A couple of weeks ago, I hinted at my visit to Niagara Falls by teasing y’all with a preview of Whirpool State Park. Well the time has finally come to share about my favorite place on my East Coast Tour (which happened back in October…whoops). You’ll see why it meant so much to me:
My aunt and I got a closer look at the Falls by riding the infamous Maid of the Mist boat!
This trip was even educational (!) – I learned about the original “Maid of the Mist:”
Originally Niagara Falls came from the Iroquois name Ongiara, or ‘Thunder of Waters.’ The legend goes that the Ongiara tribe was going through a time of suffering and death, believed to be caused by the Thunder god Hinum. To appease the god, they began sacrificing the most beautiful women in their tribe to the falls. The last to be sacrificed was the chief’s daughter, Lelawala, who Hinum’s sons desired. As she fell they caught her, and she promised to stay with the one that would bring an end to the curse upon her tribe. Vying for her love, the youngest revealed and killed the giant water snake that lived beneath the raging waters that threatened her people. With that, Lelawala was bound to live with him in the caves underneath the falls, and became forever known as the Maid of the Mist. (Source)
The boat ride was undoubtedly my favorite part about visiting Niagara Falls. It was a challenge to try to stay as dry as possible and to not damage my camera & phone! But being in the middle of the mist was also hella fun.
And of course the views from the boat were awesome.
Afterwards, we went up to the observation deck. It offered even more great views but was veeery crowded.
Words cannot describe the beauty and majesty of this natural wonder. Even pictures don’t quite do it justice! So I’m glad I got to see and experience it at least once. I am, however, curious to return again – but from the Canadian side. After all these years of living in the USA, it’s funny how I’ve never been to Canada! That’s what happens when you’re on the south side of the border, I guess (I’ve been to Mexico plenty of times!).
Have you seen Niagara Falls?
Thanks for reading!