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Monday, May 26, 2008


Stephen and I just got back from a wonderful 10 days off. We spent the majority of our time off in Canada with Stephen's family. Here's a quick recap of our vacation:

Last Sunday we checked in to our hotel, Marriott Fallsview in Niagara Falls Ontario. They don't call it Fallsview for nothing. The picture shown here was taken from our room. It was incredible to wake up every morning with such an amazing view!

Monday Steph, Gene, Steve and I went white water rafting in class 5 rapids on Niagara River. It was super cold, but so much fun! Unfortunately, we couldn't take our cameras on the trip, so you will just have to envision enormous waves crashing over us with complete shock on our faces due to the ice cold water! Definitely worth the memories though. After our fun excursion we all went to the butterfly conservatory and saw thousands of butterflies. They would get so close to you. Some would even land on your hand while taking pics. It was amazing and absolutely peaceful. That night these Spurs fans couldn't miss the big game, so we settled in the hotel bar to watch the Spurs win the series vs the Hornets.

Tuesday was a fun filled day as well. We started the day with a Journey Behind the Falls tour. This tour took us literally behind Niagara Falls. Just to give you an idea, the Falls drops 34 million gallons of water a minute! It was unbelievable and our pictures don't begin to do it justice. After our journey we all took an African Safari that allowed us to drive through an amazing safari and get the closest we've ever been to these amazing animals. The baboons would jump on the car and go for a ride with us while the elephants took a dive to cool off from the heat.

Wednesday we took a trip to Niagara on the Lakes which was similar to a small Napa Valley. We toured several wineries in the area and learned all about their famous Ice Wines. Delicious!

Thursday we drove to Toronto and visted Casa Loma, a castle with 100 rooms. We also visted a beautiful cathedral and CN Tower which until last year was the tallest building in the world. We happened to drive by a local park that had several people playing chess, so we had to make a stop for the guys to see these quick players in action.

Friday was a pretty relaxed day. We had time to walk around the area by our hotel, went swimming, hung in the hot tub and enjoyed a nice ride on the ferris wheel by the falls for more beautiful pictures.

Saturday we headed home and got to see our puppies that we missed so much! It was a wonderful trip, but it's always nice to come home again.

Sunday we went to a BBQ at a friends house and then went to the Chris Cagle concert in our neighborhood that ended with some fun fireworks.

Monday we got ready to head back to work. Not much fun, but like the song says, "Don't you think life would be awfully boring, if the good times were all that we had?"