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Journey to the East part 2

Yay we are headed to Niagara! This surely is the highlight of our road trip.

A park map at last.

A park map at last.

A short 6 hours drive from Michigan City, we arrived Niagara just after dark. Sigh… but it was ok, still early enuf for me to go walk around the park… well, but 1st, lets check into the room…  3 star Wingate by Wynham group. Great ratings and I thout $76 was a good price, being so close to the falls. Its clean, quiet and has all that we need in the room. Not fabulous, but no complains.

Its just past 8pm when I head out for my walk. Doug’s not joining me… too dark, too cold… too lazy IMO. So its me on my own on this clear evening, about 50’F and a slight wind blowing.

Water coming thru, headed for the falls.

Water coming thru, headed for the falls.

I started by walking in the general direction of the “circle” where the toursit info is. They are closed, of course, and they have no brochures or maps lying around. No problem, I have my little Google maps handy and I am not one to worry about data. Was great to have Google place me on the map and directing me as I walk close to the Niagara state park. … but what Google maps doesnt tell me is where to get the best view of the falls at night. See, the park is lit, but not too brightly, so I kept walking into what look like fenced off walkways. Finally I asked and got directions to view that everyone is wanting to get to. Well, but Google did get me this far.

In Buffalo NY looking over the Niagara falls into Canada.

In Buffalo NY looking over the Niagara falls into Canada.

As it was pretty dark and I have no idea how long the walk across the little islands was going to be, I decided to leave that for tomorrow morning. For tonight, I am just doing the simple walk thru the main attraction site and get my selfies on FB…. like most everybody who’s out here tonight is doing too, with their pro-selfie equipment…. I can only get whatever with my arm’s length…

Yes, I made it.

Yes, I made it to the Niagara Falls.

And my trusty ol entry level Nikon DSLR got me the better pictures, without me of course. I think the night lights turn out pretty good, definitely better than my iPhone 5, IMO. No, phones are not a subsitute for quality pictures. Never!

A welcome squirrel for the morning visitors to Niagara state park.

A welcome squirrel for the morning visitors to Niagara state park.

It was a really pleasant Nov evening at Niagara. I stayed out for just about 2hrs, soaking in the sounds and sights. Wasnt interested in the Casino, thought about a nice restaurant dinner, but its too late for that already.

The same rushing water in daylight. So the saying goes, its night and day.

The same rushing water in daylight. So the saying goes, its night and day.

This is a low toursity time, just a few around at the falls and they seem to be a higher proportion of Asians that I have come across for a long time. Of course I am not comparing that to Chinatown in Vancouver where I was recently visited, but on this drive from Seattle and it all the places that we stopped, Niagara Falls feels very international to me.

Maid of the mist doing her rounds.

Maid of the mist doing her rounds.

At breakfast in the hotel dining, the feeling of “international” is with me once again. I have a feeling of being watched, and it seems like the other Asians wondered about me. It was kinda uncomfortable for me in a strange way… hmm…. especially for one that is not travelling with a fellow Asian partner.

Niagara by day is most spectacular.

Niagara by day is most spectacular.

With breakfast out of the way, a rejuvenated Doug will walk 3 miles with me this morning… nope, he wasnt aware thats what I had in mind 😉

Autumn at Niagara state park.

Autumn at Niagara state park.

This time we crossed the bridge to Goat Island where the more spectacular view of Niagara is to be had. And its so true. It is so neccessary to spend a few hours in the evening and another few hours in the morning to fully take in the experience of being at such a grand place.

Another view of Niagara and Toronto

Another view of Niagara and Toronto

I could very well stay another day on this trip… but Doug didnt think it worthwhile to spend another night in the $75 hotel… And I wanted to do some shopping before with arrive in Saratoga Springs, NY… distractions and commitments… so many people come to the Niagara for a day and left without total fulfilment… I felt a bit like that.

Yep, so we both got a few more pieces of appropriate office working attire at Niagara malls. That was some success. Then drove just 2 hours to Rochester for a $62 night in Best Western. Its just a place for the night, and the breakfast was okay. Next morning, made contact with several apartment leasing agents in Ballston Spa. We actually got to see 2 apartments before checking into Saratoga Springs Downtowner motel. Well yes, boutique hotel in great downtown location for $68… and we stayed 4 nights before moving into our newly lease apartment.

Sigh… we’ve come to the end of this driving cross country adventure. Time to get serious about making money to play again.

 

 

 

 

 

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