Somewhat unplanned, we ended up having a very productive day today, getting our outdoor toys procured and set up.
This afternoon I took off from work just a little early and we embarked on the Maid of the Mist boat ride into Niagara Falls. The boat goes past American Falls and then spends about 5 minutes in Horseshoe falls before returning to the dock. It was really neat to be so close to the falls. I think everyone but Lucia and Rose would put it in the top 10 experiences of our trip.
Acadia National Park has a cool carriage road system that runs throughout the park. They are used by horse-drawn carriages, horses, bikes, and pedestrians. Today we went for a short walk on one of the trails to a couple of beautiful bridges. The carriage roads were really nice and it was a beautiful walk.
This afternoon we got out to explore the Ethan Allen Homestead, which is just a mile from our campground. There is a possibility that I am related to Ethan Allen on my dad’s side. He would be my great^6 uncle, or something of the sort.
After walking around his homestead we went to a regional park that houses the Ethan Allen Tower. The park used to be his farmland and the tower is on top of one of the highest points in the city. The tower was closed still, for the season, but it was pretty and the view even from the base was good.
Finally, while out running errands at night, we had one of the most beautiful sunsets we have seen, over the lake.