Friday, August 16, 2013

An Exciting Road Trip...and a Wonderful Get-Together!

And we’re back...

Huh?

When did we ever leave, right? Well, we did. We were gone for two full days. I didn’t announce that we’ll be out of town because I don’t like to inform the world that our house is empty. I'd even scheduled blog posts to go live, so it could look like I was here.

Anyhoo... We impulsively decided to take an extended road trip. Spontaneity is fun, no? We took the ferry to Wolfe Island in Ontario early Wednesday morning and took another ferry from there over to Cape Vincent, NY. Once there, we started heading west along the perimeter of Lake Ontario. It was a beautiful, scenic drive, and we stopped to take pictures along the water, along country roads and in small towns. Some of them ghost towns.

Like this one:


I love discovering and exploring areas like this one.
We saw countless incredible things along the way, and when we stopped in Rochester for a break and some ice cream at a small shop, we struck up a wonderful conversation with the owner of the place. He had come to America from Italy with his family, he told us, when he was about four (he looked to be in his late 50s or early 60s) and had lived his whole life in Rochester. I asked him if he spoke Italian; he said he did, albeit it very basic. He had been to Canada, in Montreal, and traveled to Italy often because he had family there. He was so wonderfully friendly and down to earth, and the short visit with him was one of the highlights of our trip as we headed toward our final destination. This place:

One of the most spectacular waterfalls.
I don’t need to tell you that this is Niagara Falls, do I?

We arrived there late Wednesday, had a bite to eat, freshened up and hit the hay. There’d be more adventure the next day. Like exploring the area, visiting the falls, taking more and more pictures, and also visiting Niagara-on-the Lake, an area we’d never been to.

And in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we met up with one of my favourite bloggers:


Meeting Francie was one of the best things that happened on this mini vacation!
Francie! She is the author of a North End Journal, one of my favourite blogs. We had a wonderful visit, and she is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I can’t tell you all how exciting this visit was, and how much I looked forward to it. Thank you, Francie, for such a great time!

So we’re back home with wonderful memories and a gazillion photos to go through. There’s nothing like traveling from place to place. I could spend my life doing that. If only that lottery ticket would come in...

Make it a great weekend, everyone!

46 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you and Francie got together! That's a great photo of you both. And isn't Niagara-on-the-Lake a fabulous little place? We spent an afternoon there about 5 years ago and just loved how pretty and quaint it is.

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    1. Yes, Niagara-on-the-Lake was a really fabulous place. We spent a couple of hours exploring the area and taking pictures after our get-together with Francie. I'd never been there before, despite having visited Niagara Falls twice in the past. I didn't realize what a pretty place it was.

      It would have been great if our mini trip had occurred around the time you met up with Francie and Lois, and we all could have hooked up. One day, hopefully, we'll meet!

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  2. Ha ha! It was my pleasure to meet you and your absolutely wonderful husband!!! Nobody would ever be able to look at that picture and realize how much we talked, eh??? Ha ha! But it was great to be able to talk to someone about blogging and blogging tips as well as finally meet you!

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    1. I had a great time, Francie. You are such a nice person, and it was a pleasure meeting you. My husband felt the same way, and I think he really understands now why blogging is so special, and what amazing people we meet along the way.

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  3. I've always wanted to go to Niagra Falls. It looks so romantic.

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    1. It can be if you don't get caught up in the overly commercial side of it. There are quieter sections to it that are far nicer.

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  4. Sounds just wonderful Martha! You're so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. And you got to meet a fellow blogger!

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    1. It was so exciting to meet a fellow blogger. Last year I met up with Jane, and I'm so glad I did because she has since left the blogging world.

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  5. Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time!

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  6. Niagara-on-the-Lake was already on my bucket list and now Rochester is as well, Martha... hope that gentleman's ice cream shop will still be open :)

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    1. It's a nice place to visit, and I think you'll really like it. I would have loved to spend more time in Rochester because it seemed like such an interesting place, but we were pressed for time. Perhaps we'll take another road trip at one point and truly visit it.

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  7. I never announce vacations or mini breaks for the same reason. Glad you had a lovely time x

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  8. Spur of the moments are always the best trips from our experience. Looks like it was for you as well. Meeting Francie must have been a blast in 1/2 , aren't you the lucky one.
    This is all very cosmic, you know, I have an old friend who went to Niagara Falls last week and another transplant living in TO who discovered a beautiful Inn in Niagara on the Lake...something is telling me something!!

    Very clever and informative ~~ don't tell anyone where you are going ~~ you just never know what could happen at home!
    Welcome home!
    Ron

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    1. Meeting Francie was wonderful! She is not a figment of my imagination, after all; she truly exists...LOL...

