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Niagara Falls – Part 2

June 16, 2010

Picking up from the other day’s Niagara Falls post – after the Butterfly Conservatory, the hubby and I decided to head out to Niagara-on-the Lake, wine country! Sure, I bet it doesn’t hold a candle to Napa Valley, but it was the first time we’d ever been to a vineyard (yes, and we’re only a couple of hours from the Finger Lakes!) and we wanted to see what it was like.

Our first stop was Inniskillin, where we took a tour and then had a free tasting.

Our tour guide (in the red) was pretty funny.  He definitely liked poking “gentle” fun at the Americans.

K and I bought a bottle of ice wine to have with dessert that night.  (It was delicious!)  Then we headed to Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery to check out what they had.

There was no tour to be had here, but Sunnybrook specializes in fruit wines and ciders.  After some tasting, we picked up a bottle of pear wine and a 6 pack of Ironwood Cider.  Then it was on to the next winery – Cattail Creek.  No pictures from here, but it was about that time when we started wondering how much sense it made to be driving to all of these wineries.  Not be considered slackers, however, we picked up a bottle of late harvest Riesling here before heading back to the B&B.

It was another super hot day, so after dropping off our purchases, K and I headed over to Maid of the Mist to take a ride on that super famous boat.

The line was fairly non-existent so we were able to get on the very next boat, although we were one of the last ones.  Therefore, we stayed on the bottom deck, port side of the boat.

I wondered how wet this attraction would be, and hoo-boy!! It was a soaking experience.  We got so close to the falls, at one point all I could see was a wall of white.

This picture begins to demonstrate the churning water and soaking spray when you get so close to the falls!

Look at that roiling water!

I was so sure we were going to get sucked under the falls. I really got scared there for a few moments, but of course K laughed at me saying we were fine.  It was so wet we got concerned about our camera that was in its bag under the poncho.  Again, since it was such a hot day, the cool water felt good, but on a cooler day, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much.

On the way back, we got our closest look yet at the American Falls and Bridal Veil falls (which we had almost stood under the day before).

We caught another Maid in the Mist boat (I think there are at least 7!) starting its trek into the Falls and got this perfect shot.

That night, after a delicious dinner at Canyon Creek, the hubby and I got some night shots of the falls.

Here’s the city of Niagara Falls (Ontario, Canada) at night.

The next day, before we left, we quickly went to Journey Behind the Falls.  It used to be a cave behind the falls over which Horseshoe Falls fell, but it got blasted away after some rock slides.  Still we were able to go through some man-made tunnels to have a look.

The view from observation deck outside was ok (and wet!) but nothing compared to Cave of the Winds or Maid in the Mist!  I didn’t think this one was really worth the money.

On our way back to NY, K and I stopped one more time at the edge of Horseshoe Falls, and watched what looked like the end of the world spilling over the falls.  As a matter of fact, apparently Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End had footage from here!

And here’s the last gasp of the water before it goes down…down…down…

This was such a great trip and such a nice getaway for us.  I wish we could do it again soon.

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