May 24, 2011
Niagara (aka water falling on Bapa's nose)

Great Aunt Mary, Great Grandpa and Great Grandma invited Elizabeth and I to come to Niagara Falls with them after our reunion.


Elizabeth knew she was going to see a waterfall (like a "big shower"), and for some reason decided that she was also going to see water falling on Great Grandpa's nose.  Luckily, it only ever rained when we were in the car, so she was disappointed in this expectation.


This was my first visit to Niagara. I had heard that the American Falls were much more impressive and honestly wasn't expecting much. I had a mental image of gentle little waterfalls cascading everywhere (I think I may have gotten Niagara confused with the tiny waterfalls in my Mom and Dad's wedding photos!) For the record - I was wrong on both counts.  Not that the American Falls aren't impressive, just the Horseshoe Falls are crazy impressive.


We were lucky enough to get fireworks, but unfortunately the building next door blocked our view and the hotel didn't think to warn us. I still enjoyed them. Although I don't really like travelling we had such a great time that I actually cancelled my train ticket and extended the trip another night. 


Mary, Elizabeth and I took the Incline Railway down to the Falls and inspected close up. People deciding to go over the Falls in a barrel are nuts.  Elizabeth thought it would be nice to hold onto the railing "by self" but Mommy was having none of that!  Actually I found watching the water rather frightening.  Difficult to believe that someone survived going over that in just a life jacket!  The water is much more controlled now than in the past due to hydro electric damming etc.  There was a diagram showing how much the falls have eroded over the last few hundred years.  Erosion has now been slowed to a mere foot every ten years! 


We went to see beautiful lilacs, a wonderful greenhouse and the famous floral clock.  Elizabeth got an inordinate amount of attention. Great Aunt Mary's theory was that she was a bit younger than many of the visitors and pretty much the only blond haired blue-eyed little girl that we saw.  I guess we were pretty conspicuous given the combination of two wheelchairs and a toddler.  In any case, one store gave her a lollipop "because she is so cute" and a restaurant waiter insisted on bringing her a complimentary dish of ice cream with sprinkles on top.


Grandma really wanted Elizabeth to sit on her lap, but unfortunately Elizabeth's at the age where all she wants to do is run around.  So she didn't cooperate at all while awake.  She did condescend to sit on Grandpa's lap in order to chase a horse named Princess around the Botanical Gardens. 


I know I took a lot of pictures, but I couldn't bear to trim any more out (I started with well over 300!)

On June 2, 2011 at 04:50 am
Grandma H. said:
What wonderful views of the falls.Such excitement! I can see why you extended your visit! Fantastic flowers; the lilacs are so beautiful, could almost smell them.

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