From Stuff (New Zealand):
With all the rules in life – chew with your mouth closed, don’t talk to strangers, look both ways before you cross the street – there’s another that should probably be added to the list: don’t propose to your girlfriend while 170 million litres of water a minute is hurtling over a 52m precipice next to you.
I can see why the young German backpacker thought it might be a good idea: get down on bended knee as the catamaran approaches Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls and his beloved will be so overawed by the majesty of the spectacle, she’ll have to say yes.
But when you get this close to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it’s a little like being in the spin cycle of a washing machine.
From a Market Wired press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:
Inspired by Mother Nature and an easy pick as one of the top vacation destinations in the world, Niagara Falls offers guests refreshing experiences and grand sights whether honeymooning, vacationing with the family or simply escaping the drudgeries of work with a weekend getaway.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
Mother Nature still rules at Niagara, although her crown has lost some luster.
The Niagara of today is far different from the Niagara encountered by the first European explorers.
The parking is a lot trickier, for one. And the food is better now, for the most part.
The falls also flow with much less power…
Did I mention that the accommodations are also better today than in 1604, when the French explorer Samuel de Champlain may first have encountered Niagara?
No, the falls aren’t what they once were. Decrying the commercialism of today’s Niagara and bemoaning the lost wilderness is easy. But any equation should also include the electricity generated, the commerce produced and the sheer human pleasure accrued by millions of visitors each year.
The latest issue of Niagara Life Magazine had an article about some of the people who have gone over the Falls:
Niagara Falls, Honeymoon Capital of the World. They say marriages are made in heaven; this is where they test-drive them. For almost a hundred years, men— real men — have come to Niagara Falls to defy the will of Mother Nature, to challenge the raging torrents of the mighty Niagara River, to lay their lives on the line, the line that drops dramatically 170 feet straight down into a churning canyon of angry currents. I tell you, these are men with nerves of steel. These are men with hearts of lions.
Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:
We also went to Niagara Falls and had a blast there. We went to Clifton Hill and did a few of the attractions there. Nightmares Fear Factory was my favourite. It was really scary! The falls are really pretty. I’ve been to Niagara Falls a few times and I am always in awe of how breathtaking Mother Nature is.