I kind of got a stamp in my passport


I didn’t even have a passport until I was almost 50.

Steve and I traveled to New Zealand and Fiji in 2015 as we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. I wanted to get my passport stamped! I think I may have watched the movie “While you were sleeping” a few too many times. Sandra Bullock dreamt of her Europe stamped passport. However now-a-days you don’t get a stamp, they scan it and move on. What a rip off.

Steve needed to take a business trip to Buffalo NY to inspect a stainless steel truck on order. I very rarely travel with him on business but this trip was perfect timing for a weekend get-a-way. We flew direct fly Orlando to Buffalo, picked up our rental car, drove to the hotel and settled in for the night.

The next morning was a work day, for Steve that is. I was perfectly content to kiss him goodbye, run to the coffee bar and settle back into bed with my coffee, a bagel and a morning full of HGTV.

Niagara Falls was on the itinerary. Friends had said to travel to the Canadian side for better view of the falls. Passport in hand, we drive the 30 minutes to the bridge crossing over into Canada


The bridge was called the rainbow bridge and it was blue.


Once we made it into Canada, the falls were our first stop.

How many people does it take to figure out the parking meter? I’m not telling


It’s  a leisurely stroll on a crisp beautiful sunny day through a couple of tunnels until you reach the falls. Incredible, majestic, stunning are a few words of description.


After walking for a while, we received a recommendation to drive to Niagara on the Lake. The title had me.

What was not expected was a glorious picturesque drive through wine country. Fields and fields full of grape vines that surround some of the most beautiful homes E.V.E.R.



We might have driven up one of the driveways just a little.


It being October and the trees being in full bloom didn’t hurt either.

Walking through the quaint little town of Niagara on the Lake was perfect. Old historic homes (cause you know that’s my thing) on every corner.


Of course, I had to pretend to be Mary Tyler Moore. Steve might have rolled his eyes.

img_1989Our second day was cold and gloomy. Not much fun to be outside in. So the next best thing is to have a little retail therapy. Renovating for a whole year does not leave much time for clothes shopping. We were too busy spending every dime at Lowes or Home Depot. I am not a huge fan of the mall so after walking around for a while, we decided a movie was what we wanted to do. This movie theater was AWeSoME. Reclining seats baby. Tom Cruise and Cherry Coke filled our afternoon.


The weather on our last day was not great but we made the best of it anyways. We decided to go back to the Falls on the US side and see if we can find the trails we missed the first day. The US side did not disappoint.


We had a great time on a weekend away. I am already thinking about the next time I might get a stamp in my passport.


the girl that loves to be home in the old house.

About Charmadawn

Jesus lover 💜 Wife of Steve for 36 years 💜 Mom to 2 grown kiddos 💜 BB to grandsons Jack, Luke and Patrick Joseph 💜5 years ago we purchased, Rescued and Restored a 118 year old farmhouse and we live together as a multigenerational household. Come follow our crazy. Isaiah 54:7
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