A few days ago in Boston, there was a Rainpocalypse… It was nuts. My street was literally a river.
The morning after I got back to Boston, me, Trevor, Peter and Padrick went location scouting for his film, Limbus, in at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, CT. Here are some of my best pictures:
Padrick yelled at us for taking pictures of him, so I have none. Haha. Just you wait, Padrick!
A picture from my Colorado > Boston trip last Sunday. Ironically, just a few years ago I would’ve been tackled for trying to take this picture. But, I guess we’re far enough away from 9/11 that DIA no longer freaks out if you take pictures of their airport, which is definitely the coolest airport EVER.
On Saturday night, me, Aunt Lucy, Mom, Trevor, Rebecca, Rebecca’s Mom, Dad and Brother went over to Angelo’s house for a massive graduation dinner celebration. Of course, in typical Cella style, we were stuffed to the gills with delicious Italian food– stuffed mushrooms, caprese salad, sausage, steak, grilled chicken, pizza, chocolate espresso whoopie pies, pastries, cake, espresso and fruit (among many other things). Oh, and did I mention all the homemade wine? I couldn’t have too much because I was driving, but I’m sure Lucy enjoyed herself Anyway, here is a great picture of the Cella family:
I love the Cellas!
As a Ferris Wheel lover, I convinced my mom to go on the Sky Wheel, a huge ferris wheel with a great view of both falls. Underneath the sky wheel was a Dinosaur themed mini-golf course under construction. Maybe I’ll have to make another trip up to Niagara to play mini-golf this summer when it’s completed.
And my favorite crude picture of all time:
For those of you who follow The Office, I’m sure you remember Jim and Pam getting married and completely soaked on a boat at Niagara falls. How they were perfectly dry and clean ten minutes later is beyond me. But anyways, if you go to Niagara, you will see boat after boat after boat going right up into the Horseshoe falls. This is called “The Maid of the Mist” and it departs every fifteen minutes in front of the American Falls from both the American and Canadian sides. I got a few good pictures, but to save my poor little 7D from drowning, I had to put it away for the more misty parts of the trip. And yes, you get soaked pretty much no matter where you stand on the boat.
And finally, I took several pictures of this cute little girl on our boat. I felt pretty bad for her– she was very cold.
Among the many touristy activities at Niagara Falls is “Journey Behind the Falls,” a trip deep into the tunnels behind Niagara Falls and onto a small lookout station. The lookout was pretty cool, and although the tunnels themselves were cool, looking out from behind the falls is almost pointless, because you can’t see anything but a thick wall of water. Either way, it was probably worth the money.
See? You can’t see very much from the tunnels other than extremely over-exposed water. Don’t worry, people with small children who happen to come across this blog, I’m taking this photo over a railing that is about 10 feet from the edge.
As you can imagine, so much water pressure causes a lot of erosion. Even in spite of efforts to prevent erosion, it still erodes over a foot each year. Before said efforts, it eroded over 3 feet a year.
The view from the little outlook right next to the falls. My lens got pretty fogged up with all the mist, which is why this and the following few pictures are a bit blurry. Thank heavens for my UV filter (yes, always have one on your lens) and my supposedly water-proof 7D body (although I don’t trust that, so I kept it as dry and protected as possible).
More Niagara pictures to come…
On Monday, May 16th, Mom flew in from Colorado to come visit me in Boston for graduation. I convinced her to rent a car and drive up to Niagara Falls (the Canada side), since neither of us have ever been. Unfortunately, it rained both ways. We left Boston at 1:30 or 2 and found a motel around 10 PM. We both fell asleep very soon after our convenience store dinner and woke up in the morning to the world’s most expensive breakfast. Little did we know that 1 pancake with a side of bacon, 1 waffle and 2 orange juices would– I kid you not– total up to $35 (without tip). Apparently, Perkins in Canada is ridiculously expensive. Lesson learned. Anyway, we spent the next several hours wandering around Niagara Falls before heading back for Boston around 1:30 PM (again). It was a whirlwind of a trip, but we had a good time.
I decided because of the vast number of pictures I took that I’d split them up into multiple blogs. The first is several general pictures of the American and Canadian Falls. I’m definitely glad we went to the Canadian side because you have a better view of both falls. Better view = better pictures.
This is the Canadian “Horseshoe Falls.” The thing that was most disappointing to me upon arriving at the falls is how disgustingly touristy it is. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, that the falls is completely surrounded by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Maddame Toussand’s Wax Museum, Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, etc., but I was hoping there would be at least some space between this natural wonder at the miniature Las Vegas that Niagara Falls has become. On the left, the falls, on the right, the touristy crap. Too bad.