And then we went on the Maid of the Mist, which is a boat ride that takes you right next to the falls.
I made sure that I wouldn't get my cochlear implant processors wet - even though they're water resistant, I wanted to play it safe. Good thing, too - because I got drenched! We were SO close to the waterfalls that I was being doused with spray.
So I was experiencing sight, sound, and touch - incredible!
Everywhere we went, I found myself striking up casual conversations. Like when we went on an aerial tram ride over the whirlpool down river from the falls. It was hard not to strike up a conversation when you're on a cable car that looks like this (that's me looking up).
We visited the Botanical Gardens, which had a Butterfly Conservatory -
and I found myself talking with children, as we all marveled at this enchanted butterfly world.
We explored quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake.
It was all quite idyllic - and I came home with a wonderful feeling of joy - at the perfect weather, the majestic sights - but more than that. I remembered the last time I had been to Niagara Falls years ago - and the impression I retained was the cloud of hearing loss - looking at the beautiful sights, but nothing more - no connection to the other tourists around me, or even to the nuances of sound.
This was different - sights and sounds - and easy listening.