A Refresh and a Recharge at Presque Isle and Niagara Falls

Sometimes you just need to get away, even if it’s just for a couple of days. Recharging is important for everyone. As an author, I find it really helps to unplug – mostly – for a couple or three days minimum, to refresh and renew the creative spirit. This time, my wife and I and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law took a jaunt from Ohio to Canada. We visited Presque Isle from Erie, Pennsylvania and then spent a couple of days in beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario.

I’d never been up to Presque Isle but I had visited Niagara Falls 18 years or so ago when my son was young. We actually entered Canada back then through Soo Saint Marie and drove across Ontario through Sudbury and Toronto, ending our trip in Niagara Falls. It was a memorable vacation for me and a highlight of all my vacations past. My wife spent a few weeks in Toronto several years back but she never made the hour and a half or so trip down to the Falls. My sister-in-law had been to Soo Saint Marie, but no further and my brother-in-law had never even been Northeast. I knew they were all in for a treat. They weren’t sure what to expect.

Stacy and a Flock of SeagullsWe got into Erie late Thursday night. We spent the early morning hours on Friday out on Presque Isle. If you’ve never been and you’re close, go. It’s worth it to do the loop and step out of the car and explore here and there, all along the way. I got some great photos and, though I wasn’t exactly in author mode, I got some that may make for great cover images somewhere down the road…except for this one of my wife having a little fun with a flock of seagulls…and not the band.

Next stop was Niagara Falls, New York. We drove through some beautiful wine country on the way and looked forward to a great day and weekend ahead.

Minor bump in the road…

The hotel we booked on the New York side – not mentioning any names – was far below the 3.5-star rating it has online. It was old, run down and filthy; a non-starter. We didn’t even check in. We dug out our passports and headed into Canada. Excellent accommodations abound on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. We found something nice and fairly reasonably priced for the weekend, dropped our gear and headed out for food and a little fun. We saved seeing the Falls up close for Saturday morning.

Morning at Niagara Falls does not disappoint. The sun coming up over the Horseshoe Falls as seen through the spray mist is a sight to behold. Go! See it! Rest, relax and recharge. You’ll be glad you did.

Horseshoe Falls

P.S.: For those too afraid of boats/water to try the Hornblower ride into the mouth of the Horseshoe Falls (we had one of those in our party), I recommend The Journey Behind the Falls. It gets you up close and personal too.

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