Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

Saturday, July 21st, 2001

Ready to get soaked on the Maid of the Mist We road the Maid of the Mist to the base of the falls.  In the picture at right, we're the ones in blue.  That's a joke, since they hand out these blue garbage-bag ponchos to everyone.  See the rainbow? The Maid of the Mist boat
Maids of the 'Mistette'? Then we hit a not-so touristy park for a snack and playtime.  Amazing that they could be amused for an hour by 8 inches of water.
We traveled further north along the Niagara Parkway and saw this beautiful floral clock.  The tachometer on the motor is a Baldor (same as Staubli's robot motor).  We all noticed that although it is a pretty clock, it was five minutes fast.  Joe played in the water in front and caught turtles.  Big ones.  There is something about this family and water. The floral clock
The whirlpool Downstream (north) of the falls is this whirlpool - the water comes in from the right on this picture and exits at the top.  What you don't see is the huge area to the left - a large pool that slowly rotates from the power of this water flow.  That is the whirlpool.
Then back to the RV.  The kids swam while Patti Sue and I got some groceries.  After dinner, Mandy & Patti Sue watched some soap operas that Patti Sue taped while we were in Chincoteague (she doesn't feel a strong need to be up to date) while Jeff, Joe and I went to a go-kart/mini-golf place.  It was quite fulfilling for all of us - no photos, though.  The boys thought it was very cool to see the speedometer showing us "going 100".  The car has metric gauges and the speed limit is 100 km/h (about 60 miles per hour) on the freeway (the QEW - Queen Elizabeth Way).
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