14.   CANADIAN HOLIDAY in May 2008: Niagara Falls in 1911, 2014 & 2015 = Post 14

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Note: I would like  to share with  you  through  these few words, photographs and hyperlinked websites, a 3 Dimensional  experience as though you were  actually there with  us. Click on any photograph and it should enlarge to a different size ….. at least half screen or size full screen. It will be clearer in detail than the photo on the post. It will be as if you were  really there looking at the actual  scene. You are an arm chair traveller with us.

If you would also like  to see the post in a larger or smaller size, I suggest you follow this procedure: If you right-handed, with your left hand, press  down continuously  on the Control Function Key  with your left hand and with your right hand, move  the   little  cursor wheel either forwards or backwards to make the text in the post larger or smaller.

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Some time ago I saw a website the falls being totally frozen over in 1911. It has now happened again in 2014 and now 2015. See the website for 2015:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2015/feb/20/niagara-falls-frozen-gallery

I have posted you this Niagara Falls Panoramic file.  This post is AWESOME!!  To fully access this file, I make the following suggestions:  

  • Particularly click and drag in any direction over the actual file to get a full  three – dimensional view of Niagara Falls

  • Use your zoom button to move closer to  the Falls or any area you wish to look at ….. then click and drag

  • Use the << >> signs down at the bottom of the file for different views the Falls. Then apply click and drag in any direction over the actual file to get a full  three – dimensional view of  the particular view

  • Also follow the directions below as to fully  access this file.

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Initial Details of the Trip:

  • On the 8th May we flew from Brisbane down to Sydney which is a one hour flight

  • Then we boarded a plane which flew straight to Vancouver in Canada which was a 14 hour flight …. A long trip!! This was a lot simpler than flying to Los Angeles (USA customs etc.) then flying to Vancouver

  • We had three days to walk the streets of Vancouver ……. taking lots of photos

  • On the second day we caught a taxi to the waiting ship for a week long cruise to Alaska and back again. We cruised right up to the Skagway in northern Alaska and back finally to Vancouver

  • We then went to Vancouver airport and flew to Toronto …. A five hour trip. One of our friends, Yolanda actually met us at us at ‘Arrivals’ as we are on e-mail with her. She then acted as our personal assistant in getting possession of our hire car and getting us to our hotel. Then she took us out to dinner at her expense. It was wonderful in seeing a friend after 25 years. Yolanda (a former Canadianand her former husband Paul, had moved to Canada in the early 1980’s. We all lived at Chambers Flat on acreage in the mid 1970’s.

  • As we said we wanted to see Niagara Falls, Yolanda contacted friends on her mobile phone who lived up there to meet us and ferry us around for the day. They sure did ferry us around. 

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We stayed for a day experiencing Niagara Falls. I have so many good memories of Niagara Falls. Some of things I remember are:

  • Going on the boat the ‘Maid of the Mist’ ….. the blue boat shown going up to the Falls in some the photos taken from a helicopter

  • Everyone donning lightweight blue plastic raincoats to keep the spray off you

  • After coming up from the journey on the ‘Maid of the Mist’, we were walking along the kilometre long path on top the cliffs overlooking the Falls  and on the Niagara River. There was an extensive park  paralleling the  path. The cliffs and park are in some the photos taken from a helicopter. Hanging plant baskets hung off the street lights, being watered by the abundant natural rainfall. Tulips and daffodils were out in profusion in the gardens. The climate was just like a good winter day in Queensland, Australia where we had come from. We were remarking about this to local woman resident we had just met. She remarked on how it could get to minus 11 degrees in the winter time.

  • I was sharing  this experience with my friend Alan when I get home many weeks later. He then remarked that only a week before, he had met and talked with someone from Siberia. Where he lived it got down to minus 51 degrees in the winter time. The question is : What is COLD?

  • From Niagara Fallswe drove up to Ontario to stay for two days and pick up Claire. Over the next two weeks, Harriet, I with Claire slowly drove up the eastern side of Canada to Princess Edward Island (PEI) and slowly down on the coast and eventually back to Toronto. We even spent three days on the USA side of the border in Maine and New Hampshire. We particularly enjoyed the travel hospitality of the Philbrook Farm Inn in Shelburne, New Hampshire. See the website:

  • http://www.philbrookfarminn.com/ The place was 5th generation, originally built in 1834. It became an inn in 1861. It was truly finding genuine hospitality on the road less travelled

We then flew from Toronto and back to Vancouver. From there we had another 14 hour flight back to Sydney. We then had another one hour flight back to Brisbane. We arrived back Sunday the 1st of June at 11.30 a.m. where our son Anthony met us at the Airport with our car and drove us back into Brisbane as he lived at West End. This meant that we could then drive ourselves home to Chambers Flat = 35 kms. out of Brisbane.

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See the next  post:

15. OUR CANADIAN HOLIDAY in May 2008:  Quebec City: Post 15