So....Monday Dave and I drove Pam and John (now in their last week with us) north and west to Niagara Falls (Canada - passports please...) and the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Geneva was able to come up to the farm and stay with Lewis and Sasha so we had the entire day free - Thanks Geneva!
Instead of the normal, faster route of the NYS Thruway (I-90) we decided to take a leisurely drive along route 104 through many small towns, cobblestone houses and fruit orchards roughly following the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario. Around here we just call it Ridge Road, it traces the ridge that was the ancient southern shoreline of Glacial Lake Iroquois, 13,000 years ago. My facts may not be exact, but that's basically the story. John is the history guy, its interesting to read his post about this same trip. Reading both will give you the best picture of our day together!
We stopped at a tiny driveway stand to buy some beautiful purple asparagus but passed up numerous cherry stands along the way. The day was just beginning and we feared it was to hot for them to hold up in the car. (We did, however, succumb to a farm stand in NOTL and bought cherries, raw honey and a rather nasty cherry pie)
It was lunchtime when we arrived at NOTL so we found free parking (a rarity) in front of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Country Club (North America's Oldest Course if the ball vending machine is to believed....) We sat outside on the patio beside the lake at the mouth of the Niagara River and enjoyed the view and a decent lunch.
After lunch we walked a few blocks away from the lake and onto the main street to stroll, window shop and people watch.
|I hope flower picking isn't an international felony.....|
|Old Fort Niagara across the Niagara River in New York State|
|Canadians are justifiably proud of their flowers|
|Prince of Wales Hotel|
|John waits patiently for his friend to finish|
|stylish dog water dishes outside an antique shop|
|something for everyone|
When John tired of passing all the beautiful flowers, we walked back to the jeep and headed for Niagara Falls, Ontario. We followed the Niagara River cataract passed the Lewiston bridge (the one we'd crossed to enter Canada earlier in the day), passed the huge power generating plants, the Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and right into the unbelievably touristy attraction that is Niagara Falls, Canada. (The US side isn't much less ridiculous, but the view from the Canadian side is so much better that they take full advantage of their position).
|Yes, John, I see you|
|The American Falls, with the Maid of the Mist in the foreground|
Again, John and Pam's blog (ohtheplacestheygo.wordpress.com) will give you much more information than I have. I find it difficult to see it through "new eyes" this time. Perhaps I'm just tired.
|The Canadian Horseshoe Falls|
|Rainbow, Canadian tour boat and mist from the Horseshoe falls|
|Pam on the edge|
|I never tire of watching the clear aquamarine water plunge over the drop-off.|
That's one thing that man can't "enhance".....