Thursday, July 19, 2012

Niagara Falls (part 1)

Last week we enjoyed a great family vacation to Niagara Falls. It's a little overwhelming to sort through over 150 pictures and try to capture our vacation in a blog post, but I will try. Here is the first half of our vacation to Niagara Falls.

We left Monday afternoon and drove part way to my brother's house near Chicago. We had a good visit with them and Rebecca had fun running around with her cousin Josh. On Tuesday, we drove the rest of the way to Niagara Falls (about 9 hours). The kids did really well in the car and it was a pretty easy drive. We stayed on the Canadian side of the falls and checking into a Days Inn for the first two nights. After settling into our hotel, we took a walk down Victoria street and Clifton Hill. We had a fun supper at Rainforest Cafe.
Rebecca with the Rainforest Cafe frog.
The next day we walked down to the falls and went on the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Decked out in blue ponchos, we enjoyed the beautiful views and felt the powerful mist of the falls. We all got a little wet, some more than others. Although, on a hot sunny day, no one complained about it.
Maid of the Mist boat ride.
Rebecca sporting her blue poncho.
View of the falls from the boat and the seagulls having breakfast.
All wet, but happy :)
View of the falls from the Maid of the Mist store patio.
Later in the day we did some more walking down to Table Rock, which has a large visitor center and the Journey Behind the Falls experience. We took an elevator down a few levels and walked through tunnels to see out of portals drilled behind the falls. We took some pictures but it's hard to imagine from a picture what it was like. The water is pounding powerfully in front of the portal and if the wind blows the water would pour in like a rain storm. It was a neat experience. There was also a lot of facts posted along the portals explaining more about the history of the falls.
Walking around Niagara Falls.
Getting closer to the falls. Journey Behind the Falls is in the lower right.
Dan and Rebecca in one of the portals. The falls are thundering right behind them.
Blake and I trying to stay dry in the mist of the falls.
View of the Maid of the Mist from the deck of Journey Behind the Falls.
View from the boardwalk. Rainbow bridge is in the distance connecting Canada and the US.
Family photo in front of the falls.
This is one of my favorite pictures! Just taking in God's beautiful creation!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our vacation - coming soon!

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