Scenario: It seems sacrilegious to post this report since I haven’t yet publicly documented the Big Island or Sanibel, but I was strongly motivated for some odd reason to write about this most recent adventure. Montreal has been in our sights since we lived in New Hampshire. I had always heard it was a city reminiscent of Paris, so it intrigued me. Last year, I decided we HAD to check it out. Ultimately, Christmas break seemed the most logical considering our remaining vacation time. In the end, we booked a two night stay.
I haven’t updated this site in a long time… so here we go!
Over Father’s Day weekend, Nick and I took Xander to Niagara, Canada to see “the big waterall.” We opted to visit the Canadian side of Niagara which is far better than the USA side (better views and more things to do). A trip to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be complete without a up close and personal view of the falls on-board the Maid of the Mist! This boat tour dates back to the 1800s and is the only boat tour available to visiting tourists. It starts near the Rainbow bridge, continues past the American Falls/Bridal Veil Falls until entering the soaking mist of the powerful Horseshoe Falls. It’s quite the experience for $14.95 per person (Xander was free!).
We hoped on the 7pm boat tour and were handed disposable blue ponchos (much better than the wet moldy yellow raincoats that were used in the 1980s when I first visited Niagara). These things don’t offer much protection since they are lightweight and loosely fitted. Well, they aren’t fitted at all! They are like wearing a big plastic shower curtain! And the wind created from the power of the falls causes them to blow up like Marilyn Monroe’s dress in The Seven Year Itch!
We positioned ourselves on top of the Maid of the Mist so Xander could get a clear view of the waterfalls and rainbows that were created in the mist. He was in heaven! He loves being on a boat! When we entered the Horseshoe Falls it began to POUR on us! “Is it raining?!” Xander asked us. And I kept telling him “No, it’s the waterfall getting us wet!” After a few minutes (or was it seconds?) standing in this monsoon, we decided to go downstairs for cover. I was a bit concerned about ruining the expensive camera I was clutching under the shower curtain! We enjoyed the Horseshoe falls MUCH BETTER from below deck where we were protected from the falls’ wet wrath. Xander was a little bit dazed and confused but he had a grand time visiting Niagara!
If a picture can really speak a thousand words, then let the pic above sums up our weekend. Our Canadian friends flew in on Friday for a long weekend visit and boy, we partied like rock stars. Our backyard is a mess… lawn chairs, Baggo, tables, empty beer cans and other party-paraphernalia litter the lawn. Our recycling bin is full, our wallets empty, and our bodies sick of loud music, alcohol and little-to-no sleep. We had a blast hanging out and catching up, though. We made lots of memories! And Xander loved all the attention, hugs, and new faces. He truly knows how to ‘ham’ it up for our guests. Thanks for the visit guys and let’s do it again soon!