№ 19 — Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Rebec­ca and I had been online friends for, like, ever. As in more than 10 years. Maybe 13 years? She lives in Aus­tralia. She went to Cana­da sev­er­al years ago but was in the wrong part of the coun­try so we didn’t get to meet. She was final­ly in the right part of the coun­try last year in Octo­ber so I made a point to meet up with her. Even booked a hotel room so we could spend as much time as we could.

It was dark out when we final­ly met, but I would rec­og­nize her any­where, what with her blue hair and all. When I saw her, she was tak­ing pic­tures of the falls. I tapped her back and an awk­ward moment ensued. But then we hugged, had our pic­ture tak­en by my hus­band, and it wasn’t so awk­ward any­more. We had din­ner togeth­er that night.

The next day, first thing in the morn­ing, the four us (Rebec­ca, her friend Grace, my hus­band, and I) head­ed down to the Nia­gara Riv­er to take a voy­age under the falls on the Maid of the Mist. The Maid of the Mist boat tour was one of the items on my buck­et list so I was super excit­ed about being able to final­ly scratch it off the list, and even more so when I learned that we would be on one of the last voy­ages of the icon­ic Maid of the Mist from the Cana­di­an side. They’re replac­ing it with a mod­ern cata­ma­ran-type boat this year and you’ll only be able to take the Maid of the Mist from the Amer­i­can side. 

The boat tour was just as amaz­ing as I’d imag­ined it to be. I was expect­ing it to be a lit­tle bit scary, but it wasn’t at all. But even with a rain­coat on, I still got soaked from the mist. I was a lit­tle wor­ried that the mist would kill my cam­era because I just couldn’t stop tak­ing pic­tures and videos of the falls, but sur­pris­ing­ly it sur­vived! The pic­ture above was tak­en from the boat. I have many oth­er, bet­ter pic­tures of the falls but I just had to post this one just for the fact that it was tak­en from the Maid of the Mist. It was such a great expe­ri­ence and I’m so glad that I got to scratch some­thing off my buck­et list with my old pal Rebec­ca!

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