Want to get away from the tourist driven areas of Niagara Falls but want to enjoy the beauty of nature and waterfalls along with a slice of history? Go to Morningstar Mills where you can not only step back in time to see a working flour mill, blacksmith, and a home from the period, but you can also hike along the escarpment and even down into a gorge to view the lovely DeCew Falls or swim in the pools along the stream. What a great day out with the family!
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It's a real, working grist mill from the 1800's -- you can even take your corn or wheat to them to be stone ground:
Once you're done with the mill, smithie, and house, continue walking past the mill along the escarpment. There is a gentle path all along the escarpment for those who would like to take in the natural beauty without risking a fall or heart attack.
A view from the top of escarpment looking down into the gorge (see the stream?):
For those who are more adventurous and don't have visions of rescue teams attempting to haul them up 200 feet of gorge, you can head down the quick way:
He's nine and he's going down:
(Yes, she removed those shoes before climbing down this thing. No, I did not brave it.)
And what will they find at the bottom?
The lower falls:
A really cool swimming hole where the water is calmed:
And there's a rope swing too:
Yes, I think he's part monkey, too.
The older kids explored farther upstream:
Me, well, I took pictures of all the really cool stuff everywhere:
The top of DeCew Falls:
Some critter's home:
Funky fungus that looks like coral:
A patch of jewel weed:
Jewel weed is often found growing near poison ivy. The leaves and stems are a natural cure for poison ivy rash. Good to know!
The jewel weed flowers are lovely:
Another funky fungus shaped like a vessel of some sort:
Ky discovers a fallen bird's nest:
Purple frilly flowers:
Top of Decew Falls and the lower falls in the distance:
Tiny, pink, perfect flowers:
Hubby takes artistic shots (many of the photos are his):
And it's always pleasant to find a berry patch full of ripe black berries (my favourite!)
My daughter and I picking berries for everyone: