Day 5: The Prady Bunch

Today’s tour guide was a high energy, highly irritated indian man by the name of Prady. His birthplace was in New Delhi but he’s called Niagara Falls home since the early 90’s, leading this tour for the majority of his career. He nerded out on Nikola Tesla all day, gave us all name tags, and referred to the tour group as the Prady Bunch. So clever.

I couldn’t decide if I enjoyed his verbal frustration towards the constant stragglers in the group throughout the day or if it was borderline unprofessional but it didn’t matter really, because it made me laugh and I couldn’t help but relate to his need for timeliness. (Except when it comes to the gym. I pull into that joint one minute late on the regular.)

Prady and the bunch aside, the day at the wonder that is Niagara Falls was remarkable and utterly unforgettable. While on the Maid of the Mist cruise, where the boat literally drives into the gushing Horseshoe Falls, this guy next to me from Bulgaria managed to say, in between choking on water hitting his face, that he thought the Falls would be bigger. Okay, bud. (Insert eye roll emoji).

Maybe I’m easily impressed. Admittedly, I have a soft spot for anything water-related (I should have been a Pisces baby). I thought every angle I was fortunate enough to see of the Falls was just spectacular and we were only able to see everything from the American side. Our boy Prady said the Canadian side has ten times the view. Can you imagine?

There were so many beautiful sights and views today and each time I turned a corner, I know I audibly gasped but the highlight of the day, for me, was the Cave of the Winds. It’s found deep at the bottom of Niagara Gorge, 175′ down, I believe. Which, fun fact, isn’t actually a cave at all. At least not anymore. The rock/cave feature that allowed people to stand underneath the Falls collapsed in the early 1900’s but the name stuck.

On this specific tour though, there’s a spot called Hurricane Deck, where the Bridal Veil Falls hits you head on with so much force that you can barely keep standing. I know it’ll probably sound nuts but there are no words to describe the magnitude of relief I felt while in the swirling tornado of water encapsulating me. I could hardly balance and had to gasp for air; my eyes were forced shut and all I could hear was the sound of the water. No tourists, no noise, no busy thoughts in my head. It felt freeing, if only for a few minutes.

I’ve been to a lot of places the last few years and seen a lot of really incredible sites. Niagara Falls may not have been big enough for Mr. Bulgaria and I know there’s not a ton to do in the area but it really did take my breath away and I’d encourage anyone considering it to make the trip. The thrill of being inside a waterfall was worth it alone for me and I hope I never forget those few minutes of bliss.

More photos to come, check back soon!

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