A Moment of My Own (Niagara Falls)

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Lying on my back, a foot deep in snow, I looked up at the blue sky. The wall of snow, around me, felt like a chasm. All I could hear were two birds fluttering among the dry pine tree branches. Time stood still, just for me. My heart felt so heavy that I was suffocating. I was all alone underneath the bright blue sky, a perfect moment frozen in time. I have tried hard to get that feeling back, even for a moment. I found a part of that moment at the ice-covered horseshoe of the Niagara Falls. The crystallized trees, around the Horseshoe Falls, pulled me back into that chasm. From the foot of the falls, with tons of water crashing in front of me, I could get that breathless moment back.

In addition to being world famous, Niagara Falls is one of the seven natural wonders.

It was formed about 12,000 years ago, when glaciers retreated north. Niagara Falls consists of two waterfalls: the Horseshoe, or Canadian, Falls (176 ft high), on the Canadian side of the river and the American Falls (182 ft high), on the United States side. The crescent-shaped Horseshoe Falls carries about nine times more water than the American waterfall.(Microsoft Encarta reference library, Copyright © 2000 Microsoft Corporation)

As the car approached the Horseshoe Falls, I could hear a familiar rumbling sound. My family and I drove for two hours from Toronto to get to Niagara Falls. As the car drove through the narrow snow covered street of Niagara city, I leaned back on the warm leather sit. I felt the warm sun on my face, shining through the foggy window. As we got closer, the rumblings became a thunderous roar. We parked right across the street form the Horseshoe Falls.