October 19th 2007 7:50 pm
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Sat Sept 8--Sun Sept 9 Day 1
It was quite warm and muggy as we left Philadelphia around 10 pm tonite. Clouds rolled in as we were driving up the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania turnpike and soon thereafter vivid lightning flashes lit the night sky. The lightning continued periodically throughout the night, and whenever it occurred,night was briefly transformed into day and the entire highway was visible as well as the surrounding countryside!
There was light rain as we crossed the Peace bridge from New York into Ontario,Canada but Dad had his rain gear and we were able to enjoy a 5-6 mile hike along the Niagara Parkway. We hiked along the Niagara River on down towards the Falls, and the rapids along the way were quite impressive! As Dad and I hiked past Niagara Falls, there was a fine spray in the air from the Falls. Later in the afternoon, we hiked the lower Niagara gorge below the Falls,descending a steep muddy trail and hiking among rocks and boulders as the lower Niagara river flowed swiftly by.
We spent our first night at the Niagara Falls KOA campground.
Monday Sept 10 Day 2
Dad drove our little Geo Metro over 500 miles today from Niagara Falls,Ontario to Sault St Marie,Ontario. Dad recently obtained a GPS unit for his car and it accurately guided him through the maze of highways surrounding Toronto (where we`ve gotten lost on past trips). We were soon past the metropolis of Toronto and headed down provincal highway 69 into the scenic Great Lakes area. There are numerous small to medium sized lakes here and jagged rock outcroppings thru which the highway passes.
Dad and I discovered a very nice hiking trail just off of highway 69 near the small town of Falding. It was really intended as an ATV trail but it connected several provincial parks and we hiked a few miles of it at mid-day. We hiked past a few small lakes and if we had had more time, a really long hike would have been possible.
It was partly sunny today with just a few light showers from time to time. Much cooler at days end though.
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