I seriously need a vacation from my vacation. What an amazing, exhausting, fun, hot, exciting week!
The first part of the week we spent in Niagara Falls, New York and Canada. We drove up there and it ended up only being between an 8 and 9 hour drive (not including all the stops for gas and food and other random fun stops). We got to Niagara pretty late Saturday night because we took our time getting there and stopped at a National Park on our way up. We spent all day Sunday and Monday in Niagara. We did the Maid of the Mist tour (remember where Jim and Pam got married on the Office?) which was incredible. We were literally about 20 feet from the base of the falls. We were soaked by the end of the ride, totally canceling out drying and straightening my hair, but it was very much worth it.
Needless to say, we loved the falls! I’m a huge waterfall lover so this was paradise for me. We crossed the international border on our bikes, which was fun. The man at the border patrol told us to ride straight through the traffic and not wait in the line of cars. We made our way in between hundreds of cars to get to the front – a little scary, but fun. The Canadian side was a lot nicer than the American side (sorry ‘merica, time to step up your game a little). Not only were you able to get a better view of both the American and Canadian Falls, but there was more to do there and it was cleaner and nicer looking in the town/area around the falls. The Canadian side reminded me a lot of Gatlinburg with all of the tourist-y stuff, restaurants, and attractions.
At one point we gave into the arcade games at Dave and Busters and bought some tokens. I dominated at ski ball as usual and we came out of there two candy bracelets richer. Score.
We celebrated my 24th birthday while there. We ate at the Rainforest Cafe, which was delicious as always. The gorilla next to us was entertaining.
On our last day in Niagara, we went to a Vineyard/Winery about 30 minutes north of the city along Lake Ontario. It was beautiful up there. The lake really looks more like an ocean, but if they say it’s a lake, I guess it’s a lake.
We went back over to Canada on our last evening in town and decided to check out the casino that we had heard was really neat. Being that we aren’t big gamblers, we weren’t going in there expecting to win the big bucks, but we had a couple Canadian pennies so we played the penny slot machines. We didn’t win. Big surprise. However, it was indeed a really neat casino and I’m glad we went in.
Stay tuned for NY Adventure (Pt. 2 – NYC) along with the ending of all endings to a vacation. You WON’T want to miss it.