6/3/2011 – Day 58 – Corning, NY to Niagara Falls, NY – 142 Miles

In the morning we drove back to the Corning Museum of Glass and entered a world of amazing beauty. The museum contains striking world-class examples of glass from every period in the world’s history. In addition to current artist’s works, there are a multitude of glass items from each country and time period from ancient times through the present.

Although we have seen glass from these periods before, and attended significant shows of Murano, Tiffany, Lalique, Chihuly and many more, we were dazzled by the intricate work of accomplished artists from all over, and (as usual) overwhelmed by the artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum’s collection truly is a smorgasbord of beauty presented in lavish style, and the volume and depth is almost overpowering. If you are ever in the neighborhood, take the time to enjoy this one-of-a-kind collection: http://www.cmog.org/

We reluctantly left the museum and headed toward our next stop: Niagara Falls. The GPS routed us along country roads and through interesting little towns before throwing us onto a toll road about 25 miles east of Buffalo. We hit a little afternoon break-up traffic in Buffalo, but it wasn’t too bad and soon we were driving up I-190 over Grand Island and the North Grand Island Bridge over the massive amount of water heading from Lake Erie toward the falls.

We checked into our hotel, dropped off the trailer and headed for the falls themselves. After parking in the New York State Reservation lot near the visitor’s center we walked over to the falls. It was a beautiful day and the roar of the falls greeted us. Mist was rising from the falls creating a veil over and around them.

This is truly a natural wonder which must be experienced.  The sheer volume of water going over the falls (750,000 gallons PER SECOND) is astounding.

Niagara Falls is actually made up of three separate falls, The American, Bridal Veil and Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls. We walked to the overlook for the American Falls, took some pictures and then headed to the observation tower which is part of the Maid of the Mist complex. Standing at the end of the tower provides a great perspective of the American Falls and just a hint of what Horseshoe Falls looks like.

We took more pictures then purchased a special book of tickets which will give us access to an IMax movie about the history of the falls, entrance to the Discovery Center and aquarium as well as the opportunity to walk near the falls and ride the Maid of the Mist to the base of the falls. (Thanks for the heads-up, Corinne.) We plan to use those tickets tomorrow.

Dusk was falling as we drove back to our motel, and as we were locking up the car I noticed clouds to the west. We wondered if they would bring any surprises tomorrow…

Tiffany window, anyone?

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