During our trip, we included a few non church history related activities since we were in the area and to change up the pace of the trip every now and then. One of those activities was going to Niagra Falls! I had visited the falls once before, but it was a first for the rest of the family!
The first thing we did when we arrived was don our blue ponchos and board the Maid of the Mist!
The Horn Blower is the Canadian equivalent to the Maid of the Mist and they are filled with red poncho-ed guests.
The falls are gorgeous, they don't look real even when you are sailing right in front of them! Even though I had sailed on the Maid of the Mist before, I completely forgot how SOAKED you get when you pass by the falls. It would have been super useful to have remembered that important fact before taking my SLR on the boat with us.... Bless it's little camera heart for capturing these gorgeous photos of the falls before temporarily dying a watery death. I took out the battery and the card and blasted the heater in the car in attempts to dry it out, but alas it didn't work the rest of the trip. But don't worry, it was a quick fix to get it back to its old self as soon as I got home. So the rest of the posts about this trip will be filled with phone pics... oops!
After our eventful boat ride, we hiked up the staircase the runs along the side of the falls. The ponchos could do little to save us from the waves of thick, drenching mist coming from the falls, it was rather exhilarating.
That day was also Will's birthday! He got to choose where we went for dinner and he choose the always exciting Rain Forest Cafe. He got quite the birthday celebration during dessert!