As it turns out, Niagara Falls is eight hours away. I don't know why we thought it was so close. As the bells struck midnight, we turned into pumpkins and became sooooo lethargic. There were no street lights or other cars on the two lane winding country road wee were on. It was so hard to see and we were sooooo tired. Suddenly red and white lights started flashing behind us and jolted us out of our stupor... We were getting pulled over!
The police officer was such a sweet man. Hey you two, he said, why are you out so late? We explained that we were trying to make it to Niagara and that we had left that evening. He explained that we were weaving all over the road and its a good thing he was the only other car! Then he tested our eyeballs to make sure we weren't influenced by anything but sleep and told us where we might find a coffee. While he was talking his radio went off to tell him that some lady was stealing people's money at a bar, so he had to go and he wished us well.
I am sooooooo thankful that that guy pulled us over because it gave us the last surge of adrenaline to get over the border and into our hotel! I don't know if we would have made it without him. We stayed at a doubletree and they gave us each a warm cookie when we checked in at 2:30 or 3 am. It was the very best.
We slept wonderfully on our air conditioned cloud and awoke excited to see the falls! As it turns out, Niagara Falls is a weird little tourist trap that looks like it tried to be Las Vegas but ended up being Buena park. There was a ripleys believe it or not, a margaritaville, a wax museum, and other weird things that there isn't much of a point in doing.
But the falls!! They were so beautiful. We walked over from our hotel (the concierge tried unsuccessfully to convince us we needed a bus, but being New Yorkers (!) we have no problem with walking a few blocks). We stood and looked at the falls for a long time. It was mesmerizing.
Sometimes my eyes focused on one but of water as it fell down down down and sometimes they focused on the whole picture. It was so cool.
After seeing the falls for an hour or two and eating some lunch, there wasn't much else we wanted to do in Buena Vegas so we hopped in old reliable and headed for home (but not before purchasing and consuming lots of sour soothers!)
On the way home we passed a cute little carnival in a parking lot and stopped to look (but not to ride!)
Okay my stop is next, gotta go!