Saturday, September 27, 2008

~~4 Chicks go traveling~~

The journey begins in Bradley airport in Connecticut



As you can see, I was lucky to even find my family in this crowded, bustling place. To be fair it was late at night...and my family is coming from Arizona, Utah and Alaska...I guess people coming from normal places arrived earlier in the day.




Because we are PARTY GALS we went to bed as soon as we got back home. Hey I'm old and I tire easily.



The next day we threw some overnighters in the car and we headed to Niagra Falls! Along the journey we had to stop in Palmyra, New York. For the rest of the world...there is nothing in Palmyra...but for people of our faith it's a pretty cool place. We stopped at the Palmyra temple, visited the Joseph Smith house and got to spend some time in the sacred grove.




Thats my sis-in-law Joy, my mom, and my sis-in-law Jody. And where am I? Hiding behind the camera of course...Heck somebody has to take the pictures! Notice that gorgeous blue sky....we had the BEST weather the whole time!




We made it to Niagra Falls, the Canadian side, and checked into the Embassy Suites Hotel...it advertised as the closest to the Horse shoe falls. And they weren't lying! I know this is gonna be hard to believe...but this picture was taken by Jody through our hotel window. She is a semi-pro photographer...and any really awesome shots you see in these vacations posts are gonna be by her. We didn't think this would work through the glass but it turned out gorgeous!



After checking out the view we walked down to the falls. Now I try really hard not to walk anywhere....really I would be grateful if God had given me wheels on my feet. Because walking and me are not good friends. Look how far away the falls are from here! And for my old out of shape body...this was a WALK...and there were HILLS people! And where was I in this photo...I was across the street in the park trying to not pass out from exhaustion. I tried to steal a walker from this old dude, but his wife hit me with her purse.
I love it when my dear mom looks happy!





Jody kept climbing up on the wall to get the good shots....it's a LOOOONG way down and I was trying to figure out how I was gonna explain a missing wife to my brother! Ummmm bro...I lost your wife...I think she went fishing...Ya might want to try calling Canada.........



After we got done gawking at the pretty water spillage.....I tried to hire a couple of big burly guys to drag my sorry butt up the Mount-Everest-type hill...but I had to make it all the way on my own. Lets just say no "land speed records" were set that day. Tomorrow we were heading to the Butterfly Conservatory....didn't I tell you we were party gals!!!!!

39 comments:

Jan said...

How fun. I have always wanted to go there. Your mother is darling. You are party girls. I would love to go to a butterfly place too.

So much fun for all of you.

Heather said...

The pictures are amazing. I have always wanted to go and see the falls. Glad you didn't "lose" your sister-in-law!

gingela5 said...

That looks like fun! And it is beautiful! I'm a sucker for water falls and I guess this would be one of the biggest! Great pics!

Big Hair Envy said...

You gals are totally out of control! I hoped you saved some energy for the rest of your trip :)

Sorry about the old lady and the purse thing. You should have had your SIL distract her by taking her picture - then you could have grabbed the walker without being noticed!!! Bahahaha!

bj said...

omgosh...these are AMAZING photos...that water is a sight to behold. i know ya'll had the best time...thanks, nikki, for sharing..and your mom is so pretty and sweet looking!
love, bj

The Berry's Patch said...

Okay, where was I when you sent out the invites??? Looks like lots of fun. I would have found someone to carry you up Mount Everest, I guarantee it. Weather you approved of him/her or not. :-)

Charli and me said...

I love reading your posts :>) How nice to get away with the girls in your family like that. It looks like it was lots of fun. I love the pictures of the falls. I have seen them once and they are truly beautiful.

Sincerely Yours said...

HI Nikki! This brought back sooo many memories! That's where I honeymooned 28 years ago and sat in that same spot your fam was at!lol I remember a conservatory but don't remember butterflies! Yess the walking was hard even back then! Did you go up in that tower thing? My husband went out at the top at night and I freaked out cuz I couldn't see him in the dark and it was windy and I thought I was a widow after a week of marriage! Then I was acting suspicious/nervous at customs and couldn't keep my mouth shut!lol Thanks for the memories! - Sincerely Jeannette

jeanne said...

Nikki, your description of your trip is so funny and the pictures are just beautiful. Especially from the hotel window with the rainbow. We were at the falls a few years ago and they are stunning. Your mom smiling is so cute.

Hugs...Jeanne

French said...

Always stunning to look at the falls they are truly one of the 7 wonders in my mind~~Hope you had a blast! French;)

Brown-Eyes said...

Nikki...you and I are on the same wave length regarding exercise...yuk! My idea of exercise is a good, brisk sit! I hope to see and hear more...;-) Bo

Tracey said...

Well, I hope you were not too injured during the walker/purse incident...LOL...Beautiful pictures :)

Flowersnfelines said...

I've been to the falls - many years ago. I was on my honeymoon. I still have the memory of the beautiful falls - I got rid of the husband!!

Chris said...

Those pics are beautiful. I had the good fortune of going to the falls a couple years ago. We also went on the Canada side at night and the light show was awesome.

Justine said...

Wow, does that ever look spectacular!!!!!!!!! Can't believe I've never gone there myself.

Justine :o )

Picket said...

