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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Whirlpool Falls State Park–Niagara Falls New York

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All those millions of gallons of water rushing over Niagara Falls have to go somewhere

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so this is where it happens. . .the Niagara River below Niagara Falls. . .

looks pretty benign in this pic. . .right?

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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. . .

Class 6 Rapids Below Niagara Falls

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this map shows the literal elbow in the river

New York, Niagara Falls, Whirlpool State Park

where the Class 6 rapids have developed a basin

The Whirlpool

this is the basin where the whirlpool develops. . .

note the cable car overhead. . .if you take the Niagara Falls Parkway on the Canadian Side,

and drive between Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake,

you can stop and take this cable car ride. . .yeah. . .that’s never happening for me!  EVER. . .

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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. . .

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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!

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one of the brochures you see everywhere in town is about the jet boats and the whirlpool. . .

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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:

Living Our Dream

 

‘til next time,

Janice and Dave