Monday, November 25, 2013

Come Rain Or Come Wind!

We woke up to heavy rain and high winds the morning of our trip to the Falls.  After fortifying ourselves with a hot breakfast and then packing up the car, we headed out to our next adventure!  We knew this would be the only time we would see this amazing water show, so we were determined to go come rain or wind!  Oh, yeah, that was the forecast....rain and sustained winds at 40 mph!  It was supposed to reach 66 degrees though, so we were not too worried about being cold......just wet.
View walking down to river and falls
When we arrived at the park to view Horseshoe Falls on the American side, there was only one other car in the parking lot!  Seems we had the place to ourselves, which was not all bad.  We put on hats and hoods and headed out.  We could definitely hear the falls before we could see them.  The sound was so loud it heightened all our senses.  It felt like it was vibrating in our ears and chests.  And just like God, by the time we walked down into the area, the rain had stopped.  Yay!  Thank you, Lord!  I confess the names of the Falls, the American side......the Canadian side....kept me confused, but there was no missing their power!  To me it did not really matter what we had named them, I was more thankful for Who had created them.  Only God.  Only God.

Looking at Horseshoe Falls below

We were so impressed with the power this water held.  Joel had been there before many years ago, and tried to describe it to me, but until I saw, felt, smelled, and heard it for myself, it was hard to imagine. Scary and exciting at the same time.  We did run into one other couple there and we asked them to take pictures of us and we would do the same for them....worked out well! My pink tennies went with me here too!

This couple from Louisiana told us to be sure to go down in the Cave of the Winds, so after viewing Horseshoe Falls from every angle we could we headed up the many stairs back to the park area and over to the building where we purchased tickets and were given yellow plastic ponchos to wear.  We waited briefly for a tour guide and then headed off.  Things were winding down and workers were actually starting to take apart some of the walkway, but we were able to take the elevator 175 feet down through rock (which was dug out by hand) and then we walked through a tunnel to come out by the Niagara River and not far from Bridal Veil Falls.  We were amazed once again at the sounds we heard and the power of the water.  The guide offered to take pictures of us together.

The long tunnel we walked down from the elevator

Bridal Veil Falls
We were so glad we went down into the Cave of the Winds.  It was another great adventure.  After heading back to our van, we drove over to the other park so we could go up on the Observation Deck and view the falls from that vantage point. There were a few more people here.  The winds were so powerful!  Every time I lifted my arms to take a picture with the camera I would go back a few steps from its force.  Amazing!

Observation Bridge in background
View of the Falls from the Observation Bridge
It was a great adventure for the two of us.  Seeing this powerful source of nature was humbling.  To see what our Creator has done was truly amazing and we could not help but praise God for it all. 


Sharon said...

What beautiful photos! I was reminded of these verses:

"The seas have lifted up, Lord,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the Lord on high is mighty."

(Psalm 93:3-4, NIV)

Yes, Almighty Creator, majesty and power and glory be Yours forever.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Patricia Stotler said...

Happy Thsnksgiving! You take photos like a pro.
Now you need to go on another trip for us armchair travelers!

Hayley-Eszti Szucs said...

Amazing photos of an amazing place in this world. I hope you had an excellent time! :) Hayley