Hi Everyone! It’s Jacquelyn. On Day 2 of our journey we passed by Niagara Falls one last time and then headed for the border. Once back in America we stopped at McDonalds for breakfast and drove through NY, PA, and OH until reaching Cedar Point resort around 4 PM.
We decided to eat dinner at TGIF as our park passes were good from 5 until closing. The first ride we went on once entering the park was TOP THRILL DRAGSTER. Christina and my mom waited while my dad and I experienced a 420 ft. drop from the front row. It was definately worth the wait for me, although Christina disagreed. The rest of the night made up for it though, as she rode the carousel, a roller coaster, and some other rides as well.
After the park we returned to the hotel and took a walk on the beach. The sand was incredibly soft and felt great to walk on after a night at the amusement park. Next, we had plans to go swimming but when we looked in the outdoor pool and hot tub we quickly decided to head inside because the surface was covered with dead insects. Christina and my mom spent some time in the indoor pool while dad and I grabbed ice cream to bring back to the room for everyone – a delicious ending to the day:)
Day 3 was fairly uneventful, but we did drive through a total of 7 states. After stopping for dinner in Walnut Grove, we watched the sunset across the Minnesota sky. A remnant of the sun’s rays could be seen on the horizon until 10:45 or so, causing the horizon to look like one beautiful rainbow. We checked into our hotel in South Dakota around 11:30 central time and quickly fell asleep.
I went to bed last night without telling you that Doug is related to the first person to go over Niagara Falls! Her name was Annie Edson Taylor and she went over Niagara Falls in a barrell in 1901. And yes, she survived!!! She tested it out by sending her cat over first. The cat didn’t make it, but she wasn’t easily discouraged. Annie tenaciously added a little extra padding and, apparently thinking it was sufficient, climbed in and “took the plunge”. She survived with only a few bumps and bruises. Her photos and story are all over Niagara. We found one plaque on the Journey Behind the Falls tour and I took a photo of Doug, Jacquelyn and Christina with their famous ancestor. Photos will be coming soon.
Today we spent the day at Cedar Point Amusement Park. I am going to let Jacquelyn blog about it tomorrow (she’s sleeping now). I am sure she will have many more interesting things to say than I. Back and neck troubles have grounded this roller coaster enthusiast. Now my joy at amusement parks must come by living vicariously through others. I have grown to love watching people as they wait to go up a big coaster. The range of emotions is fascinating, from white knuckles to laughing to crying to taking deep breaths to making the sign of the cross. Wow….this is pathetic. Read more tomorrow and hear it from someone who did more than watch! HUGS!