photos though, i must say it must have been worth all the hassles. the place is indeed gorgeous. i bet u all had a great time.

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  4. Awww! Those are beautiful photographs you have captured, sis! God indeed gave you another opportunity to make your Niagara visit a reality! It's sweeter the second time around daw sabi nila and I guess you have just proven that! Lol. I am glad to know that you have had a great NY vacation! We are planning to drive up to Niagara Falls, too, this summer. I hope everything will cooperate.

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  5. That's one of my dreams too. We actually live closer to this, hubby said that we can drive going there. Maybe someday, we will. Beautiful photos and love that positive attitude about enjoying the trip despite the weather.

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  6. I know April is kinda so-so and most of it you will not enjoy because of the weather. At least you see the Niagara falls in person and that is a big accomplishment as it is in your bucket list.

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  7. This is one of the beautiful places that I want to visit, at least once, in my lifetime. It is far from us here in FL, but it should be doable with a road trip in mind.

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  8. glad the weather improved to let you visit the falls 2nd time around Ria, and let you see the majestic falls and be filled with awe and wonder. the presence of big chunks of ice added more uniqueness to your pictures.

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  9. i wish one day i could check Niagara Falls off my bucket list too. simply breathtaking!

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  10. I'm glad that you have accomplished another task included in your personal bucket list which reminds me I should be doing mine as well.

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  11. Aw! I am glad everything went well despite all the setbacks, Sis. It must be well worth it after all the hiccups. This is one of the places I would so want to visit :-)

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  12. all ends well, thanks that the weather cooperated better on your second trip...and you was able to checked it out in your bucket list. this is one place I hope our family can see...thanks for sharing your experience! :)

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  13. Oh. What a lovely sight to see. I wish to visit Niagara Falls someday! :) I've already seen the Philippine version of Niagara Falls so that's why I'm so eager to see the original one in real soon! ♥

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  14. Thanks for your comments everyone. I'm really glad that we had another chance to see it close and to really enjoy the breath-taking view of God's wonderful creation. Super ganda talaga. I'm sure, it would have been more beautiful kung may spring blooms na. :)

    Do visit it when you have the chance. It's worth the trip!

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  15. Wow! I would love to visit Niagara Falls someday. Thanks for sharing this :)

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