|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?|
|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.|
|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).