Cave of the Wind

From Daddy: Our next stop after old Fort Niagara was the Cave of the Winds.

2018 07 24 19.01.40 Cave of the Winds, July 24, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Panorama on the way out of Cave of the Winds, July 24, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

2018 07 24 19.00.54 Cave of the Winds, July 24, 2018, 7 p.m.

Just out of the Cave of the Winds it seems tranquil, July 24, 2018, 7 p.m.

On the U.S. side of Niagara Falls, it was a close and wet encounter with the falls! Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ERil_gWJ8 to see more!

We put on panchos and sandals:

Sandal Time at Cave of the Winds, July 24, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

Sandal Time at Cave of the Wind, July 24, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

But they didn’t fully protect those of us (the boy and me) who spent a lot of time close to the Falls:

2018 07 24 19.04.53 Cave of the Winds, July 24, 7:04 p.m.

The deck up from Cave of the Winds, July 24, 7:04 p.m.

Stairs up from Cave of the Winds, July 24, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Stairs up from Cave of the Wind, July 24, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

2018 07 24 19.16.55 Cave of the Wind, July 24, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Boy gets soak as wave after wave of water comes from the Falls at Cave of the Winds, July 24, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Today

With a friend on the first day of school, August 20, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

With a friend on the first day of school, August 20, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

First day of school! So exciting!


(Above are announcements and teacher introductions)

Yesterday

2018 08 19 09.34.25 Church - Lay-Led Service, August 19, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

Rehearsing the Lay-Led Service, August 19, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

He participated in the service at church led by lay-people.


(Service or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTzV_dKpvJM


(Rehearsals just before or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avqcYA88kLs

After service, rewarded by pizza from our recently re-opened favorite pizza spot, August 19, 2018

After service, rewarded by pizza from our recently re-opened favorite pizza spot, August 19, 2018

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Cave of the Wind

Beanie at Cave of the Wind, July 24, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Beanie at Cave of the Wind, July 24, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

From Daddy: Here’s video from Cave of the Wind on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. Highly recommended! Click below or https://youtu.be/7-ERil_gWJ8

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More Fort Niagara & Whirlpool

We saw a musketeer demonstrate his loud weapon at old Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

We saw a musketeer demonstrate his loud weapon at old Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

From Daddy: Here are more photos from old Fort Niagara

2018 07 24 17.17.51 Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

Beautiful Fort Niagara overlooking Lake Ontario, July 24, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

2018 07 24 17.19.56 Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Lake Ontario behind the boy at Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

2018 07 24 17.20.14 Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Attempt at a panorama photo of Lake Ontario at Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

2018 07 24 17.25.11 Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

View from tower at Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

2018 07 24 17.25.23 Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

View of the fort grounds of Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

2018 07 24 17.15.53 Fort Niagara sign, July 24, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Sign at Fort Niagara sign, July 24, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Afterward, we saw the whirlpool at Whirlpool State Park along the Niagara River.

2018 07 24 18.07.44 Whirlpool State Park, July 24, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

Whirlpool State Park at the Niagara River, July 24, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

2018 07 24 18.08.49 Whirlpool State Park, July 24, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

The whirlpool at Whirlpool State Park, July 24, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

The whirlpool at Whirlpool State Park, July 24, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

The whirlpool at Whirlpool State Park, July 24, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

Three Days Ago

While I’m driving, the boy and his friend are in the back of my car with their noses in their Nintendo Switch game consoles. He advised his friend on a certain method, saying, “Trust me: Your fingers will thank you.”

I stick my right index finger in the air. I say, “Is your finger going say, ‘Thank you!’ ” as I flex my finger.

I can practically hear him roll his eyes at my as he declares, “It’s personification!”

When did he learn that word? Hilarious.

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First Leg of the Trip

At Dulles, waiting for shuttle to hotel, July 31, 2018, 4:24 p.m.

At Dulles, waiting for shuttle to hotel, July 31, 2018, 4:24 p.m.

From Daddy: It’s hard to believe that less than two weeks ago, we landed at Dulles to begin our journey. We piled into a Super Shuttle van to take us to the Holiday Inn Gaitherburg (sufficiently nice hotel) though without much alternative we walked in some rain to Boston Market for dinner. We got a birthday pie for Goo-Goo’s birthday.

The next morning we boarded an early morning bus which delivered us to the Corning Museum of Glass about five hours later.

2018-07-24-12-31-28-corning-museum-of-glass.jpg, July 24, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

In front of a Fern Green Tower by Chihuly at the Corning Museum of Glass, July 24, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

2018 07 24 12.57.32 Fern Green Tower by Chihuly, July 24, 2018, 12:57 p.m.

