With current location posted as Maple Ridge BC, you may ask why am I posting about a tour in Niagara Falls, a mere 3,000 miles and 3 time zones to the East. The answer, Jeeves ol’ chap is rather simple, as I complete another assignment for the Blogging 101 course.
Today’s assignment includes:
- Honing the blog focus,
- Publish a post for your dream reader, and
- Incorporate a new element
We started this blog to record memories of our travels and as a medium for family and friends to follow us, as we enjoy the RV lifestyle travelling North America and circumnavigating the globe on a World Cruise. Therefore, today’s challenge is how to maintain the focus on travel, when we are actually at home for a few months, awaiting the impending arrival of our first grandson.
What new element should I include? To date, I haven’t got around to learning how to upload/embed videos to a post, so today’s objective is to post the inaugural video. I reviewed the pros/cons of uploading video directly to WordPress, or embedding from a 3rd party like Youtube. Everything I read recommends not uploading video to WordPress due to bandwidth issues, so I elected to use Youtube.
On reviewing the available video files I elected to go with files from our visit to Niagara Fall last summer. Read on to see how I accomplish these goals and provide a report on the Behind The Scenes Tour at Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls, sure we have all seen photographs and watched them on TV, but nothing prepares you for the noise, spray and power of the water when seeing them live and in person. A truly spectacular sight.
We bought our tickets ($15.95) which are printed with a time to report at the queue entering the venue. Our wait was less than an hour, so Judi of course went shopping while Andy wandered down the street snapping photographs of both the Canadian and US Falls. At the appointed time we joined the perpetual queue, which moved fairly quickly. Once inside the building we were issued with a highly fashionable 1 size fits all bright yellow poncho. They weren’t kidding as it comfortably fit Andy, even when wearing his large camera backpack. Here is Judi in the tunnel behind the Falls, modelling the fashionable poncho.
Shortly after donning the poncho, which really isn’t that bad as everyone else is similarly attired, we arrived at the lifts for the 125 foot drop down to the base of the Falls. While descending, you start to hear the Falls, ever so quietly at first, but as the door opens you are assaulted by the thunderous roar of million of gallons of water cascading over the Falls. Wow, simply spectacular and we haven’t even reached the viewing platform yet. A short walk along the tunnel and we reach the viewing platform. By now the hearing is accustomed to the noise, but nothing prepares the additional senses for the spectacular view and feeling the copious amounts of spray. Thank goodness for the ponchos.
The viewing platform comprises 2 levels, providing ample space for the many visitors. Basically, there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.
Once we had our fill of the sights from the viewing platform, we ventured further down the tunnel to view the Falls from behind. The tunnel is well lit and maintained and has 2 viewing platforms to view the Falls. Here is the view from one of them.
Once satisfied we had seen enough we retraced our steps back through the tunnel to the bottom of the lifts. After a short queue we were whisked back to the surface for the obligatory exit via the giftshop.
An additional video taken up river from the Falls.
A few additional photographs taken throughout the day.