|View from the platform above the Maid of the Mist dock on the American side of the falls.|
|Approaching the Canadian Falls from the Maid of the Mist|
|Passing the American Falls on the way back to the dock- on the way up to the Canadian Falls you see these closer up and I could have stood there all day to feel the mist on my face.|
|The whirlpool- you can just see the cable car you can take over the river from the Canadian side.|
The story was about a lake in Louisiana which drained like a bath tub and emptied completely in a very short amount of time- the whirlpool sucked down fully loaded barges and caused the canal and the connecting Gulf of Mexico to flow north into the hole! Sure enough, Dan found the video of it and shared it with the kids. I just viewed it again to share here with you and I made a wild discovery. The earth science professor they interview is from SUNY Brockport (a State University of NY campus very near where we were camping) and in the background is a portrait of William Pryor Letchworth for whom the state park was named! My point? That just brought all of this together very tidily! Now, watch this video and stand in awe of a remarkable engineering failure which caused a huge whirlpool-yes, it's worth the time! Warning: ignore the typed comments that go with the video!
Now that was a swirling vortex with some crazy power.
Our trip to Niagara Falls was a success despite the heat- yes...it was even hot so close to Canada! I only wish we could have lingered on the Maid of the Mist that afternoon.