We started the morning at Niagara Falls. It was the perfect halfway stop on our way home from Brett's. Normally, Doug likes to get on the road as early as possible, but I had really wanted to try The Maids of the Mist boat tour around the bottom of the falls. The last time we were there we only went out on the observation deck and then walked along the Niagara River by the American Falls. It was also 38 degrees that day, so we weren't going to try any boat trips.
Today was totally different as it was in the upper 70s and sunny by the time we got to the boat. We had left our hotel early enough to catch the first tour of the day at 9 and were very glad that we did as the line was extremely long by 10 a.m. Maids of the Mist was well worth the hype. We got a close up view of the falls with plenty of time to enjoy both the American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. We appreciated the blue ponchos they gave us as we definitely would have been soaked had we not worn them. It was hard to see at times because of the mist and the bright sun, but we had no complaints. It was an awesome experience and I would do it again if we went back.
We did take a little bit of time to walk along the trails and shop in the gift store. Even with all of the activity we were able to get back on the road by 10:15 a.m. which was several hours earlier than we had planned. With a seven hour travel time and light traffic around Cleveland we were home by 5:30 p.m. That gave us plenty of time to unpack the van, cook dinner, water the plants and mow the front lawn. Cam even got a game of Pay Day in with my Mom and badminton with me. There will still be laundry to do tomorrow and household chores to catch up on, but for now it was nice to be home and to see Cal. We had hoped to bring him home a "Silent Cal" shirt from the Coolidge homestead, but alas they did not have any. He seemed happy, however, with his Vermont State puzzle and maple sugar cotton candy.