Monday, June 3, 2013

Day 3 - Niagara Falls, U.S. & Canada!

We had a relaxing morning after sleeping late so didn't get to Niagara Falls State Park until nearly noon. Luckily it was not a busy day so we walked right on the next Maid of the Mist boat. It was mostly sunny and in the 60s; I could not ask for a more perfect day. The kids were enthralled with the boat ride past the American and Bridal Veil Falls to the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Leaving the U.S. for the first time and getting to have lunch, shop, and take a scenic drive in Ontario, Canada was so exciting for them too. I love seeing the world through their eyes and hearing their comments!

Raincoats on and ready to board!

On the Maid of the Mist...ready, set, go!

Passing American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls

Approaching Horseshoe Falls

Our boat was this close to the base of Horseshoe Falls!

The churning waters at the base of Horseshoe Falls.

My poor camera, it was so wet!

But, my camera survived!

We came back in very wet and very happy to have had this great experience!

This is the Maid of the Mist Observation Tower, taken from the boat as we pulled in to the dock.

Time for a 'hood ornament pose' photo, with Rainbow Bridge in the background, before we leave the boat.

On top of the Maid of the Mist Observation Tower with all the Niagara Falls in the background.

American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls

Rainbow Bridge behind the kids from the Maid of the Mist Observation Tower. We drove across the Rainbow Bridge to enter Ontario, Canada.

Crossing the border into Canada.

Shelby at Horseshoe Falls in Canada

Jackson and Dylan in Canada with American Falls in background 

We had lunch at the Table Rock Welcome Centre where I took this photo.
Horseshoe Falls in Canada

 Horseshoe Falls in Canada

There was a vivid rainbow in the water when viewed from Canada.
We have lots of shots of this and as Shelby said we "could have watched this all day!"

We drove along the Niagara Parkway from the Rainbow Bridge to the Peace Bridge near Fort Erie. That is such a beautiful drive. Shelby and I were having too much fun oohing and aahing over the mansions on that drive to even take any photos. Here we entered the U.S. after crossing the Niagara River, where it begins at Lake Erie, on the Peace Bridge.

When we got back, Dylan and Shelby still had so much energy that they rented banana bikes and cruised around this big campground for nearly an hour while Jackson did his workout routine in the RV. Oh, to be young again...I'm thrilled to still be walking unassisted after all our activity last evening and today!

Lovin' Life ~~ Seeing the Kids Thrill to New Experiences

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