Two weeks ago we went on a vacation to New York. It was a long car ride, more than nine hours. It was boring at times, but fun too.
On the way there, we passed through a little town with a bunch of weird business’ in it. There was a Jelly Belly store right next to a place that sold knives and a building that was both a pet groomer and a bakery. It was weird.
As we got further away from Michigan, the countryside got prettier and prettier. In Pennsylvania, the large hills were covered with fog at the top, and fingers of it stretched down from the sky into the forests. It was beautiful!
Upstate New York is pretty much nothing but farm land and rolling hills, with little farm houses and tiny towns stretched out few and far between. There are tons of cows grazing in pastures, miniature horses, and goats. The countryside there puts Michigan’s to shame.
When we finally arrived at our campsite after having to look for it for awhile, we found our cabin and had a look, realizing it was tiny! There were two bunk beds, a small fridge, and a table. It was about 10 feet by fourteen feet. There was even a toad in it! We decided to see if we could switch to one of the bigger cabins because it was way too small for our family.
The next cabin we got was much bigger and nicer. It had two bedrooms, an open area, a table, a little kitchenette with a microwave and fridge, and a wood burning stove. There were also two chairs in front of the wood burning stove, a dresser, and a nightstand. There was even an area for me to put all my books! They knew I was a book nerd didn’t they?
Since we got there at night, we didn’t have much time to do things. We arrived, set up our cabin, and went into town to get pizza at a little mom and pop place before going to bed.
The next day we went to see where my dad grew up, since he was born in Batavia, New York. We got to see his old house and all the places he went when he was little. We went into a candy store that he used to go to and bought about 75 dollars worth of candies and chocolates. They were really good!
Then we went to see my great great grandfather’s house. It was amazing seeing all of the places with family history.
Just as we were leaving our great great grandparent’s house, a thick fog set in. We couldn’t see very far ahead or to the sides. We drove right through a huge wind farm and couldn’t even see it!
Later that night, we got together with my dad’s aunt and uncle for food, putt putt gulf, and ice cream. It was so much fun and great to see them again. My little brother and I went into an arcade and bought a few tokens, I think we had about 16 in all. We had a few tokens left, and we were spinning a wheel when we hit the jackpot! 500 tickets! We were so excited. They just kept coming out of the machine and piling up on the floor. There were so many of them that we were covered in them. For how many tokens we bought, we ended up coming out of there with a good amount of stuff.
The next day we got up and went to see some of the scenery. There is a huge gorge right next to where we were staying, along with a dam. We drove around and stopped at the overlooks.
Now, let me tell you something really quickly here. I’m scared of heights. So being next to a 500 foot deep gorge with only a tiny short wall between me and it was kind of scary. Not to mention when my brothers were getting close to it. I was scared one of them might fall over the edge. It was kind of a bad experience for me. I’m pretty sure I would still choose to do it if I had the chance to rethink my actions, but it was a bit scary.
We also got to see the lower falls and they were spectacular. They were so big and powerful. Some of the walls were made of layers of rock that jutted out, almost looking like scales against the canyon walls. There was even a cool old bridge!
We went on a tour of the dam a few hours later, but I decided to stay back with my dad because he wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t feel like an going on an elevator ride and then going deep into a cramped building. So we sat in a building and I was able to get some editing done on one of my books. I know, you’re not supposed to edit until you finish the first draft but I was reading through it so I thought I may as well fix some of the things I saw.
We went back into Batavia for awhile, but didn’t stay long.
Later that day, we stopped at the Middle Falls. They were huge and very cool.
On the last day of our vacation, we went to the American side of Niagara falls. After taking a few pictures at the top, we headed down to the Caves of the Mists. At first I was a little nervous. Water, heights, an elevator ride down; it didn’t sound like my kind of thing. But when we got out of the elevator and started towards the falls, my anxiety started ebbing away. It was gone completely by the time we got to the top of the place. There were seagulls everywhere and there was an area right under the falls, where tons of water was splashing everywhere. We were soaked and the water was really cold, pounding down on us so hard it hurt. I loved it. It was one of the single most amazing things I have ever done. It will not be the last time I do it either. I don’t know when, but I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I’m sure I’ll do it again.
After that we went back to our car to get something to eat and drink. As we sat there in the parking lot, tons of seagulls started flocking around us, landing on the front and top of our car. So we got our and fed them some pretzels that we had.
We then went into town to buy some souvenirs. It took me awhile, but I finally found the perfect things.
After souvenir shopping, we started back to the cabin.
My dad and brother went to watch a drive in movie while I stayed back at the cabin with my other brother and my mom. I stayed up reading Allegiant until my dad and brother got home, then went to bed.
When we woke up it was time to head back home. We packed up our van and started back to Michigan. On the ride there, I read the rest of Allegiant, struggling not to cry my eyes out while I read the ending. I think I did a pretty good job of hiding it. It’s a good thing my brothers were asleep.
All in all I had a great time. I got a little bit of writing and editing done and finished reading a book. Pair that with seeing a lot of cool places and spending a lot of time with family out in the country and it was an amazing experience!