Description of Fern Green Tower by Chihuly, July 24, 2018, 12:57 p.m.

We looked around and dined in their cafe. We didn’t see any of the shows, but sites like TripAdvisor highly recommend them. Still, the Rube Goldberg machine fascinated us. Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvA-VD2XWog to watch it.

We departed around 1:45 p.m. and made it to Old Fort Niagara State Park three hours later.

2018 07 24 16.59.14 Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Tall walls defend Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

2018 07 24 16.59.54 Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Boy and Daddy at the gate to Fort Niagara, July 24, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

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Still on East Coast Time

From Daddy: He tapped me awake around 4:20 a.m. this morning. I had drifted in and out of sleep for the recent while, hearing pages flip in his bedroom. “I’m sorry to wake you Daddy, but did I eat dinner last night?”

“No, you fell asleep before dinner was ready.”

“Oh, I was reading Garfield, and I realize it was all about food!”

On the plane at Dulles, August 1, 2018, 8:40 a.m. Eastern Time, aboard a 9:15 flight home

On the plane at Dulles, August 1, 2018, 8:40 a.m. Eastern Time, aboard a 9:15 flight home

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Happy 10th Birthday!

From Daddy: Today he kissed Mommy and me in turn and said, “Thank you for raising me for ten years.” Awwwwww.

In front of a Moai from Easter Island at the Museum of Natural History, July 31, 2018, 12:08 p.m.

Beanie and Daddy in front of a Moai from Easter Island at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History, July 31, 2018, 12:08 p.m.

He loved this planetarium show that we saw: Journey to the Stars

Dinner at Fogo de Chão for his birthday; we all loved it though it was pricey! July 31, 2018

Dinner at Fogo de Chão for his birthday; we all loved it though it was pricey! July 31, 2018

Dinner at Fogo de Chão? Yes!, July 31, 2018

Dinner at Fogo de Chão? Yes!, July 31, 2018

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Bus Tour Just Ended!

From Daddy:

Gift Shop, Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls in Canada, July 25, 2018, 10:27 a.m.

Gift Shop, Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls in Canada, July 25, 2018, 10:27 a.m.

Cruising the Thousand Islands, July 26, 2018

Cruising the Thousand Islands, July 26, 2018

Great dinner in Montreal, July 28, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

Great dinner in Montreal, July 28, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

In front of the New York Stock Exchange, July 29, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

In front of the New York Stock Exchange, July 29, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

In front of Federal Hall and that great statue of Washington, July 29, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

In front of Federal Hall and that great statue of Washington, July 29, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

From the Nintendo store in New York City, July 29, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

From the Nintendo store in New York City, July 29, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

On the way up to the One World Observatory, July 29, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

On the way up to the One World Observatory, July 29, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

Seeing forever at One World Observatory, July 29, 2018

Seeing forever at One World Observatory, July 29, 2018

On the USS Intrepid Museum, July 29, 2018, 1:59 p.m.

On the USS Intrepid Museum, July 29, 2018, 1:59 p.m.

Crowded in a space capsule in the USS Intrepid, July 29, 2018, 2:27 p.m.

Crowded in a space capsule in the USS Intrepid, July 29, 2018, 2:27 p.m.

Eating Dippin' Dots in front of the USS Intrepid, July 29, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

Eating Dippin’ Dots in front of the USS Intrepid, July 29, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

Near Lady Liberty, July 29, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

Near Lady Liberty, July 29, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

The fountain outside the Met Museum, July 29, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

The fountain outside the Met Museum, July 29, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Between two cousins, happy as a clam, July 30, 2018

Between two cousins, happy as a clam, July 30, 2018

Independence Hall, July 30, 2018

Independence Hall, July 30, 2018

Eating a Philly Cheesesteak for breakfast in Philadelphia, July 30, 2018

Eating a Philly Cheesesteak for breakfast in Philadelphia, July 30, 2018

The original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, July 30, 2018

The original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, July 30, 2018

The Washington Monument, July 30, 2018

The Washington Monument, July 30, 2018

The Capitol Building, July 30, 2018

The Capitol Building, July 30, 2018

The White House, July 30, 2018

The White House, July 30, 2018

A salute to the book and movie 'Wonder' at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, July 30, 2018

A salute to Wonder at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, July 30, 2018

At the Lincoln Memorial, July 30, 2018

At the Lincoln Memorial, July 30, 2018

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