Niagara Falls ~ The [late] night we arrived through half of day 2.

I’m finally getting a chance to write all about Niagara Falls.  This is the first of I’m guessing what will be three of four posts.

If you don’t already know the story. . .
At my birthday party on September 20th (one month ago today), I opened a card from my husband.  Inside that card were some papers.  One had airline reservations on it, flying into Buffalo, NY.  (I wasn’t quite sure where were going at this point).  The other papers had hotel reservations for Niagara Falls, OR and a car rental agreement.  Now, let me be honest real quick, when I first opened up and found out that is where we were going, it wasn’t that I was disappointed really, it was just the “I don’t quite get it” feeling.  Niagara Falls just wasn’t one of those places that I had heard too much about, and never really knew anyone that had visited there before, so it wasn’t “all the hype” and I didn’t really know too much about it.  It wasn’t until I did some more research and posted about it here, that got me all excited about going!

That being said. . .this was one of the most fun vacations I have ever been on!
Ric did an AWESOME job picking this one out!!!
I have him to thank for getting this all together and my awesome mother-in-law as well, because part of this trip was a b-day present to me from her as well.  (I got lucky in the in-law department!!!!)

It started Thursday evening.  I left work an hour early, got home and packed up the car (luckily I packed the suitcase the night before) and Ric, Katie and I headed out to the airport.  We got to the airport, unloaded and Katie (the good friend that she is) drove Ric’s car back home.  Our flight left at 6:40 p.m.  First we flew into Atlanta, GA.  We literally RAN to our next gate and go into Buffalo, NY around 11:45.  Ric had to run to the car rental place (because they closed at midnight) while I waited for the luggage at baggage claim.  When the luggage came I went and met Ric who was still in line at the car rental place (Alamo).  It was the only one open and there were about 9 people in front of him.  We finally got our car (well, or MOM VAN).  Ric and I and our luggage all packed in a Mom Van and headed to Canada.  It was only about a 40 minute drive from the airport to the border.
This was before we got to the border, getting ready topay the toll.
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NOW it’s time to go across the border.
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As we crossed into the border, I was the “not-so-good” navigator while Ric drove.  I helped find everything until we got here to take this picture and that is when I got “yelled at” for paying more attention to the camera rather than the directions.  It’s okay though, we found out way to the hotel!!  🙂
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Ric chose The Sheraton, which is the same hotel we had our wedding reception in.
While we were checking into the hotel and the hotel guy was getting information from us, I whisper to Ric, “We should get this room for free for all the money that we gave this place for our wedding.” (Well, you know, all the money MOM and DAD gave them. ha). So, he does his thing, gets our room keys ready and says, “Since it’s your anniversary, I gave you a free upgrade on your room.” Great, super, awesome. So we unload the Mom Van, get up to our room, Ric leaves to go park the car and comes back and we go to bed. By this time it was 2:00 a.m., so of course the whole town was pitch black.

It wasn’t until that very next morning I realized just what an awesome person that hotel guy was that checked us in for giving us our free upgrade. I woke up (we slept in since it was pretty late when we got there), looked out the window and screamed, “RIC, get up, you have to see this view.” So he did. This is what we saw:
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Yeah, just what I said, AMAZING!!!!!!!

After getting up, we got moving, got ready and left the room to go see Niagara Falls, OR, Canada. Sight-seeing is what I do best (as long as I have my camera along to take pictures). 🙂
The main road, which I was calling “The Strip” all weekend, is Cliffton Hills Road. It has all the “main attractions” on it. But FIRST, we had to stop for breakfast, and the only think we could find was Perkins. So we had breakfast there. WOW, Canada is NOT cheap! It cost $43.xx for the two of us to have breakfast that morning. GEESH!!
After breakfast we did some sightseeing. Here is Cliffton Hills Road (well part of it).
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While we were walking around, we saw this. (Ric wanted me to take a picture.) He reads it and says, “WOW.” Like, really. . .does it take a rocket scientist to figure that out???
“If this machine is out of service please use other machine.”
Thanks for the info!
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This was at “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” A dress made out of starburst papers. Pretty cool!
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This is the Sky Wheel. You will see throughout this post that I was a little obsessed with it and loved taking pictures of it! ha
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Frankenstein eating a Whopper.
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See what I mean?!
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I wished I had an ice cream cone that big.
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Well, it wasn’t THAT big, but we did stop at Dairy Queen on “The Strip” to have a waffle bowl sundae. YUM!!!
Onward
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FUDGE
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This was at the wax museum on “The Strip”
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This is one of those “go up and then all the sudden drop” rides.
We didn’t go on it, but it was by WWE, which Ric loves.
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After walking around and sight-seeing on the strip, we walked down to the Falls to check it out.
This is looking over towards Rainbow Bridge, which is the bridge connecting Canada and the USA.
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This is looking the other way, more towards downtown Niagara Falls.
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You will also notice that I was a little obsessed with taking pictures of the Falls as well.
After all, that is what we were there to see!
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The horseshoe.
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This is standing in front of the Falls looking at our hotel and towards Cliffton Hills Road.
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Canadian Flag
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Getting more up close and personal with the Falls.
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The Maid of the Mist
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Flowers in Niagara
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After that we walked up to the Welcome Center to find out about tours and such.
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Then back towards the strip again to walk around some more.
We saw this AWESOME car.
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Then we went to do a little shopping and went back down to the street our hotel was on.
YES, Ric did buy one of these hats. ha
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This is cute! On the wall outside Hard Rock Cafe, which was right next to our hotel.
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Stopped to take a picture with the Mountie.
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Hershey store. . .tried to stay away!
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With the Hershey guy.
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Then walked down a few more blocks to look outside Planet Hollywood.
This was outside Planet Hollywood.
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My BFF is obsessed with zebra stripes, so I thought of her when taking this.
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“That sign says duty.” (Inside joke – think “doodie”)
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Then we walked over so I could try to get a better picture of the “Welcome to Ontario” sign that you read about above, but there were signs all over not to cross, so this was as close as it got.
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Then we walked back towards our hotel and stopped in a few more shops.
This is a shirt that we were going to buy our good friend Robbie. Another inside joke, but the shirt is “bedazzled” so that is why we were going to buy it for him. 😉
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At that time we were waiting for the arrival of Ric’s Mom and Sister, who were flying in from VA (D.C. area). So we just went back to the hotel room to relax and wait for them.
Here are some pictures of our room.
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Notice there are TWO beds, and YES, we did sleep on separate beds and YES we did enjoy it!! (Can you tell we have been married for a while?? ha)
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We even had our own fireplace.
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Here is our mini-patio. You can’t really step outside on it, but there is a door that does open that looks outside. Here’s the door.
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Here is what you see when you walk up to the door.
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And here is what you see when you open the door and look out.
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We were in HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!

