Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Old Fort Niagara

Okay - I probably should have put this picture last since this is the line we were in coming back over the border from Canada. It probably took us about half an hour to get through customs - but we didn't complain. I mean - this is our line of defense so if we are a little inconvenienced that's not a big deal. I just thought you guys would like to see what we went through.

We did ride over and go to Niagara-on-the-Lake and rode through the town looking around - it really is a pretty little town - lots of beautiful flowers all around. We ate lunch at a nice little boutique hotel with a dining room. Was really good food, but VERY expensive - we split a sandwich that came with fries - Dan had water and I had a cup of coffee (which cost $3.25 for a single cup of coffee!!!!) and we spent $35.00. We didn't do anything else - we just got back in the car and headed back to the states. The group from Dowling Park was held up and didn't know when they would get to the town so we didn't meet up with them. We thought we would go back over and meet them for dinner tonight (they were going to a casino for dinner) but after the time it took to get through customs both ways we decided to stay at home - so I fixed dinner here (spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread). We'll see the group in Florida next week.

Before we went over to Canada we went to Old Fort Niagara -

this is the old light house at the fort - it really isn't that tall compared to some that we have on the Atlantic coast, but then I don't guess it had to be that tall.

This was taken inside the fort - they called the building that Dan is walking toward the "French Castle" - it was really pretty cool. I took quite a few pictures of the inside and I'll post this link at the end of the blog for tonight. If you look closely you will see a man in a red jacket - well, that's a man portraying a British soldier and he gave a demonstration of musket firing. Pretty neat.

We are all hooked up to the truck - Dan wants to get an early start in the morning - he is even going to set the alarm to make sure we get up. We'll grab a quick cup of coffee and hit the road - Dan wants to get as far south tomorrow as we can, so Thursday won't be such a hard ride. To tell the truth - it will be nice to get in some warmer weather - I don't think we packed the right clothes for this weather - the high today was only around 49 and the wind was blowing again - it was cold! I just brought my denim jacket and it just isn't made for this type of weather. Anyway - I'll be glad to get out of the cold and warm my toes again.

I really don't have that much else to report for today - tomorrow will be a day of riding in the truck - I'll try and take some pictures out the truck window - or when we stop for the pups to take a potty break. I have to say that this has been an interesting few months - I don't know what the next couple of months are going to hold for us - we have never been campground hosts and it will be an adventure I'm sure. I guess it is just going to be different - we will be "home" but we won't have a 'sticks and bricks' home. We'll just to wait and see how it goes - it will just be different, but it will be fine.

If I don't post tomorrow night it will because we are boondocking and just stopping to sleep - so don't worry - I'll get everyone caught up when we get to Georgia. You guys take care - oh! just wanted to let Dana and Cara know that I am still working on getting Dan's hair in a pony tail - I think it will look better.

Opps! I almost forgot to put the link in - here it is.

And here is a link to the pictures from Niagara.

You guys take care and I'll talk to you tomorrow (maybe!).


  1. Warmer weather...Try 102 when I got in my truck this afternoon! We want cooler weather..so bring some down with you...PLEASE!

  2. Well, I didn't mean THAT much warmer - I will settle for 60 - 65! Let's hope that we can bring cooler weather with us (notice I said COOLER!)

  3. Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of my favorite lakeside towns. For several years my family had our "Family Christmas" on the second weekend in December at Niagara-on-the-Lake -- weather often cold and occasionally snowy, but they have a GREAT Christmas parade with scores of units, including a steel band made up mostly of West Indians from Toronto, and three or four dog teams -- really fun.

    We had to give it up because people kept missing planes out of Buffalo because of long backups on the bridges caused by US Department of Homeland Security delays. . . Lately we have been going to the little town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, the county seat of Potter County, officially referred to as God's Country, in north-central PA.

    If you like a sweet desert wine, some of the best in the world -- called Ice Wine -- is made right around Niagara on the Lake --- the grapes have to be harvested after they have shriveled on the vine and at night when the temperature is below 22 degrees fahrenheit. It's a whole special wine technology, quite different from regular wine, which is quite good up there, also.

    We were never there for the summertime George Bernard Shaw festival, which is sort of the mainstay of NotL's major tourism.

    Travel safe back to Georgia and wave when you go by Washington, DC!

  4. I think I finally remembered my sign in info!

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