Sometimes, I’m just an idiot.
Sometimes, I get it all wrong.
Sometimes, opportunities present themselves for which I hesitate, or consider passing on altogether. That’s because I’m an idiot. That’s because I think I know exactly what’s coming, and I prepare to be underwhelmed. Sometimes, being such an idiot is the best way to be, because it is in those experiences that the lessons, and rewards, are greatest.
When I found myself at the end of an intense conference weekend in Toronto, I was beat, burnt out, and sick and tired of staring at a schedule and trying to be everywhere at once. I was also feeling utterly insignificant, like there wasn’t anything more I could do that would possibly be worthwhile, and who would care anyway. I just wanted to crawl into bed, sleep in late, and lazily idle away the next day. In my hour of under-slept and overwrought hesitance, I turned to you, my online travel community, and asked the question… ”Should I?”
And you answered, “YES.”
Thank you. I am deeply grateful to you for circumventing my being a full-blown idiot.
I WAS SO WRONG ABOUT NIAGARA FALLS.
I admit I’ve been spoiled with extensive travels to exotic places on this planet. Those “once in a lifetime” travel destinations for others have been “many in a lifetime” for me. I’ve been to Iguacu Falls. More than once. Both sides. I’d seen Victoria Falls, the Smoke that Thunders. I’ve hiked around, floated beneath, and flown above both of these amazing waterfalls. I’ve experienced enough magical mist and rainbows to raise some unicorns. How yet another waterfall could possibly impress me, I hadn't a clue.
Well, I was about to find out. Sometimes, everything lines up to put me and my camera exactly where we were meant to be, even if only for one day - one magical, misty-rainbowed-filled day that would set me straight again and forever shatter my filtered lens of pre-conception. That's exactly what happened, by the way, figuratively and...uh, literally.
|Everything I thought I knew about Niagara Falls, shattered!|
Painful to look at that, I know. Well that's karma in action, and lesson learned. Fortunately, the shattered filter (not lens, thankfully) happened later in the day, and now that I've exposed my faults and all to you, let's get to the good stuff - the reward:
NIAGARA FALLS ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, STUNNING, & IMPRESSIVE FALLS I'VE EVER SEEN.
|The American Falls, looking their grandest from the Canadian side|
Well, I only had a day...and I did not regret spending every moment of it experiencing Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. I had a Niagara Parks Adventure Pass and all manner of activities to choose from right there in Canada - there was more than enough to fill the day.
And what a beautiful sunny day it was. A perfect day for surfing. So I headed downriver to check out the surf. Waves, that is. I'd heard the largest series of standing waves in North America are found here, along the White Water Walk, and I surfed them with my eyes...and my camera!
Awesomeness, right? These waves happen downstream of where the river abruptly changes direction and forms a natural whirlpool, which is better appreciated from above in the Whirlpool Aero Car.
|The Whirlpool of Niagara Falls, where the river flow abruptly changes direction|