Water Water Everwhere (most going down, some up!)

Trip Start May 25, 2014
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Trip End Jul 09, 2014


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The Falls of Course!

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Friday, June 6, 2014

FRIDAY      Today we are going to Canada!    It was an early start today.  4.30 am alarm after a sleepless night. Anyway we made it and left on the subway which fortunately was just outside our hotel as we had our baggage. (Who doesn't?)  Only one level down, No 2 train to Penn 34th Station.  Penn is the railroad hub of NY. Diligently following Brendan we found the regional Amtrak terminal, where there was a Canada entry stand where our tickets and passports were checked.  We were on the right (Am)trak.  The Maple Leaf Service left at 7.15am.  Comfortable railway cars (photos) something like a plane but more legroom. Slide out tablè where we could computer to our hearts content!  Two power points available for each seat. There is a cafe car (we had the mandatory mid morning coffee and could go for a walk at anytime without fear of getting lost!)  At this stage we were heading north on the eastern side of the Hudson River, and plenty (if not similar) scenery to see. The ride is smooth and well cushioned (ie soft).  ETA is 4.15pm. We head north to Albany (up near Randy's Vermont -Rutland is "just" over the border) then west to Ontario.  A couple of spots we stopped at were Yonkers and Poughkeepsie, the latter being a reference point for me when I Map Googled for Patterson and Warwick.  Besides I was amused by the name!  The area reminded me of the Hawkesbury/Gosford area, with water and houses (some quite big) on the hills overlooking the river.  A few boatyards and marinas, jettys. Some barges.There was a man sitting in front who had an accent like "Turtleman" .  I thought that was only for TV!  I imagine he might have come from one of the more southern states.  Reached Albany by 10.05, the largest city so far since leaving the NY area.  At this point we crossed the Hudson River and started to head west.  We recognized the highway flyover from Google street view.   Utica New York state by 12 noon. I had maps working on the phone earlier on, but not now.  A mystery.  Must remember to buy a map for the Boston-Washington trip.  At Utica passed a freight train with 7 or 8 locos - how long was that train??  We were interested in the attractive little houses, some double storey, with what looked like weatherboard but I think they were like Hardieplank.  The next couple of stops were Rome (another freight but with only 3 locos, the freight cars being pretty high) and Syracuse.

 We crossed the bridge linking US and Canada about 5 pm, then had to get off and go thru customs check passports, entry docs which we had filled out on the train. The kids (quicker to type than Brendan and Roni each time) went thru first.  The usual questions - why?  how long when are you leaving etc etc. In her usual talkative manner Roni was chatting to the woman on the counter and she forgot to scan their passports.  We handed ours over, she saw the names and asked Are you with them?  Yep. Go right through.  (So there is another advantage in tagging after the kids.) The same thing happened with another Border Protection fellow who had another look at passports.  Off to the hotel. 

 The first cab driver thought that he could get our four large cases into the trunk (the boot for the uninformed) that also had an LPG tank but soon gave up.  The next was a station wagon that accommodated us all oK.  We booked in and then up to the 16th floor.  Brendan had us line up near the window which was curtained, and opened it with a dramatic flair.  I rarely use the word awesome, but the view was awesome!! What do you think?  Awesome?  Simply awesome!  Again we were reminded of Jehovahs power and majesty.
 
By this time it was around 6:30pm and still fairly light.  It was decided that we would do the Behind the Falls Tour, which took us down tunnels to "portals" or passages that brought us within 10m of the water thundering past our eyes. Dinner was a Viet restaurant - tasty food quite reasonable.  I bit on something hard and it was small stone!  Brendan told the owner and he was very apologetic, offered another entree.  By this time we had eaten the mains and were amply filled. He told us "no charge" - for the entree, not the stone!  Fireworks over the falls are on weekend nights at 10 pm, and were quite spectacular.

 Saturday am was the boat trip up to the face of the falls.  It was insane!  As you may know they give a poncho to wear, the mist and spray was just like heavy rain.  One is soaked from the knees down.  The kids had sense to wear flip flops.  Helen took a photo of Brendan and I from the soaked knees down - I even smiled for that one, it was was one of my better pics!  After breakfast at the Flying Saucer diner (Roni had researched all this!!) We headed off in different directions to wander the town and take a last look at the falls.  Parks are really nice, grass is green and lush, well watered from the mist. There info boards all over with stats on volumes of water over the falls, erosion studies on rocks etc, but Google it if you are interested. 

 Trip to Buffalo USA Airport via the border check again took about 40 mins.  Don't be jealous, but we have now been to the USA twice!   Flight to Boston due east just over an hour.  Arrived accommodation in Jamacia Plains (south of the city) around 6pm.  Healthy dinner prepared by the girls, smoked fish with raw vegies sour dough bread and dip.  That was good choice given the tasty breakfast at the diner, bacon, eggs, Texas fries and pan cakes.  The upside of that is that there has been a lot of walking in between meals.  So far I have seen no International Roast on the shelves, but here hoping.  Looking forward to the meeting tomorrow afternoon.  See you then.

 Our greetings to all
John and Helen and "the kids".
 
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Shirley on

Your comments are so descriptive john it's like being there

Glenn on

I hope you went to the Anchor bar in Buffalo? the home of Buffalo wings!!

Kelly on

Sounds (and looks) amazing! And yes I am jealous. :-)

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