OH my word Nikki...these pics are amazing...I have never been there...thanks for the tour...loved seeing your mom smiling like that!...Girl don't be talking to no strange Burly men like that...they liable to take you off and sell you to some sure enough Burly man in the frozen Tundra as a mail order bride never to be heard from again! lol Can't wait to see more of the trip!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Doesn't it just warm your heart when you see your Mom smile..... and know you had a part in making her happy..... What wonderful memories the girls made with Mom...
Hugs
Linda
PS love the pictures of your babies.....

Southern Lady said...

Nikki, I enjoyed your tour of the falls. It was just like being there except I didn't have to walk to see it.

Your mom is so cute ... and it's wonderful that your sisters-in-law could come, too. I know you all have a lot of sweet memories of your time together.

Sincerely,

Janie

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Neabear said...

Have a great trip!! I have been there one time, in 1976. I managed to get a picture with a rainbow in it that time. Now be good and be careful who you talk to. You just never know. Looking forward to more awesome pictures.

beth at aunties said...

I am trying so darn hard not to be too envious of having your precious mom on a girl party, seeing areas MY dream vacation. My sweet mom would love to go with her girls yo Niagra Falls, H.C. and Palmyra.
Sweet Picket cracks me up with her comments as does your description of your whole trip:) Your mom did look happy and Miss Jody was mighty daring grabbing all those Great photos for us to see:) Did you go on Mistress of the Mist?
Thanks for sharing your charming attitude along with all the wonderful rich history.
Hugs, Beth

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I love the smile on your mom's face. How wonderful that you girls are making such wonderful memories. The beauty in your pictures is incredible!
Diane

Darlene said...

Those are fabulous pictures and you can absolutely tell your mom was having a ball!! I know y'all all had so much fun visiting and sight-seeing.

Michael said...

Glad you had such a great time. I love Niagara Falls as well...it's just such a happy place to visit.

Did you visit the flower clock? The last time we went, I built up the clock so much to everyone we were with and they were so annoyed at me when they finally saw it.

Marie said...

Looks like you party gals are having a great time. :o) I love the photos... I went to Niagra and I don't think I took a single photo! What is wrong with me?? (don't answer that)

Wendy said...
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Penny said...

The pics are great and it was fun to meet your mom and sis-in-law.

Hugs,
Penny

onlymehere said...

I love the rainbow in the picture! I'm too scared of heights to to climb up there like your SIL! This looks like a beautiful place and I sooooooo envy your trip to Palmyra! Someday I want to go. Sigh, I hope I live to see someday!

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Nikki you can always make me laugh! Party girls indeed! Your mum is a sweetie with the sweetest smile, I'll have to share my mum with you guys soon, she is 76 and the mom of eleven and still adopted one!!

Cant wait to see more of your vactaion, and you better have a pic of yourself somewhere in there!! lol!! (really no pressure)

Rue said...

Hi Nikki :)

It looks like you had a great time! Did they like the bathroom makeover?? Oh and nice try trying to make it into the bathroom beauty snappers!! Girl... take a pic! If I can do it in the overweight nightmare that I'm in at the moment you can too LOL

I sure wish Shelia would make an appearance...

hugs,
rue

bj said...

Talkin' about table settings...I showed you what we USUALLY eat with....PAPER PLATES, RED SOLO CUPS AND PAPER TOWELS !! heh heh...

niartist said...

YOU ARE IN THE FALLS!!?!?!?!!? Were in the falls!? How did I not know this!? That's where I live - well on the American Side. We could have a blogger meeting!

jeanne said...

Nikki, thanks for your comment on the scrap booking pages. Mu cousin will be pleased. Have a great day.

Hugs, Jeanne

Carolynn said...

I have never been to Niagra Falls. Your photos are wonderful and really capture the magnificence of them beautifully. Thanks for the hotel reference too. If ever I make it across to the other side of my spectacular country (I'm biased), I will definitely book a room there.

Whenever I see waterfalls, of any size, I'm always amazed at the endless supply of water. Where is it all coming from?!?

I admire your determination to get help from men of various ages along the way. Next time, try gasping and clutching at your heart. That might work. ;o)

Looking forward to the next installment.

Deb said...

Hi Nikki, or should I say Sheriff Larue. This truly brought back memories for me too. I saw the falls when I was 19, I was living in Buffalo New York, which you know is only a skip and a hop to the falls. I still remember the sprays of water hitting me in the face. It was a very memorable trip. I'm glad you ladies enjoyed it and the view from the hotel was spectacular. We just drove up, viewed the falls and drove back. I lived in Buffalo with my first husband. We lived there about two years and I loved loved loved it there, but we ended up coming back home. But that's a story to be buried.LOL!!!!!!!Deb

joelandbecca said...

Looks like you guys had fun! Such cute pictures. So jealous that you are so close to Palmyra! What a nice visit that must have been.

Heather Linford said...

This brings back some great memories for me.

I'm glad you had fun!

dana said...

I would have loved to have been able to take a terrific trip like that with my mom (she passed away almost 5 yrs. ago)---your mom's huge smile tells us how much fun she is having on the girls trip! I can't imagine having an amazing view like that from a motel window--wonderful. I think those hills look pretty darned tough to manage--BUT I can't believe you stooped so low as to try to swipe some poor soul's walker!!! Next time you'll know to pack one of your own! ;-) Wonderful photos---I've never seen Niagra Falls. It truly is a beautiful spot!!

Susie Q said...

I love it there! I loved seeing your photos...your Mom is lovely! I see where you get it from!

It was just a special trip and you made life long memories.

Love,
Sue

 

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