Freshmen Explore Niagara Falls

After fifteen long hours cramped in the bus, we drearily disembarked our three coach buses in Niagara Falls, New York. We had no idea we were headed to Niagara Falls, but once we arrived everyone was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to start our exciting day.

Our day in Niagara started out with breakfast at the Niagara Falls welcome center. Following breakfast, we went to the Falls. At the Falls there are two neighboring waterfalls: one medium sized and a larger one that is one of the biggest in the world. At the Falls, we were first given sandals and yellow ponchos to prevent our clothes and shoes from getting completely ruined. Then, we rode down an elevator to get to the bottom of the Falls. Next, walked up wooden stairways that were within feet of the rushing water. This took us toward the top of the Falls. Being this close to the Falls was thrilling but also drenched us in water even with the ponchos. The first waterfall we walked up was the smaller of the two waterfalls in Niagara. The bigger, more famous waterfall is too big to get up close to, so we rode a boat named the Maiden of the Mist underneath it. We only spent a few hours at the Falls, but as Lee Hudson put it, “it was the most exciting part of the trip”. Being able to come so close to the falls was truly extraordinary.

Afterwards, we left to go to lunch and then on another boat ride, but this time down the Lake Erie canal. On this boat ride, we saw the fantastic scenery of Lake Erie. After our second boat ride, we toured Old Fort Niagara which was a fort used by the French when they first came to North America. This fort was crucial to the French because it is right on the connection from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. Because the French controlled this area, it prevented other countries from exploring into the Great Lakes. This lead to many conflicts between the French and the English.

To finish our exciting day, we ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe of Niagara Falls. At dinner we not only had great food, but we were able to have a lot of fun. “We had a great time eating, singing and dancing at the Hard Rock Cafe.”, as Chase Poplin said. Dinner was the last adventure of our great day even though nobody was ready to go home just yet. We then began our 15 hour journey back to Greenville putting an end to the great day we all had at Niagara Falls, New York.