Saturday morning, we awakened to a bright sun and got ready for the day.
is a good time to mention the "bower". The bed and breakfast
room/suite we were in had its own bathroom. It was in the corner (we
were basically in an attic) and had really low ceilings. It had this
really neat clawfoot
tub with a handheld shower attached to the faucet. So to take a
shower, we had to crouch in the tub and hold this little handheld shower
over our heads. That was quite an experience. We dubbed the set up as
the "bower" (bath + shower= bower). I will say, I appreciate our
shower at home that much more now...
At 9 (prompt!), we
had our breakfast part of the "bed and breakfast". Our "appetizer" was
a slice of grilled pineapple topped with a blueberry sauce. Oh, yum.
Then we were served homemade buttermilk pancakes with ricotta cheese
between each pancake, also topped with a blueberry sauce. Double yum.
After that, we were deeply disappointed that we would have to leave so
early the next day that we would miss breakfast. We were also thankful
we had some walking planned for the day after such a big meal to start
the day. It was neat/interesting to meet the other couples staying at
the b and b...two were from Michigan and another from Florida. We had
to laugh...one of the big topics of discussion at breakfast was about
vineyard tours. Apparently they all had or were planning to do one. We
(who are not really drinkers) just nodded; we had planned to hike for
the day, possibly grabbing a bottle of water along the way.
set out for the Rainbow Bridge I mentioned in yesterday's post. We had
to pay 50 cents to walk across it which was quite a bargain compared to
the many other tolls we had paid along the way.
Here is a view of the Falls from the bridge.
Once in New York, we decided to do a little hiking. We followed the Great Gorge Railway Trail, a 2.5 mile trail along the Niagara River (away from the Falls).
Here is our bed and breakfast, a view from ACROSS the river. (Loving the zoom on my new camera)
Something I learned: Though the high was only
supposed to be 74 for the day, I learned that 74 is MUCH warmer there
than it is at home. I was really sorry I had worn jeans (and almost
wore a jacket). By this time, I was a hot, sweaty, mess, and not in a
good way. :)
else I learned: In Canada, if we were near the river, my phone was NOT
roaming. I could call home, check e-mail, etc. as if I were at home.
Yet in parts of New York, I was "roaming" and would be charged
international fees for calling someone!
once we climbed up the stairway to exit the trail (huffing and puffing
the whole way), we somehow missed where we needed to go and ended up
walking along the streets of Niagara, New York. It wasn't nearly as
beautiful. We had a highway on one side, and a city full of cement on
the other side. But eventually we made it back to the Discovery Center
where we had started our hike. And there, two hours after we began (and
about 4 + miles down for the day), we promptly bought trolley tickets
to reach our next destination...
More to come!