We put our stickers on today!! We’ve been to 39 States!!! Only 9 more to go!
We sent the boys on a walk with the trash while we finished packing up. I took the shoe rack innards outside to clean them out and oh! the sand!
We left our beautiful site,
and got gas at the station we stopped at last night. The same guy (I saw Rajput on the back of his yellow Hummer) was in there so I thanked him for his help.
As we were driving from Schenectady to Niagara this morning Max decided to “do school” with Jack. He asked Jack, “If I take one space man and another space man, what do I get?” Jack said, “NASA!” Heh. That’s my smart boy!
Here’s the lunch I made for Ted:
And the boys eating as we drive:
We got to the campground about 4pm and set up. Foreshadowing: we left the door open a bit as we were setting up and there was a huge stink bug that got in! We kept it closed after that. Ted wanted to go to Niagara today and that sounded like a great idea to me! We were about a 20 minute drive to there, and we left around 5:15.
What a beautiful place! We parked at a free parking lot on Goat Island Julie told us about and walked to 3 Sisters Island and just marveled! God makes some beautiful things! I was amazed at the spray coming off the falls! Then we drove to the paid parking lot Ted found and it was free! I guess you only have to pay on the weekends. Woot! We walked down to Horseshoe falls and the water was such a beautiful sea-green! It was amazing! We googled how much water was flowing over the falls: 3,000 tons of water every second!! I wonder how the rocks there aren’t the smoothest you’ve ever seen?!
Ted tried to video chat with Grandmom at the falls, and when she answered she was at a red light in traffic! Crazy woman! We told her to hang up and call us later when she had time to talk. I texted my mom to download Duo if she didn’t have it but she didn’t answer me until we were at supper. Oh well. We came tonight to see the sunset over Niagara, but the sun sets behind the skyscrapers in Canada, so it wasn’t as beautiful as we thought it would be. Then we saw the lights come on and Ted wanted to wait to see the falls with lights. After a while we realized that it would be another half an hour at least until it was dark enough to see the lights on the falls, so we decided to come back after supper.
Ted found us a place for supper tonight: Adrian’s Custard Stand. We pulled up and they were closed! We could see people inside, I guess they were cleaning. I called and the phone rang and rang but they never answered! Ted looked them up on Twitter and they’re closed for the season! You’d think they’d have something about that on Yelp! Grrr!
We sat in the parking lot trying not to be angry, but being hangry, and looking up other places. When I’d just about found a place Grandmom called so we chatted with her a bit.
We went to Bakery Restaurant and Lounge, and I hoped for the best since I found the place. The reason we’d picked Adrian’s was for the beef on weck, and this was the only other place I saw that had that. We were seated a minute after we walked in, and then it was another 10 minutes or so before a waitress came to take our drink order! I’d just asked Ted how long we were going to sit before we left and then she came. There seemed to be a good number of tables in this restaurant, but not many were occupied at all. I guess they just like to take their time because service was super slow! But it was very friendly, and that matters more. We ordered a French onion soup to start, and I got the beef on weck, Ted got the open faced steak sandwich, and Jack and Max split the hog heaven cheeseburger that had bacon and Canadian bacon on it. Mine was awesome! Ted’s was really good, too, but I loved mine. The girl forgot my horseradish but brought it when asked, and it wasn’t a horseradish cream, it was straight up horseradish. The bun was even awesome! The caraway and salt on top blew me away. And the beef was awesome! OK, the whole thing was awesome!
We ended up staying about an hour and a half at the restaurant. When we got there Ted was saying he just wanted to go straight home afterwards; but I told him we’d get a second wind after eating, and we did. We headed back to Niagara to see the lights, and to make Max’s video. When we’d gone the first time he ran to the short fence, hopped over it and immediately ducked down and thought that was so funny, like he’d jumped over the falls. When we got back to the falls they were lit up with red, which changed to white and then blue after a while. It’s so awesome to be here! I’m so grateful that we live this life!
After watching the falls and the colors a bit Max and I went up the stairs to make his video. The first time we did it Max hurt his ankle and lost his phone! The first thing I thought of when I saw him limping is that I hope he didn’t break anything! How horrible would it be to be heading to family camp and get there with a broken foot!? We looked for his phone a bit while Ted went back to the truck to look for it. We found it after a bit, so Max tried again to make the video he wanted…and hurt himself again!! Poor kid, I laughed so hard! I’m so thankful that he didn’t seriously hurt himself, but his shin and forearm is pretty scraped up, and he’s done with this video!
It was about 10pm when we got back home so the boys skipped showers and we all just went straight to bed.