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Well, we are officially over a year behind on updating our blog – let’s see if we can catch up! Starting with a Labor Day weekend trip from 2015.

We made the drive up to Niagara Falls and spent our first day exploring the US side.  We walked around Goat Island, got drenched at Cave of the Winds, and then headed into Horseshoe Falls on the Maid of the Mist boat! The boat ride is an unforgettable experience, it’s just amazing to feel the falls all around you.

We spent the night in Canada at the Marriott Fallsview and spent the morning enjoying the sunrise over the falls from our hotel room.  On the Canadian side we did the Journey Behind the Falls and at night saw the falls lit up by fireworks and colored lights.  By the end of our visit we felt like we had experienced the falls from all angles and light.

On the third day we drove home making a quick stop at Watkins Glen State Park in NY.  Although these waterfalls were just a trickle compared to Niagara, they were in such a unique beautiful setting. Definitely worth the stop!


In June we took advantage of living on the east coast and took a bus to NYC for the weekend. We met up with our friends, Mike and Dar, who were completing their round-the-world trip!  The last time we had seen them was at their send off party in San Diego, which was coincidentally also the weekend we started our Epic Trip.

We spent the evening catching up with them on their travels and decided to meet the next morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum has some interesting exhibits beyond the traditional paintings and sculptures.

Mike got a couple chuckles from other onlookers


In addition to the weapons and armor exhibit we checked out the musical instruments. We wished there was an audio component to the exhibit though, it seemed such a shame to see so many beautiful and unique instruments but not get to hear what they sound like.

As we were walking out, the classic painting of George Washington Crossing the Delaware caught our eye.  A fitting painting to end our visit.

We took a quick stroll through Central Park before parting ways.

And in the end, Nathan still hasn’t had a burger from Shake Shack… maybe next time? [a bit of an inside joke…]