Monday, August 24

Welland and Niagara Part Two

We left Welland and within about 20 minutes had arrived at the Falls. We drove around for a bit trying to find a place to park that wouldn't cost us a fortune. No luck.

Hubby decided to pay the atrocious price for parking and then we headed toward the bridge that goes across the road. This is a recent addition. I had seen it the weekend we met Pea from Pea's Corner and Steve.
On our approach to the bridge, I took this photo. If you enlarge it way in the distant you can see a barge stuck on the island. It's been there since August 6, 1918. If you would like to read the history of how the scow was lodged on this shaol, you can read it HERE. It certainly is interesting. There were two men on board at the time.

The gardens with the Rainbow Bridge and the American Falls in the background. It mist was heavy but no one seemed to mind because it was such a hot day.

The Horseshoe or Canadian Falls. These are powerful and I never tire of hearing the thunder of the water as it cascades to the Niagara River below.

Another very pretty look at the Horseshoe Falls. We were very close and what looks like a cloud in the bottom left corner is mist coming off the water.

The Maid of the Mist. She was fully loaded and the line to get aboard was long. I'm not sure I could do the Maid of the Mist. I've thought of it many times but always chickened out found an excuse not to go.

The American Falls are beautiful. I've seen this in the winter and there is always a huge ice bridge here.

We stepped inside to take advantage of the air conditioning and went into a candy shop. This man was making lollipops on a stick. It's very interesting watching the entire process.

The guys, watching the Incline Railroad. It would be an easy way to go up and down the hill. I would gladly go up, but wouldn't want to come down on it. Jordan feels the same way.

The cars were being loaded at the top and bottom. Interesting to watch.

The car on the left is going up the hill while the one on the right is coming down. Everyone arrived at their destination safely.

Then it was off to the van and up Clifton Hill to find the shop that Pea and Steve took us to when we met them in the Falls. Italian ice cream is delicious. I had never tasted it until this summer. It was well worth waiting for.

Once we had treated ourselves, we headed for home. Everyone was tired from an entire day of exploring the Welland/Niagara area, but it was a great day with the boys.

Enjoy your week and remember to give a kind word and a smile to all that you meet.


  1. What a fun time you had. I would so love to see the falls sometime!

    We had a really hot week-end, but it cooled off again today - I love it, but it makes me wonder if we're going to have a cold winter.

  2. Thanks for sharing pics of your visit with us, Mary. I'd love to see Niagara someday.

    Have a great week!

    Love and hugs,


  3. What a wonderful trip! I love the falls but I haven't been for a few years. I think next year I will take the children down as they are old enough to remember it and appreciate it now I would think. My older daughter was down with my sister this summer, they went on the Maid of the Mist.

    I've also been on the Maid. It's a fantastic cruise and really not that scary at all. You must try it some day. I think you'll love it!

    Thanks for taking us along on your trip!


  4. A beautiful day you all had...what fantastic photos too Mary!!

    I think I would have tried going up and down. Maybe! LOL

  5. Enjoyed your Welland and Niagara posts. You took some lovely photos!

  6. Ah, my favourite place to be:-) How can one ever tire of going to Niagara Falls!! I loved your pictures, dear Mary, and being so familiar with everything, they made me smile:-) Oh, you must go on the Maid of the Mist...I was terrified to go but once Steve managed to get me on it, I LOVED it!! You don't experience the true power of the Falls until you're right there at the bottom of them!!! I know what you mean about the parking...atrocious what they ask!! We're lucky, Steve has a handicap parking permit so we park at the police station for free:-) Glad you were able to find the Italian ice cream shop!! Can't wait to go back, we'll give you a call for sure...maybe you guys can spend the night where we usually stay, it's cheap! lol xoxo

  7. Mary I greatly enjoyed both posts about your visit. The water-the ships-the stuck barge are all so interesting to me.

    I'm also glad you were all safe from the bad thunderstorm too.

  8. That incline doesn't look all that steep but maybe pictures are deceiving. I would have been afraid, too. I don't do heights well. We lived in Pittsburgh for almost 2 years before I rode the incline down to point park.
    Mama Bear

  9. What an interesting story about the Skow and the Subchaser too. Although I lived in Niagara Falls (NY) for a while in 1952 and went there, usually once a year till 1957 to visit my aunt (she moved in 1957 to California) I don't recall ever hearing about -much less seeing -the Skow! How the heck did that oversight happen?

  10. wow I have always wanted to go there, ever since I saw the Marilyn Monroe movie "Niagara" - lovely photos!

  11. What a fun trip!Thanks for sharing!~Sharon

  12. Looks as if you had a blast. Italian ice cream is the best, I can still remember how it tastes.

    God bless.