Monday, August 25, 2014

Oh Canada!

Recently we had the privilege of traveling to Canada. We flew into Buffalo, New York, and drove over the border into Niagara Falls.

 From our hotel room, we could see both the American Falls (above) and Horseshoe Falls which is on the Canadian side.

 There is a lot of mist or water vapor in the air above the falls, more at some times than others. If the sun is shining and there is mist, often a rainbow will be seen. Above is Horseshoe Falls.

As the sun "moved," so did the rainbow.

A closer look at the American Falls. To the far right of the falls, you can see persons in line to get on the Maid of the Mist.

 Maid of the Mist and Hornblower Niagara cruises take you right up to the falls - past the American Falls, and into Horseshoe Falls. Notice how everyone is dressed in green? Well, that's a rain poncho provided to help you stay dry!

 Getting closer...

It was quite an adventure!

600,000 gallons of water pass over the falls every second! What power!

You can see this steel barge that was marooned above the falls in 1918. The three men on board opened the hatches of the barge to let water in, to stop it from going over the falls. It remains stranded there to this day.

The falls are lit up with color every night. Some nights, there are fireworks.

 (Niagara Falls is not just the waterfalls; it's two cities, one in New York and one in Ontario.)

 Black squirrels, and beautiful flowers

These were outside a restaurant.

The highlight of our trip was meeting blogging buddy Judith, who blogs at Lavender Cottage, and her husband Glenn.

 Judith has a beautiful garden and I loved seeing it.

 In front of Judith's pond

 In the foreground, the pond and Judith's dog Topaz, and in the background, the Tea House, a delightful spot to sit and relax with a cup of tea and good conversation

 We went to a country inn for lunch - look how fancy my soft drink looks!

 The food was presented beautifully, and it tasted good too!

We enjoyed our trip to Canada very much! A special thanks to Judith and Glenn for their hospitality!


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