Niagara Falls, NY—American Side 2014/06/24

Niagara Falls State Park:

graduation trip (2014) 664Situated in the midst of the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Falls State Park is a pristine oasis of three massive waterfalls, exciting attractions and 400 acres of protected wildlife. For generations, visitors have come to see the majestic beauty and humbling power of its natural wonder, savor the panoramic views and immerse themselves in a lush, green environment.

p.s. Established on July 15, 1885, Niagara Falls State Park is the America’s oldest state park – the model from which all other state parks were created. Designed by the America’s first landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also developed New York’s Central Park, Niagara Falls State Park seeks to maintain and perpetuate Olmsted’s vision of public parklands. Olmsted believed that parks should be places of natural beauty, where “the masses could be renewed.” This philosophy was applied throughout Olmstead’s landscape design for Niagara Falls State Park, with an entire network of footpaths through wooded areas and along the banks of the Niagara River.NiagaraNiagaraFallsStateParkMap (http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/)

graduation trip (2014) 665American Rapids Bridge connects Goat Island (accessible only from Niagara Falls, NY) to Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Goat Island:

graduation trip (2014) 223This image offers a good perspective of Goat Island’s location between the American & Canadian Falls.

graduation trip (2014) 291Nikola Tesla Monument at Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY

p.s. Nikola Tesla designed the first hydro-electric power plant (1896) in Niagara Falls. This was the final victory of Tesla’s Alternating Current over Edison’s Direct Current. The monument was the work of Croatian sculptor Frane Krsinic, a gift of Yugoslavia to the United States, 1976. (http://www.teslasociety.com/)

Cave of the Winds —尼加拉瀑布在美國境內最想造訪的景點

graduation trip (2014) 295                                                                                      The Bridal Veil/Luna Falls is the site of “Cave of the Winds" tourist attraction. It takes you closer to the waters of Niagara Falls than you thought possible.

graduation trip (2014) 288-7在加拿大境內羨慕兩天的那羣穿著黃色雨衣的遊客,終於輪到自己置身其中了!

graduation trip (2014) 353          graduation trip (2014) 343                      The journey begins with an elevator ride 175 feet (53 meters) down into the Niagara Gorge. Then, follow a tour guide through a tunnel with a bright yellow poncho and the special footwear provided.

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走出隧道,撲鼻而來的是很腥、很腥的味道—原來沿著尼加拉河竟是一大片海鳥棲息處!

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graduation trip (2014) 309          graduation trip (2014) 351比遊客數量還多的鳥兒,就在道路上逛大街,根本不怕生人!

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Along the Niagara River, their is a series of wooden walkways to the famous “Hurricane Deck".

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p.s. Each year, millions of people don sandals and ponchos to take part in a close up view of the American and Bridal Veil Falls on the Cave of the Winds. What most people don’t know is that the walkways and decks are removed every November and reassembled each spring to protect them from the extreme winter weather conditions that prevail in the Niagara Gorge. Special-edition Cave of the Winds Tours are offered  each spring so visitors can experience a seasonal version of the attraction and see the decks being built for the upcoming season. (Due to frigid waters in the spring, teams of park employees work for only 20 minutes at a time re-building the famous decks.)

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As you stand at the railing, you are a mere 20 feet (6 meters) from the billowing torrents of Bridal Veil Falls.

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graduation trip (2014) 347          graduation trip (2014) 348                   Here, rushing waters loom above you, dousing you with a generous spray as you face.

p.s. While there is no actual cave anymore, the original cave was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls 130 feet (40m) high, 100 feet (30m) wide and 30 feet (9m) in depth. It was discovered in 1834 (by Joseph W. Ingraham), and originally dubbed “Aeolus’ Cave", after the Greek god of winds. Guided tours began officially in 1841, and continued until a rock fall in 1920 made it clear the passage was no longer safe. In 1954, one of the greatest rock falls occurred at Prospect Point. This rock fall had altered the appearance of the Cave of the Winds forever. As a result, the original Cave of the Winds was destroyed by a controlled dynamite blast in 1955. Today, the Cave of the Winds trip leads visitors through a series of wooden walkways and decks to the front of the Bridal Veil Falls instead of behind it.

With the combination of 68mph winds and water hitting the base of the Falls with tons of force, the Cave of the Winds is the best way to experience the power and fury of Niagara Falls in firsthand. Nowhere else on Earth gets you closer to the Falls!

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