Week 48 - Fun, Friends, Foreign and Falls - 07-15-2007
Hello from Niagara Falls,
We spent most of the week in Canada, then met our next door neighbors
from California, Ben and Sid, at Niagara Falls, NY. We spent three days
exploring the falls and playing pinochle into
the late nights. We had a great time catching up with them, and hope to
meet up with them again in Kentucky or somewhere else along the way.
Sorry we had so much fun that it delayed our newsletter.
1) Brockville Ontario: beautiful mural is hard to see since we shrunk
it. 2) Ellen finds a
place to jog among the poison ivy! 3) This lake freezes completely in
winter. 4) This changing booth was in the middle of nowhere.
1) Toronto, Canada; 2) Flamboro Family Campground, Ontario; 3) Hungry
birds outside our window;
4) Leonard and Dreda still working on a horse ranch after 47 years of
harness racing. We met them at the Flamboro campground. They spend the
Canada and winter in Florida. They showed us a news video of Leonard's
son Brent crashing in a harness race. Since Brent was owner, trainer
and driver, he could not complete in the next week's race. So Leonard,
a retired driver who still had his license, drove for Brent. Leonard
crashed in an identical fashion; it looked like an instant replay. Both are good drivers and did not cause the crashes.
1) & 2)Hank, Ann, and their visiting granddaughter Elisa, live in
Canada. They prepared a gourmet dinner for us and we spent the night in
We originally met them in
a Carrabelle, Florida, RV park. We had a wonderful time with them. We
had a hard time finding good wine in Canada until we got to Hank's
house. He has been making his own wine for 10 years.
1,2,3,4) Rainbow bridge where we spent 90 minutes trying to cross from
Canada to the U.S. We think it was extra crowded because it was the
morning the Today Show featured it as one of the Ten Most Beautiful
places in the USA.
We drove over and walked over since then and it wasn't quite as
crowded. View of Niagara Falls as we crossed.
The American Falls.
Niagara Falls consists of the American and Bridal Falls on the USA side
and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. On the average 700,000 gallons per
second go over all three. Our 12,500 gallon swim pool took 30 hours to
fill. In the same time, Niagara could fill over 6 million swim pools.
Can you see us on the boat? We are the ones wearing blue. Fireworks at
The American Falls on the left and the Bridal Veil falls on the right. You used to be able to walk under the Bridal Veil falls but the rock
ledge protecting you collapsed in 1904.
The Canadian Horseshoe falls as seen from the Maid of the Mist boat
Unlike some on the boat, we barely got wet!
Evening at the Falls
(The above is a photo taken by Pete off the movie screen of the IMAX
The American Falls at dusk. (Photo by Sid )
So far we have been doing the "outside" pieces of our USA picture
puzzle. Next week we will be going into the interior states.
Love, Pete and Ellen
Photos from Jul 2007