N – Niagara Falls

ad14Niagara Falls – Of all the vacations my husband and I have taken, I think Niagara Falls is my favorite.

The most mind-blowing part of this vacation was, of course, the Falls themselves.  There are actually three Falls – the Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side, and the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, both on the American side.   They are spectacularly powerful – there can be 05 maid of mist 09750,000 gallons of water per second going over the Falls, and you can feel it.

The power, volume, and intensity of the water are absolutely astounding.  You can feel the pummeling, pounding, rushing water deep into your core.  It is dynamic – and feels as though the water is breathing, pulsating, alive.  And we become part of the intense, thundering roar.

So exhilarating, electrifying, and thrilling that we could feel the hair on our necks stand up, and we stood there, transfixed, our mouths hanging open.  We could not even 10 skylon 05think – we were completely and fully present in front of that power.

It felt cleansing, as though the water was washing away all the extra layers and leaving us naked and raw and exposed, our spirits vibrant and glowing and one with the force of nature.  I felt so alive in that presence.

In addition to the spectacular, mind-blowing power of the Falls themselves, there were quite a few other reasons why this was my favorite vacation.

06 goat is river 10First, it was one time when I didn’t skimp on the hotel, one of the few times that I didn’t say it’s only a place to sleep, so why spend extra money. We stayed at the Hilton on the Canadian side, with a room on the top floor, facing the Falls. It had a clear, unobstructed view of all three Falls. It was so spectacular and breathtaking, we sat by the windows and simply gazed out at the view for what seemed like forever. That view alone was priceless.

04 amer falls 10Another huge plus was that our hotel was within walking distance of the Falls. Each morning we took a tour – Maid of the Mist®, Cave of the Winds, a hike behind the Falls, an open boat ride through the rapids, or a gondola over the river… And each afternoon we walked the short distance from our hotel to the Falls, where we leisurely strolled around, with no deadlines or timetable.  Simply being present with the power of the rushing, tumbling, falling water.  Feeling it, seeing it, hearing it, breathing it for as long as we wanted.  And we never got tired of it.

03 pool 3Another thing we loved was that our hotel had a three-story spiraling slide into their huge indoor pool. And like silly, carefree, giddy kids, each afternoon before dinner, my husband and I went flying down that slide, whooping and hollering, happily splashing into the warm water, without a care in the world, way too many times to count.  Pure carefree child-like fun.

06 cave of winds 06Another big reason that I loved this trip was that it was one year after my open-heart surgery. And for the first time in a very long time, I was able to walk the distance to the Falls, up and down stairs, and up the short but steep hill back to our hotel. It didn’t matter that I needed to stop and catch my breath half-way up that hill on the way back, I could still do it. I felt triumphantly strong and alive, and I could walk.  That alone was a thrill.

08 can falls 14This was such an amazing vacation for so many reasons.  Feeling so present and alive in the face of the pounding, living, breathing power of nature was like being in another world, where we were cleansed, washed, uplifted, and exhilarated.

Other vacations were nice, but this one broke through all barriers of ego and thought.

Niagara Falls was absolutely my favorite vacation.

 Copyright © 2014 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

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About Lynn Miclea

LYNN MICLEA grew up in New York and moved to California while in her twenties. A certified hypnotherapist, Reiki Master practitioner, and EFT (tapping) practitioner, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she spent many years working in the medical field and in various offices in an administrative capacity. She is also an accomplished musician and plays the piano at various senior facilities, where her music touches those who need it the most. After retiring in 2013, Lynn discovered a passion for writing, and she has become a successful author with ten books published. Two of her books are powerful memoirs, and eight are uplifting and fun children’s animal stories about kindness, believing in yourself, seeing the best in those around you, and helping others. Lynn believes that the best thing we can do in this world is to help each other. She hopes that through her writing, she can help encourage people to show more kindness and compassion to everyone around them. She asks everyone to be kind to each other as we all share this journey through life together. Lynn currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two dogs. For more information - please check out her website at www.lynnmiclea.com - thank you!
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10 Responses to N – Niagara Falls

  1. colorfulpen says:

    Great post. Love the photos.

  2. I’ve always wanted to see the Niagra Falls in person and to hear all that sound. Now, I want to stay where you stayed with the great view and the curly-que slide to the swimming pool, thank you very much. 🙂
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  3. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    I’m thrilled to hear that you loved your vacation there. My hometown, I miss it so! Your pictures are fabulous!!! And I love the spiral slide into the pool What fun. And what a huge milestone for you, after your open heart surgery. That alone had to make that vacation significant. Bravo!! Thanks so much for writing such an awesome review of the Falls! I LOVE THEM. And the power is immense and almost indescribable. But you did a fabulous job, as always. ❤

  4. renatabu says:

    I can see why this was your favorite vacation. Funny, I can just picture you going down that spiral slide and laughing all the way! I’ve been the Falls a few times myself and felt the same aweness at its power. Maybe next time we’ll stay overnight! Great post Lynn. Thanks for the photos and sharing of your memories 🙂

    • Lynn Miclea says:

      Thank you, Renata. We stayed there 4 days and really savored it. I would do the same thing again – even going back, I would stay at least 3 days. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  5. I’ve never been to Niagara Falls although I have always wanted to. Maybe someday…..

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