Sunday, September 19, 2010

Back from the brink

Of Niagara Falls, that is. (That's the Maid of the Mist on the left.)

It was a great trip, other than a reservation mix-up which resulted in one night's stay at the worst motel in the world. But my only remark about staying there echoes what Annie Taylor reportedly said upon emerging from the barrel in which she'd taken her trip over the falls:  "Nobody ought ever do that again."

I'm glad we took this chance to see the falls, because they won't be there forever. According to the evidence  the falls are already seven miles back from where they were 12,500 years ago, and given current rates of erosion, it is estimated that in another 50,000 years they will have disappeared. I expect T-shirt sales will plummet correspondingly.

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