We hiked Ball's Falls - a group of friends who'd never met before. This stunning waterfall is located near the little village of Jordan, just a few miles from one of the 'wonders of the world' - Niagara Falls. Ball's Falls was once a thriving village in the mid 1800s, and now little is left...just enough to be called a Ghost Town.
The Twenty Mile Creek flows through this quiet green valley as it winds its way down to Lake Ontario. We met in the parking lot of the Conservation Area and chatted as we strolled up the slopes to find the quiet, mystical Upper Falls. The water roared over the brink and cascades tumbled out of the rounded cliffs that edged the river. It would be easy to imagine that the overblown tourist trap that millions crowd to visit once actually looked like this wonderful peaceful site. Sunlight streamed through the trees, laden with gold and orange leaves and the only sound was falling water.
We rambled along the banks and heard the pounding roar of the lower falls. It's big, and it's beautiful. We'd never met before, but we felt bonded by something larger than ourselves as we gaped at the scene. We left as friends and want to go back.
Sharon Frayne is a writer and artist. She is a member of the Canadian Author's Association, the Niagara Writer's Circle and the Pumphouse Art Gallery. She looks for the universal experience and the mystery in everyday things.