2014 Sep 26 – Day 99 – Saratoga Springs, NY to Niagara Falls, ON

Today was a boring travel day.  Because we had a lot of distance to travel we picked up the I-90 cross-New York freeway just west of Saratoga Springs and drove virtually straight through to Niagara Falls – on the Canadian side (544 km).  We left our hotel at 10 am and arrived at our Niagara hotel at 6 pm.  We only made three brief pit stops.

I don’t like freeways really.  Too many cars, on too many lanes, driving too fast.  The road was not nearly as crowded as many we have been on (especially LA – nasty, nasty) except for near the bigger centers like Utica and Syracuse, but I still kept my head down most of the day and read my book.  Every once in awhile John would point out something of interest and I would look up, maybe take a photo and then read some more – good thing I was enjoying my book.  Another thing I don’t like about freeways is that their objective is to move as many cars as fast as possible on as straight a route as can be achieved; thus, rarely is there nice scenery like the side roads – plus New York is pretty flat.

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We traveled beside the Erie Canal much of the day and did get some breaks in the roadside trees to see the water a few times.  But other than that it was freeway and trees.

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IMG_1210We checked in to our hotel and walked a couple of blocks down the street to the Embassy Hotel and The Keg on the 9th floor to have dinner.

IMG_1211 IMG_1212 IMG_1213 IMG_1215The windows in The Keg show a lovely view of the falls.  With the cooler temperature as the sun went down there was a lot of mist but pretty cool nonetheless.  Tomorrow we will take the incline rail tram down to the falls level and walk around and we also plan to ride the exterior car to the top of the Skylon Tower – 99 stories.

IMG_1216 IMG_1219 IMG_1222 IMG_1223 IMG_1225 IMG_1227At 10 pm we were about to get ready for bed and the fireworks started.  I don’t know if they have the show every night or just once a week but we had a great view from our 6th floor balcony.  We will see if they do it again tomorrow night.

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