Saturday, September 17, 2011

Niagara Falls, Baby!

The girls and I are on the same page now. On longer-mileage days, we're rising early so we can get in some miles, have a nice long midday break, then get to camp. Today was our first day at this effort, and it worked beautifully.

I popped up at sunrise at Lake Erie State Park, rounded up the trailer and prepped breakfast. Then the girls crept out of bed and into the van where they went back to sleep for awhile while I enjoyed a drive along the Lake Erie shore. (REALLY!? That's a LAKE!?) It offered oceanic views without the smell or current. Birds, water, fish, boats, marinas, but boat ramps instead of boat cranes/lifts. They arose at their leisure and enjoyed breakfast while I continued the 90 minute morning drive to Niagara Falls.

Did you know there is no waterfall called Niagara Falls? That's the name of the city in New York just east of the triplex of waterfalls which are named, from east to west, American Falls, Bridalveil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Bridalveil is nearly adjacent to American (a rock outcropping divides them) and a sizable island separates these two from Horseshoe Falls. The amount of water rushing over the edges is impressive. What's really scary, though, is that the water not far above the falls actually looks inviting. I wonder how many people have inadvertently (truly innocently) washed downstream and into the gorge. For the first time since crossing the Rockies, we saw clean, clear water today.

Today's driving lesson: 60 New York miles take a LOT longer to cover than 60 California miles. But we made it to LeRoy, NY in time to pick up a general delivery package forwarded from Utah (THANKS, Aunt Kathy!), grocery shop, try local pizza and hit camp WELL before dark.

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