Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Canada, eh?

Cory is good luck out here in New York. He’s a member of the sports club here at NYCC. They held a raffle to raise money for their club events, and so Cory bought 20 raffle tickets. It turns out it might be the best $10 he ever spent. He won the grand prize – a 2 night stay at a hotel in Niagara Falls – complete with breakfast. So we took advantage of his winning and turned it into a Memorial Day weekend trip.

Having already been to Niagara Falls twice (this being our third time) we decided to be total tourists. Our hotel was on the Canadian side of the falls, just up the hill. (Seriously, it was within walking distance, which was very nice). There’s tons of stuff to do along this hill that leads down to the falls. Mini-golf, arcades, lots of food, museums, casinos, a ferris wheel and plenty of souvenir shops. We bought fun passes (good for 6 activities) and played all day long. (Beware: lots of vacation photos to follow!)

A dinosaur mini-golf course! So much fun!

The Ferris wheel we rode on - you can see both falls from the top - it's really amazing!

The views from the Ferris wheel.

Cory playing an arcade game. It was hilarious! He had a plastic sword and had to slash at the bag guys on the video screen - making sure his sword stayed within the sensors - kind of like a Wii. I was laughing so hard - he's so cute!

At the wax museum - Cory with Indiana Jones and Lara Croft - Sarah with Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner!!

Gorgeous tulips down near the falls.

I’ve wanted to go to Toronto ever since we moved out here … so we included Toronto into our trip (given that we were already halfway there). We got to go to the temple there (very pretty!), down the boardwalk along Lake Ontario, and to the Toronto Zoo. On Sunday it turned out to be stake conference for the entire country! It was being broadcast live from a stake center in Toronto, and so we got the privilege of hearing President Monson speak! It was really neat - he used to be a mission president in Toronto, so to hear his reminisce was special.

The Toronto temple.

Lake Ontario boardwalk. Very pretty - same blue color as the lakes by us.

Elephants at the zoo. Pretty big!

Tiger cubs (about 1 year old) playing at the zoo ... sooooo cute! I told Cory I wanted one but he thinks that would not be a good idea. Too bad!

Overall, we had an awesome time! It was fun to see Niagara Falls again (the power of all that water never ceases to amaze me!) and see some of the sites of Toronto. Of course, my favorite part was all the time I got to spend with Cory. We went to yummy restaurants together, watched the NBA finals, watched the Stanley Cup finals, slept in, and enjoyed being with each other. I have the best husband in the world, and I love him more than anything. It was great to spend some quality time together!! Best $10 he ever spent is right!!