The next day we drove to Niagara Falls , not the actual falls but
the town named after the falls. After setting up we drove to
North Tonawanda and walked begining on the Erie Canal Trail
which then becomes The Shoreline Trail. I had served in Hunter
Ligget Military Reservation, in Jolon,CA with a young man from
North Tonowonda back in 1963 havn't a clue if he is still alive and
wouldn't know him if I met him in North Tonawanda . Two ships
passing in the night.
The Erie is a 291 mile New York State work in progress when
completed it will be a 360 mile trail from Albany County to
Niagara County. I am partial to this trail because it borders and
is named for the Erie Canal AKA Clinton's Ditch. Not that Clinton
but De Witt Clinton the New York State Governor who proposed and
built the Erie Canal and opened America up for commerce in the
1800's and for whom the Bronx high school I attended was named
that's not flooding those are boat garages
At one point the trail began to look familiar and
realized we had walked there before begining on the other end
in 2016 on our way to Canada. On Friday we drove to Grand Island and
walked on West River Parkway trail which is also part of the
Shoreline Trail, a 24 ft wide trail with 2 bike lanes and one
pedestrian lane that was formally an actual parkway.
Yup that's Canada (we didn't cross the border this trip)
That evening we went on a Bedore Tours tour of
Niagara Falls. I would definitely not recommend that tour to
anybody. I can’t speak about the other tour lines or even other
tour guides at Bedore. I am not even sure that a passenger issue
didn't delay us and also put our guide, a pleasing enough and
somewhat entertaining older lady, off her game. None the
less I definitely did not get the value I expected and would not
recommend it. Interestingly enough that was not apparent on the
evening of the tour.
next morning Debby looking at the brochure commented that we
hadn’t gone to Whirlpool State Park and therefore hadn’t
seen either the lower rapids or the Giant Whirlpool
Then on Monday we
returned to the park on our own and walked from Goat Island
to Prospect Point and I realized that we hadn’t been there
I also realized that
we had been on the N.Y.S. Observation Tower you can’t get to
the Maid of the Mist without going on the Tower or at least
the front part,
the guide never mentioned
the tower and rushed us out to the gift shop exit. I took
the time to take a picture because of the view not realizing
I was on the tower.
I also noticed that many people leaving
the Maid of the Mist went to the base of the falls. This
option wasn’t on the trip and wasn’t offered to us but it
would have been nice too do while we were there.
Unfortunately when we returned Monday we couldn’t go down to
the bottom and base of the falls without a ticket so we just
went on the tower for the view and and the opportunity to
take more pictures.
We then returned to Goat Island and walked
around counter clock wise to Luna Island which we hadn’t
been to prior although it was on the tour list.
This time we walked to the Bridal Veil falls
overlook, and the Tesla statue where we had stood to watch
the fire works and lights on the tour,
On the tour we went on the Maid of the Mist.
Went to Wind Cave, saw the night lights and fireworks as well as a
movie explaining the history of the falls and Nicola Tesla and
George Westinghouse involvement with both the falls and its
electrification and subsequently the electrification of the world.
Since then I have read "The Last Days of Night" by Graham Moore a
historical novel about the fight between Westinghouse and Edison
called the "Current War" which explains the early battles for
electric lights and electricity in general.
On Saturday we went to the Buffalo history
museum to see the Ararat stone laid by Mordechi Manuel Noah in his
aborted attempt to to create a Jewish homeland on what is now
Interesting museum with lots of sports memorabilia from Buffalo
Teams and Tim Russets office. Tim was a native of Buffalo and they
have a replica of his NBC or home office from his time on Meet the
Press in addition to the stone and local history including Native
American stuff. Amazing as a native New Yorker we were not taught
more about the five tribes called the Iroquois a powerful Native
American federation of tribes had great adaptability and are still
existent in New York. We followed that with a visit to the zoo which
was disappointing although they did
have the prehistoric dinosaur exhibit that is making the rounds
and then we went to the Buffalo Niagara trail heritage village a
living museum in nearby Amherst. Unfortunately we go the re to close
to closing time so as enjoyable as it was we didn’t get enough time
there and my return someday.
We followed that up with a walk on the Erie canal which will
be a 348 mile rail trail from Buffalo to Albany along Clinton’s
ditch or what remains of it.Not the Clinton who was president but
the Clinton who was governor of NY and the person my high school was
named in honer of.
The next day we went to Old Fort Niagara followed by a walk in
Whirlpool State Park with a view of the gorge,rapids and whirlpool.
Originally we had planned to leave on Monday but Debby wanted
to return to Goat Island and walk around the island so we
staid another night which worked out fine as there were plenty of
sites. It seems the Niagara Falls area is very busy on the week ends
but not so much during the week.
On Monday we returned to Goat Island, walked to and over the
pedestrian bridge to Prospect Point and then onto the Observation
Tower before returning, crossing Green Island to Goat Island around
to Luna Island on to Terrapin point , continuing to the Three
Sisters, The Sister Islands were
named after the three daughters (Asenath, Angeline and Celinda
Eliza) of General Parkhurst Whitney, who was an American commander
during the War of 1812 the
islands a re connected by small bridges. We then
returned to the truck in the RV Parking lot.
On our return to the campground we stopped at the Di Camilo bakery
and bought a bread and Triple Chocolate Biscotti Diprato which I
understand is sold in Sterns in the City. The bread wasn’t so good
but the Biscotti were very good. From the bakery we stopped at Dee
Dee’s Dairy and had some Perry ice cream made by a local
manufacturer the iced cream was among the best I have ever had.
On Tuesday we drove to the St Johnsville Campground and Marina on
the Eire canal although at this point it’s actually the Mohawk River
which parallels the old canal. After setting up we went on the Canal
trail and walked North for our daily walk
The next morning August 14 we hooked up and drove to Croton on
Hudson. We remained in Croton until Monday October 21,2019
visiting friends and ,family seeing out doctors and dentist before
heading back to Florida.