|Crowe, Jay, Thunderbird|
|Color-Coded Race Itinerary|
Our first night was spent in a honeymoon suite for four (?) in a Hilton in Niagara Falls, Canada. The suite came complete with a large clear glass window in one of the bedrooms that gave a romantic view into the large whirlpool tub in the bathroom...and which also had a fake fireplace that turned on its magical no-heat flames via a remote control. It was a bride's dream.
|A tub built for... three???|
|Breanna and Coach|
|Tim Hornton's Visit #1|
|Canadian Tour Guide|
|The Fabulous Four|
|Non- Water-Proof Mascara|
Coach headed on to her parent's home in Brampton and we headed back to check out of our honeymoon suite. We took one last look at the falls from another angle and then headed towards Brampton to meet the FitBird Family Matriarch's matriarch. We thought we were going to Brampton, but we missed our exit and overshot the city by, well, by Toronto. Eventually, after much berating by Coach on our inability to drive, follow directions, and use mapquest, we managed to navigate to her childhood home where we were greeted by a feast a la Solange, Anne's mamam. Crab salad on croissants, Waldorf salad, Canadian cheeses and crackers, cold Canadian Molsen beer, fresh Ontario peaches and a plate of cookies for dessert. It was all delicious and was served in crystal bowls just for us. We quickly unloaded our suitcases and changed clothes, but didn't have time to rest as Coach had us on a tight touring schedule.
|A close-up view of the falls|
|A Canadian Crowe|
|The CN Tower|
|Rhubard Tart with Strawberry Sorbet|
|Sour Cherry and Peach Cobbler|
|Chocolate Something Yummy|
|Butter Tart with Maple Sugar Ice-cream|
It was past time for the pre-planned Blue Jay's game so we headed over to the ballpark to buy tickets. The local scalpers tried to sell us some mediocre seats for $65 but we were offered a group of five tickets for free that were right behind the Jay's dugout and just to the right of homeplate! Thanks Booster Juice! Jay loved watching the game, Thunderbird was enthralled with the engineering of the moving roof, Crowe and Coach spent their time shopping for ballcaps, and I sampled the local beer. Once again, Jay's "luck" as we were beginning to refer to it, had helped the Blue Jay's break their losing streak!
The Loose Moose, a downtown pub, and had a pitcher of local beer. The tendency these days seems for people to gather together and then to focus on their individual iPhones or the television and not to communicate with each other so we decided to force conversation by presenting controversial questions that had to be answered and defended. The gamut of discussion ranged from "pro choice vs pro life" to "bury me or cremate me" to "would you travel to the moon if given the chance". Needless to say we all know each other better. And just to make it clear - all of us have bad parents except for Thunderbird.
Jay's luck continued as he was hit on, offered free samples of things, and basically became a magnet of sorts for Canadians in general. What a Lucky Dog!
Once we returned home Jay's luck ended as he was cast off to the basement to sleep while the rest of us got to take over the house as Anne had sent her parents to her brother's home for the evening.
To Be Continued....