Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reniger Falls (a.k.a. Niagara Falls)

This past weekend we took a little trip to Niagara Falls.  Ryan has been all about Niagara Falls (or Reniger Falls, as he says) for the past month, so we decided to surprise him and do a little overnight trip there.  Niagara is about 3 hours or so from our house, so it was an easy and fun trip.

The first time I went to Niagara Falls was when my parents drove me to New York to begin grad school in the fall of 1996, so that means I was 22.  Even then I had visions of myself coming to the falls with my children, and that vision put absolute fear in my heart.  I mean, really, there are parts of the park where you can literally step into the river above the falls if you wanted to.  It is absolutely terrifying to me.  When Ryan started talking about how he wanted to go, I was not at all sure if I was ready to bring my children, my wild and crazy and sometimes disobedient children, to a place where, in one fail swoop, they could be going over the falls and gone forever.

To some this may seem like the crazy ravings of a delusional mother, but all you mothers out there know exactly what I'm talking about.  It might not be Niagara Falls for you, but there is something. Right?

Anyway, I decided to tackle my fear head on, and we had a lovely time.  We took a trip on the Maid of the Mist (my first).  It was quite chilly, and Ryan was literally beaming ear to ear the entire time.  Noah, on the other hand, was not so crazy about the boat ride.  I think he shared my fears about the waterfall.  Needless to say, one of us held him the whole time while he looked around in complete, wide-eyed silence.

It was a gorgeous, sunny day and the rainbows were out in full force.  My camera was acting up, and I was worried I wouldn't get any pictures, but, fortunately, I was able to get a few.

The boys had a lot of fun, and I only had one freak-out the whole day.  We were standing on the little island in between the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls, and we were right up at the edge of the falls (terrifying).  There are only 3 metal rails that separates you from the edge of the falls, and Kel was standing right up against the rail.  I had turned around to wrangle Noah, and out of the corner of my eye I saw Ryan duck under Kel's legs by the rails.  I swear it looked like he was trying to duck under the rail, and I gasped, and I really think my heart might have stopped for a second.  My heart actually hurt for a minute after.  Kel was like, "What is wrong with you??"  And Ryan ran over to climb a nearby tree, which at the time, was totally fine with me because that meant he was not near the waterfall.

This was my 4th time visiting Niagara Falls, and it will never cease to amaze me.  The power and glory of God's creation speaks to my soul, even if it scares the crap out of me at the same time!


  1. Ha! My uncle graduated from Niagra College back in the early 80s, I was like 2 or 3 or something. Anyway, as my Mom tells the story we were all at Niagra Falls at the rails you described when I decided to make a run for it, my uncle caught me as I tried to dive under the railing!

  2. okay, I'm definitely waiting a bit longer to bring the kids there, I think I would have the same reactions as you!

    What a great memory for them!

  3. I grew up in Buffalo, so that meant every time someone came to town, to NF we went. Every school field trip..... Niagara Falls!

    I took Luc there for the first time this summer..... I have not been there in 10 years. I had forgotten the fright I woudl always feel and now as a mother it was even worse!

    Luc is 8 and as we were walking down the stairs I was already holding onto him. It was horrible! But breathtaking at the same time.......

  4. Kelly....I got engaged at Niagra Falls....on the Rainbow Bridge. It's the only time I've ever been there and I can't wait to bring my kids there someday...hope you are well! Love, Jill Jackson

  5. Awesome. I too have accompanied every single relative who has ever visited us to Niagara Falls. I have to admit that every time I see it I am still blown away. We have not brought all the kiddies up there yet. Just Luca and Julian when they were really young on our way to Marineland.

  6. It really is an amazing sight ! aewsome photos :)

  7. Kelly - beautiful pictures! I had to laugh the whole time I was reading your story because we go to Niagara Falls US and Canada every year and last year it was my 2 year old son and me with a 7 1/2 month pregnant belly and this year it was my boy at 3 and my daughter 10 1/2 months and just walking. My husband is the paranoid one and every time I put my son on my shoulders he would be on edge patrol meaning everytime we walked near the edge to look at something he would freak out and make me move back. We also did the Maid of the Mist ride and I was down below while my husband took my son on the top deck out of my sight so I was constantly worried about there safety on the rough waters. Anyways - I guess what I am saying is that I can relate and enjoyed reading your story. Glad you had fun and I am sure there will be another trip there in the future!

  8. I have always wanted to go there ... and I would have the exact same worries you did with my boys!

    Beautiful photos!


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