What brought this string of questions on? Well, this weekend happened to be, "fill up two cars and, trek across upstate New York" weekend. We spent two days and we visited Palmyra and Niagara Falls. I wish I could remember the first time I saw Niagara Falls. I know it was when my kids were all little and I am pretty sure we lived in Kansas at the time. It had to have been before 9-11 because I remember that getting over the border into Canada was super easy. But I do not remember the exact day or time of year that we went. I do remember the thrill of seeing the mist from the falls rising in the distance but not much else. How does one describe the thrill that comes from seeing a place you have only heard about and read about for the first time? The moment that you marvel to yourself I can not believe I am actually here. I have been to Niagara Falls many many times since that first time and I fear that a lot of the trips have all blended together. Each time I go I discover something new. Some easier way of doing something. Some new lookout. Some new parking spot. Or some new way to spend money. Whatever it is I never get over the basic majesty and wonder of Niagara Falls.
One time when we were at Niagara Falls my Natalie lost a tooth. She threw her tooth over the waterfall because we decided it would be a great story for her to tell for many years to come. Yeah, her tooth fairy is pretty magical :)
There was the time the kids and I were driving from Indiana to Massachusetts on our own and we just randomly decided to stop at the falls.....no planning, no mapquesting just doing it. Which is so crazy for me :)
There was that one time the kids spent the whole time we were there giggling about the the designated spots in the Niagara Falls State Park for smokers to deposit their cigarette butts called "butt depots."
There was the time we saw everything from the Canadian side.
This particular visit we had two goals;
#1.Get into Canada
#2. Check out the Cave of The Winds tour.
We had a five hour drive home so we left about one o'clock to drive back across New York. I really wanted to stay and see what the falls look like at night and I really wanted to stay and see what it is like when they shoot fireworks over the falls and I definitely needed to stay and see what it looks like in winter and it would have been perfect if I could have stayed and spent the night in the Sheraton on the Canadian side that overlooks the falls but you know.... no one ever wants to play with me :)
|I think this face says it all.|