The Interstate seemed to be quite loud although I was right in the middle of the National Park. But wait – that was not the noise of the street. It was the noise of the waterfalls! A big white cloud occurred at the end of the river like a skyscraper had been blown up. The water was rushing down like floating glass. Here I was standing next to the Niagara Falls. Like a colorful and roaring dragon that never sleeps.
I arrived in Buffalo by plane coming from Washington D.C. It’s just a short flight for about an hour. I moved to my new home in Buffalo because it’s much cheaper and far more interesting than to have accommodation in the National Park. Moreover, it’s just one hour away from the Falls with the bus. The ride only costs $2. I went to the Falls in the morning and it was a little cloudy and cool. You can see the buildings of large hotels on the Canadian side. People do always rape landscapes to maximize profit, don’t they? I tried to ignore it.
After exploring the area a little, I went down to the Gorge Trail by elevator right beneath the Falls. Hell yeah, thousands of seagulls were nesting here. It smells a little but I’ve never come so close to such a great rookery in my entire life before. There are three different Falls at the Niagara Falls: The American Falls and Bridal Vile Falls as well as the Horseshoe Falls who build nearly a circle out of water. It’s impressive to watch the Falls from above but it’s far more breathtaking when you are going down – with a boat.
So I did and went to the “Maids of the Mist”-Tour. Everyone got a rain cape before entering the ferry. Then we entered the gorge of the growling dragon. Water was purring right into my face when the boat passed the American Falls. It seemed like the Falls were rushing directly from the sky. A white explosion of millions of single drops. The Niagara State Park is the oldest State Park in the United States. It was established in 1885. 3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls. You won’t believe that until you were here.
After sundown, I grabbed my stuff and headed to the bus stop. Everything was fine with the first bus but then I had to wait for about an hour for my connecting bus. It was all dark and empty and I felt a bit put of place. Unfortunately there were no schedules at the stops and I had no WiFi at all. So I walked into the neighborhood right behind me to look for some help. There I found two women smoking outside of their house and I told them what has happened. They were very friendly and looked up the schedule on their phones. They also wanted me to call a taxi. But then we found out the next bus would arrive in ten minutes. Finally. I went back to the stop and yeah – the bus came! So I went home. Tired and overwhelmed but pretty happy.