Alec turned 24 at the end of April. Twenty-four. The big two, four. Holy crow, does time fly. It feels like he just turned 21. It feels like we just celebrated his 23rd birthday at our brand new apartment. We have had our first apartment for a year! And again, time flies.
Alec and I have enough stuff. We both have the kind of stuff that most young couples have in their first apartments. You know, the necessities. We've got hand me down dishes, thrifted kitchen gadgets, some sewing stuff, some work out stuff, plenty of tools, plenty of shoes and lots of clothes. We also have a cat who has an entire home-made "cat flat" to hang out on, and a Beta Fish with her own area, too. Did I mention we have two entire bookshelves? A coat rack, a kitchen-aid, and two TVs. So, like I said, we have enough stuff. Instead of buying more stuff, we decided to take a trip and see some of the world to celebrate his almost-a-quarter-century birthday. We packed up our bags, invited my brother and his girlfriend, ordered Alec's enhanced driver's license and headed to Niagara Falls, Canada.
"Traveling is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer."
I love this picture because Alec is squished between my brother and I. We are clearly a close family.
Alec had never been to Canada before. He has never even seen the Falls before and we only live two hours away from them! We sang songs in the car, ate some trail mix and took more snapchats than we needed to. Do you use snap chat? We love it.
It was kind of overcast while we were there. And by overcast I mean at one point we were fast-walking in the pouring rain with no hoods for 4 blocks to our hotel. The next day it was so foggy that you couldn't even see the person 20 feet ahead of you let alone the falls. Luckily, the fog rose after a few hours and a few cups of coffee, so by the time we got close to the Horseshoe falls it was as beautiful as could be.
We got to actually walk through a tunnel right behind the falls and peak out at the back of the waterfall. It was so beautiful and I'm glad we decided to do that part. There is something so humbling about standing next to such a massive piece of mother nature. I could just stand by and breathe in the fresh, misty air from the falls for hours and be happy. After we walked behind the falls we got pizza at a nice Italian restaurant, played mini-golf (a family tradition), and bought some Canadian fudge to take home. It was a refreshing little weekend trip.
Have you been to Niagra Falls before? What was your experience like? Is it still on your bucket list?