Pambling Roads~~New Hampshire to Niagara Falls
Pambling Roads ~~ New Hampshire to Niagara Falls
Our stay in New Hampshire was pleasant, rainy, but pleasant. My poor husband still hadn't seen any moose. We had been extremely exhausted and hadn't reached our target destination. Our first night was a Mount Whittier Motel in Ossipee. It was a great stay, wonderful employees, and an absolutely beautiful area.
We stayed at the Town and Country Inn Gorham, Shelburne NH for a few days. The hotel was a comfortable place to stay. The employees at the desk were nice, friendly, and answered all of our questions. We saw deer around the grounds. The restaurant's food was magnificent, the service...not so good, but the food was absolutely magnificent! Normally, we wouldn't go back to a restaurant because of the type of service we received, however, the food was so good we went back for breakfast and then dinner the next night.
Conway Public Library
What to see:
Lots of mountains, the White Mountains, Mount Washington, waterfalls, a moose tour, ride the Cog railway, and so much more.
White Mountain Museum Hummingbirds at White Mountain Visitor Center
A quick stop in Vermont where we stayed at the Best Western in Waterbury. The hotel was comfortable and very relaxing. The employees all seemed quite happy at their respective jobs. The pool was great and their hot tub was even better, helping to relax and unwind our sore muscles.
They had a restaurant on site and we couldn't have been more pleased. Good food, good service, and a server with a smile. Later that evening we went back to the bar for a few drinks.
If you can, try and stop by the Killington area, check out some of the local parks. There is more than enough to see and do, museums, covered bridges, hiking, etc.
A bit of a warning about Vermont drivers we encountered, perhaps they weren't having a good few days, but unfortunately; most of our drive through Vermont was dealing with rude drivers, pushy tailgaters, and very impatient people behind the wheel. Almost as bad as the Boston area...
NY and Niagara Falls
A NY Giants Fan...
So much to see and so much to do!
We stayed in Niagara Falls, NY for a handful of days at the Rodeway Inn. It's about 5 miles from the falls. It was perfect. The wind must have been blowing in the right direction because I could hear the falls for a while that first night.
Crossing the border was a little longer of a wait than New Brunswick, as we had expected, considering that it was Niagara Falls. We spent the first day on the Canadian side walking back and forth. (Parking is $20 for the day.) If you continue to walk past the falls near the park area, you can get closer to the Niagara River. There is more to see and an up-close look at portions of the lock and the original older section. We ate lunch and dinner on the Canadian side. We were warned that the prices were a bit high, but considering that it is a tourist area ... I personally didn't think the prices were any higher than any other tourist town.
The next two days we spent on the American side of the falls. (Parking is $10 for the day.) We purchased the Discovery Pass and at first we felt like it wasn't a good deal - we couldn't get good direction on how to implement the pre-purchased tickets. We looked everywhere to find the line for people who pre-purchased tickets. They don't have one. You have to wait in the same line as those people who haven't bought tickets. When we went to a kiosk to ask for help, they informed us that there was no waiting. There was a line and we did have to wait. Which is fine. Just let us know where we are supposed to wait. We didn't expect to get the royal treatment and skip ahead of everyone.
Regardless of that little quirk, and the confusion that went with it, the attractions were well worth the price of the Discovery Pass.
My illustrious words for our experience on the American side:
OMGoodness OMGoodness OMGoodness OMGoodness!
It was AWESOME!
The Cave of the Winds was an experience of a lifetime. The Hurricane Deck-OMGoodness! It has been several months since we have been there and I am still thrilled at the memory.
Other attractions that went with the pass was Maid of the Mist (the boat ride), Niagara: Legends of the Adventure (movie), Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Niagara Aquarium and the Niagara Trolley where you could listen to the drivers talk about their awesome town. Niagara Falls State Park was beautiful, well kept and the employees there were extremely tolerant of our questions. My husband and I both have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and we tend to ask a lot of questions. (Even worse, I am a why child)
The second night we had dinner (and drinks) at the Top of the Falls Restaurant. We were able to see the falls from our seat. The food was excellent, service was excellent, and the drink prices were extremely reasonable. The diners there were friendly and we chatted between tables. One family was from Scotland and another family seated at a table near us was from Wisconsin.
The fireworks over the falls ... the tightrope walker ... live music. It's all there. What an adventure! I would go back to visit in a heartbeat.
Tidbits we learned from our multiple questions to the park rangers/representatives and employees:
The park's tourism is slower in the winter.
The falls have frozen over.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were in charge of "dewatering" the falls.
Yes, after the galls were turned off, a body was found, among many other various things.
There have been two major rockslides on the American side.
There is an ice boom that helps to prevent massive jams.
The falls flow slower at night than during the day.
The large broken down steel boat in the river near the falls was intentionally grounded so they would not go over the falls. The boaters were rescued.
People have survived (barely) when accidentally going over the falls.
Yes, they allow boaters on the Niagara River.
There are large signs for boaters on the Niagara river that warn them not to go beyond a certain point because they/their motors will not be able to fight the force of the water.
Our last full day in Niagara Falls we took a road trip to Genesee County where my husband's ancestors were originally homesteaded. We drove around and actually found his grandfather's house in Basom, Batavia area and Ackerson Rd, named after his family.