left Ottawa on Feb. 11th on our vacation,
driving to Niagara Falls, Ontario the first night.
We left early in the morning around 6:45am so that
we would get into Niagara falls early in the day
to see the falls and spend a little time at the casino.
Roads were excellent and once
we got past Toronto, the traffic was fine, with one
were on the Queen Elizabeth Way, just SW of Toronto
in the middle lane passing a tractor trailer on the
right. As we pulled along side the rear wheels of
the tractor, one of the tires on the tractor, literally
exploded within 3 feet of the passenger side of our
car. It is like a bomb going off, the sound is so
loud and there was rubber from the tire flying everywhere.
Fortunately for us, the rubber went behind us and
missed our car completely. Carol was freaked out
and I have to admit it shook me a bit as well. What
a surprise start to our first day driving to California.
stayed at a Hampton inn north of the falls and after
checking in went down to the Niagara Falls casino.
This is a really great hotel and casino and is designed
to compete with the American Seneca casino across
the river in Niagara Falls , New York. Great entrance,
lots of shops and very elegant restaurants as well
as coffee shops.
a walk down to the falls to see the Canadian and
American Falls during the winter. The falls are always
spectacular, but even more so in the winter with
all of the ice, the mist and the permanent rainbow
shown below. Behind the rainbow you can just make
out the American side of the falls, and the picture
on the left shows the mist rising up over the Canadian
side of the falls.!
was a clear cold day when we took these pictures
and the mist rising up from the falls freezes on
everything it touches. The ice on the railing is
at least 2 inches thick. The power and the amount
of water going over the falls is amazing and the
pictures really do not do justice to the majestic
stayed in Niagara Falls for one night and then crossed
over into New York state the next morning. Another
great day with lots of sunshine. There was no line
up at the border and after a few questions we were
on our way south west towards Tunica Mississippi,
which will be our first major stop. On the way we
will stay one night at the Belterra Casino Hotel
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