Niagara Falls

SciBarCamp was great, and I’ll write about it in the coming weeks, but right after it was done my parents came to visit and we went to Niagara Falls.

We also went under the falls (an activity where you buy a ticket then take an elevator…). That was neat because when you’re under the falls, you really get a sense of their power. The whole tunnel shook and roared like there were 10,000 cattle running around overhead.

We also saw an IMAX movie about the history of the falls (in relation to people, not the natural history). I didn’t realize that there was a boating accident back in the 1960’s where a boy went over the falls wearing only a life vest. From Wikipedia:

…Roger Woodward, a seven-year-old American boy, was swept over the Horseshoe Falls protected only by a life vest on July 9, 1960, as two tourists pulled his 17-year-old sister Deanne from the river only 20 feet (6m) from the lip of the Horseshoe Falls at Goat Island. Minutes later, Roger was plucked from the roiling plunge pool beneath the Horseshoe Falls after grabbing a life ring thrown to him by the crew of the Maid of the Mist boat. His survival, which no one thought possible, made news throughout the world.