A Green Lady And Some Huge Freaking Waterfalls Near Canada

Note: I generally don’t talk about my job much on this blog. Now that I am back home, I have had the opportunity to meet more of my readers (omg, that’s you!) and have received the feedback that people want to hear more about my professional life. Okay dokey, put on your black socks, it’s business time.

This week I was in New York City for the Search Marketing Expo. One marketer who hadn’t seen me since before I left, told me they thought I had died. Far from it, I smirked. I just stopped using Twitter everyday.

Niagara Falls Light Show

The Business World And Its Twin, Niagara Falls

This was my first week back in the busy world of online marketing conferences. It was full of sessions, expensive dinners, rooftop bars, Irish Car Bombs and business deals. It was a far cry from the week I spent in the desert a week prior. This was business.

Walking around the expo hall I met another guy named Daniel. Reading his name badge, I learned he also worked as an SEO for my employer. (There are 300,000 people that work at my company.) We swapped stories and figured out who we knew in common. This is the world of working for a global telecom, just when you think you understand where you fit in at the company, you find another person with your name and job title. Redundancy at its finest.

The conference was broken up into different sessions about various areas of online marketing. I stuck to the ones about SEO (which I know a lot about) and PPC (which I know very little about). A few new technologies had come out since the last time I spoke at a conference and it was interesting to hear how other people were using them. As Eleanor Roosevelt always liked to say, “There ain’t no party like a mircodata party!”

Between sessions I went on a quick subway adventure. It was time to finally see the Statue of Liberty. Talking to my brother, I learned that she tended to hang out on the south side of the island. I hopped on the subway and headed her way. Having grown up in Seattle, subways are still new to me. I checked the sign, stepped over some puke and squeezed in between a fat guy and a model dressed up for fashion week. (Hint: I didn’t make small talk with the fat guy) I was certain I was heading the right way. Proud of myself, I enjoyed the music of the crazy guy playing the drums and told myself that this city was’t so hard. Five stops later, I realized I was heading north.

After retracing my route, (I somehow managed to go under Times Square three times) I arrived at Battery Park to go hang out with the old green lady. I stepped out of the subway station and asked the first person I saw where the park was. They smiled and said I was standing in it.

I walked ten feet in the direction of the water and saw a glimpse of Lady Liberty. In true Pokemon master style, I did a fist jump in the air. Achievement unlocked!

Statue of Liberty

America, We Have Cranes

I ventured over to the dock and took my customary pictures. She was smaller than I had imagined and quite frankly much less green. (I had imagined more Kermit the Frog and less color blind Oscar) I looked into taking the tour but decided against it. The Statue of Liberty was worth seeing from afar but it was very evident that this was my the most lackluster item I had completed on my list to-date. Regardless, I was happy I had made it there.

I headed back to the conference hotel to meet up with people for dinner. At a search conference, it becomes not a daily thing but an hourly thing to meet someone in person you have only met online. It becomes habit to try to picture someone as their Facebook profile picture. (No, I am not confined to a square in real life #UnintentionalDeepComment) When this happens, you both LOL (pronounced ‘lowl’ by real nerds) and then continue your discussion on whether or not Google crawls Javascript links. (They do, I can prove it!)

After the three day long whirlwind, my boss and I sat down to review the conference. We had each made more than a few important contacts, made substantial progress on one and possibly two partnerships and learned a few tactics that we would start implementing and testing once we got back to the office. All-in-all, very successful conference.

Next stop, Niagara Falls.

It turns out that Niagara Falls is really freaking far away from New York City. It is a two hour flight, seven hour drive or nine and a half hour train ride. In my infinite wisdom, I chose the latter. The Falls themselves are in a magnificent park on the border of Canada and Niagara Falls, NY. The United States side hosts most of the Falls and Canadian side hosts most of the views.

Danny Dover Niagara Falls

Holy Efing Crap...

Niagara Falls

God's Toilet

Niagara Falls Drop

Tesla's Playground

I really enjoyed this life list item. Waterfalls are something special. They really are much more than just falling water. They are beautiful, resonate with an incredibly powerful sound and give off an illusion of moving in slow motion. Niagara Falls shows all of these traits off at their best. They are free to visit either day or night and offer plenty to those lucky enough to view them. At one point right around dusk, I spent about fifteen minutes gazing into the mist they produced. It was mesmerizing.

Niagara Falls Lights

Heaven or Hell?

Niagara Falls Mist

The Mist

I had the great opportunity to experience the Falls with my good friend John. It was really nice to spend time with him and learn more about his past experiences. I have found that my list list is infinitely more enjoyable if I get to share the items with my friends. This was no exception, after seeing the Falls, we both agreed that we would be back.

Right now, I am doing a great job of balancing work, life and time spent with people who inspire me. It seems as if I have found the perfect trifecta. Plus to top it off, for dinner tonight I had hummus and mango flavored frozen yogurt.

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  • Joe Leyba

    Nice meeting you at SMX. Glad you make it to see the statue! One night I ended up going to the 9/11 Memorial (which I didn’t have a ticket so I couldn’t get in) and then wandering over to Liberty View to see the statue. It was dark so I didn’t get the full experience but it wasn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen. At least I can say I’ve seen it now. Next stop, Easter Island.

    • Hey Joe, it was great meeting you as well!

      Let me know if I can help with Easter Island and looking forward to hearing about it. You and your wife are in for an adventure!

  • Hi Danny, amazing pictures. I actually had my wedding honeymoon at the Hilton which is the tallest building in Niagara. I must say it was amazing and beautiful to visit as an adult.

    • Nice work! I bet the view from up there was fantastic.

      You touched on the best part of waterfalls, they are always cool regardless of age.

  • Dave P

    Hey Danny, I have been following you on twitter since your days at SEOMOZ. I have worked in the SEO industry for over 4 years now, and find your blog to be quite interesting especially the Life List. A co-worker of mine actually shot you an email a few months back when we noticed that you had Niagara Falls on your Life List. It would have been great to meet someone you follow on a daily basis, but there is always next time. I was born and raised in Niagara Falls and remain here with my wife and 2 year old daughter. The Niagara Falls is an experience of a lifetime, and if possible everyone should experience it. Good luck in the future, and if your ever in Niagara Falls again maybe we can meet up. We like Irish car bombs as well. HAHAHA.

    • Hey Dave!

      I remember that e-mail :-) In fact, I still have it saved. I may take you up when I visit again. After a week of work meetings I wanted to keep this life list item non-work related. I am sure you know how that goes.

      Hope all is well and to being enjoying an irish car bomb with you in the future. Cheers!

  • Dan

    Toronto is nowhere near Niagara Falls. It takes about an hour and a half to drive from one to the other… the other side of the falls is Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    • My bad, you are absolutely right. I just looked at a map. Oops!

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