February 21,22, 23, 2016
Enough about the RANT. I may have to search for a new camera soon. Water under the bridge. Here is Now and Here. A trip to Niagara Falls..
Kelly, Mathieu, Gavin and I got on one of those deep discounted groupon deals for a wonderful two nights three day stays at the Ramada Inn in Niagara Falls CA. Kelly and I have our passports and the boys are both under 15 so we were able to cross the border with birth certificates and a few nervous laughs. Yes, the boys thought we were goof balls at the border, but hey they let us in!!!
We were lucky to get checked in fairly quickly once we arrived and I got a room with a balcony!
Tons of fun elbowing with the stars. Can you guess who is whom?
A very sad looking Harrison Ford....
Some more awful camera shots.
On to the Horror characters.
|The crypt keeper.|
Best part was being able to stage ourselves with the characters. Pretty evident that we were not with the REAL identified stars, but it was great fun to pretend, Gavin really got into it.
Up next was a haunted house,,,,With all of these "cheezy " haunted houses scattered around the area, The Scream Queen's ourselves couldn't pass up a chance to get our hearts pumping just a little faster. Once we walked in however...it was clear Gavin wasn't even going to consider it. He immediately said...I'm NOT going in. Well, being a "good" mother I couldn't leave him standing on the streets of another country all alone, so I too opted out....at first.
Disappointed, but secretly relieved, I watched as Kelly and Mathiue began their journey, Moments later Mat was back with Kelly at his back encouraging him to go with her, Mat out..I was in....boy was I in and NEVER in my life had I been so SCARED!!!!
Most of these scary "fun" houses are filled with statue like creatures luring in the dark, perhaps a few strobe lights a scream or bang here and there....BUT NOT this one!!! NOPE!!! This gem was perhaps the most fearful because 99 percent of the attraction was in PITCH darkness. Little red lights scattered along the walk ways lead you in the right direction and that is it,
We began our nightmare...rushed as I had suddenly been thrown into the experience as any good friend would do to support her buddy whose haunted house buddy chickened out. Any extra time to think about it may have changed my mind. Mat explained that all he had heard was creepy voices chanting his name and he was done.
We walked up to the door and there in the light was a red button. No instructions, just a red push-able button....SO I PUSHED!!!! Lets get this thing started already!!!
Suddenly the door slammed shut and the darkness engulfed us. Let the fear begin.... giggles taunted us...and they were so creepy. I began walking forward searching in the dark for my next direction. Kelly had thrown her entire body up into my armpit and pretty much stayed there the entire time. Walk..hit a wall, back track...walk some more..hit a wall. all while eerie voices whisper in your ear and you are touched on your legs and back.
We were both pretty darn scared. The scare fact kept it up with growls, and continued taunting laughter. Our imagination had to be the biggest fear. I must have screamed thousands of time, before we finally hit what we both thought was the end. A lighted stairwell guided us to yet another dark entrance. At this point Kelly was out of her mind begging someone...anyone to let us out. She made panic attack claims and shouted. "You said you would let us out." No one came.... There was an emergency exit door to the right of us and darkness in front. Lets just do this and on we went for some more no longer welcomed fright.
Things got from scary to terrifying...at one point we had to crawl under and shimmy down a tunnel. I didn't think my fat arse would make it, but I never moved so fast in my life. Once out of the uncomfortable space onward we walked again banging into walls of darkness. Sometimes we couldn't even see the tiny red lights guiding the path, my eyes searched for any recognition in that blackness...nothing.
Kelly still nestled in my arm pit pulling at my arm. I walked forward. I hit a wall, I felt my way around all the corners and realized we were in a hallway...only way out had to be where we came in. Back tracking we ran into yet another wall. Again I walked towards the other end. There had to be an exit somewhere...we got in here didn't we? Realizing rather quickly there was NO out....the walls started to close in. No not in my head....FOR REAL!!!!!This time I moved from one end to the other more quickly....back and fourth I went Kelly at my hip.
Movies where they think they are in a fun house when they really are at the hands of an evil killer emerge from mind. The characters smooched to death!!! I find myself huddled as close to one end as I can, thinking well at least the boys know where in here and when we never come out...they can tell someone....or not! OMG!!!! Were going to die in here. Screams of real terror echo from my throat!!!
