Wendy Conley September 21, 2011 My Family Vacation to Niagara Falls…. It was time for us to start planning our summer vacation. We had a family meeting and our choices this year were Niagara Fall or South Carolina. We had all the information about each place in front of us. We all sat at the kitchen table and went through the areas of interest and voted on Niagara Falls. It was a unanimous vote. All the plans were made and set for August 8, 2011. We had no idea how much we would enjoy this place which left us memories to last a lifetime.
We got up very early that Monday morning and loaded everything into the car for our journey to Niagara Falls. It was me, my husband Jim, my 11 year old daughter Makayla, my 9 year old son Jimmy, and my daughter’s best friend Lia Mae. It took us 5 ? hours to get there. On our journey there we played a game called 20 questions. In the game of 20 questions a person can be a plant, animal, or object. The other people have to ask questions to find out what the person is. We played “I Spy”. Someone would describe something that they saw and we had to guess what they saw. We started singing random songs that we knew without listening to the song.
Then we started jamming to some music on the radio. We had to make a pit stop for gas, food, and the bathroom. When we arrived at Niagara, we started looking for our hotel. We found our hotel, The Swiss Motel, and then checked in. After we checked in the children were not ready to go walking to look at the waterfalls. They wanted stay at the hotel and swim in the pool. The weather was beautiful when we arrived at Niagara. Later that afternoon we decided to go walking and look at the waterfalls. When we arrived at the park, we walked around just to get a quick look at the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.
The waterfalls were so beautiful. I had never seen waterfalls so big and powerful. At night on the Canadian side the workers would shine these big spot lights to light up the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls in many different beautiful colors. When we woke up on our second day of vacation it was raining a little. However, it didn’t stop us from doing what we had planned. We got to ride the Trolley to the different events that we had planned for the day. We went to the Maid of the Mist. We got on the boat that took us closer to the Horseshoe Falls. The Horseshoe Falls is shaped like a horseshoe.
We were soaking wet from the mist coming from waterfalls. Once we got off the boat we went for a walk to see the Cave of the Winds. We had to climb up many stairs to get to our destination. We went to the Cave of the Winds to explore beneath the American Falls. I was amazed and nervous all at the same time. I couldn’t believe the power of water coming from the falls. After that my family and I walked up a bunch more to what they call the Hurricane Deck. My son backed up to the American Falls slowly and I was scared just watching him. He wanted to get wet by standing under the American Falls.
He looked like he found a pot of gold when he finally made it under the waterfall. The American Falls were very strong and steady on the Hurricane Deck. It was a little hard to get close to the American Falls on the Hurricane Deck because of the pressure of the pounding water that was coming down on us. On the third day of our vacation we got to do the following events. My family and I went to the Aquarium of Niagara. We got to watch the Sea Lions perform a really great show. We got to see a lot of different cool looking fish. It is amazing how sea fish can blend into their environment.
Then we went to the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center we got hands on learning and watched a video on how the land erodes and how waterfalls were made. After that we went to the Niagara Legends of Adventure Theater. In there we watched a 45 minute movie. It told us about an old lady that was a school teacher who wanted to be the first to plunge over the Horseshoe Falls. She made her own barrel to use for her and her cat. So on her 60th birthday she was plunged over the Horseshoe Falls and lived to tell about it. The next was a father who was out in the boat with his daughter and his son, when the boat motor died.
It did not take them long to hit the strong rapids. The father went over the Horseshoe Falls with the boat and died. The daughter was caught by a park ranger just before going over the Horseshoe Falls. The 7 year old son was plunged over the Horseshoe Falls just wearing a life vest. The Maid of the Mist boat rescued him. The last thing we did on the third day just before leaving is go hiking to find the Three Sisters Island, actually four islands exist about 500 yards east of the Horseshoe Falls. The Three Sisters islands are named after the three daughters of General Parkhurst Whitney.
General Whitney and his three daughters were the first to visit the third outer most islands. The ice jam upstream made that possible. Whitney being so proud of his daughters he asked the owners if they would rename the islands after his three daughters and his infant son. So the first island was named Asenath the second was named Angeline the third was named Celinda Eliza, and the fourth was named Solon. There was one more island called Goat Island. John Stedman cleared about ten acres and raised a herd of goats on Goat Island. During the extremely cold winter of 1780, all but one goat died.
That was how that island got its name. It was a beautiful view of the water and land. We got to see some dead fish from where the water dried up. We were climbing up and down the rocks exploring. When our adventure was over, we packed up and started on our quiet journey home. This was an awesome vacation. If you ever get a chance to go to Niagara Fall for a vacation I highly recommend it. The waterfalls were amazingly beautiful. My family and I are left with memories that are going to be with us forever. I hope that if anyone takes my advice about Niagara Falls are left with the beautiful memories that we were.