Weekend on a whim

Friday the Wife saw that the weather this past weekend was going to be bootiful, so she suggested we go to Niagara Falls (Canada that is) and take the kids to Marineland. We took Maverick several years ago when he was younger but left Grasshopper behind (Grasshopper was maybe 4 at the time). We'd been wanting to go back with Grasshopper in tow, so yesterday, we did!

After church, we packed up a lunch, hopped in the car, and about 90 minutes later arrived at Marineland. We had to be careful what we did, as we were only planning on spending a few hours there, but we got to see all the big things. We went to the different animal areas and saw the beluga and killer whales, bears, elk, bison, and deer. We watched the sea lion/dolphin show. The boys really liked that one. The kids even got to ride one of the kiddie rides.

All in all it was a fun day. We'd walked around for about an hour and a half before we did the dolphin show, and I was surprised how beat I was! I didn't realize it until I sat down. But the 30 minute show was just what we needed to recharge and see the other things we wanted to catch before leaving.

The only real disappointment of the day was what they call Friendship Cove and Arctic Cove. Last time we were there, you could get in line to feed and touch a beluga or killer whale. You could still do that, but now it costs $8 Canadian to touch a beluga whale. I really wanted to give Grasshopper and the Wife a chance to do so, as last time Maverick and I got to touch the whales and the Wife took pictures. But being we had limited time and admission was already almost $40 each, we passed on it this time.

The boys still had a great time, however. I asked Grasshopper what his favorite part of the day was, and he said riding the kiddie ferris wheel with Dad. Isn't he a great suck up? I must also say both the Wife and I really like going to the Canadian side of the falls. The American side is a total run down dump and if it wasn't for the Casino, there wouldn't be anything in the city to go to. The Canadian side is kept up so nice, has great places to see, and is packed with people from all over the world. So my hat's off to my Canadian neighbors for keeping this attraction so awesome and beautiful.

The only damper on the day was that it took an extra hour to get home. The thruway was stop and go for quite a while. I'd like to complain, but the cause of the delay was a serious accident that resulted in a fatality, so it would be crass of me to be bent out of shape for the loss of an hour of my time.

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July filled with picnics, family, and fun.


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