I've been to Niagara Falls before. For me it's almost been two years since I made the journey up here. At the time I could only see the American Side of the falls and it was quite magnificent. I felt super proud of myself for making it all the way here and for being able to do something on my own. Nobody but me to guide the way. Of course this year I went on my Birthday trip with my Dad and it had been almost forty years so of course it's changed quite a bit since then. If anything I was more excited about him seeing the Falls again. It's a place where I could show him all the cool places and it was also new territory for me since we would be seeing the Canadian side.
So once we were in Canada we went to the camp site, checked in, and set up camp. From there we bought these WeGo passes which allows us to take a bus into town anytime we want for up to 48 hours. Now who can complain about that? After that we had to go find a bank and some food. First we went a found a nice little Chinese Restaurant which had wonderful food at really good prices. After that we made our way down the road to a bank. Now I don't know if you guys know this buy Canada has plastic money. Yes, plastic money. The exchange rate is also very different. I brought a little over $600 with me and after changing to Canadian money I had a little over $700. For me it was just crazy that it was plastic and here we are adding another $100 to the deal. After we got done at the bank we went back to the campsite and made our way to the bus, waited and got on board. Once we got off the bus we decided to grab a drink before we wet all the way down the hill that lead to this magnificent piece of our world. Since im legal in Canada I was able to finally buy my own drink. Very empowering and also a lot of fun.
After we had some booze we went down the hill and just as you made the clearing you could see the falls clear as day. Beautiful scenery in front of us and a whole different view from the American side. Of course the cameras came out immediately and we set off with the videoing and photo galore. We walked the entire stretch towards the horseshoe falls and decided to check out some of the stops along the way and get a chance to see the prices of everything. Now the main thing we wanted was to do the Behind the falls. This meant that we would get to go in a tunnel that came out right NEXT to the horseshoe falls and also explore the tunnel that went underneath. Once we got an estimate on everything we started walking back towards the other side and just as we were about to make a decision to go back towards camp, we ran into a sign with details about the illumination Cruise. This included a trip on a boat around 8:30 p.m where you get a up close and personal look at the falls while they are being illuminated by the lights. You also get to have a drink while you are enjoying this experience.
Now of course we decided to do this cruise over doing the Maid of the Mist. I mean you hit two birds with one stone and for us it was something that we just couldn't pass up. So without much debate we waited as the time came by having a drink and sitting for a bit. After all we had been walking a majority of the day.
I will tell you that I did The Maid of the Mist and it was NOTHING like this illumination Cruise. You can see the lights from up above but seeing them so close was a different experience. Its 40 minutes of awesome and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We got a little wet but that's ok because they gave us ponchos to protect ourselves. If anything it was a nice start to our trip and gave us a little insight on what was to come our way when we went out the next day. We both felt pretty satisfied and it also marked one of the things we wanted to do off our list and it also gave us something to remember for sure.
So if you are ever in Niagara and are on the Canadian side then do the illumination cruise because it is so worth the experience.
On most of our trips that have Michigan on route, we always end up stopping to see Grandma. This trip was no exception. We decided on Day 2 to stop by and take her out to lunch. Of course it was her choice on where we go and whatever she wanted she could have. So, we go the house, give hugs and kisses and get her ready for the trip outside and to the car. My Grandma has to help getting to the car, sometimes just holding hands with someone to stabilize her and make sure to catch her if she trips or has any problems. She can still walk but it is difficult sometimes for her. Once she's in the car and has her seat belt on we go to one of her new favorite stops. It's a bar and restaurant and has an option of sitting inside and outside. Last time we stopped by we went there and the food was excellent.
Once were in the restaurant we get told that the outside is probably not a good option since they are having a problem with flying friends. So we decide to stay inside. We get a booth and immediately we realize that Grandma might have a problem getting to her food since she has sunken down. She makes a short people joke and we laugh. At least she's in good spirits Throughout the dinner we chat and talk about all the different stuff were planning to do IN Canada and we end up talking about Hurricane Irma and the damage it caused. Just like with anyone else that asks us about where we are from and how we were affected we tell her that we weren't hit and everything is fine. She seems relieved and we learn some facts about her and Grandpa. It was nice to sit down and chat for a couple hours.
Once we were done with dinner we all made our way to the car and from there proceeded to go back to her home to talk and have a couple of Manhattans (which were Grandpa's favorite drink) ad discuss My Aunt and her condition as well as some Government things that are happening back home. We chat for a while and once we done drinking we depart from Grandma. In all honesty it felt weird leaving her there by herself. I know she's capable of getting around and being able to do most tasks but it still made me feel weird to see her watching us through the window as we left. Ever since Grandpa died I think she's just been lonely. I’m glad that we could give her some company and make her happy, even if it was for a little while.
If you have people you love that are getting old and a little on the slow side, make sure to let them know you love them and spend some time with them. It really does make a difference to them.
