Why do I suck so much? I have a ton to catch up on. Baby life, I tell ya. I can't really make the excuse of having a newborn...I feel like we've passed that stage. But still, I feel like maybe sometimes you can use that excuse until the baby is like...one. or something.
Anyway, this one time in September we invited ourselves on a trip to Niagara with some of the first year MBA couples. I blame bucket-listing and all that for my rudeness.
Also, haven't you guys seen Niagara, that 1960's thriller with Marilyn Monroe trying to kill her husband and seduce all the other married men (I guess that's basically all Marilyn Monroe movies). I do love that show and I've been aching to go there since I saw it years ago.
So one long weekend, we packed up our little car and little family with all the warm stuff we had and headed up north.
We stayed in a tiny little trash motel near the falls, ate donuts for breakfast, did Maid of the Mist on the American side, jumped over to Canada to see that side and ate some Italian to finish off the day. And then more Canada, because in this one case, it's much better than the U.S.
This, my friends, is the view from the American side. I was actually pretty let down, because all those big, nice looking buildings are on the Canada side, looking all touristy and taken care of while the American side looks rundown and a little (dare I say it?) trashy.
Still though, we were pretty amazed at the beauty and power of what we saw. It's pretty ridiculous, right?
So, we headed out on the Maid of the Mist, which if you don't know, is a little boat that takes you right up to Horseshoe Falls and lets the water beat the crap out of you and leaves you soaking wet (hence the plastic bags over us). We were pretty excited, obviously.
So here's me, thinking i'd just bring my nice camera on the boat to snap some up close and personal shots of the falls......
HA! Nice thinking. As we got closer, all of a sudden it felt like we were in a tropical hurricane storm, water beating down on us so loud we could hardly hear anything or walk anywhere. I definitely couldn't see anything, but as I was trying to keep my poncho covering my baby and my hair and my camera that was wrapped around my arm, I managed to snap this picture of these two before they took cover below deck. It was pretty insane and awesome. And despite my best efforts, Mo and I got totally soaked. This was my favorite thing we did while we were there. It was AMAZING. Later, some of the workers told us that typically wind is blowing so it blows some of the water around, making mist and dispelling some of the downpour. That day there was a surprising lack of wind so we got the full effect of water beating us onto the deck. Honestly, I would've been let down if we would have experienced it any other way. It was so cool.
This is our group afterwards, and although we don't look worse for the wear, mostly all of us got pretty wet.
So, although this is kinda turning into a sort of travelog, which I generally try to avoid at all costs, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to play catch-up with the little spare time you have..... Anyway, bear with me here.
On that first day, Dale and I wanted to see all we could see since we knew we wouldn't be up there again. We had brought our passports and the kids' birth certificates, so our group went their separate ways and we popped over to Canada to kill time before dinner.
We headed over to the Canada side of the falls, and let me just say, I was awestruck. Between seeing how much nicer everything was over there in terms of landscaping and being welcoming, and how close to the falls you could actually get, nothing else could really compare. As we parked the car and walked towards the railing, I realized that we were actually at the edge of Horseshoe Falls, and it looked like we were at the edge of the world. The closer we got, the more soaked we became. More and more water started falling like rain and the roar of the falls filled our ears so much we had to yell to hear each other. We realized that Mo was getting super wet, and although we were all wearing raincoats, the wind from the falls blew everything everywhere. We had to take turns taking shelter in a building nearby while one of us would check out the precariousness of the falls. I stood on the brick wall and held onto the railing as I looked over the edge into what I can only describe as an abyss of water. I was so close that I could have reached out and touched it as it rushed to wildly barrel off the edge. If it sounds like I'm not describing this well, it's because I'm not. I really am lost for words at how breathtakingly majestic and powerful this experience it was -- truly a magnificent world wonder.
Unfortunately I don't have many pictures because that day was so bright I couldn't adjust my camera settings enough to get good pictures. Also, I could hardly take out my phone because it would instantly get soaked from the water spraying from the falls.
Needless to say, it was completely amazing. I very highly recommend visiting Niagara Falls and please don't forget your passports because you'll DEFINITELY want to go to the Canada side (it's totally worth it).
We headed home afterwards to meet our group for dinner, and the next day we headed back to Canada to see the butterfly conservatory there and check out the falls one last time.
I thought Viv would love the butterflies fluttering all around us, but turns out she did not. She was super scared of them at first and would let them touch her.
The butterflies were great - we both loved them, especially when they landed on us. We snagged one with a broken wing so it wouldn't fly away and tried to get Viv to hold it, but she didn't like that one bit. I did, obviously, and so did a sleeping Mo.
So, that was our trip in a nutshell. Sorry for the jumbled and highly unreadable quality of this post....I need to get my mojo back somehow, so this assortment of crap might just have to do for now.
Onward! Catch up! Halloween, Fall Break and Mo, oh my!