After our relaxing stop along the river, we were feeling rather hungry. Mark and Ben had seen advertisements for the Texas Roadhouse Grill , so we made our way there. Although the place was loaded with cars at about 3 in the afternoon, the overall experience there was not stellar. The fare was OK, but not outstanding.
After eating, I popped over toBJ’s, (which happened to be located in the same shopping area) and picked up some groceries that we needed from there. As an aside, they carry their store brand (Wellesley) red potato salad that is SO good! Of course I picked up a container of that!
Off we went……this time, headed for one of the wonders of the world…..
Yes, even though I have seen Niagara Falls so many times, it still remains a great wonder to me!
Just look at these little sparrows, hanging out just a few hundred feet from the falls! They were so complacent, I am surprised no one stepped on them! They were taking little dust baths and picking up tiny pebbles.
Looking across the Niagara Gorge, there is Canada! About midway down the picture is a ledge where many yellow raincoat clad people are overlooking the gorge.
And here is a boatload of folks riding up to get a closer look at the Falls. (and getting VERY wet in the process!)
As the boat cruised closer, everyone nearly disappeared in the mist.
After walking around the park awhile, Ben and I began to head back to the truck. I stopped to take a couple of pictures, and while I was stopped, a woman came over to me and gave me one free adult admission to the Cave of the Winds. After discovering it was handicapped accessible, I told Mark he and the kids should take the tour! Mark decided this sounded like fun, so he and the kids went over and got their yellow ponchos so they could descend.
I had NO idea what this excursion was like, but when they recited the events that transpired, I was nearly ready to get out and *kiss* the ground! Seems the tour begins with an elevator ride down 180′. Did I ever mention my claustrophobic tendencies? As Mark went into a full description of the adventure, I was so glad no one insisted I tag along…..I think I would rather have ridden the roller-coaster at the theme park earlier in the day!
As I was walking around a bit, I came across this statue with the beautiful arch in the background. The statue commemorates the Yugoslavic inventor, Nikola Tesla. The arch behind him is a re-creation of the original entrance to the first hydroelectric plant built in the world. (it was inauguarated in August of 1895.)
After I went back to the truck, Mark whistled and there he and the kids were….decked out in style in their lovely yellow frocks! As an aside, anyone taking the tour gets to keep not only the fancy yellow poncho, but also a pair of sandals!
Mark and the kids resurfaced at about 8:30 pm, and we began our journey back home. We stopped in a town north of Buffalo so I could run in and grab Mark a couple of steak burritos….a memory that takes him back about 25 years ago when he was attending University of Buffalo. Surprising that the business still remains!
We got home a little after midnight, and as you can see, we had *quite* the full day! Now, back to relaxing! (for real!)