Yesterday we took a trip to Niagara Falls with our boys. We were supposed to be going to pick up a car at another dealership to take back to Gord's work, but after stopping for 2 and a half hours at his work, it ended up that we no longer had to go. Unfortunately I had already told Gabe that we were going to see the big waterfall. We decided that we would go anyway since we were already prepared to go. So, off we went.
The drive wasn't too bad. The first half was a bit slow with traffic, but it picked up eventually. Then Zach, who had missed his morning nap and fallen asleep shortly after we got on the road, woke up VERY unhappy. Bawling child in car, we decided that we would take a slight detour and stop in at the Great Wolf Lodge to see what that was all about. Then had to stop for further directions after missing a turn that isn't marked (imagine). We stopped at a Tim Horton's, had a bathroom break, picked up some timbits and directions, and got back in the truck. Turns out being out of the truck for afew minutes and timbits made all things better for Zach.
I have to say that the Great Wolf Lodge is quite the place. Essentially a HUGE log cabin, they have rooms that will hold up to 8 guests, some having built in bunk beds, or a cool wolf den for kids. The lobby is setup with a nice big fireplace and places to sit. Apparently they have a bedtime story told every night in the lobby. There are anamatronic animals like wolves, moose, a bear, and even a tree. The tree, bear and a moose at the back end of the lobby will talk to you if you press the handprint buttons in front of them. Zach thought that was cool. Gabe took a bit to warm up to it, but once he did it was hard to get him to stop pushing the buttons. But the main feature is a huge indoor waterpark. Amazing. Waterslides of every shape and size, wading pools, and more. It was hard to pull Gabe away. Needless to say we think that we will try and arrange a trip there. However, it will be in the off season when prices are MUCH cheaper.
After spending an hour walking around checking things out, we got back into the truck and headed for the Falls. We drove past first which really didn't get the boys attention. They were busy watching Blues Clues. We choked on the cost of parking near the falls and decided to head back and see about finding cheaper parking. We went up Murray Street, and found a lot that was charging $5. Far better than the $20 they wanted down by the falls. We paid, parked, then pulled out the stroller and headed back down. As we started down the hill there were two thoughts running through my head. First, Gord don't let go of the stroller. Second, Oh My Goodness, I'm going to have to walk back up this hill!! For those of you who have not been to the Falls, some of the streets are VERY steep. Very easy to get down, not so much fun getting back up. Anyway, we got to the bottom and I didn't think about it again...atleast not until we were heading back.
The boys were quite taken with the Falls, and we even took the typical tourist pictures. We visited both the US and the Canadian viewpoints. Gabe thought it was raining, and just didn't seem to understand that it was the mist from the Falls. They loved watching the boats down at the bottom too. It didn't take long however for them to be ready to go. By that time it was already 6:30, and we still hadn't had anything to eat for supper. So, you guessed it, back up the darn hill. Gord took the stroller with Zach in it, and Gabe was walking with me. With every step I could feel my face getting hotter and hotter. (with any physical activity my face always looks like I have a horrible sunburn lol) But, we all made it to the top. At that point Gabe gave up and didn't want to walk anymore and got into the stroller. Maybe Gord will push us all up next time LOL. I think that will be one of my goals when I finally reach my goal weight. To walk up that hill without being winded.
Anyway, now that this blog entry has gone on way too long, I will finish quickly. Back in the car, find a place for dinner that won't cost an arm and leg or a days worth of points, not really that successful, eat, get back in car, drive home, put sleeping boys in bed, fall into bed ourselves. It was a good day. Nice to be able to spend some time doing something as a family. We don't get the opportunity for that very often.