We got our start later in the day than expected because of some of Ryan's work but all was alright and we did finally arrive at our destination around 2 am.
This was a great trip for all of us. And actually did not cost us very much considering what we would have HAD to pay if we made different choices.
Our first money saver? Staying at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Talking to reception it is one of the best kept secrets of the area. A lot of people have never heard of this teeny, tiny base. They really don't have much, but the lodging is quite nice. For a room with 2 queen beds, tv, dvd player, mini fridge, and 3/4 bathroom we paid less than $40 a night. The fitness room was literally across the hall from us. Free laundry just down the hall. Oh, and did I mention, this sweet little place was a mere 15 minute EASY drive to the park? Definitely a score for us!
Out next big money saver? Packing our own food. We brought stuff for breakfast and lunches as well as snacks so we wouldn't waste money on the little park foods. We made some minor mishaps not packing EVERYTHING but that was easily remedied at a local WalMart. Again, saving us the cost of paying for small treats for 3 times their actual cost. We made the decision to eat out for dinner though, that was our splurge.
Our final big money saver? We drove Ryan's car instead of the van. Better gas mileage. Yes, the van would have been roomier and probably more comfortable but I'm happy we took Ryan's car. It was also less likely to have issues on the drive.
So, about the parks: FUN!
|View from the Observation Tower of American Falls with Canadian side of Horseshoe Falls in the distance|
|American Side of Horseshoe Falls|
|American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls|
Overall it was a great start to our weekend!