So Thursday night I put a bug in Kevin's ear that we should go on a little getaway for the long weekend. I'm thinking maybe we would drive four hours each way max. I start throwing out ideas of places to go... none of which he loved. On Friday afternoon, I get a text message saying "What about Niagara Falls?". It was decided at 3pm on Friday that we would be driving to New York this weekend -- 12 hour drive one way -- I hadn't even packed anything at all. Who does that?!
Mad dash home after work to pack the car and off we went. We made it to the other side of Indianapolis last night and woke up really early today to get to Niagara. Arrived in New York by 1:30pm - checked into our hotel and then drove north to the falls. After what seemed like two hours making circles trying to find parking we had finally arrived.
First stop? Walking across the Rainbow Bridge into Canada since they have the better view of the falls. I've never 'walked' from one country to another, so that was pretty cool. We were able to straddle the line and be in both countries at the same time. Passport check and customs at the border and we were in.
They aren't kidding that the view is so much better on the Canadian side versus the US side. On the US side you can see the top of Niagara, but on the Canadian side you can see the full length waterfalls -- American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls. The amount of mist you can feel on that side is crazy too. It's almost like it's raining but it's the mist coming back down from the Horseshoe Falls.
Walking back across the Rainbow Bridge we had to pay fifty cents per person... such a scam! It's not like we can get over any other way and it's not like we can stay in Canada.
Once we were back on the US Side we walked to look at the US view which was pitiful compared to what we just saw, so we headed back to the car to find some food. First stop was Anderson's Frozen Custard (a recommendation from a friend back home) -- Kevin had Chocolate Peanut Butter and I had Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Both were so good. Much better than Ted Drewe's. Not quite enough for dinner since we hadn't eaten since breakfast, so we went on the hunt for a pizzaria. Franco's fit the bill. I was very impressed with my Hawaiian and Kevin really enjoyed his Taco Pizza.
Quite a quick trip as tomorrow we begin our trek back home. Time to crash!
You can view all pictures here: http://www.jkennis.com/p742300028