Monday, April 25, 2011

Niagara Falls

For Willa's birthday trip, she chose to go to Niagara Falls.  For those that may not remember, we don't get the girls presents anymore.  (we have enough stuff) But we do let them pick anywhere(within reason) to go for their Birthday.  And so, Niagara was Willa's choice.
For those of you not from around here, this may seem like a huge deal.  After all, it is one of the 7 wonders of the world.  But Niagara Falls is only a little more than an hour away from us, making it a perfect day trip.  The Falls is best viewed from the Canadian side, so across the border we went. 

 There were quite a few options for the tourist thing but Willa chose The Journey Behind the Falls.  This is a path that leads you behind the Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian Side.  Here, you see us in a tunnel of sorts, the white behind us is the Falls, crashing down.  It also lets you observe the Falls closer to ground level.  The Falls is immense and we could feel the power in the air as we walked around.

 No we didn't sell off the little one.  The day before we left I took her in to the Dr. to find she had a double ear infection.  While it was still tempting to bring her along, we decided to let her stay with Gran and Pop.  She was a stinker for them so I can't imagine what she would have been if we had tried to drag her all over the Falls with us.  I was sad she wasn't there, but it worked out well, since we were able to focus on the other 2 way more than what we would have been able to if Adalyn had come.  One day, we'll have to start bringing her to these fun family adventures.

At night, they shine immense lights onto the Falls and this was one of the things on Willa's list to see.  The Falls consist of two waterfalls, fed by the same river, interrupted by an island.  Above you see the American Falls, and below is the larger, Horseshoe Falls.  This is when they remembered they could take pictures with their DS.  They have about a hundred pictures like these:)

 The surprise of the trip was an overnight stay at The Great Wolf Lodge, an enormous indoor waterpark.  Literally, 5 minutes away from the Falls, it was a perfect way to cap Willa's birthday trip.  I would put up more pictures, but we were so busy having fun, and being wet, that the camera didn't come out too much.

They were asleep within minutes of crossing the border back into the US.  Wayne and I just wished we could do the same.  Kids love hotels but they don't actually sleep long or well while there.  We haven't been this tired in a long time.  Well worth it though.  

1 comment:

  1. oh, looks like a grand time. can't say my morning swimming at the Y was as good ;-) and mike spent the weekend dealing with water in the basement. yay! we'll have to catch up on the phone soon...