Friday, July 4, 2014

Maid Of The Mist: A Niagara Falls Delight

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org
A Maid of the Mist boat makes its way through the churning water of the Niagara River toward the falls.

By Mugdha Gurram
Junior Reporter
NIAGARA FALLS, New York, U.S.A. – Niagara Falls offers many attractions to appeal to tourists who come from all over the world, but my personal favorite is the Maid of the Mist boat ride on the New York side.
This converted tugboat takes people right up to the falls, so close that they get sprayed with their mist.
Of course, this could cause lots of soaking, except for the wonderful plastic ponchos they provided us. These blue ponchos covered us head to toe, and came complete with a hood and drawstrings. 
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Passengers on the Maid of the Mist
Practical and stylish, these are sure to be the next trend in designer fashion.
But climbing up the stairs onto the boat, I nearly suffered a “death by poncho” after tripping over my wonderful protective gear.
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Mugdha Gurram narrowly escapes "death by poncho" as she awaits her ride on the Maid of the Mist.
Being on the boat gives an entirely new perspective of both the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls. While the view of them is amazing from pretty much anywhere, the boat is by far my favorite place to see them. The effect on your senses is more intense.
The water roars louder, smells stronger, and the falls look all the more impressive. Even on my third visit to Niagara Falls, I’m mesmerized and can’t get enough of them.
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Passengers on the Maid of the Mist get close to the Falls.

And it’s not just me who’s mesmerized.
Throughout the half-hour boat ride, passengers expressed their amazement. Many people took photos, stretching and crouching and doing whatever they could in order to be able to capture the grandeur before their eyes.
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A view of the Falls from the Maid of the Mist.
The Falls draws quite a diverse crowd; people of all different nations, languages, and religions. And although we were all so different, there was a sense of unity in knowing that we all came for the same purpose: to appreciate the beauty of Niagara Falls.

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