I absolutely love waterfalls. I always have. I always will.
There’s just something about the power and beauty and sometimes terror of falling water. Whether it’s a tiny, silent, slow trickle or a thunderous rush of waves crashing from a cliff onto rocks below, the power of it all is astoundingly beautiful to me.
Wailua Falls in Kauai, Solheimajokull in Iceland, Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River…I’m fascinated by them all.
But Niagara Falls has always held a special place in my heart. Though not the most powerful waterfall in the world, I have been enamored of it since I was a child. And perhaps that’s why it holds such a special place in my heart. Growing up in Ohio, I remember visiting the falls as a young child and then again, when I was a bit older. I remember that the Canadian side was much more fun to me than the American side (it’s still that way…sorry ‘murica) because of all the lights and restaurants and fun houses. But also because the Canadian side offers a much better view of the Falls. In those days no passport was needed to cross from one country into the other so it was easy to drive up and see both sides as the mood would suit you. These days, a passport (or passport card, at least) is definitely needed. Simply walking across the Rainbow Bridge to get the best view of all that water thundering down to huge boulders below requires that you carry official identification in your back pocket. But I digress…
As I now live in NYC, a trip upstate isn’t too difficult nor is it too long. And as a lover of the falls and an adventurer, when I heard that a zip line was being built over the falls I could hardly contain my excitement! OVER the falls?! Initially, I wondered how that would work. Canada to America? America to Canada? Upon further investigation I discovered that the zip line was being built on the Canadian side along-side the falls…and I just knew that I’d have to make the excursion to try it out. I’ve jumped out of a few planes and off a few cliffs (low ones 😂😂😂) in my day, but zip lining is definitely one of may favourite things to do! And from what I could tell, this one would be the most secure zipline I’d ever been on.
I knew I’d want a travel buddy for this excursion. Considering most of my family still lives in Ohio I checked to see if anyone would want to make a little road trip and join me. I was so happy when my sister decided to make the trek…and take the zip!! I knew she was a bit apprehensive about the whole thing so I tried not to make too big a deal of it. Hotel arrangements were made, tickets were purchased, waivers were signed (#nowaivernotworthit), Fear Is Stupid shirts were packed, and the day finally came!! The weather was perfect, the water was crashing, the mist was rising, and the excitement was building.
Check out the video below, enjoy the ride…and see if you can count how many times I say “amazing’! If you love what you see get yourself to Niagara Falls, ON for a cool little adventure before they shut down for the winter. If not, you’ll have to wait until next May. But we were told that they’ll be adding another course next year, so there will be double the fun! Check out the link for more details.