Day 12-Albany, New York

Reporters: Geovanny Martinez and Anthony Davis-Dolphin

Devotion: Proverbs 11

This morning we had a bad start. At 9:30am, we got on the bus and Pastor Carol asked who were the reporters. We completely forgot today was our day. Because we forgot about our responsibilities, we read the entire Proverbs 11 and gave a summary on it later in the day. But before that happened, we toured Niagara Falls.

We were scheduled to take a ride on Maid of the Mist, a boat that takes you as close as possible to the falls. However, due to high levels of the falls, it was deemed unsafe to ride the boat due to the possibility of losing control. There was a possibility that we may be able to board at noon, but because we had to be on the road soon we were not able stay long. Instead, we stayed at the top and enjoyed the view of the falls and Canada! We learned that the Niagara Falls was formed at the end of the Ice Age. There are 3 waterfalls; The Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls, The American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls collectively named Niagara Falls.  It is located at the border of Ontario, Canada and New York, United States. The Niagara River  is about 264,000 square miles long. Its heights ranges from 167-174 feet. In 1678 it was discovered by a European man by the name of Louis Hennepin. A rail system was put in during the 1800s so that visitors can come and tour. Niagara Falls had the largest hydroelectric generator station and it opened in 1895. The power plant only transmitted 100 yards, but in 1896 Nikola Tesla transmitted more electricity to run the power plant. The rapids above the Falls reach the maximum speed of 25 miles per hour. However, the fastest speed  recorded had been 68 miles per hour. The Falls were formed as ice sheets began to melt in the basins of the Great Lakes. The water flows into Niagara Falls from streams and rivers that empty into the Great Lakes.  1/5 of all the fresh water in the world can be found in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Lake Erie.

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After our visit, we had breakfast/lunch at IHOP. When we left IHOP, we made our way to the New York Capitol: Albany. We passed the time by watching the movie Big Fat Liar.  A few hours later we arrived at the capitol building. In 1899, Theodore Roosevelt declared the New York State Capitol complete in 1899. It took 25 years and cost about $25 million to build.  Five architects worked on its design: Henry Richardson, Thomas Fuller, Isaac Perry, Leopold Eidlitz, and Phillip Hooker. The walls are 4-5 feet thick. Because electricity  wasn’t invented yet, heat was the only source of light. Due to a fire in 1911, the library along with many other rooms were lost. In front of the building was a statue of Phillip Henry Sheridan. He was the General of the United States Army when the capitol was built.

We left the capitol and got back on the interstate when we saw the historic Hudson River. The Hudson River is 315 miles long and it flows from North to South through Eastern New York. The river was explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. It was a major route for Native Americans and later Dutch and English settlers. The source of the river is originated from Lake Tears of the Clouds in Essex County, New York.

On our way to the hotel, the group dined at a small country family restaurant called “Grandmas Pies and Restaurant”. It was a great choice as we were all satisfied. Tomorrow we are headed for Montpelier, Vermont.


  1. Todzia Houston said:

    Great information and history of Niagara Falls & the NY Capitol building. You guys are learning a lot while seeing great sites. What a blessing!

    July 5, 2015
  2. Geovanny said:

    What a wonderful experience! Always wanted to visit that place. Thank you for the information. Made me even more eager to experience the sight.

    July 9, 2015
    • Garin Gray said:

      I agree it’s truly a blessing to see sights like these at this young age

      August 14, 2015

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