Niagara Falls & some home cooking

Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
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Trip End Dec 17, 2008


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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Driving the main highways through the USA is an amazing experience. Every 4 minutes 100 trucks pass the other way and it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to overtake 100 trucks going our way.
Buffalo proved very disappointing with overpriced accommodation and very unfriendly people so we carried on to Niagara Falls where we stayed the night to hit the falls in the morning. Breathtaking! The falls are unbelievable even though most of the river is frozen at the moment the amount of water going through them is unreal. Thankfully the spray from them is not as powerful and widespread at the moment as it was a bloody cold windy day and the thought of getting soaked in frozen water did not appeal much to me.
The girls have not been doing much homework at the moment, but are getting very good at who sings this song on the radio. I am sure that counts for something somewhere in the NZ curriculum.
Driving however through up state New York, Vermont and New Hampshire is like driving through the English countryside, lots of little villages on rivers and cool little pubs and boutique stores everywhere although with all the woods around, the roads are in desperate need of maintenance as the tree roots are coming up through them. We spent two amazing nights in Lyndenbourough at Beth's (my Brother Paul's fiancée) parent's house, Barbara & Robbie Sim. It was fantastic. They took us to neat little villages and showed us through the Waldorf schools they both worked at. The girls enjoyed being outside running around with their dogs even though it was torrential rain (well at least it wasn't snow!) I even had two fantastic games of scrabble with Robbie both of which I won.
We then headed to Boston and went around Harvard, through Old town and new town and out to the ports but after being in the country and seclusion for the past two days the thought of staying in the city did not appeal so we took off to Cape Cod. We traveled the Old Kings highway out to Wellfleet and saw some beautiful old homes and beaches. It would be an amazing place to be in the summer. Wellfleet is apparently famous for its oysters so of course I had to sample. They were good but not as good as our Bluffs!!!!
Leaving the Cape our next stop was Newport, which reminded me of Riverton apart from the mansions which are out of this world. Some are open to the public to go through but most are still holiday homes for the old money of the USA!
We stayed with Mitch, Gill, Jude and Grace in Providence where we drank Amisfield Pinot Noir and had photos of Queenstown in our room! The girls loved being around kids again and had a great time. Next stop New York...
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