Fun & Weird
Almost Blown Away By Cave of the Winds
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When planning my trip to Niagara Falls for some reason I got really excited about doing the Cave of the Winds tour on the American side. Maid of the Mist I was more ambivalent, since taking a fast speed boat under Iguazu Falls is quite possibly one of the greatest experiences ever.
But the thought of getting to run around on the stairs that close to Bridal Veil Falls held great appeal. Only slightly tempered by the fact that none of the wood supports are bolted into anything. Just wedged expertly among the rocks.
Decided to stop on the way to the Canadian side and the longish drive and traffic from Pittsburgh had only slightly dampened my enthusiasm. I’m sure after 4 1/2 hours in the car with me, my friends were wishing it had done more. But anyway, we arrived!
It turns out, the $17 ticket price includes souvenir sandals to wear on the stairs and a cheap plastic bag to put your shoes in.
It was drizzling when I arrived so fortunately there was very little line. I’m not sure it would have been worth spending an hour standing the sun waiting for my turn to take the elevator down 175 feet.
You collect your poncho upon exiting the elevator tunnel and then the fun starts. Kind of.
Really great views!
I couldn’t get enough of watching the rushing water and waiting for my turn to stand at the observation points waiting for a big wave.
For the most part you could easily stay dry, but if you were trying, you could position yourself in the way of some powerful spray.
The best part, at least in my opinion, was getting to stand on the hurricane deck where strong gusts of wind and water make it interesting.
I enjoyed it and would go again, but I’ll admit it didn’t turn out to be quite the waterfall rush I was thinking it would be. And $17 isn’t cheap for 30-60 minutes of amusement. So if it’s a crowded day with long lines or you don’t enjoy standing near or under waterfalls, give it a miss.
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