It looked like today was going to be a beautiful day, but tomorrow looked pretty rainy, so we went to Niagara first. Ted’s always heard that the Canadian side was the prettiest, so we headed straight there. On the drive I told Max that we were going through customs, so only the grown-ups would talk. I said we weren’t scared or worried, but that the guys there are professional and they don’t want to joke around. I was ready, but then the first question the guy asked me was my permanent address, and I blanked! Heh. Ted leaned over and said Livingston, Tx and then I was fine. The rest of the questions were no big deal, but I had to chuckle at that.
We parked and then had a little walk along the Niagara river down to the Hornblower. We stopped several times along the way because the falls were awesome! Mom downloaded Duo and we facetimed with her and Papa; what an age we live in!
When we got to the ticket station we saw some zipliners and Jack wants to ride! He’s such a crapshoot…I can see him enjoying it or freaking out when he’s up at the top. We’ll look into it.
We got our tickets for the Hornblower and our ponchos and got on board. We weren’t right at the front of the boat, but pretty close. It was pretty amazing to see up close, but Ted forgot the waterproof camera and we didn’t want to risk our phones, so we don’t have lots of pictures from there. We got pretty wet, but it was warm and windy today so we dried quickly.
Sometimes I really can’t believe we get to see all the awesome things we see. God is so good to us! On the drive over we started going State by State listing the amazing wonders and just fun stuff we’ve seen…what an awesome life!
When we got off the boat we stopped at a table in the shade for a bit to plan our next move. Ted looked up how much the zip line was and it was $60/person!! We really wanted to do it but $250 for a few seconds of fun is really too much. Oh well. We’ll have to find a cheaper one to do with Jack. We started looking for lunch then, and Ted said I could sign into the Hornblower’s wifi…I’d had my phone on airplane mode since I don’t have an international plan. We saw a few places, but then Ted’s phone stopped getting a good signal and my phone wasn’t working great either, so we just started walking. When we left the Boston campground the guy cleaning sites recommended a hole-in-the-wall Italian place to us. I never could find it on Google and Ted looked on Yelp with no luck either, but I figured we could drive around the area and might see it. We got our wires crossed a bit and headed out walking there, but we were pretty hungry by this time so we ended up finding a place by sight instead of by Yelp. I thought I hit the jackpot with a little crepe place but it was closed even though its hours said it should be open. By this time we were a bit hangry, so I asked Max where he wanted to go and he picked Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse. Ted got alfredo pasta with sundried tomatoes and chicken, I got the grilled caesar salad, and the boys split an ultimate bacon cheeseburger with bacon and canadian bacon. We all felt much better when lunch was over.
We leisurely walked back to the truck and stopped at a couple of souvenir stores. I know I should only buy Turkish things when we’re in Turkey, but there are so many little Turkish shops in all the places we visit. This place had a shop with lots of lanterns of all sizes, and leather bags, and bowls of all sizes. I didn’t buy any, and I hope I don’t regret it! I always think of buying matching bowls or lanterns for my sisters or best friends. We saw some maple syrup and some jam in another shop we were going to get, and then I asked Ted if we could just go to a regular grocery store and look around and get a few things; so that’s what we’re doing!
We walked through a pretty little park, and then when we were close to the truck we stopped in the visitor’s center to see what’s there: lots of fun stuff, nothing that we bought. Max had asked that we buy some doughnuts from Tim Hortons, so we did: some to eat now and some for breakfast. Then we admired the falls again, and all the rainbows you can see from the Canadian side!
Back in the truck we headed off to find the Italian restaurant; we might come back here tomorrow for a meal. We followed the directions we were given (the first or second right off the Rainbow Bridge, then a mile or so down the road), but we found no restaurant that fit the bill. We saw a playground around there so we stopped to let Jack play and I found an old dude to ask about the restaurant. He said he’s lived here for 4 years and knows of no restaurant like what we’re looking for. Then he went on to tell me about his knee surgery and how the dog he got isn’t making things better, heh. He did suggest we go to Roadhouse, and I hoped he was talking about the roadhouse we went to, but no luck. He meant Chuck’s Roadhouse. We’d seen that restaurant, but gone to the other.
Jack and Max played a little more, and I used Ted’s phone to find a grocery store. We saw some black squirrels here like we’d seen in CO; funny! Then I asked Ted about bringing food through customs. He started researching, and said they can basically take anything they want! Ugh. I should definitely not buy anything with rice, but even prepackaged foods are fair game. Oh well, we’ll see. We drove 10 minutes to a store I found and the boys stayed in the truck while I looked around. I bought maple syrup for us, the Joneses, the Huffs and the Hoopers, and 3 kinds of cookies for us.
We headed for the border then, and said our prayers! Everything was going so well, I even remembered our address! He asked since we’re from TX if we’d crossed the border and I said no. He said so you’ve never been out of the country? I said I had, but not this trip and he was OK with that answer. Then he told us that we’d won the prize, we’d been randomly selected to be searched (although later Ted said the paper he gave us listed ‘baggage’ as the reason for the search). When I asked if the only prize we got was being searched he said we might even win a prize of a fine or something! Heh, he was jokey though, so it was all good. We pulled around and then left everything in the truck and went inside this little building where we could see our truck and the guys poking in it. Jack commented on them getting all up in our truck. While we were waiting Max said in a normal (not lowered) voice, do you still have that knife, Mom? What the what??!!! I’ve carried around a tiny (2-inch?) pocket knife for years, and he wants to ask about it now? I said that tiny pocket knife? Heh. I don’t think anyone heard us, though. In just a few minutes they came to tell us we were free to go. When we were getting into the truck I realized I didn’t know how to get out of there, and so had to ask someone where we should go. Max checked our grocery bags and all our Canadian food was there! Woot! Kids are an adventure all to themselves :-)
We went home and had leftovers for supper, and played card games, and hit the hay.