After Philadelphia and Anthrocon, I caught the train up to New York city, then onto Rochester in upstate New York. Visiting New York was bizarre. I had been there nine months previously and could remember walking through Penn Street station thinking this would probably be the only time I'd be here, yet here I was again.

I was met in Rochester by a friend of mine called Joshua. I was staying in a spare room of his and his partner's place which was really nice of them. They took me around, showed me the sights of Rochester, then Joshua took me off to Letchworth State Park for one day.

Letchworth is pretty impressive - a huge sprawling park, don't ask me how big, I don't know, but its big. With a river that runs down the middle of it in a huge gorge. It has three major waterfalls on it, imaginately called Lower, Middle and Upper Falls and numerous little creeks and streams running in on both sides. When we were there it was one of those terrible days when swimming would have been a godsend, but you can't swim near the waterfalls, so we sufferred in the high humidity.

After the weekend finished I was on my own in a hotel. I did some wandering around Rochester, then got the bus up to Niagra to look at the falls. It was about 90mins away and I went to the Candian side mainly so I could get another stamp in my passport.

My advice for anyone going to Niagra Falls, go to the Candian side, it has better access than the US side. No matter where you go it will be crowded, even at 6:30am there was a growing crowd. Be prepared for lots of people, get tickets for things early, most of the things near the river need tickets which are based on a time slot, not when you bought the tickets, so even after I spent 20mins in a line for a trip behind the falls it was still 3hrs before I could go down.

Niagra Falls are impressive, just the sheer scale of them and listening to the thundering of the water should be enough to impress people. However, they are not the sort of thing everyone would go "oooooh" at. There is a reason why Niagra was the honeymoon capital and people said the falls were the second disappointment of married life...

After Niagra I got the thrill of going through US customs (again) and caught the bus back to Rochester where I got the thrill of a taxi ride where my driver couldn't find my hotel. Its a worry if you're giving directions and you've only been in the city for four days and the driver has lived there for the past twelve years.

This is Rochester Falls, highest waterfall within a city I believe
Here are my hosts, Joshua and Randy
A carosusel
Stream in Letchworth State Park
Me in Letchworth Park, a long way from the floor
Lower Falls
Joshua at the Lower Falls
Me and a groovey Bridge
Nice quite spot on the River
The groovey bridge again
Lower Falls
Middle Falls
Middle Falls with Upper Falls in the background
Me and another nice little bridge
Upper Falls and an impressively tall railway bridge
Joshua and Randy
US and Bridal Falls
Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls again
Niagra and the Rainbow Bridge
Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls
A sign you just don't see where I come from
Me at Niagra
Below the Falls
Maiden of the Mist boat and more falls
Me in my hotel room
A Squirel!

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