** Part 2 **
After dinner on Saturday, as evening drew on we headed back to the American side of Niagara Falls State Park. This time we crossed over the bridge onto Goat Island. There is also a pedestrian bridge to the Island as well as a pedestrian bridge to Three Sisters Islands beside it. Goat Island separates the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls from Horseshoe Falls.
We again walked along paved paths along a sloping grassy area surrounded by trees and bordered by the Niagara River rapids to head down to the viewing area of Horseshoe Falls.
This was a VERY misty/water spray area. It felt like it was raining. There were a lot of people pressing up against the railings and, really, the railings were not very child safe -- there were huge gaps between the bars and no other safety precautions to the raging water and enormous drop off to the bottom of the falls. So, Ryan took them off to another area nearby where he and the kids chased each other around.
Anyway, we were all in good spirits and headed into the souvenir shop where both kids picked out a stuff animal. By the time we got out the sun had set and we were just waiting for the Illumination to start up.
Illumination is fantastic and dynamic and I can only imagine how gorgeous it looks from the Canadian side. Every night they light up the falls in a variety of colors. It makes these beautiful falls look even more majestic. Absolutely fabulous! I wish our views were better, but I was content.
|it's very hard to see because of the spray, but the other side of Horseshoe Falls is purple, red, and green|
Sunday morning we packed up everything and began our 6-hour drive back to Ohio. The kids were great in the car and we didn't have to stop very much. There was no traffic to speak of either.
Fall is coming on us like a freight train and the trees beginning to change color were a constant reminder. Coming from the Pacific Northwest where everything stays green and then New Mexico where things turn bright yellow/orange then fall off the trees... this was a lovely sight.
We finally returned home happy and tired.
I feel very happy to have experienced one of our Nation's Treasures and would love to go again someday in the future.