Wait, wait! I know I’m diving under the wire for this photo challenge as the volunteer crew is sweeping up the trash and folding up the finish line banner. I have a hue of me for you!
I haven’t been to Niagara Falls in about 100 years. We were traveling in Canada this past week and Mike had never seen The Falls so I decided we should go. We drove nearly two hours to get there in unexpectedly benevolent weather. Within 20 minutes of arrival, though, I wanted to leave. The commercial development around The Falls — casinos, big box hotels and restaurants, trinkets and gee gaws and steep entrance fees for nearly everything — left my outdoor spirit slashed and bloodied. What a mess man had made of this earthly wonder! We’d driven too far to just bail, though, so we decided to walk past Horseshoe Falls along the river.
The roar of the water was diminishing behind us when a Japanese tourist sat on the handrail beside the water and with an impish grin, raised both arms in the victory “V”. We laughed as her husband photographed her, and she laughed with us. We looked back after they left, and saw what was captured in their photo:
This rainbow, the hue of happiness, diving into Horseshoe Falls was a balm for my disappointed heart.
In case you haven’t seen The Falls, here are a couple photos for perspective: