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Awesome trip to Canada!

Thu Jul 10, 2008, 4:25 PM
I just got back from Canada last night. We (me and my brother, Mark) went up to see our friend Jason9811 and head down to Niagara Falls. He talks about it in his journal. But, I think I should put my story in my words rather than just asking you to read his journal.

Jason goes to Niagara Falls every year. Last year we missed him, so from that time we planned to go next time. So, in the last few weeks before we left for Canada we got all the details planned out. We left our house in Michigan at 6am on Friday, July 4th (yeah that's right, we left before the fireworks) and traveled for about 5 hours until we got to his place. This was the first time I've been out of the states in my life. So anyway, we had fun (that's an understatement for sure) that night playing the Nintendo Wii we (LOL, sorry) brought with us.

The next day, Saturday, was a free day where we went to the local mall (the Oshawa Centre) to exchange my currency, eat at the food court, get our CN Tower tickets, which were express and at a good deal. Then to a Asian shopping mall (the Pacific Mall) and met some of Jason's friends while we were there. Then we went to the CN Tower which made most of my pictures for the trip. It was Jason's third time to go up in it. After the 2 hours we spent at the CN Tower, we quickly went to get a glimpse at a house he used to live at. Then we went to McDonald's for some food (I got the same Jason got, Chicken McNuggets with sweet and sour sauce along with apple pies). From there we went back to his place to enjoy the rest of the night playing Wii and making jokes. :D

Sunday we left for Niagara Falls, found a fairly nice (cheap) place to stay and went to TGI Fridays for dinner. From there we walked around the town a bit. We had another awesome night.

Monday we got up and got some breakfast from a nice small restaurant ran by a British bloke. We then left to do some mini golf, I got 2 hole in one's and won by 4 points. From there we went to do go-carts, which was a ton of fun. We then went to the casino, which I didn't do anything since I don't believe in gambling. I just watched Jason lose money while we were there. Then the highlight of the day, we went on the Maid of the Mist at the falls. It was just awesome, including the ability to see about 270° of a rainbow. After that we went to Pizza Pizza to get, well, pizza and some drinks. From there we went to the arcade and with about $50 we played through the whole game of Crisis Zone and won 1025 tickets from other games and got a nice neon wall clock. From there (it was dark outside already) we went back to the Pizza Pizza to enjoy the night with karaoke and two games of pool, though I didn't feel like playing the second game so just Mark and Jason played. Then we left back to the hotel for the night.

Tuesday we left to go back to Jason's place. Had dinner there and then left for home the next morning. Upon crossing the border our vehicle (a 1997 Honda Odyssey) was stopped and searched. We were released with no worries. I think we were stopped since we never crossed before, but it could have been just a random check. We got back home around 7:30pm Wednesday, July 9th. All in all, it was an awesome trip. :) I'd definitely go again if money allows.

This trip's cost was about $400 (about $100 for gas alone), though Mark paid for his half, so it just cost me about $200. :wow:

Pictures relating to the trip:
CN Tower 1 by zavaboy CN Tower 2 by zavaboy Rogers Centre "Sky Dome" by zavaboy

More pictures can be found on my website!

  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Nectarine Demoscene Radio
  • Eating: grilled cheese sandwiches
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marimorimo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I didn't know you were from Michigan. I have friends there :D The school I went to is affiliated to Hope University (umm..if I remember the name right).

Niagara Falls.. It's definitely one of the places I want to see in my lifetime!
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zavaboy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, now you know! :)
Is this it?

Yeah, Niagara Falls is a great place to see at least once. (Preferably more!)
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marimorimo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
I'm not really sure because I've never been to the actual Hope College, but some of the buildings do bear an uncanny resemblance to the sister school I went to (my friends told me about that). And it's a Christian school too :)

Btw, how is it over there in Michigan? I've been told it snows there on October!
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zavaboy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right now as I type it's 75°F/56°F (about 24°C/13°C). If you want to know how much it snows here, why not look at some statistics? That data is from the very northern part of the UP (upper peninsula) so it's not the same as what goes on where I live, but I don't think it's too far off.
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