My Front Yard ~ The Niagara At Lewiston, NY

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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The Niagara River opposite my childhood home, about one mile north of the village of Lewiston, NY ~ five miles north of Niagara Falls, & five miles south of Lake Ontario. We had stairs down the bank, but they were regularly taken out by ice jams that formed yearly, before an ice boom was developed & installed at Buffalo to keep the ice in Lake Erie during the winter. Today there are trees growing down to the river’s edge, but in my youth, the lower half of the eighty or so feet from the top of the steep bank to the river was scrubbed clear by the ice, & most structures couldn’t withstand it. Closer to the top were White Cedars (our family’s property was called Cedar Bank), & there were enough level spots for that to be a wild & wonderful playground. But if you wanted to get down to the river, you had to slide down the red Queenston shale, & getting back up was no mean feat. There was a gully a few hundred yards south of our bank, & it provided a relatively easy ascent route ~ but it was full of poison ivy. I never suffered from this particular malaise, but my sister was horribly susceptible. Heh heh. And yes, that is Canada over there.

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