Monday, March 22, 2010

Niagara Falls...

slowly I turn... step by step...*
(*points to those who get this reference!)
Friday the husband and I both took the day off and took the boy to Niagara Falls. This is not only one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, it's also the husband's birthplace, so we had lots of reasons to go.
the Canadian Falls (also known as the Horseshoe Falls)
It was a stellar day, weather wise as well as every other aspect. It was a great family day, something we don't often get enough of with our schedules.

The American Falls (just the American Falls, no other name for them. Unfortunately for my American friends, you guys got the short end of the stick. Not only are the Canadian Falls bigger and slightly more spectacular, you don't really have a good view from your side of the border - the water all comes towards the Canadian side, so to really see the Falls in all their glory - you really have to come on over.)
a rainbow, with the Rainbow bridge in the distance - the middle of this bridge is the border, and is noted by both flags. We had forgotten our passports, so we didn't make the trek over the bridge this time.

We walked the Falls, checked out all the tacky crap on Clifton Hill, and tried for a Maid of the Mist tour, but it's too early in the season. Even the tunnels behind the Falls were closed - even though the weather was beautiful, it was still too early for many of the attractions to open.
We then drove around the town a bit, and found the house my father in law built - the home he brought his bride to, and where they had their first 4 kids. (the youngest was born after they moved to Toronto).
The icing on the cake was talking to my in-laws on the way back - they had been to the oncologist about MIL's breast cancer. To make a long story less tedious - she doesn't need radiation or chemo. She caught it early, they got it all, and she only needs to take a daily hormone pill. This is fabulous news! (Although hormone pills and mood swings and my MIL may not be great for us, the no radiation or chemo is great for her!)
It was also a good knitting day - the trip down and back allowed me to not only finish the second sleeve, but get the front/neck band picked up and started - I finished it that night, and the sweater is blocking as we speak. All I have to do is sew on the buttons, and it's done!


KnitTech said...

I bet the sound is amazing! All that water, rushing by.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I hope next time that you visit
the Butterfly Conservatory. It is fabulous!
Marlyce in Windsor

Lucky Canuck said...

Yay, MIL! Very very nice news. She must be beyond happy! As for the Falls - love them in all their tacky glory, and yes, even Clifton. If it were nice, you'd be disappointed. I love it there in summer because the city takes such nice care of the grounds.

Kristyn said...

Great news about your MIL!! My DH and I have been to Tornoto so many times and have never made the jaunt over to the falls. Maybe when the boy is older we'll go.

Sel and Poivre said...

That's such great news about your MIL and wasn't Friday a great day for a road trip!

AlisonH said...

I've been in that tunnel under there. It is undescribable, all that power, all that water, all that sound!

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! Sounds and looks like you had a fabulous weekend! That's great news about your MIL! Yay! The falls are gorgeous! I like that picture you have with the rainbow too. Looks like a great place to visit!