Niagara Falls & Run With the Rapids 5K

So let’s see, in the last few weekends, we’ve gone coast to coast with the Disney parks.  What’s next?  How about a trip to Niagara Falls?  And while I haven’t been good at updating my Life List, seeing Niagara Falls would knock off #36.

The trip to Niagara was a bit of a roundabout trip.  Jessica’s brother is in Cleveland and so we flew into Cleveland and drove to Niagara. When visiting Niagara, you can visit the Canadian side or the American side.  When we booked the hotel, we unknowingly booked a hotel on the Canadian side.  As in, we may have realized the hotel was in Canada, but it didn’t really sink in until right before the trip.  We were reassured that the Canadian side was the better side.  For viewing the Falls anyway.

Since we were visiting a new place, we decided to see if there were any local races in the area.  Fortunately for us, there was a 5K – on the American side.  Again, we didn’t really put all the pieces together until later.  On our way up, we stopped at packet pickup,  Which was just that, literally to pick up your packet.

We continued across the border to our hotel and walked down to the Falls.  Wow.  Just wow.  The sheer force of the water, the power, the majesty of the Falls is hard to describe.  The roaring water fills your senses.  We walked along from the American Falls to the Horseshoe Falls stopping every few feet to take a picture from a slightly different angle.  We were that in awe of what we were seeing.

So much water

So much water

At the visitor/welcome center there were gift shops, a restaurant, and several fast food places.  After looking at the options, we decided to purchase an adventure pack which would give us the opportunity to view the Falls and the surrounding area a few different ways.

Ooh, ahh

Ooh, ahh

After dinner we walked back down to the Falls to see them illuminated and to see the fireworks.

So pretty!!

So pretty!!

Saturday, we made our way back across the border to the 5K.  It was definitely a small, local race.  And due to construction it was more of a run through the streets with a small glimpse of the rapids, rather than Run With the Rapids as was indicated by its name.  Oh well.

I looked around at the very small field and told Jessica we were probably going to be last.  But that was no reason we shouldn’t give it our best!  And we did – Jessica PR’d!!  It helped we were really trying hard not to be last (which we weren’t – whew!).

Ready to go!!

Ready to go!!

After the race, there were hamburgers and hot dogs offered, as well as an array of juices and soda.  The after party was pretty awesome!

After party

After party

We got cleaned up and started the day over again.  First stop was the Hornblower cruise which took us really close to the Falls.  So amazing!!!  It was so loud!  And impressive!  It is hard to describe just how amazing the Falls were.

You will get wet!

You will get wet!

Next stop was the Journey Behind the Falls, where we got to see – the back side of water!!  The sun was out and we were able to see a rainbow.

Rainbow

Rainbow

Sunday, after packing up and checking out, we did the White Water Walk – they were category 6 rapids, which means they were seriously dangerous.  The waves were ridiculously large and fast-moving.

Along the white water walk

Along the white water walk

Our next stop was the Aerocar which took us across the whirlpool in a little gondola.

Our turn next

Our turn next

All in all, an amazing trip and I’m glad I can check off Niagara Falls from my Life List!

In the Aerocar!

In the Aerocar!

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2 Responses to Niagara Falls & Run With the Rapids 5K

  1. Jaime says:

    I would like to go to Niagara one day. Awesome photos!

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