Last Sunday, we headed out late at night to start our first part of our vacation. This year we got the opportunity to go to Niagara Falls, to meet a bunch of families we had come to know via the internet; families who also have a child that is affected by hydrocephalus. Our trip would take 17 hours, so we decided to make a week long family vacation out of it. Sunday we decided we would drive through the night, and see how far we could get Monday before we stopped. I drove through the night and we made it as far as Toledo, OH on Monday. We did, however make a surprise pit stop at our friends, Kristen and Mike's before stopping at the motel. The kids traveled exceptionally well and we stayed in a nice hotel with a pool and let the kids swim for the evening. By 8 pm though everyone was tired and we went to bed early to start our next day.
Tuesday we decided to drive up through Detroit and then through Canada to get to Niagara Falls. Once we got to Canada, we decided to take the scenic route for a bit and drove along the shore of Lake Erie. We stopped for lunch along the Lake and to hike around a bit and explore.
After taking the scenic route for a bit, Steve (aka speed racer) decided the interstate was more his style. So we traveled the rest of the way via the canadian interstate. Their were signed posted everywhere that stated the speed limit was 100 kilometers/hour, but no one seemed to be obeying this law. Steve is never one to dawdle or be passed in traffic and he kept up well with the rest of the people. Good thing I slept during this portion of the trip. I woke up to this :
We crossed the border again into the United States and began looking for a hotel. We had been "winging-it" as far as hotels went, but a hotel was hard to come by that evening. We ended up staying about 15 minutes out of Niagara Falls. We knew Wednesday was going to be a big day for us, as we would be meeting everyone in our group, so we just lets the kids swim and called it a night.