Chief Clinton Rickard who founded the Indian Defense League in 1926

Although I’ve lived in New York for over thirty years I had never been to Niagara Falls. We visited my brother-in-law in Rochester, NY last week and since Niagara Falls is only about 90 miles from Rochester we decided to go. I must say that it’s pretty spectacular. Since some of us didn’t have passports with us so we were restricted to the US side (I’m told the view from the Canadian side is more spectacular). We took one of the “Maid of the Mist” boats that go up past the American Falls and get quite close to the Horseshoe Falls. Close up and from river level you really get a sense for the amount and the power of the water coming over the falls. You also get quite wet, but thoughtfully the owners give you blue plastic souvenir ponchos to keep you dry. You can even keep them. All in all a very pleasant visit.

American Falls on the left with Horseshoe Falls in the background.

Wider view of the Falls

Maids of the Mist

American Falls from the boat

Closer view of the Horseshoe Falls

Maid of the Mist from water level

Closer view of the American Falls from above

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