Friday, December 21, 2012

Niagara Falls USA in Winter - our road trip

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Travelling in Winter is proving to be a little challenging.
Chain Motels seem to be the only thing open.
I try about three towns, and we drive on til dark.
We get stuck at Days Inn.
I haggle price - of course and get $15 off the best rate.
But the good thing is it does include a breakfast.
The walls are thin, there is mould on the rim.
But the worst is the traffic noise.
The trucks are flying past all night.
We stuff pillows on the windows.
It is freezing cold.
I have had little sleep and come out in not the best of moods.
And then, I see a completely disfigured guy cleaning the ice off my car windows for me.
My whole attitude changed, and I felt blessed.

We wander through the hills and see quite a bit of snow.
Here is a lovely barn.  
I am going to miss Pennsylvania as we head to New York State.

We have a massive argument about home-schooling.
Minecraft is the latest addiction and he can play it on my phone.
Normally we do spelling words as I drive.
I find today is a day I would like a man's influence on my son.
We arrive at Niagara Falls.
Most stuff is shut for the Season.
No Maid of the Mist boat - we had googled and not found this.
Most shops are shut.
No-where to go to the toilet.
I am really flat again.
We wander around the park. 
This is designed by the same guy who designed Central Park, and it is nice.
We head for Goats Island, and I decide to make Niagara Falls the education for the day.
My son feeds his chicken lunch to the squirrels.  
Hmmmm - soon I will have a hungry son.

We only want to go on the USA side, 
as I have met several people who stated the Border Crossing here can be painful.  
I don't want drama as a single Mum.
One person I met had their child taken to another room to be interviewed.
Not worth it I decide.
We enjoy the view, and the wander around Goat Island.
The good thing is the observation area is free.

We walk to a few spots to change vantage spots.
The spray is amazing, and we get to see a rainbow.

We then go for a walk, and this is a great de-stress.
My son has never made dandelion wishes, so this is fun.

We then learn about currents in the water.
We throw sticks.
We talk about where the water comes from, and read the maps.
We also have been doing the compass as part of our studies.
Really, this was more fun than even seeing the falls.
Our bond in play learning is great today!

We talk about the force of the water, and spend maybe 3 hours in this park.
Unfortunately no-one told us about the night lights, 
so we then leave and drive through Buffalo.
That night I hear about them and are quite cranky.
I felt Niagara Falls was very commercial and a bit run-down.
But we made our own fun.

We drive along the lakes.
I have a bee in my bonnet that I refuse to stay in a mainstream Motel again.
Unfortunately, we have had a run of less than clean ones we have seen.
Usually run by Indians.
I almost walk out as soon as I smell the incense, or the curry.
However, we have found 1 clean Indian run Motel previously,
so we can't discount them all.
So we check out a few quaint ones, as well as find a few lighthouses.

I am loving the whole lake and lighthouse themes.

We end up staying the night at Dunkirk.
We have a really bad run of terrible Motels.
So we get stuck at Super 8.
Grrrr - I am so over the lack of individual style in where we spend the nights.
It is really wrecking our trip.
They are overpriced, and boring!
I am however thankful for the sleep.


  1. Awesome pic and journey, I also visited Niagara Falls last year from Canadian side. It was most memorable trip for us, falling views of Horseshoe waterfall was really magical moments for us, apart from this Niagara falls hotel services also provide us comfortable accommodation services.

  2. It seems like you had sheer fun throughout your trip. I must say Niagara Falls is a marvel creation of Mother Nature. Despite transforming from a city with just the waterfalls to the today's modern city with skyscrapers, splendid Niagara Falls hotels, multi-cuisine restaurants it still has its charm that attracts millions every year.

  3. Yes Niagra is really awesome. I think I would love to revisit in summer when it is in full glory. I never researched going there etc so I guess I never knew all of the good until after we left. Sometimes it is hard to research all to see on the road. But I DO know for next time and hope there is one - thanks Moin and Dan :)


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