This is looking out to the park that was below us.
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Then I noticed this. . .10 brides and grooms all in a row. So Ric and I stood there for a little bit and watched 10 Chinese couples get married. Aww, how sweet!
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Here I am, in our room with the Falls in the background.
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What this illistrates is a little piece of Heaven.
Lying on the bed, reading my book, with the door open, the BEAUTIFUL fresh air coming in, and hearing the waterfalls right outside the door. I honestly can’t describe the awesome feeling it was!!!
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This is taken from our room looking out more towards the other part of Niagara Falls.
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Ric looking out to the world below (and video recording).
When we go on trips I’m in charge of the camera(s) and he is in charge of the camcorder.
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Ric taking it all in.
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Me taking it all in.
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The “S” pillow on the bed, which my Mother-in-Law and I both wanted to steal (S = Seelen), but there are warnings written on the back that your room will be charged $35.00 if you do. ha (Guess it has happened a lot.)
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After relaxing in the room for a big longer, Ric’s Mom and Sister arrived, so we met them in their room. Chatted with them for a bit, took them to see our room and then we went sight-seeing with them some more.
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Amanda looking through the binoculars.
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Monkey See, Monkey Do!!
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Mom S. and Amanda checking out the Falls.
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As if you haven’t seen enough pictures of the Falls yet.
This is the whole perspective. The one on the left is the American Falls. To the right you can see the “horseshoe” which is actually the Canadian side.
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Then we walked back to The Strip to do some sight seeing there.
This is outside the wax museum.
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The talking snake. He actually sang too.
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We walked up to the top of the hill and had dinner at a neat restaurant, which I forget the name of. Something to do with Olives. I had some Shrimp Scampi. YUM!!
Afterwards walked back down the hill, bought our “Fun Pass” for the weekend and went in the Sky Wheel.
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Waiting for our ride on the Sky Wheel.
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Deep in conversation.
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These are the only pictures I was able to get from the Sky Wheel, since it was moving. But this is up, looking down at Cliffton Hills Rd. (aka The Strip).
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More of the Sky Wheel.
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I think I was camera happy (imagine that).
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(From all angles.)
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FUDGE (again)
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Ruby Tuesdays, YUM.
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Time to play.
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A very large pink hand.
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Time to play again.
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Then we went back to our room, because we knew that we had a long day ahead of us.
I was playing. I bought my tripod, so I was teaching myself some new stuff.
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The cool night view.
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The next morning we woke up and Ric and Amanda went to buy our “tour passes” for the day while Mom S. and I got ready. I LOVED waking up to this view!!!
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Time for a small breakfast.
We’re twins. 😉
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Then we went over to the Falls and looked around some more.
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Then it was time for the Maid of the Mist tour.
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(Rainbow Bridge)
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Here we are. . .all four of us in our ponchos.
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A sea of blue “smurfs”.
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I would only take a few pictures with “the good camera” because we were about to get SOAKED. Got a few. . .
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Then put it away and used the other camera that had on the underwater “pouch” on it.
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Rainbow
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It was at this point that I had no clue what I was taking pictures of. We were pretty much in the waterfall (not really, but pretty darn close), and we were getting pelted in the eyes, I had on my glasses that had water spots on them and the camera had water spots on it. So it was pretty much just hit or miss with these pictures.
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It was so crazy, Ric broke his sunglasses.
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Flags
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After the Maid of the Mist tour we went to lunch at Ruby Tuesdays on the strip. Then came back down for the “Journey Behind the Falls” tour. The sound is like thunder, the sight awe-inspiring! Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 stories above!
You literally went underneath the waterfall (Canadian side) and got to go behind the waterfall.
This is looking out under and behind the waterfall.
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Then you can go out on this walkway and go right next to the waterfalls.
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Rainbows, rainbows, everywhere.
Rainbow with Rainbow Bridge in the background.
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Amanda
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Amanda and Mom S.
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Time for “underwater camera” again.
Going out onto the walkway.
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Ric and I – self portrait with the waterfall right behind us.
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The four of us. . .you can hardly tell with the waterspots in the way.
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Ric and I with a rainbow behind us.
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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Katie
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 13:01:29

    You had an amazing view from your hotel room!!!! Great pictures!

    Reply

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