Then suddenly we are Free'd. A door opens and out I ran. Around the corner a car comes at us. I don't even blink at that. I do a quick dodge and run out the door. WOW!!! Still shaking I glance at the screen shot of my terror ridden face. (These are often shown on the Jimmy Kimball show.) We grab the kids and bustle out the door to the lighted streets.....NOPE I'm not going to look back!
If your looking for some REAL terror!!! I highly recommend. If you have a heart condition well then maybe you want to stay away. WOW!!!
Here is a link.
|Taken from the internet.|
A little less frighting fun was there for us outside, and just like when I was a kid and just finished watching a horror flick..I needed some comedy to shake the heebegeebees. We had tickets to Ripley's moving theater,,,Great idea!
This experience was like many of the Universal rides. You sit in movable seats and watch a film in 3-D while water, smells, and wind rushes at you. We watched two films; one with snowmen sledding down a mountain and one with four wheeling barn yard animals. Both were cute and fun. No more scares!!! But I swear I have PTSD as a result.
There was more fun outside,...and up the street. We didn't go into this upside down house, but it sure looks like fun.
As part of the groupon package we got vouchers to local restaurants. One voucher was for The Keg restaurant.
I am not a fine dining fancy type. Although I do eat out a lot and yes I have had my share of "fine dining"...BUT NO I would not pick one as my last meal. (I am truly a burger and fries kind of gal.) but this was proving to be exciting and a treat we had not expected. The Keg; located in the Embassy Suits adjacent to the Fallsview Casino and Resort. (Yes I have stayed and played there...Mark and I stayed back in 2005 the first winter it was open. We had a luxury hotel room with a Jacuzzi over looking the falls. AMAZING!!! )
Back to this trip.....The Keg...yes. Parking at places like this is ALWAYS an issue and I was excited to hear that we could get valet parking for FREE!!! We were totally beginning to feel like the rich and famous.
BAM!!!! this was our view while we ate!!!!
Kelly started her meal with escargot. Yeah...ah NO!!!!
Instead I had as close to a burger and fries as I could get....and let me just say Phazzzz! to the burgers tonight. This steak and twice baked potato was AMAZING!
With my voucher, my American money (Something like 40% on the Canadian). My meal and my son's was FREE!!!
It was such a WONDERFUL evening. Kelly stayed in my room while the boys stayed in her's for an evening of fun. Kelly and I had shots of Fireballs. (Which was recalled in Canada....I did not know this..Opps At least we were told this by the bar tender the next day.)
Let me just say,,,,I had my taste and I do not need more.
Niagara Falls CANADA DAY 2:
The following day we met up for breakfast at IHOP which was located in the hotel (The Ramada) that we stayed in and we had another voucher (This time it was for $15-) Still a pretty good deal. At least we thought it was....It would have been in the States...BUT NOT HERE!!!
Still struggling with the Breakfast SHOCK we headed off back to Clifton Hill area for some more FUN!
We found a parking area close to these prehistoric creatures....aggah!!!
We then headed to a games location and the boys took advantage of the fun.
Game tokens exhausted, the boys did a little glow golf. (Can't see the glow in these pictures, but it was pretty cool.)
I found this from my old photos. Gavin and Lexi in this same chair 2005
My poor attempt at a selfie. Kelly's upload was so much better. Maybe I should take a class. Somehow I look like a chipmunk.
Object here was to hit the target. Many balls hit one another....and the innocent moms watching from behind the protective gate...
It was already mid-day and everyone was feeling a rest was needed and some food. But first up was a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel. Kelly and I watched from below while Gavin had control of the camera up above.
Gavin's shots from above.
Hard Rock???? Decisions Decisions.
We choose Hard Rock. We sat at the bar.
French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. REALLY!!!
After lunch we did a bit more walking around the area and decided we all needed a rest. We headed back to the hotel did some swimming and chilling out before heading to the Skylon Tower for a view of the city from the tippy top! This was about when my good old camera died and NO I forgot to bring the charger....