Thursday, May 20, 2010

Niagara Falls Anniversary!

Well, our anniversary was on Wednesday (our #3) and to surprise me, Audrey planned a trip for us. I knew we were going somewhere, but I didnt know where. Audrey punched in the address for the GPS so I knew my next step, and we headed out that day for our location. I didnt know that it was Niagara Falls until we got pretty close. I had never told Audrey, but I had always wanted to come see the Falls. Today we did some really neat things, and of course documented them with pictures.

We began by waking up at the crack of ten...well, the girls were up a little earlier, but not me!! We grabbed some breakfast and then got ready for the day.

We drove to the Falls, and this is what we saw! Absolutely breathtaking! And Niagara Falls behind her is incredible as well!

Anna was riveted, too! It was like she couldnt move because of the view...or something else, perhaps.

In this picture you can see all the falls. The American is the near one behind Audrey. Then at the fall end of that one you can see a small gap and a small fall after it (looks like the same falls with a small space between). That one is called the Bridal Veil. In the way back is the Horseshoe which is the big semicircle that goes from the U.S. side over to Canada. It is so amazing to see so much water pouring over the edge!

We took a boat ride called the Maid of the Mist that went by the falls. We got some really stylish ponchos because of the mist from the falls. I did not think it would be that wet, but at the base of the Horseshoe it felt like a cold, salty rain!

The Horseshoe had so much mist at the bottom it was hard to see much around it.

Anna, of course, was enthralled. She woke up right as the boat ride ended. (We had her covered snug deep in her stroller during the misty times).

After the boat ride we went back to the top, and a nice lady took our picture.

Then we walked across a bridge over the American Falls to the other side of them. There is a wooden framework of bridges that you can walk on near the Bridal Veil Fall, so we did that. You get some ponchos for that, too (yellow this time) and cool sandals as well (think the sandal of the bowling shoe family). You have to take an elevator down to it, and then you can climb around. The falls were right beside it, and some places it crashed into the railing a little at times. They have to build the framework new every year because the ice and cold destroy it every winter. In the pic below Aud is on the bottom platform in the yellow poncho.

Anna was awake for this (which was good because we couldnt take the stroller here). She enjoyed it a lot, even when she got a little spray in her face!

We couldnt go all the way up there because the highest framework was so close to the crashing water we would have gotten soaked...not a good idea with a baby! So we went back to the hotel and Anna had her first pool experience! She liked it, but it was a little chilly so we only stayed in a bit. Overall, a really great day!


Our growing family said...

CONGRATS!!! It totally feels like it's been longer than 3 years!
Looks like you had a wonderful time!

CindyAdams said...

Wonderful pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! Anna looks like she's having a great time!

kharv said...

Such a great time and wonderful memories. I love the pictures and commentary! Thanks.

Phil said...

Anna looks all keyed up!

Emily said...

Reed you are so funny! Love your sweet comments...Thanks for loving my sister and taking such good care of her. Love you guys AND TOTALLY miss you!

grandmapoochie said...

Loved the pics and comments! Thanks! It's so fun to keep up with your "adventures" this way. That little girl is having a great time with her SUPER parents! Love you!!