1 Million bathtubs a second

Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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What I did

, Ontario,
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

We were up at the crack of dawn this morning after our awful nights sleep last night. By daylight, we could see the campsite properly and we were right I'm thinking that it was a state. Everyone was really tired after our night with the train noises. As we were packing up the camp we saw a gopher eating some toast, although there was some debate over weather it was a beaver or an otter before we realised what it was.

We were meant to be leaving the campsite at 08.30am and had everything packed up and ready by 08.15am and Casey still hadn't woken up, so Laura had to go and tell him to get up. We left as soon as he was ready and had around a 2 hour drive to get to Niagara.

We checked into our campsite which was the best one we have been in so far. It's another KOA one like we stayed in in Quebec and they are really lovely. This one had two swimming pools, a bouncing pillow, a golf course and the showers were really good. Everyone agreed that it was amazing. The only issue was someone had taken our pitch so there was a bit of a faff getting that sorted out. After we did, we had lunch and then started to get ready as a storm rolled in. The thunder was really bad and it started pouring down again, but luckily it blew over after an hour or so.

Casey took us to Niagara town to ride on the maid of the mist. The town was not at all what I was expecting, it looks like Blackpool on acid and is just the tackiest, most touristy place I have ever seen in my life. We did, however, pass the Hart and Huntington tattoo shop and so made plans to pop back later that day to have a look into it. Whilst we were trying to find somewhere to park, Casey was stopped by a police officer and asked for his permit to bring tour groups into the area. Casey couldn't find it and so had to call his office to get it sorted. It was really annoying and the police officer was a bit of an arse with it, but we were soon on our way.

We got our tickets to the maid of the mist and it didn't take that long to get onto it. We were all given our blue ponchos and got ourselves a place on the rail of the boat. The falls themselves are really beautiful, and loads bigger than I thought they would be (1 million bathtubs of water fall every second!) You could feel the spray coming off them from the banks of the river, and it was strange to think that we were facing the USA...there was even a rainbow bridge over to it. The American side looked loads nicer than the Canadian side as there weren't any casinos and cheap shops that we could see. A couple of the others in the group said that they had been over on the American side and it was a nice area but the view wasn't as good, so in terms of our pictures we did get a good deal.

The boat ride was really cool...there were points where you couldn't see an awful lot because of the spray in your eyes, but we got really close to horseshoe falls and it was really exciting. It only lasted about 20 minutes or so but it was great. We were completely soaked where our ponchos hadn't covered, but it was worth it. Before we headed back we spent ages looking around the gift shop whilst Helen decided if she wanted a souvenir photo or not, she bought two and gave one to me because she knew I was blogging and collecting postcards and leaflets!

We drove back into town at 9pm to go and see the Falls lit up and watch the 4th of July fireworks on the other side of the Niagara River. We headed up into town after the celebrations and grabbed our first 'All Beef' hotdogs, lush. We also found a fudge factory where they made the fudge in the window and had about twenty flavours, so we went in there and bought some chocolate peanut butter fudge and a caramel brownie, which were both delicious.

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Claire Swift on

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! AMAZING! x

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