Niagara Falls

Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Brookside Beach Campground, New York

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Sunday, May 9, 2010

We awoke to a freezing cold start on our last morning in Canada, and whilst we were both heading in the direction of a boiling hot shower to defrost a man called out across the campground to us and unexpectedly invited us into his caravan for breakfast. When we arrived, for once smelling quite nice, and having spent our time in the shower fantasising about a hot breakfast, we realised that the invite was out of pity for the poor backpackers sleeping in the car! It transpired over green tea, toast and porridge, that Mark and Irena had just arrived to spend the next 6 months in Canada, having spent the last 6 months in annual arrangement and how this couple had chosen to spend their retirement. Very nice too! Having so recently left the tropics of Florida, they couldn't believe how cold it was and insisted on feeding us warms delights until we were fit to burst. Mark told us about his previous travelling experiences, one of which involved him living and travelling in a trailer caravan for 10 whole years, and passed on many handy tips about this type of travel in America. Warm at last we bid them farewell, and hit the road for Niagara Falls.

The drive was really scenic and when we arrived at the falls we immediately saved ourselves $14 thanks to our breakfast hosts passing on to us their secret free parking area! We would tell you all where it is but we'd have to kill you! The sun came out at last and as we walked towards the falls you could see the spray and mist from the water shooting hundreds of feet into the if making it's own clouds. Donning very fetching bright blue matching ponchos, we boarded the Maid of the Mist, the seemingly very small boat that sails right to the foot of the horseshoe falls. You get absolutely soaked; the wind, spray and noise from the falls likens standing on the boat to standing in the middle of a bad storm. It was really fun though and totally awesome to see the falls so close and from this angle.

We started to head out of Canada and back into the USA over the Rainbow Bridge in the hope of making it to a campsite on the edge of Lake Erie that afternoon. Alas, the best made plans and all that....customs were not best happy about 2 limeys driving an american car, that they apparently owned despite having no fixed address, driving across the border from Canada. After a 1 hour individual interrogation for each of us, they finally believed we were who we said we were and we eventually made it to a place to spend the night literally as the sun disappeared into the lake. Good job we had all those beers from the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto to keep us going...customs didn't find those did they?!
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Wend on

How wonderful and what a superb collection of photos.

claire and andy on

love it, love it, love it - keep them coming xxxx

Lizzie on

ha ha well funny! glad you made it through the border! xx

Pippa on

Loving every detail of your trip..........Tony wants a camper van even more now...........dreaming of a world tour !

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