Hello, eh! I am back from Canada after a wonderful, terrific, amazing long weekend! I hope everyone else enjoyed their weekends as well! 🙂 I am looking forward to
stalking reading through all of your posts from the past few days!
This post could go on forever due to an insanely action packed few days, but I will just let you all in on the most exciting points of the Niagara trip! Hope you all like pictures! 🙂
We (as in my mom, dad, sister, boyfriend, and I) left from Pittsburgh Thursday morning. After about six hours, we finally crossed the border and headed to our campground! We stayed at Jellystone Park and it was only a short ride to the falls. The nice thing about the area is the public transportation available. We bought passes for the main attractions, and they came with free transportation on the “People Mover” that went all around the area.
Thursday, we stayed low-key after all of the traveling. We obviously started the day by standing in front of the beautiful falls (with a rainbow, too!). We quickly went to the casino, but weren’t doing too hot so we headed to dinner instead. We ate at Margaritaville which was such a fun restaurant. We had a huge nacho appetizer, and I should have stopped eating after that, but obviously had a chicken and rice wrap anyway! I also had french fries which I haven’t had in months. Ugh. My stomach can definitely not handle greasy food anymore! After dinner, we had a bonfire and it was time to rest up for a crazy action-packed day.
We did most of our sight seeing on Friday. We woke up early and headed to the falls. The first thing we did was take a journey behind Horseshoe Falls. It was incredible to see behind them and to get up close to one of the most amazing things in the world.
After going behind the falls, we took the Maid of the Mist boat on the river in front of the falls. This was awesome and we got a little bit soaked as well. 🙂 Good thing for ponchos!
After going back to our car for a little bit to eat, we headed to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara. Wow. I would love to sit in there and read a book forever. It was so crazy! Butterflies were landing on us and flying all around. There were so many different types of butterflies, too, that there was always a new one to look at.
After the amazing butterflies, we took a walk next to the raging rapids of the Niagara River. There were signs talking about the insane people who have gone through the rapids in barrels or crossed over the rapids on tightropes. One guy, Charles Blondin, walked with a stove over the rapids and cooked an omelette on a tightrope. These people were so gutsy. I can’t even believe some of the stuff they did!! The water was so incredibly scary and I would never go anywhere near the rapids.
After walking near the river, we headed back to the campground for some food and a little catnap. Then, it was back to the falls for some music and fireworks. There was a British Invasion band playing while lights were flashed on the falls. The band was pretty neat, and they played covers of songs by bands like the Beatles, Rollings Stones, and Hermin’s Hermits. After they finished up, fireworks started over the falls, and we had an awesome view. Seriously a beautiful sight!
By this point, we were all exhausted and went back to sleep before another action packed day. The first thing we did was get maple doughnuts from Tim Horton’s. The glaze was to die for! After fueling up, we went to a 4-D movie called Niagara’s Fury. It was like an IMAX movie but there was water involved, too! It was really interesting and we learned about the history of the falls. They were originally seven miles away from where they are now. Erosion from the water has pushed them to the location they currently are at, and they continue moving all of the time.
Next on the agenda, we headed to Dufferin Islands. There are tons of birds and paths to walk around a pretty lake. The BF loves birds and was really excited to stop here! Then we headed to Niagara on the Lake. Here, we were able to see where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. It was really pretty to see! We also hit up a few markets with fresh fruits, jams, and bread. There were little samples of the dips, and they were delicious!!! So neat! We stopped at the Hardrock Cafe for lunch and then walked around through the shops. There was a huge Hershey’s chocolate store…yummy!!
After another crazy day, we headed to the campground to watch the little kiddos dance with Yogi Bear and friends! 🙂 After a bonfire with s’mores, we were all full and sleepy. Off to bed we went! We got up this morning, packed up, and headed back to the states.
One of the downfalls this weekend was eating foods that I haven’t had in a while. Though they tasted delicious, my stomach was not too happy with my for eating them. Also, I didn’t get to do any actual workouts so I am feeling pretty darn sluggish. I definitely need to get back in the groove tomorrow.
Needless to say, I am exhausted and ready for a good night’s sleep! Back to work for me in the morning!
Do any of you have any good stories from the weekend?
Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? If not, you need to go!!