Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Road Trip: Niagara Falls

^^American & Bridal Vei Falls^^
^^Horseshoe Falls^^

We left Palmyra and got to Niagara Falls late that night. After the advice from many, we decided not to visit the USA side and crossed the boarder into Canada. As we drove along the Niagara Parkway we could hear the rushing water but did not see much that night because it was pretty foggy (even with the lights that shine on the falls). So we found a near by Walmart and set up camp. I was impressed by the cute old lady Walmart greeter who was ever so nice as she warmly told us about her hockey team winning. Beats the Walmarts here in Miami any day, even if Canada does not sell Symphony bars at least they had a nice staff. 

We woke up the next morning and drove back to the falls. The first thing we did was get our tickets to Maid of the Mist. This and going on Top of the Rock were the two outings we had planned to splurge a little money on, and they were totally worth it. There was no crowd so we were able to walk right on the next boat. I was not convinced that we truly needed the raincoats, but as we got closer and closer to Horseshoe Falls things began to change. The boat sounded as if it had the engines on full speed as we got closer to the falls, but it did not make anymore progress from the force of the water pushing back on it. As “mist” splashed all around, soaking anything not covered by the blue raincoat. It felt like complete chaos with the roar of the falls surrounding us.  Blake and I ran from the top deck to the lower deck where things were much calmer, it was fun.

After Maid of the Mist we walked the whole length of walkway, from every spot it seemed like a picture perfect sight. We got to the end where you are able to look down the falls. The power of water is truly unreal. We ended our morning enjoying the view with a maple donut and hot chocolate from Tim Hortons. Holy crap, Time Hortons is on ever corner of Canada. We then made our way through Canada to Detroit MI. That day the Queen Elizabeth Way had a road block(truly did not feel like a different country till we got on the main road named after the Queen and the speed limits were in kilometer). Which was kinda nice because we were able to drive by Lake Ontario. The drive through Canada was super pretty. 

Once we got to Detroit we spent that evening and next day with Blake’s sister Tiffany and her family. It was fun playing with the kids in their own element; they showed us their rooms, we played on the trampoline, pushed them on the swings, and got to watch Carson's baseball game. Can't wait to see them in a few weeks.
^^ the little boys, I love them so much^^

After the game we hit the road, making it in time to spend Mother's Day with our Moms. That Monday we started work and school. It was a nice 11 day vacation before summer semester. But now summer semester is over for me (Blake still has school and work) and I'm ready for another few adventures; Thomas family reunion, Russ family beach trip, and moving to Gainesville. 

9 weeks of freedom here I come.


  1. Your road tripping adventures look AWESOME!!! I'm impressed :D How long did it take you to plan all your stops? Seriously awesome.

    1. Meredith, I had been planning this trip all spring semester. But I'm alway planning different hypothetical trips to random places.

  2. Another super post! Great work Annalee. You really have a great way of describing your adventures...always makes me want to go there.