A Trip to the Falls
The first off-day since the All-Star Break was spent taking in one of the Seven Wonders of the World…Niagara Falls.
I was joined on this adventure by pitchers Ryan Rowland-Smith, Chris Carpenter and Allen Webster, outfielders Jeremy Hazelbaker and Jackie Bradley Jr. and catcher Dan Butler.
The seven of us were graciously driven by our expert bus driver, Terry, to the American side of the falls (Terry didn’t want to drive across the border and I don’t blame him in the least!)
We walked to the edge of the falls, as close as we could get and took in the view.
We got off the boat and were pleasantly soaked, but not terribly as we had our very fashionable ponchos. Once off the boat, there was a walking trail up the side of the American Falls (Niagara Lite) that all of us needed to try to get a good view. Well, there wasn’t too much of a view as the spray from the rocks crushed every single person scaling the steps. I wish I had a picture, but the water intake was so much that I didn’t want to risk it.
Socks, shoes, shirt, really everything but pants soaked, we walked down river to the bridge to cross over to the Canadian side to get a better view of the falls and grab a bite to eat.
We got through the border pretty easily. Rowland-Smith, a citizen of Australia, was questioned about his work visa. The customs security guard asked for one particular piece of documentation, which was not in Ryan’s possession, but he did offer the trump card of his P-1 card and we were on our way.
After a quick bite to eat, five double-Bison burgers and two Buffalo Chicken sandwiches (myself and JBJ) later, we headed to the falls.
Crazy to think that each SECOND 75,000 gallons of water go over the falls. Simply remarkable.
After a couple hours of touring and taking in the sights and beautifully landscaped lawns/hedges, we needed to head back to the hotel.
All in all, the seven of us walked around seven miles up and back both banks (Chris Carpenter 0.8 extra as he left his knick-knacks at a Cold Stone Creamery and had to walk all the way back), shared lots of laughs and enjoyed seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Once back to the hotel, I took off my shoes to dry, slipped on another pair and headed for dinner. I needed to go to the Home of the Original Buffalo Wings, Anchor Bar. So, what else is new, I walked two miles there, enjoyed the famous wings, and walked back…if I was ever needing to get my walking in, that was the day to do it.
It was a great off day, the second to last one of the season (hard to believe).
Thanks for taking the tour! I would highly recommend seeing it in person and the photos, while decent, don’t do it justice. Just remember to wear sandals, or bring an extra pair of shoes and socks!!! A day later, my shoes are still a little wet.
Thanks for reading!