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Rach & Pete’s Travel Diary

Monday, 03 Sep 2007

Location: Niagara Falls, ON

MapHere we are again in Niagara Falls. We opted to stay on the Canadian side, and were really glad that we did. Our first day here we did some recon work and scoped out a good parking spot downtown and figured out what we wanted to do while we were here. The falls are spectacular. Always heard about them, but until I saw them I wasn't sure what to expect. There are two sections that you can see clearly. The American Falls, and The Horseshoe Falls. We bought a combo adventure pass which included a ride on the Maid of the Mist (well worth the ride), A Journey Behind The Falls, The Butterfly Conservatory, and a River Walk along the Rapids. This pretty much made for a full day and lot's of fun. The Maid of The Mist takes you right into the falls where you get soaked (thank god for the plastic raincoat they issue)! It wasn't until we walked beneath the falls through a series of tunnels with portals where we could feel the true rush of water and power of the falls. I would be scared out of my head if I ever ended up over the falls. The river walk was along a boardwalk over class 6 rapids, and I thought the class 1 and 2 we did in Moab were scarey! These are not raftable, but my adoring hubby was trying to find a way to get in there and make it down the river, maybe next time! Word to the wise...stay away from Cliffdon Street, full of wax museums, arcades, and an all around "carni" vibe.
The next day we were feeling quite lazy and headed over to Niagara At The Lake. A much different feel, drove through lakefront neighborhoods and wineries. We had lunch at a yummy deli and took a walk along Lake Ontario, our 4th of the 5 Great Lakes. We are not going to see Huron on the trip, but the others are all beautiful. If we had it to do over, we would have stayed at a B&B around Niagara at The Lake and headed in to the falls for the day. Anyway, we had a great time and were glad we made the Falls a stop on our trip.

We are headed to the "Farm" in New Jersey for our family reunion, and will not have Internet service for at least a week. From there we are trecking up to Maine, but will write again as soon as it is possible. Happy Labor Day to all and we Hope you enjoyed your 3 day weekend.

Rach and Pete