After a wonderful week in the Adirondacks, Randy and I are ready to make our way out west….right after we see Niagara Falls.
On our way north, Randy remembered that he had to renew the registration on his truck, which is due in August, but we won’t be back in New York State until September, so we needed to make a detour to get this done. With the help of Google Maps, we found the Rochester DMV quickly…but when we got there, it was a mall not a government office. Apparently they move the DMV to different locations on different days… weird. The security guard gave us directions to the another location for that day and we headed to the opposite side of the city. Turns out this location only handles tickets on Thursdays and we had to go to the mobile unit up by Highland Hospital. After a lot of searching and wrong turns, we finally found it below the parks department building and took care of business. Our quick pit stop was now taking hours. I suggested that we stop at Wegman’s next to pick up food for lunch, but Randy said there wasn’t time…obviously he has never been to a Wegman’s.
We crossed the border to Canada and finally made it to Niagara Falls in the late afternoon. We rushed over to the Maid of the Mist to catch the last boat before closing time. The boat ride was pretty amazing. It passed the American Falls first which includes the Bridal Veil and then right into the middle of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. The powerful tug boat pulls in as close as possibles to the edge of the falls and stays there for several minutes while the mist falls all around you. You can’t see anything but the falling water and a rainbow with ends on either side of the boat. Luckily, we were given ponchos or not just our heads would have been soaked. It was a hot day so we dried off in no time.
On through Ontario we drove across farmland. We set up camp for the night at Turkey’s Point Recreation Area where Randy acted as camp defender against the army of raccoons. He claims it was just one…but I don’t know…