Wednesday, August 08, 2007

chasing waterfalls

The road trip that my family and I planned would have us pass through Buffalo on I-90. This would probably be the one and only time I would be that close to Niagara Falls, which is about 20 miles from Buffalo. How could we not go? We had driven farther out of our way to see the World's Largest Ball of Twine when we passed through Kansas five years ago.

After a long day of driving, we finally reached New York State late at night and found a cheap motel. The next morning we drove into the City of Niagara Falls and saw lots of campaign signs for somebody named "Babe" Rotella. At that hour it wasn't too hard to find a parking spot near the Red Coach Inn. I wonder if this Red Coach is related to a place my parents used to take us when we were kids. On family birthdays we often went to the Red Coach at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers for a lobster dinner. Our parking space was also near a tethered balloon ride and a building that looked like a totem.

Seeing the falls was fantastic. A rainbow was visible near Horseshoe Falls and over the Maid of the Mist. Our time was tight or we would have bought ponchos and sandals to wear down to the Hurricane Deck. One of the members of our little group spotted the people wearing ponchos and mistook them for Hare Krishna. I won't say who because I value my marriage.

The next morning we woke up in a motel in Worcester, Massachusetts. We flipped on the TV and saw that Dave Price from The Early Show was reporting live from Niagara Falls. Too bad he wasn't there a day earlier.

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Anonymous bean said...

beautiful shots from niagra falls, frank.

question: is that hot chick from "wonderfalls" still working at the gift shop?


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