Sunday, October 07, 2007

Colby, Kari & Cameron boating on the TN River

Colby, Kari and Cameron enjoying a beautiful day
Kari and Max
Cameron and Colby wave boarding.....
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Friday, October 05, 2007

Two Displays at Hall of Fame

The Monday Night Football story. They also have a huge Madden interactive football game section.

This one is for my buddy Marlin. Sorry Marlin, the Patriots - not the Cowboys have the record for the longest winning streak - so says the folks at the Football Hall of hoo
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All the football greats

The football Hall of Fame honors their inductees with full sized bronze busts. Here's just a few of the honorees.

A close up of one of my favorites. Tennessee native and fearsome competitor - the late Reggie White.
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Jim Thorpe and Early Football Histsory

Upon entering the hall you are greeted with this boronze statue of Jim Thorpe, listed as the first commissioner of football. Jan is in the background checking out his likeness.

Lots of history of the game including photos of the first paid player.
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Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH

We traveled to the Pro Football Hall of Fame from NY through PA and into OH. Our traveling companions the Howze's are avid football fans so this was a must stop.
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Horseshoe Falls

Now this is impressive. 675,000 gallons of water going over the falls per second in the summertime. The drop distance is 167 feet and the falls span is 2500 feet. This is also the section of falls that the daredevils perfer when they launch themselves. There are two other falls - American and Bridal . There isn't enough cash or tea in China to get us to consider going over any of the 3 falls One guy tried to go over with a jet ski and parachute. They found the jet ski but they never found him. There is some great fishing below the falls and downriver.
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Mist Rainbow and No Smoking

From the Hurricane Deck at Cave of the winds you can see the rainbow created by Bridal Falls. Canada is to the left across the Niagara River
From the Hurricane Deck you see this No Smoking sign. Must be a joke cause there was so much water hitting you standing there that even a gasoline fire would probably be extinguished and forget trying to light a cigarette. Impossible.
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Bridal Veil Falls and Cave of the Winds

Bridal Veil Falls from the scaffoldiing the leads up on the scaffold to the Cave of the Winds

A close up of Bridal Falls. Geologists say that 700 years ago Niagara Falls was one large falls. Now there are three distinct falls.

Jan getting wet at the foot of the Cave of the Winds below Bridal Falls. If you look over her left shoulder you can see the tip of the observation platform jutting out over the falls. If you're afraid of heights you won't want to look down from this vantage point.
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dare Devil Museum

We went to the Dare Devil Museum and gift shop and here we saw this photo of Stephen Trotter and his girlfriend. Trotter went over the falls alone the first time and then he and his girlfriend did it the second time. Wasn't it PT Barnum who said something about one being born every minute. Anyhow he plans a third excursion so I'm sure the local and Canadian cops are keeping a tab on his whereabouts. Below is his "ship".
This is large truck tires lashed together around a styrofoam protective shell and it's on display at this museum. This guy ( and his girlfriend ) is either really gutsy or totally bonkers. Posted by Picasa

Dressed for Niagara Falls

This is how were were dressed to see the falls. This is the pose from the observation platform above and beside the falls
Here's Jan onboard the Maid of the Mist and as you can see, the water is getting her from the falls. These blue panchos were an absolute must but so is getting on board the boat so see the falls from water level. Even with the pancho you can count on getting wet.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Niagara Falls, Rainbow Bridge & Maid of the Mist

While the campgrounds in Buffalo were overpriced and over-rated - Niagara Falls was not. We viewed the falls from the American side and they were spectacular. It's hard to imagine that there are idiots ( one guy did it twice and is planning a third event ) that have gone over these falls as "planned events." The $10K fine and jail time would be enough to stop me . You can see one of the boats ( Maid of the Mist ) in the distance - top right of this photo.

Rainbow bridge from the American Side ( R ) to the Canadian side ( L ) requires a passport to get across and into Canada. We viewed it from one of the many locations provided from Niagara Falls park.
There are more than one Maid of the Mist boats that will take you right up to the falls. The blue "items" on the deck are the people all dressed in the provided blue panchos. They are essential as you will get wet.Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 01, 2007

Enroute to Niagara Falls

Some of the farms ( both dairy and produce ) that we passed through upstate New York enroute to Niagara Falls. Lots of narrow two lane roads enroute to our next sstop
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More of the boys of summer - past

Lou Gherig with "Babe" Ruth
Ted Williams ( center )

The Red Sox when they pulled off the miracle win of the World Series.
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Williams and Ruth

Two all wooden statues , including the uniforms , of sluggers Ted Williams ( Boston Red Sox ) and George Herman "Babe" Ruth ( Red Sox wanna be and New York Yankee great ). These two items were life sized and very impressive.
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Parking Sign and NY Yankee Hall of Famer

Couldn't resist posting this sign now that the Red Sox are contenders - at least for the next 10 days...
Hall of Fame great and NY Yankee superstar - Mickey Mantle's plaque is one of many that fill the hall.Posted by Picasa