Day 43 July 22 part 2
Today was a big day for us, as our road trip became an international affair. We were crossing the border into Canada, via the Rainbow Bridge, to get a better look at Niagara Falls.
We were hoping we wouldn’t have any problems with customs, what with our space shuttle and our canine critters. Ends up it was all quite fast and simple.
The most complex question we were asked was, “How much beer do you have?” Uh…well, how much did we start with a couple days ago, and how much have we drunk (drinken? drank? dranked?). A short computation in my head, and I shouted….”Four. We have four beers.” At the exact same time, Mark shouted, “Twelve. We have twelve beers.” The guard waved us on through anyways.
The first thing we noticed about Canada, was how beautifully landscaped and how clean it was. Not only was it much nicer than the American side, but the Canadians also had a 2000% better view of Niagara Falls.
We were immediately smitten with Canada, and were wondering why more Americans don’t move there. We suspect it’s because Canadian immigration weeds out the weak by asking, “Can you withstand the long cold winters up here?”
The second thing we noticed about Canada, was how nice the Canadians are.
We asked a young parking attendant, where we could park the space shuttle. He gave us directions to the RV parking area, where we’d then catch the free shuttle back down to the Falls. He confirmed that, yes, we could take our dogs on the shuttle bus.
We parked where we were told, and walked to the shuttle bus stop. But when we tried to catch the shuttle bus, we were told that, most definitely, no, dogs were NOT allowed on the bus.
It was way too hot and humid to leave the dogs in the RV, so, we weren’t quite sure what to do. And then, out of the blue, a couple of guys who were working on the grounds crew, who had figured out what was going on with us and the dogs, came over, and offered to drive us down to the Falls in their work truck.
We were so grateful for their kindness! What nice guys! What nice Canadians!
After arriving in style in the Parks Department truck, we had a great time walking around with the pups. Niagara Falls, from the Canadian side, was spectacular!
To return to our RV, I waited at the Falls with the dogs, while Mark took the shuttle bus back to our RV. He then drove down and picked me up.
We completed the day with a beautiful drive to Niagara-On-The-Lake, where we dined and drank at The Irish Harp Restaurant. Our waiter was a young Irish guy, working in Canada for the summer. We tipped him well, because, as Mark pointed out, we must keep the Irish happy so that they keep producing Guinness.
And then we tucked in for the night, just down the road, at the Pine Ridge RV Park and Campground. Our first night in Canada!