There isn’t a time limit on when you can go on your honeymoon, is there? We’ve traveled to some pretty fabulous places around the world, but Niagara Falls seemed to say “honeymoon” to us. So, after almost 22 years of marriage, we went on our honeymoon!
There are multiple waterfalls in Niagara Falls. The American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side is the largest of the three and is the most powerful waterfall in North America. This is the waterfall that people attempt to go over in barrels, etc. Some survive, some don’t. The American Falls are too rocky at the bottom to attempt one of those stunts. We walked around the Niagara Falls State Park and over to Goat Island, and then over the little foot bridges to the Three Sisters Islands. The “Maid of the Mist” boat ride to the bottom of the falls was a dramatic way to view the incredible force of the waterfalls. I loved it! We crossed the bridge and visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to get a different view. It was all amazing.
I had to start off this blog post with our “honeymoon” pics. But now I must back up and share with you our trip from New Hampshire to get to Niagara Falls. First of all, it rained pretty hard for a couple of days. In fact, one of the campgrounds we had a reservation at called to cancel us because they were flooded. We eventually made our way to Beckett, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires and got a campsite at Bonny Rigg RV Resort. It continued to rain throughout out first evening there, but the sun came out the next day and we had a beautiful few days in the Berkshires! We did a 20-mile bike ride on the Ashuwillticook Trail which was one of the prettiest bicycle trails I’ve ever seen. The trail passed by a roadside organic market and we couldn’t resist stopping to pick up some produce for our ‘greenie’ juice drink. Yes, believe it or not, Mike is still faithfully juicing vegetables and fruit every morning and he’s been at for months now! It is a major ordeal, because we shop for fresh spinach, kale, ginger, parsley, mint, lemon, lime, carrots, celery, cucumber, apples and pineapple every couple of days. We finally sat down and calculated the nutrients in our drink, and … horrors … the calories!! No wonder I’ve been gaining weight! I couldn’t figure out why my waist was getting bigger, especially with all the walking and biking that we do. Well, duh! I can’t add that many calories to my regular diet and not suffer the consequences. So we re-worked the recipe for me, eliminating the pineapple (Mike still has the pineapple in his). I also now treat it as my breakfast, rather than having my drink and my cereal. Since I love my whole grain cereal, I now have breakfast for lunch which also lets me avoid the bread calories in a sandwich. Win win! Anyway, I got sidetracked there talking about my diet. I was telling you about how we stopped in the roadside market to buy the veggies. But I absolutely couldn’t resist the lure of the fresh raspberry pie! OMG! Diet out the window. Yummmmm. I’ll start over tomorrow. (Ever hear that before?)
So after leaving our campground in Beckett, MA, we headed for Niagara Falls. To avoid the outrageously priced toll roads, we decided to take State Route 20 across New York and we’re so glad we did. What an easy, beautiful drive. I guess I just didn’t realize that much of New York is open, rolling hills, farms, and lots of green. We drove through cute little villages separated by miles and miles of open road. I loved this drive and I would recommend it over the toll road. Due to the change in our travel schedule, we ended up spending the night in the Walmart parking lot in Rochester, NY. And that’s OK with us. We actually find it easier just to stop for the night, do any shopping we need to do, without unhooking the car, and without going through the big set-up, pop-out process. We buy what we need, take Lucy for a walk, fix something for dinner, play a little cribbage with a glass of wine, check email, get some sleep, and take off in the morning without a big to-do.
We checked in for a week at Four Mile Creek State Park near Niagara Falls. It is a beautiful park on Lake Ontario and it is all grass. The sites were all grass. And while that makes it visually appealing, we were a little concerned about our jacks sinking into the earth, especially after all the rain. We always put wood blocks under our jacks anyway, but still … we were a bit concerned, but shrugged it off because the park looked beautiful. If previous visitors sunk in, wouldn’t it have messed up the sites? Turns out that after a week in one spot, as heavy as we are, we did settle in a little. The wood beams under our jacks sank in a couple of inches. Mike has pull-cords attached to his wood blocks, so he usually just grabs the cord and pulls the block out after the jacks are up. This time he couldn’t slide them out without giving them a yank up first. And our wheels had settled into a bit of a groove. So he had to rock the Bear in reverse gear and then forward to get her out of the rut. Still, we loved this park. I think the settling issue had to do with all the previous week’s rain.
We also got in another bike ride while we were in Niagara Falls. We took the Erie Canalway Trail for about 20 miles. The trail was made of limestone dust which made it more of an effort because it is a little bit soft. I take that as a positive thing, because I’m trying to work out harder to burn off those extra lbs. We found ourselves stopping every couple of miles to wait for the geese to cross the path. This is obviously a major geese housing zone because they left behind lots of evidence. Goose poop all over the trail. Whenever we came across a flock in the path, the dominant male would squawk and hiss at us. It was alternately amusing and frightening.
On our final day in the area, we learned of a Blues, Brews and BBQ at a nearly brewery. What a fun way to spend the final day of our honeymoon! We had a blast sampling the brews and listening to great music all afternoon.
We’re headed to Kentucky so Mike can tour the Wild Turkey Factory. We’ll be stopping at a couple of places in Ohio on the way down. So, til my next posting … Cheers!