      Yes, perhaps hints are coming your way to tell you that it's time to visit the Niagara area. And then head down to Kingston to meet me! That would be awesome!

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  9. Hi Martha! Looks like it was a wonderful 2 day trip. I haven't been to Niagara Falls in years and we have relatives in Rochester but haven't ever been there. It would have been so cool to see the little towns you drove through. Road trips are so enjoyable. Glad you had a great time and a wonderful visit with one of your blog friends.

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    1. Roads trips are a lot of fun. And I really enjoy driving through the little towns. It really gives you a feel for the locals. This trip was short, but we managed to squeeze in quite a bit of excitement into that time!

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  10. Yes, spur of the moment trips are the best! (You must not have a dog.)

    That ghost town is neat. I hope you took a lot of pictures there. A couple years ago, we visited a general store in North Carolina that was like a time capsule. The family left everything in it as it was when the owner... their grandfather... died in the early thirties. (And I didn't have a camera with me, doggone it.) If we ever go back, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be prepared to take pictures,

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    1. No, we don't have a dog. I thought of getting one when we moved her four years ago but decided against it. I don't think I could commit to the time a dog needs. I want to be able to come and go as I please, and can't see myself with that type of responsibility.

      That 'time capsule' sounds exciting! Too bad you didn't have a camera with you. It's always during those moments that we're without one! I hope you get a chance to visit again one day.

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  11. Loved visiting Niagara Falls. beautiful. What fun to meet a blog pal. I looked at her blog and will look some more! ;)

    Great looking little town. I like that kind of stuff too.

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    1. The highlight of the trip was meeting a blog pal that I really like. And seeing so many beautiful and interesting things along the way was so much fun.

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  12. Oh how wonderful to be able to get away like that. Looks like you had a great time.

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    1. We had the time and opportunity and decided it would be a shame not to take advantage of it!

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  13. That looks like fun trip, Martha. Even a couple of days away can feel like a real break.
    I have never seen the falls in person. If you ever decide to hop in the car and drive to Rhode Island, let me know!

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    1. Yes, even a couple of days feel like a real break. Just getting away from the house and not having any chores or responsibilities related to it makes a huge difference!

      I will definitely let you know if I'm ever on my way to Rhode Island. Thank you!

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  14. That sounds like a great trip! Francie sounds nice and I'll have to check out her blog. I would love to go to Niagra Falls it looks beautiful. I'm with you on not telling anyone you're gone until your back. I'm glad you had a great trip!

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    1. Thanks, Betty, it really was a nice trip. Short, but wonderful. Spontaneous getaways are usually the most exciting!

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  15. always fun to meet bloggy friends! My husband and girls were just up in Niagara as well! My husband grew up in Rochester, so they were up for a visit. So I've just seen those falls on the camera as well - ha!

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    1. If you ever get a chance to go, don't hesitate. It's a spectacular thing to see. Mother Nature is quite amazing!

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  16. That's great you had a wonderful time away.

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    1. Road trips are always fun. There are so many wonderful things to see along the way.

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  17. So good to 'get away'! Especially when it's spontaneous....we do this all the time. Makes the adventure for us!
    Great that you and Francie met and shared. Looked like fun!
    Been years since we were at the 'Falls'.....will never forget it!

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    1. It's always fun to get away even if it's just for a day or two. And even more exciting when it's spontaneous! I have no doubt that you three amigos get out and about like this all the time. Judging from all the adventures you share with photos on your blogs, 'the proof is in the pudding', as they say.:)

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  18. Beautiful place...It seems you've had a wonderful time... Maybe once you'll visit our city as well...

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    1. Viera, don't I wish? Visiting your place would be a dream come true!

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  19. I have never met another blogger. In fact, I don't even know any bloggers anywhere close to where I live. I wish I did, it would be fun!

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    1. It is a lot of fun. I met one for the first time last summer, and another one this summer. Hmmmm....I seem to be meeting one a year. At this rate, it'll take me years to get through all of you! :)

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  20. Always interesting to meet a bloggy friend in person -- I have just once and it was a very fun experience. :)

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    1. It certainly is interesting. This is the second time I'm doing this, and both times have been great!

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  21. OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!! You ladies are two of my favorite people on the net and seeing you together is amazing!!!!!!!

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    1. Ana, it was wonderful! How I wish I get a chance to meet you one day. That would be terrific. Hey, you just never know...anything's possible.

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  22. It's awesome that you got to meet Francie in person. I've been to Niagra Falls too, and it's spectacular. Great photos.

    Be well, Martha.
    xoRobyn

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    1. It was very awesome to meet a fellow blogger, and get to see Niagara Falls, too. You be well, too!

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