Monday, February 21, 2011
Niagara Falls! Just a Little Recon Trip.
Having forgotten to bring along our passports, we stayed on the Canadian side for this visit.
It was a brisk -3 Celsius, so we bundled up and started out with a visit to The Butterfly Conservatory (indoors and warm!) to wait out the chillier morning hours and save the "standing-outside-for-long-periods-of-time" activity for later in the day - so that the sun could perhaps warm things up a fraction of a degree or two beforehand. The butterfly building was quite large and arranged over several levels - a sort of "Hanging Garden of Babylon" style arrangement, with paths winding up and through the tropical plants. A really pretty multi-level waterfall is visible from outside the entrance. There were a LOT of butterflies EVERYWHERE. Either we hit them at exactly the right time, or they're stocking a heck of a lot more chrysalises than they do in Durham.
So we were dripping wet in below-freezing temps with a stiff wind blowing. But you tell me if it was worth it (keeping in mind our little iPhone camera could not do it justice):
Another snowstorm was due to arrive that evening, so we headed home right after lunch, to change into dry clothes and thaw out again. Think we'll go again - but in the Spring or Summer! :-)
Ahhhh. Back home!