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Three Sister’s Islands ~ Niagara’s hidden gem

There is a corner, on an island, among the trees. You can hear the rushing waters of the rapids, and the thunderous roar from beyond your view, and if the wind is blowing just right, the mist may kiss your face. The place is Three Sister’s Islands, set above the mighty cataract. And if you’ve heard of Niagara ~ you may very well never have heard of these Islands, nor of the girls they are named after: Asenath, Angeline, Celinda Eliza and their little brother Solon. These are three daughters and a son, long gone, yet there are four islands, above the Horseshoe Falls, that are called by their names. (*See bottom of page).

 {I heard this song on the radio, just before this was pressed…. & I Felt  it in those waters. Maybe you will too}…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maT4phfTXR4

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Refreshing and relentless, on it’s way to a hefty plunge.

There are those of us who remember, in the not-so distant past, when we could still run free, and stick our toes in the dangerous rush of rapid, before the fences were placed solid, and the pristine paths were poured. But we made room for you, the far off soul, not familiar with our slippery and sultry siren, who called out our names, but we would not heed.

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The water’s changing color beckons, cool and clear, deceptively calm in places…

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…brash and bold in others.

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Seagulls remain unaffected by the water’s impatience, and sit placidly in place, hopeful of a meal.

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Well-worn paths, from years of use, will soon be overgrown, set behind wire and stone.

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Even rock is eroded by the relentless power of the water’s downward trek to the gorge, creating miniature islands in the river.

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Billows of white, like crashing waves, plummet, repeatedly as the land declines toward the great drop.

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Each and every step offers another facet of their personality, as if the islands are mimicking the sisters, themselves.

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And then we emerge, past the protection of the crannies and the coves, to face a full on onslaught, a deluge of froth and foam; an International border clothed in lacy white.

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And if we turn our heads to the right, towards the sound of a torrent, we can see the rising cloud as the Sisters saw…

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…and the Alabaster City as they could not see…

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And back at the beginning…a pretty path…

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…and a trolley car…

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…and a gleaming trolley stop…

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…But we can still see the flowers beneath the ancient stones…

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…and the bridge…

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…and we all have a place to picnic…

For we are sharing of our beautiful bounty, and we have made a place for all to see, and enjoy…

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…and we can still remember…

http://www.niagarafallsinfo.com/history-item.php?entry_id=1293¤t_category_id=162

Me and my 'Rooster'; a substitute 'chick' for the day!
Me and my ‘Rooster’; a substitute ‘chick’ for the day!

The Parks of Niagara – Part I

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Devil’s Hole State Park

The Niagara region is rife with vegetation and life. It’s beaming with beauty and verdancy.  So much is accessible to the public for viewing, some in a natural state and some in more manicured park lands.

Here is a quick overview of a few of the Parks Niagara has to offer, featuring Devil’s Hole, Whirlpool State Park and Niagara Reservation State Park.

Devil’s Hole State Park has been a great source of Inspiration for our family. With it’s changing moods, with the seasons, diverse paths and trails, it seems to always present something for each of our tastes. Mom likes the above trail and the creative opportunities a stroll affords. The rest of the family likes the hiking down the cliff to the water’s edge: destination ‘wild water’ and unique rock formations.

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No pictures of the lower path. Sorry. Everyone was too busy having fun! You’ll just have to come and experience it for yourselves.

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And on a practical note, there are picnic tables, so bring a lunch.

Whirlpool State Park and Devil’s Hole are ‘next door’ to one another and accessible via a trail that runs along the top of the gorge. It is not a difficult connection, but it is not easy either. If you are looking for an easy walk, the Devil’s Hole trail is the easiest. Whirlpool’s has a hill you need to navigate and the connection between the parks has a stony and hilly trail.

October 25, 2012. Whirlpool State Park. A special treat of 78 degrees!d
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Whirlpool Park has a lovely view of the Whirlpool, below on the Niagara River and of the Aero car that crosses the gorge, over the Whirlpool, from Canada to Canada.

Lovely stone building and look-out.
Lovely stone building and look-out.

We would be remiss if we did not turn the spotlight toward Niagara Reservation State Park. A constant beauty, showcasing the Falls, renowned world over, this Park is the number one destination of all tourists visiting from across the globe. A four-season reservation, no room for any hesitation, this is the ultimate destination! 😉

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Niagara Reservation State Park – America’s oldest State Park.
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The water crashing on the rocks below. Always magnificent.
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On Luna Island, between the Bridal Veil and American Falls…up close and personal.
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In the heart of the City, Niagara rings true with paths and walkways, assured of natural beauty.
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You never know what you’ll find around the corner at Reservation: Buffalo Philharmonic performs.

 

 

 

Frozen Niagara… A once in a lifetime opportunity?

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As we all know, the Polar Vortex visited the North East this winter, and decided to stay. We in Niagara Falls are used to cold and snowy winters, even more so is our well-known neighbor, Buffalo. (Remember the Blizzard of 1977?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHdnpVDEE8o

While the Falls were not completely frozen, (as many people on the internet were claiming) they were quite close to freezing at one point. We picked a “warmer” sunny day to take these photos to share with you.

If you’re interested, here are some real facts about the how’s and when’s of frozen Niagara.

http://www.niagarafallslive.com/facts_about_niagara_falls.htm

The pictures are mainly of the American Falls, taken from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we did taking them.

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A good example of the freeze.

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Notice how the Bridalveil Falls to the right, are more frozen than the rushing water on the left.

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This is the Island that separates the American and Horseshoe Falls. Note that even it is affected by the extreme cold, in the form of these magnificent icicles.

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An up close view of Bridalveil drama.

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Like icing on a cake.

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This structure was actually used in the 1958 movie “Niagara”, staring Marilyn Monroe. It was used as part of the set portraying a motel and individual cabins over-looking the Falls. Sorry to disappoint you, there never has been a motel this close, with such a vantage point. Looks good on film though.

http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/tag/niagara-falls/

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This couple seems to be enjoying themselves.

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Even the foliage couldn’t escape the ice.

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I guess the Christmas lights are there until the thaw?

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Frosting on the rails.
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The city surrounding the Falls on the Canadian side. Image

As you see in this distant shot of the Horseshoe Falls and Niagara Falls, Ontario, the water is not frozen. But no matter, summer or winter, you have to admit, it’s pretty darn cool!