June 28, 2001
After a brief introductory orientation we went down to the dock where we don diving shoes, our choice of full rainsuits or ponchos and life preservers (not optional) and board our boat. For anyone with apprehensions the first 4 rows aren't an option.
The guides are humourous and provide a (not too accurate but who cares?) bit of history as we travel down the Niagara River towards the whitewater rapids. Although perhaps not noticible, their little exercises in silliness for us all are really meant to gauge that everyone is okay to proceed. They are observant.
After a wonderful trip down river through high rock walls we approach the rapids (level 5) as we try to spy eagles nesting and see lots of egrets and seagulls.
By the time we reach the rapids everyone is ready for the experience. Waves of solid water crash over the boat and legs are knee deep in swirling water. We can hear the engines straining against the pull of the currents. When our guide tells us that 6 life preservers wouldn't hold us back from entering the 250' whirlpool we don't disbelieve her but are anxious to go through the rapids again and for good measure once more.
An absolutely wonderful day. Don't worry- they are professionals and know what they are doing despite the antics and if you'd like to have a video of yourself to take home that will be available too.
Great fun- don't miss it.
From journal Return to Niagara