It’s tough to revisit an area that I so thoroughly enjoyed in the past, but is no longer the same.READ “COME TO CANADA FOR THE VIEWS”
Gone are the busloads of tourists. from Asia and everywhere. Gone are the family vacationers making the yearly trek to Canada. Gone are the restaurants still shuttered due to the pandemic. And the few that are open just welcomed diners inside this weekend. Even the Seneca Nation welcomed back their gamblers, but with a ton of restrictions (plexiglass everywhere and hand sanitizers galore.)
Even the Maid of the Mist hasn’t returned – I miss seeing adventure seekers getting soaked to the bones. Meanwhile the smokey mist climbs to the height of the nearby skyscrapers, creating an alluring backdrop. Gulls prance around the falls, soaring to new heights. They roost, rest, feed and for now, they have this cascade all to themselves.
Everyone knows that the best view of the falls is from the Canadian side, so for now, the international borders that flowed in unison remain a deep chasm in between.
But the one thing that hasn’t changed the magic and mystery of the falls which knows no border or is affected by a world-wide pandemic. The rushing waters still provides peace and serenity and the produces negative ions that improves your health and lower stress levels. Travelers know this, and that’s why many choose to ditch the mask. They need to breathe in the fresh air and feel the mist hydrate their skin.
T.G.I. Friday’s was still closed but thank goodness the Rainforest Cafe was open and I sipped on a rum and coke at the bar enjoying the thundering roar of the lions and the elephants trumpeting under the aura of a tropical thunderstorm.
So if you’re a day trip away from the Falls (yes, I’m talking to you Washingtonians), you should consider a road trip this summer. It’s natural, it’s uplifting and we need to do our part to boost the local economy.