After 1700 miles and six states in six days, we are finally home and ready to post some pictures from our family vacation. The main goal of the trip was to visit Amy's grandparents in upstate New York - a 13-hour drive from our home in Kentucky. So, to break the trip up, we went to Niagara Falls on the way north and Washington, DC, on the way back. We ordered passport cards for the kids so we could go into Canada, but the State Department demanded additional documentation to prove that our kids were US citizens, so the cards did not come in time. (Discrimination!) Anyway, here is part one of our vacation, Niagara Falls:
The kids thought it was pretty cool that you had to cross a skywalk across the interstate at this New York rest area.
Approaching our first destination - Niagara Falls, NY
The kids wanted to pose with Lady Liberty.
An up-close view of the American Falls
The American Falls in the foreground, and the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls in the background
River flowing to the Bridal Veil Falls
The Bridal Veil Falls from above
Walking down to the Horseshoe Falls
Standing near the edge of the Horseshoe Falls
The river rolling over the Horseshoe Falls
Looking back over at Canada
The moon rising over the Niagara River - time for a tired family that drove 10 hours to get some sleep
Greeted by a rainbow in the mist on a beautiful, but warm morning
You are gonna see a lot of pictures of our kids squinting in these posts - the sun really gets to their eyes.
We rode the elevator 200 feet down from the Observation Deck for a ride on the Maid of the Mist.
Poncho'd up and ready to sail
Ready to board
The Rainbow Bridge into Canada
The girls were excited to feel the mist from the falls.
Sailing past the American Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is on the right.
Wet but happy
The Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls
Even wetter, but still happy
Dad and Mom
Passing back by the American Falls
Essie said, "I really liked that."
Dad and kids on the Observation Deck
Portrait of Mom & Dad, courtesy of Chloe
One last look at the falls before heading on
Ready to climb back in the van for more vacation fun