Kari had already departed for work having left multiple messages about making their home our home. It was shortly after the morning salutation with Declan that he advised us that he was taking the day off and asked how would we feel about driving down to visit the Niagara Falls.

The excitement button was still pushed to play.

To view a steel mill in real time shouldering the shore was astounding.

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DSC03160-1280x853As was the Welland Canal. It’s a ship canal connecting Lake Ontario with Lake Erie enabling ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass the Niagara Falls. Approximately 40,000,000 tonnes off cargo are carried through the canal annually by a traffic of 3,000 ocean and Great Lakes vessels. This would be the same route taken for the Ship Liner we saw docked at Little Current a week or so back.

DSC03159-1280x853Storm clouds gave us another display of lightening bolts and thunder claps with the sequential down pour as we approached Niagara.

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They straddle the international border between Canada and the United States. The combined falls (Horseshoe Falls; American Falls; and Bridal Veil Falls) form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of over 50 metres.

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Renowned for it’s valuable source of hydroelectric power, it is also renowned for it’s beauty with the moisture rising up from the water spray below being 100 times more surreal than the moisture that drizzled from above.

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Just as well.

When you see, hear, smell, taste and feel mother nature’s beauty as was being experienced, the eye moisture was that of an emotional one – a tear of heartfelt happiness for the opportunity extended.

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They were certainly beautiful.