Visiting the “Bunches” in Buffalo!
September 28, 2011 1 Comment
This past weekend the hubby and I went North to visit Mr. and Mrs. Bunches. Since this was our first time in Buffalo, some sightseeing was in order. A short drive away was Niagara Falls State Park, so that was a must see.
The view as you walked up to the Falls was really breathtaking. The mist could be seen for miles away – pretty insane. This pic was taken as we walked through the park toward the Falls.
My sis had previously warned me just how close you could get to the water’s edge and the drop. She wasn’t kidding.
Anyone up for a swim?
The sun was out and shining so there were TONS of rainbows. So pretty.
After taking in the overall view we decided it was time to get a little more up close and personal. Cave of the Winds – bring it on.
Now that cute little bear makes you wonder a bit. Is this gonna be a piece of cake, or is this just a decoy to fool you? Here’s a brief overview of what we were in for (courtesy of here): The Cave of the Winds trip takes you closer to the waters of Niagara Falls thank you thought possible. You ride an elevator 175 feet deep into the Niagara Gorge. Then, clad in a bright yellow poncho and wearing the special footwear provided, you follow a tour guide over a series of wooden walkways to the famous “Hurricane Deck”. As you stand at the railing, you are a mere 20 feet from the billowing torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. The rushing waters loom above you, dousing you with a generous spray as you face the thundering Falls head-on.
With that said we got all suited up in our yellow ponchos, rolled up our pants, and strapped on our “special footwear”. Lookin’ pretty fly.
Not sure where our tour guide was – never saw a single one. This was a self guided tour – watchout!
Oh, and I forgot to mention we had to carry our shoes in a plastic grocery bag the entire time. Just in case you were wondering about that one.
After this last shot below, the camera got put away, hoods went up, and onward we went to “Hurricane Deck”. I quickly fled by while trying to not get blown over and completely soaked. Josh was a little more adventurous, and after spending about 10 seconds in the hurricane was drenched. He got his money’s worth I guess :)
Once we were in the clear, de-robed from our yellow garb, and with dry shoes back on, we walked over to the top of the Falls that we just had the pleasure of being underneath. Quite a view looking down. You’ll also see one of the “Maid of the Mist” boats. They take you right up to the bottom of the main Falls. That’s on our list for next time. With that tour we get a blue poncho – awesome.
Next time I’d also like to check out the observation deck that extends out over the water, seen in the distance here…pretty cool.
So after taking in all the U.S. side had to offer, we decided to cross the border into Canada! Here’s a look at all our little yellow friends from a distance.
Pretty amazing. Since it was misting pretty heavily on the Canada side I wasn’t able to take too many photos, but I think the view from Canada definitely topped the U.S.
It’s scary/awesome how close you can get to the water’s edge, just a small fence between you and all that rushing water. Look how close I was – that’s not a zoomed in photo. YIKES!
Definitely an afternoon of fun – thanks for the tour guys!
Next on the agenda was the Bills & Pats game. The fun just doesn’t stop! Mrs. Bunches gave a full recap yesterday of all the action. I have to say the Bills fans were an intense crowd, nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. The stadium was electric. Those fans don’t mess around when it comes to football – they’re all business. The game was quite a nail biter, and even though I’m bound to the Pats through my family roots in Boston, it was hard not to cheer for the underdog. I only took a couple photos…we had some great seats.
It was a close game and quite a celebration when the Bills pulled out the victory. Thanks again for a great weekend Mr. & Mrs. Bunches! — DP