We hit the road about 8.30 from Hagerstown headed for Corning. Between the driver and the tour guide they were bickering which highway to take. We were almost going to offer our gps to them. I honestly thought a tour such as this would have known each blade of grass on each corner and the best way to get to our destination but apparently I was wrong. We finally were allowed a stop at 10.30 for some breakfast everyone on the bus was ready to eat their left arm off. Lucky we went to McDonald's and they had even stopped serving the bloody breakfast menu. Yay for cheeseburger breakfast (please hear my sarcasm).
Another 2 hours down the road we arrived at Corning an old farming town which is now famous for its Glass making. We watched a show where they made a vase. It was good to watch. Back on the bus for another 2 hours to Niagara Falls.
When we arrived we were ushered to the information centre to watch a 30 minute video on the history if the falls. The video was good....but if I wanted to watch a video I could have done so at home. After the video we were finally let outside to view the American falls. The tour guide said we had 20 minutes. Not much but I was keen to make the most of it. As usual everyone got in my way, got in my photos and I was tolerant as usual. But then the tour guide said oh we have to go now. We were only there for 3 minutes. I was fuming. I came all this way for a 30 minute video and 3 minutes at the falls? Omg. I asked what happened to the 20 minutes? He reckons oh the park is closing I forgot they close at 6. Really? A tour guide didn't check the hours of the of park. I was so so angry!!!!
We went and had a buffet dinner which was ordinary.
Watched a crappy show in an old run down theatre.
Tour guide took us back to the falls for a night time view with the lights. By now I was well fed up with these people getting in my way and being so bloody rude. I came all this way to see the bloody falls and they were ruining it. I leapt out of the bus and ran past them. I got to the falls and had 20 photos by the time they arrived and actually had a chance to enjoy watching the water flow over it rather than just enough time for a snap and leave. It was so worth it. The falls were just so amazing. So enormous but an amazing part of nature and the thunder of the water was so very loud. Because it was nighttime the photos weren't the best so I got some postcards to remember it by.
One day I hope we can come back and see the glory of the Raging Thunder again.