I knew it had to end but I’m still sad that vacation is over and it’s back to work tomorrow.  I’ve had 11 days off in a row and it’s been wonderful.

The last six days were spent in western New York ~ 3 days in Darien Lake, and 3 in Niagara Falls.  The weather was my ideal — 75-80 degrees most days, with beautiful sunshine and a cool breeze (admittedly the breeze was a bit cooler than desired at times…like our first day at the water park…).

Darien Lake was a lot of fun, especially considering we are “amusement park people”.  The girls and I went on all but one of the coasters; Ethan went on those that don’t go upside down, and David, well… somebody had to take pictures!  My favorite rides were Moto-Coaster and Moose on the Loose, fun and adorable, respectively.

Me on Moto-Coaster

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David on “Moose on the Loose”

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We enjoyed the water park, as well, watched a laser / fireworks show, and played plenty of skee ball.  It was all fun and relaxing!  The water park was interesting for me since I no longer own a bathing suit that fits my body post-mastectomy.  I thought about buying something with prostheses but, seriously, what’s the point?  For as often as I go swimming, it hardly seemed worth it.  In the end, I opted for shorts and tee shirt but I hadn’t really thought through the “wet tee shirt” part.  Not that there was anything to see, but it was a bit too clingy and made me just a wee bit self-conscious…

At any rate, we spent Thursday checking out the American side of Niagara Falls, including Maid of the Mist, Goat Island, and Luna Island. The Falls are just gorgeous, and I was glad to see the kids appreciate it as much as David and me.  We had dinner with friends at the Seneca Niagara Casino, where we were staying.  It was great to see them again (some of you may remember my trip back in April when the temps were about 40 degrees colder!).  Marina and I did some gambling after dinner and we ended the night up $1.37!

Maid of the Mist & Lower Gorge

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Friday we walked to Canada.  Don’t be too impressed as it was only about 1/2 mile from the hotel.  In general, this was quite a walking vacation (on average 5-7 miles a day).  While I had some pain from all the walking, it actually felt good to be so active.

Canada was also a lot of fun… we hit the Skylon Tower for a bird’s eye view of the Falls, perused the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, and played some mini-golf.  We lunched at the Hard Rock Cafe, did some shopping, and enjoyed the view from the other side.  Friday night was dinner at the hotel’s Asian restaurant, followed by a bit more of the slots for Marina and me.  We ended the weekend down $45.  Not too bad, I guess!

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge into Canada

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We finished up the weekend with the Niagara Aquarium (which we walked to!) before heading home.

Eating healthy on vacation was quite a challenge, but I did pretty well, I would say.  Thankfully, most places have some kind of vegetarian option, even if it is just a veggie burger.  I did partake in a few (two) buffalo wings from the Anchor Bar, home of the original Buffalo wings… the family was enjoying them and I didn’t want to feel left out!  In all, I only gained 1/2 pound while on vacation… thank God for all that walking!

The vacation was actually quite relaxing… not too rushed, time to read and just hang out, good times with friends and family…  I guess I won’t complain too much about going back to work tomorrow, since it’s work that allows us to go on these nice vacations!


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