Niagara Fell

Trip Start Feb 09, 2010
Trip End Mar 17, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010

(written by Jessica)
Yesterday we drove from Cleveland to Niagara Falls. The drive was uneventful, besides the ridiculous number of toll booths, so we're skipping over a separate entry for that day.

I mentioned in an earlier entry how we rely heavily on Justin's GPS app on his phone. We call the GPS "Bibs"-- a name we borrowed from Justin's brother, Jeff, who calls his GPS "Bibs" when he is frustrated with it. The wonderful name he came up with stands for "Bitch In a Box," with an "s" at the end (which nicely rounds it out). Well our Bibs will sometimes tell us-- in her aggravatingly calm manner-- to: "Prepare to turn right," when the map on the screen clearly shows a left turn. She has tried to trick us several times like this, much to our dismay and frustration. We have said, "Oh shut up Bibs," many times as if she is a real person who is being purposefully rude. I must say that calling her an insulting nickname helps to ease the frustration a little.

We arrived yesterday at Niagara Falls. I've seen the Falls in movies, on T.V. shows, and heard much about it, so I was excited to see it for myself. We drive over to Goat Island to check everything out. All of the tourist shops and observation towers are already closed-- we did arrive around 5pm, so that wasn't so surprising. We wander over to the Horseshoe Falls area along the pathway and only have an okay view. If only it were earlier in the day and warmer!

The next day we go back to the Falls to try to get a better view than we got yesterday. The tourist shops are still closed, so that's due to the season. We arrive at the Niagara Falls museum and are disappointed to find that films about the Falls aren't screened during the winter season. Well, that's no fun. I can understand not having boat tours running since they physically cannot move around on the ice-covered water, but why not show the films? Maybe we'll just have to come back again during warmer weather then.

There is an observation tower that is open (and free) so at least that's better than nothing. We walk in the breezy cold up the tower and I now wish I had more layers on. The view is much better than what we saw the day before, so we are grateful for that. The Falls look so much better from up here and we get a lot of good pictures. We gaze enviously at Canada across the partly churning and partly frozen water; there is a better view of the Falls on Canada's side since it directly faces the falling water. Unfortunately, we cannot drive (or walk) the short distance over there since I don't have a passport. Technically, you can go into Canada without a passport, but you have to have one to get back into the States.

It begins to lightly flurry, so we head down to the museum to look around and warm up a bit. If we can't see a film about the Falls, at least we can read about them on the displays.

After we leave Niagara Falls, we drive to Albany. The town is pretty nice but when we try to find a hotel, they are either over-priced or have no vacancies. We move on. We drive to.. somewhere, I'm not really sure; at this point I'm sleepy and it doesn't really concern me which state we're in. Wherever we are, (Lee, Massachusetts I find out in the morning) we manage to find a reasonably-priced hotel.

(written by Justin)

Not much to add; everything was free instead of overpriced due to the season.  Still, if you want to see Niagara Falls, go between June and September.  On our way back through Buffalo we decided we should find an authentic Buffalo wing restaurant, so we ended up at "Anchor Bar".  Supposedly before 1961 chicken wings were either used as a part of stock broth or thrown out until the family who founded the Anchor Bar came up with Buffalo Wings.  The wings were cooked just right but the sauce was vinegar-heavy and very mild even though we ordered them hot.  It definitely doesn't stand a chance against the Wild Wing Cafe in Marietta. 

Time to make the long trip East to Boston! We made it to Albany right at dusk and I was thinking of driving all night until we crossed into Massachusetts and began to see mountains all around us.  I thought we might be missing some good scenery so we stopped in Lee, MA for the night. Our list of livable places still remains very short.
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cmorris on

Nice pics, you should stop in Scranton just for laughs!

Erin on

I saw Anchor Bar on the Travel Channel. Those are supposed to be some really good wings!

Brian H. on

Great blogs, guys! I just showed your blog to some of the guys at MedAssets that didn't have the link. Sean was hoping that you guys were going to be in Boston when he goes up in a couple of weeks.

bjrobinson on

Where are you guys now? No new posts in nearly 2 weeks? Hope all is well and that you're just busy having fun.

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