We did NOT go over the Falls in a barrel!

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Our Sunday devotional today was from Psalms 32:1 on the forgiveness of sins and our shortcomings and how to work through them in a marriage. Good stuff. The last time we did this particular reading was August 4, 2006 and we were in Interior, SD in the Badlands.

I woke up to LOTS of bug bites. Yikes! I HATE bug bites. I am not sure where I got them but, as John will attest, I do not handle bug bites well. I truly think that I could be used as "the canary in the mines" as far as detecting any mosquitoes in the area. Bummer. After cleaning up I doused myself in Eau de Off, and am in hopes that it will take care of any more infestations today. I think the reason I got hit so many times is because our camp site is under a couple of trees.

After reconnoitering our situation as far as clean clothes was concerned, we made the decision to do laundry before we started annoying dogs and small children! We also decided that we would re-up here at the KOA for tonight as we knew we were going to have a long day sightseeing ,and making advance reservations would take any pressure off of us to find a place for the night when we were through for the day. The KOA here has a new laundry facility and it is quite nice as well as reasonable in price. There were plenty of washers and dryers, and it didn't take too long to get everything done. After putting our clean clothes away, we were ready to pull out of camp to tour the Niagara Falls area which is very close to where we are camping. It was 12:00 as we pulled out and the temperature was in the mid 60’s with low humidity. I LOVE low humidity! Just saying.

Our drive took us north first through Youngstown, NY on our way to Fort Niagara State Park. The park itself is lovely…lots of big trees and incomparable views of Lake Ontario. Another side attraction to the park (not) was the HUGE population of Canada Geese. Heavens to Betsy—they were there by the hundreds. I would imagine you would REALLY have to watch were you put your feet in that area of the park!

We parked overlooking Lake Ontario and had a very nice lunch in Mufasa. The view was a million dollar one…the peanut butter sandwiches, not so much! The day was so clear that we could see Toronto from where we were parked. It lies approximately 30 miles away across the lake. There were sailboats out in the lake and several folks just enjoying the view from lawn chairs that they had brought to sit in.

We did a fairly quick (for us) tour of Fort Niagara. According to their brochure, “The Fort Niagara site is a major historic site—the longest continuously occupied military site in the country. It began as a French military post in the late 1600’s, and included the famous “French Castle”, the oldest building on the Great Lakes, built in 1726.

The Fort was captured by the British in 1759, and became a U.S. Army Post in 1796. Old Fort Niagara served as an active post until 1916. The area outside the historic fort, the “new” Fort Niagara, served as an Army post until the 1960’s when it became Fort Niagara State Park.”

From Fort Niagara, we headed to Niagara State Park so that we could both view the falls and take a ride on Maid of the Mist UNDER the falls. This was the first time we have ever stopped to look at the falls from the American side. I think we have been to the Canadian side about three times. The views from this side were VERY nice and you can get within feet of where the Niagara River plunges over the falls. Today was a perfect one for doing what we did…warm but (as I said above) low humidity. There were many tourists from overseas there today also but we never felt crowded at all. After looking at the falls from several vantage points we had just about decided that we would wait until tomorrow when we go into Canada to take the Maid of the Mist boat ride. We ran into a delightful couple who come to this area frequently from Cleveland, OH, and they recommended that we take the ride from the US side. They said the trip is longer, the crowds are much smaller, and the price is cheaper. We took their advice and are very glad that we did. We could see across the river at the LONG line of folks waiting to get on the boat and we just basically bought our tickets and walked on board. The ride was fantastic. I am going to try to upload a couple of videos that John took while we were touring. It was wonderful!

We got back to our site here at the KOA about 6:45. I nuked a quick supper and after I get this posted will settle in for the evening. As I said above, the plan is to go into Canada tomorrow, probably for a couple of nights. I think John wants to come out on the Port Huron side of Michigan. At any rate, the cell phone will go off as soon as we cross the border. I am hopeful that any campground we will be in will have wifi so that I can blog. Just send us an email if you need us and we will try to get back to you. Stay tuned for more adventures!

By the way, we drove all of 38 miles today. Is that long enough to qualify for a prize Frank L.?
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Gayle Moody on

Please send some of that low humidity our way!!!! Love your photos. We watched a documentary on Fort Niagara. Interesting.

tricruiser on

So wish we could get photos up as you do. These are great to see.
Cool and dry is good. Peanut butter and nuked food sounds familiar. We did Nutella this trip for variety.
Be safe.

Nancy on

Beautiful pics! Have never been to Niagra Falls....either side. I am so enjoying your trip! Thank you for taking the time to share it. I feel blessed to be among those on your list!

D. Crip on

What a great shot of the falls! Can I use it on my blog this week and give you credit?????

dwlp.travelkids on

D. Crip...feel free. I am honored! You don't to give me credit...just use as you like.

Ruthie Baker on

Such beautiful pictures. Glad to be a part of your trip. You have shown us so many places we want to visit.

Lora Carbary on

Pat and John,

Loved all the Pictures and especially the videos. Nice to hear your voices makes me feel like you are close. Love your trip stay safe and have a great time. Keep sending the blog just love it.


Rick & Linda on

Thanks for sending great weather to us yesterday, it was lovely here. Glad you are having such a wonderful trip.

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