This morning, we left our hotel outside of Rochester and drove down I-90 towards Buffalo and Niagara Falls. We arrived on Goat Island around 8:30am, and visited the American side of the Falls. After getting soaked from an unexpected rain shower, recovering, and then snapping a few more pictures, we decided to head into Canada for lunch.
We crossed Rainbow Bridge, went through Canadian Customs, and headed up the Queen Elizabeth Way toward Toronto. We decided that going into the city was a bit too far of a trek, so we headed for Hamilton (a city in the “Golden Horseshoe” of over a half million people) and ended up stopping for lunch in Burlington, Ontario (a city of about 180,000) at a restaurant called Pepperwood. The restaurant was across the street from the Great Lake, and we had an excellent meal with a great view; that is, until a severe thunderstorm blew in off the lake and forced us to finish our meal inside.
Mom got fish and chips; I ordered a caesar salad and a half pizza with a five cheese garlic base, prosciutto, spy apple, red onion cheddar cheese, baby spinach, cheese curds, and a honey mustard sauce; and Dad ordered poutine–a dish originating from Quebec that consists of Yukon potatoes with sliced prime rib, gravy, and cheese curds on top.
After lunch, we headed back to the Canadian side of the river and had a different–and better–viewing angle of the Falls. We left Niagara Falls, headed back down the lake on the Canadian side, and reentered the U.S.A. at Buffalo.
From Buffalo, we headed west alongside Lake Erie through Erie, PA, down to Pittsburgh, and then to our hotel near Morgantown, WV. Tomorrow, we head back to North Carolina and close out our journey.
Two things to note:
- Our hotel room is enormous! It’s bigger than my apartment. I’m not actually kidding–I stepped it off, and it’s slightly bigger than our 4 bedroom, 2 bath apartment in Boone. Somehow, this was the cheapest hotel of the entire trip…probably because it’s in the middle of nowhere.
- Dad had some fun with some of the people at Niagara Falls.