Raised as a ‘river-rat’ on the Upper Niagara River, I grew up, not in awe, but in fear of the mighty Cataracts, viewing them as a threat to my Upper river escapades. More than once, I found myself and my fellow ‘rats’ barely escaping the swift current while tubing down the river or fishing off of Navy Island in a rubber raft. Niagara Falls was not to be marveled at or held in great esteem but was held in great fear – to be avoided at all costs.
That changed the first time I went into the gorge and “discovered” a new river. There, I was in wonder of the great canyon and consumed by the mystery of it. I saw there were two rivers, the “Upper” and the “Lower” Niagara; as different as night from day. One an open spigot, empting out the ‘Great Lakes’ in a roar and thunder, the other a life-force, craving across the earth, leaving a trail of beauty and attitude. Much has been written about Niagara, most about the mighty cataracts; little about the Gorge. Truly amazing, when one considers the extensive and exciting history that engulfs the lower river. My heart remains in the gorge, watching—listening to the "water".
I spent some time in the military, serving in Southeast Asia and then earned my college degrees from New York State University while raising a family in Western New York. Spending over 40 years in Environmental remediation, starting with the infamous 'Love Canal' in Niagara Falls, I currently reside in Michigan.
Always enjoying a good read and with a love for writing, this story is for you and to honor our Lord’s promise to protect those who put their trust in Him.as David stated in Psalms 23. It is my fervent wish that you found something of value in it. I would like very much to hear from you.
I give this story to you and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did in writing it.
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