Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
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Where I stayed
Brookside Beach Campground, New York
The drive was really scenic and when we arrived at the falls we immediately saved ourselves $14 thanks to our breakfast hosts passing on to us their secret free parking area! We would tell you all where it is but we'd have to kill you! The sun came out at last and as we walked towards the falls you could see the spray and mist from the water shooting hundreds of feet into the air...as if making it's own clouds. Donning very fetching bright blue matching ponchos, we boarded the Maid of the Mist, the seemingly very small boat that sails right to the foot of the horseshoe falls. You get absolutely soaked; the wind, spray and noise from the falls likens standing on the boat to standing in the middle of a bad storm. It was really fun though and totally awesome to see the falls so close and from this angle.
We started to head out of Canada and back into the USA over the Rainbow Bridge in the hope of making it to a campsite on the edge of Lake Erie that afternoon. Alas, the best made plans and all that....customs were not best happy about 2 limeys driving an american car, that they apparently owned despite having no fixed address, driving across the border from Canada. After a 1 hour individual interrogation for each of us, they finally believed we were who we said we were and we eventually made it to a place to spend the night literally as the sun disappeared into the lake. Good job we had all those beers from the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto to keep us going...customs didn't find those did they?!