All those millions of gallons of water rushing over Niagara Falls have to go somewhere
so this is where it happens. . .the Niagara River below Niagara Falls. . .
looks pretty benign in this pic. . .right?
but these are Class 6 rapids. . .
Wikipedia says that Class 6 rapids are so dangerous that they are effectively unnavigable. . .
and for your viewing pleasure here’s a short You Tube clip I found. . .
this map shows the literal elbow in the river
where the Class 6 rapids have developed a basin
this is the basin where the whirlpool develops. . .
note the cable car overhead. . .if you take the Niagara Falls Parkway on the Canadian Side,
you can stop and take this cable car ride. . .yeah. . .that’s never happening for me! EVER. . .
and THIS is the whirlpool. . .we thought it looked like the eye of a hurricane. . .
being from Southeast Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico,
we are very familiar with how those look. . .you know. . .from the weather maps on TV. . .
As we were standing there reading the map,
a tour guide was explaining to her group that it’s like a bath tub drain. . .
only it’s 125 feet deep. . .and if you fall in,
you get sucked down at least 85 feet before it releases you to float downriver. . .
she was also explaining that there is a path down to the river bank,
and that fishing is allowed, and that folks do go down there to fish. . .
however. . .if you were to stick your foot in. . .
the rapids are actually strong enough to suck you into the whirlpool. . .ummm. . .no again!
whether that story is true or not. . .I don’t know. . .I’ll just take her word for it!
one of the brochures you see everywhere in town is about the jet boats and the whirlpool. . .
the jet boat dock was well down river from the whirlpool,
and once they got into the basin. . .they were skirting way out on the edges
away from the whirlpool itself. If that’s your thing, it’s probably a lot of fun. . .
as I said earlier about the Maid of the Mist. . .paying to get wet. . .
not real high on my list of fun things. . .just sayin’. . .
I’m loving that our RV’ing friends Margery and Paul are here at Niagara Falls
the same time as us. . .it’s so great to see the pics and read the stories from a
completely different perspective. . .check it out here:
‘til next time,
Janice and Dave