Saturday, July 19, 2014

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After three days of rain and busy-busy house stuff, we took Thursday and Friday for family fun.

Thursday: horse-back riding at a farm about 45 minutes south of us.  They also had egg-laying hens, piglets, puppies, kittens, and sheep so there was much animal cuddling.

Friday: Niagara Falls.  We'd gone during the winter hosting but it was unbearably cold standing in the freezing heavy mist.  And the snow and ice had built us so heavily that orange cones had barricaded us away from the falls about 300 yards before the usual railings.  We promised we'd go back for a summer visit, which was (as expected) way way better.  We arrived early afternoon and had a picnic near where we'd been fenced at Christmas.  We walked from Goat Island to Luna Island to the mainland and then went went out to the Maid of the Mist and accompanying observation deck.  By then it was nearly 6 so we headed to the restaurant over the falls for dinner.  Unfortunately I had something with wheat and was sick for about an hour after that, but we eventually rallied and walked along the river to the upstream edge of Goat Island and then across to the Three Sisters islands.  By the time we got back to the falls, the night illumination was about to start.  We headed back to the Bridal Veil falls edge of Goat Island and admired the glow, watched the fireworks, and then headed back to see the Horseshoe Falls in their glow.  All told, it was about 9 hours at the park, plus a 2.5 hour drive each way, meaning a long energetic day.  Today has been a lot of sleeping in and lolling about.


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