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Journey Behind the Falls

Posted by Stu On December - 27 - 2011

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On the Canada side of Niagara Falls you can quite literally walk behind them, after an admission fee, of course.  A manmade tunnel was blasted behind the falls and has 2 observation areas.  Observation is used loosely here; all you’re going to be seeing is rushing water.  Visitors are barricaded from the ends of the tunnels.

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It’s also not much of a journey; an elevator brings you down to the tunnel, and the tunnel is not all that long.  It is cool to be standing directly behind the falls, though.  All in all, interesting experience, but something that is likely not a repeat.

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Flying Saucer Restaurant

Posted by Stu On December - 27 - 2011

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There was no way we weren’t stopping here.  This diner from another galaxy can be found along Lundy’s Lane, just minutes from Niagara Falls.  It’s a diner shaped like a UFO.  ‘Nuff said.

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There are 2 main rooms; each is its own “UFO” and is connected by a center hallway.  The insides of both rooms are obviously round.  The lighting and colors inside the place reminded me of most of the arcades I went to in the 80’s.

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Pretty good diner food, and at very reasonable prices, considering its proximity to the falls.  If you’re ever on the Canada side of the falls, look it up.

The restaurant’s official website is http://www.flyingsaucerrestaurant.com/

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Lockport Cave

Posted by Stu On July - 12 - 2011

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Not content spending our mini-vacation just looking at water, we found some other things to see on the way up to Niagara Falls.  I saw something online about a cave tour with a boat ride not too far away from our destination.  Still on somewhat of a cavern kick (we visited 3 in Pennsylvania over the summer) and being in a part of New York we had never visited before, we figured it’d be worth checking out.  So after seeing the World’s Smallest Church, we were off to Lockport Cave.

The tour starts in what is the old City Hall building; from the inside, it looks like it was more recently a diner.  Here the tours leave.  You get a quick spiel about the canal’s lock system and then it’s off to the cave entrance. You walk down several steps and are led to a large…pipe?

Lockport Cave isn’t actually a cave; it’s completely man made and was blasted out during the mid-1800’s.  It was actually a hydraulic tunnel that ran power to local factories.

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The entrance into the cave is sort of bizarre, as you’re walking down this long tube.  Kind of reminded me of the end of ET a bit.  There is a bit of a walk, and then everyone is piled into a small boat and taken farther into the tunnel.  All in all, decent tour.

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World’s Smallest Church (Cross Island Chapel)

Posted by Stu On July - 12 - 2011

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On our way to Niagara Falls, we make a fairly far-off side stop at a little place I’d been meaning to see for years – what is supposedly the smallest church in the world.  There are many tiny churches, but this one claims to be the tiniest of them all!  With room for only 2 people and less than 29 square feet, you’d be hard pressed to find one smaller. It is only accessible by boat, as it’s sitting in the middle of a pond.  A metal cross stands a few feet away.

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I tried for a week prior to our trip to get in touch with someone regarding getting inside the church, but nobody answered the posted phone number.  Shame.

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Rock Garden of America

Posted by Stu On November - 6 - 2009

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My mom moved to North Carolina a few years ago, and during my drive down to Ocean Isle Beach for vacation I decided to visit her.  Right on the side of the road just a few miles from her house, I found this.  It’s just sitting in front of someone’s front yard.

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If the sign and rocks don’t give it away, this is supposed to be a rock garden featuring rocks from different states.  I admit I wasn’t here all that long, but I’m pretty sure a few states are missing.  Some states have multiple rocks as well.

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Being a Jersey boy, I got a close-up of the NJ rock.

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Being a recently converted PA boy, I looked among the various tags for “PA” but was unable to find any.

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Just a random, unexpected thing to see along a small highway in northern NC, I think.  There was also some sort of platform that said “register,” I’m guessing for holding a guest book of some sort, but there was nothing on it.

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Tri-States Monument

Posted by Stu On November - 27 - 2008

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Although technically in 3 states, I’m gonna file this one under New York for 2 reasons. Nearly half the marker is in NY, so percentage-wise, NY wins. Also, you pretty much have to go through NY to get to the marker.
So there.

Underneath the bridge on Route 84 between PA & NY, it’s possible to stand in those states, along with New Jersey, at once. This is one of several tri-state points in the country. To get to this one, you have to drive through a cemetery in New York (unless you have a boat or feel like swimming in the Delaware).

Right next to the road is a marker for the NJ/NY border. The tri-state marker is past it a bit, down closer to the river. For whatever reason, this marker had a bunch of melted candles at its base and is pretty badly trashed, while the tri-state one is relatively untouched.

The tri-state monument is much smaller and has the 3 states’ borders on its top. Stand on it and you’re in all 3! Amaze your friends!


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