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A double push pin kind of day
Road Trip
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We're all settled in to our comfy loft hotel room in Toronto now, after a full day of driving from Cedar Point, with a stop in Niagara Falls for some sightseeing.

We rode the Maid of the Mists, but I decided that I wasn't up to the stair-climbing that the Cave of Winds tour would involve. It was a very sunny day today, so the water coming from the falls felt wonderful. After we rode, we bought some ice cream and drinks, and just sat by the edge of the falls, watching the water flow by.

We ate dinner in the Skyline Tower on the Canada side of the falls. There is a revolving restaurant, so we had a wonderful view of the falls and the surrounding area while we ate. Each window also had a plaque on the sill with tidbits of information about the falls. The only fact that's stuck successfully in my head is that 90% of the water flows down Horseshoe Falls - the Canadian falls, and only 10% down the American falls.

Yesterday, we spent the better part of the day at Cedar Point. I would have enjoyed the park quite a bit more if I were at least 50 pounds lighter, and in better physical condition. As it was, I couldn't fit on one of the rides, and was worn out well before the park closed. We started our visit on the Raptor, then waited out a brief rainstorm before riding the Blue Streak (I had to step through - my hips were too wide for the seat). We ate lunch indoors, then I rode the Wicked Twister alone. Flar and I rode the Corkscrew together while the boys watched the Dragster, then we left the main part of the park for the neutral zone.

Between the ride park and the water park, there are PPR attractions. The boys raced in small go-karts, then the four of us played 18 holes of mini-golf. The sun was making it hot enough that I was pretty much exhausted by the time we finished that. Critter had developed a headache, and TIgger wanted to go swimming. So we headed out of the park. All said and done, we there about 7 hours. On our way out of the park, we played a race game against each other, and acquired a Grape Ape that thankfully fits in Flars trunk. Earlier in the day, I won Larry the Lobster for looking younger than my true age. We've decided to adopt him as our vacation mascot, so he'll be showing up in many of our vacation pictures.

After we left the park, we went swimming awhile at the hotel. It's a measure of how hot I got at the park, that I wasn't even fazed by the chilly pool water. We brought the Roxy speakers with us to the pool and listened to iPod music and splashed together till TIgger complained he couldn't feel his fingers anymore.

We ate dinner at a restaurant some distance away - The Garden restaurant in Clifton. A friend of Critter's from school is vacationing with her family, and was in Sandusky at the same time as we were. They were recommended this restaurant, so we all met there for dinner. Before food was served, we passed around the Bowling Dice; E's mom got a turkey before the food arrived.

Meanwhle, back at the house, Alaska was sweet enough to help with some last minute Fedex receiving and dog transportation. When I get home, I'll be transferring data to a new Treo and packaging up my old to ship back. Ouchie was at the vet the first night we were gone, undergoing observation after her treatment, and Alaska was kind enough to drive her to the kennel for us on Friday.

For our in-car entertainment, I've been reading Harry Potter aloud. Critter had first dibs on The Deathly Hallows, and then the plan was for me to read it aloud during our travels. The flaw in our plan was that Tigger has yet to read The Half-Blood Prince. So I am reading 6, then 7 in our travels. It helps that I have some way to contribute -- Flar and Critter are doing all of the driving and navigating for this trip.

Now time for me to catch up on LJ. I've been readed (unlocked posts only) on my phone, so it won't take as long as it might.

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