Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brampton and Toronto

Wednesday evening we had a great time at the McCarthy’s in Brampton. Jim and Carolyn, Mike, Becky and baby Grady, Jane and Stephanie were all there for the evening as well. We had a delicious supper and enjoyed catching up with everyone. The kids watched game4 and kept us updated as we depleted Jim’s Red Wine reserves.

Thursday, once we could pull ourselves out of the comfy bed, we were off to Niagara Falls, which is about an hour and a half from Brampton.

We took the Journey behind the Falls and got quite wet from the spray on the lookout deck. It was a nice sunny day and so there was a beautiful bright rainbow over the Falls.

Here’s a piece of Niagara Falls trivia that has stuck with us – the only person to survive an unintentional trip over the Falls was a 7 year old boy in 1960, after a boating accident. He was pulled out by the Maid of the Mist at the base of the Falls and was said to be fine. Yikes!

From Niagara, we went into the city to stay with Mike, Becky and Grady for a few nights. We hit the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, a Blue Jays game and the Ontario Science Centre. We had a great visit with them. Thanks to Mike and Becky for feeding us so well, helping us navigate city transit, organizing the Blue Jays outing and just being great hosts.

Sunday morning we decided to hit the Ontario Science Centre. We spent 5 hours exploring the place but definitely were not able to cover all of it in that time. It's a great spot.

Sunday evening we went back to Brampton for the night. In addition to the crew who had been there on Wednesday, Carrie, Lindsay and Brendan were there as well. The 5 kids had a nice swim in the well heated pool and were even treated to warm towels when they got out – Nana and Papa provide excellent service!

After another great meal, we had a fire outside and roasted marshmallows and made smores. None of the kids had school the next day so were able to spend the night. It was nice for the kids to meet each other and get to spend some time getting to know one another - new Facebook friends! We so appreciated the McCarthy’s hospitality, they were all very warm and welcoming.

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