We’re camping about 15 minutes up the road from the Niagara Falls this week. We got there on a somewhat overcast day.
I took the Maid of the Mist trip and got these panoramas below. You come out of that experience pretty drenched, but it’s worth it to see these falls up close. Warning – Not for those who are not ok with being 20 yards away from a thunderous torrent of water.
Panorama mode on the cellphone really helped out in getting these shots. Click on the images to see a bigger shot.
Geneva on The Lake is a small tourist community right on Lake Erie. A festive sort of place for people to relax, filled with small rides, arcades, food, a nice hotel, a beach with mini-lighthouse, boat harbour, bike trails, tourist shops, and a live performance theatre.
We stayed in the state campground just down the road.
These ducks were really well organized. They’d get together and head from the meadow down to the beach front. Hang out there for awhile, then head back to their shack in the meadow grasses.
Pokagon is a great place with tons of well maintained hiking trails, thousands of acres of trees, a really nice inn to grab a meal at, well maintained camping areas, bike trails, a nature center, horses, a natural spring, a nice lake to go swimming at, a refrigerated toboggan (more on that later), fireflies at night, the wetlands restoration project, and the bugs aren’t too bad.
All-in-all this is the best campsite I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen plenty of them).
Above you see the view from the Wetlands.
And now for something completely different: Refrigerated Toboggan. This thing must stretch for at least half a mile.
And now to the grand finale – the Spring Shelter.
I was sceptical about getting water from a spring, but several people raved about the water here, and we were completely empty, so we filled up. We’re still drinking the water and it really is that good.
A ranger said that they actually have it tested every year, and it just might be the best water in the state.
Only stayed at Lowden for a couple of days. Nice park, lots of people, and quite (even over the 4th).
Uploading a bunch of pictures from the last couple of weeks.