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.
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!! 🙂
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:
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).
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!
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. 😉
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.
We were in HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!
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!!!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.