There are quite a few things that Came to mind when we started this trip to Canada.
1: Holy **** its cold outside
2: Irma is coming our way and is it appropriate to leave when a hurricane is literally going up our state?
3: Its really happening.
All these things came to mind when we started this trip. Really it was also filled with images of me being plastered while we were in Canada and that gave me a good laugh. Really though the first two days were quite a spectical on my part. The unfortunate part of this whole thing is that my Dad's care makes me motion sick after a period of time. Once it starts it lasts hours on end and wont go away unless if you pull over and let me move about for five minutes. Really its such a pain in the ass and it makes me grumpy as hell. On top of that it ruins my appetite. So of course the first day were driving I decided that we should get Olive Garden for dinner. It was right near the hotel we were staying at and hey, why not? So we agreed that we would stop there, get the salad and the bread sticks with a side of aflredo to dip the bread sticks in and tit all sounds amazing.
Yet there's one problem. What is that you may ask. My stomach. My stomach was not in for the whole food process and really I think the motion sickness and me not doing much besides sitting in a car for ten hours really makes me wanna not eat. Yet I wanted this damn Olive Garden. So I stick with it, we go through the drive with me sleeping on and off and of course listening to music. The last hour of the drive I get my shoes on and I make sure nothing expensive is visible. Wouldn't want any robbers to think our car is worth anything. Then we would really have a fun time.
So the hour goes by, we get to the Olive Garden and we get inside. The place is mostly empty and they have an hour before they close. Usually I don't go to places when they are so close to closing hour but, today was not the day for me to play it safe and save the kitchen trouble. So we walk in, get a table and place our order. Immediately I realize that I may have gotten more then I can eat and yet I decided to try anyway to consume my food. We get the salad and the breadsticks and that goes down easy. We talk and wait for a bit and then our food comes out. Little did I realize that my stomach decided to stop wanting food. Like right then and there. So I scrape and pick up little things from my food. I really tried and I honestly wasn't expecting all of this craziness to prevent me from eating my whole meal. I mean it had been a year since we had been to an Olive Garden and for me it was a time to enjoy everything that they had to offer. Sadly though my experience was cut short and I had to take a box of food with me.
So here's a question for you. Do you ever get car sick?
So today is the big day! The day that we set out on our adventure to Canada. We are all packed up and ready for the adventure ahead. We have many stops planned and I know we will have many stories to share with you all. To be honest were over packing a little bit due to our lack on knowledge on how Canadian weather is this time of year but hey that’s ok, we decided to add in an laundry stop somewhere on our adventure so we packed only half of what we originally thought we needed. In any case we are both excited and a little nervous as we embark on this new and unknown territory.
Also, I will be able to drink legally while we are on this adventure. That on its own changes the game completely and by the time I return back home I will be official legal age. So strange how this is turning out. There are so many things planned and I have so many adventures planned, I just can’t wait to share them with you all on here and on my YouTube channel.
For now you guys should go subscribe and check out my other videos. There isn’t much on there but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a look.
Once we return from Canada there will be two videos posted. One with information on how much we spent while we were gone and another with a music video type style to show you guys the places that we went to and what we experienced while we were gone. This is going to be a nice experience for us both and I think it’s fun that we get to go on this adventure together. It will definitely be a memory that we both will cherish.
Be ready for lots of pictures, videos, and stories.
And We are Off!
We are in the homestretch of a few trips that I will be taking. I think it’s about time that I announced where we are going exactly. So here it goes. We are going to CANADA! Yes good ol Canada. I know that it seems kind of odd to be going to a country such as Canada but truth be told I have heard some amazing things about Canada and I want to see it for myself. A lot of the things I Have heard make it sound like a place of pure beauty. For me though I think its just the idea of going to a new place that is literally as North as you can get in the this part of the world. I mean we live in the south and it’s about a sixteen hour drive just to get to the bridge that’s near there. We don’t know what the customs will be like but we are sure we will be in line for hours. Once we get past that though we are heading to Niagara Falls to see the Canadian side. If you guys remember I made a trip out to Niagara on my nineteenth birthday and I couldn’t be more excited to go back.
Of course were going to a couple other places in Canada as well. Were going to visit Toronto and a couple of recommended places there. From there were going to go a state park and do a couple of hiking trails. Of course were going to write down all the things we did, prices and what we do and don’t recommend from our trip for you all.
As I put in my post called "Are You Ready?" I am going to be making two YouTube videos for you guys. One is going to be full of information on how much everything cost for us and the other is going to be like a music video special on all the places we saw and what we did while we were there. I am really excited for you guys and I am excited for this new chapter.
I hope you guys are ready for lots of posts, lots of information, and some new videos on my channel. For now you guys should go check out what I have on my channel and like, subscribe, and comment because it is finally going to be making changes in the direction that I want it to go.
I cant wait!
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