Road Trippin’ 

A couple weeks ago, we went on a trip to visit my parents in Nashville, TN.   It was Rhett’s first long car ride and he took it like a champ.  However, since returning from said trip, he absolutely loathed car riding. So going into a trek across Canada, we were hesitant to say the least.  At the last minute, we decided to leave on Thursday instead of trying to make it to Niagara Falls in one fell swoop Friday morning.. So we left around 3:00 in the hopes of making it to London, Ontario before midnight– mind you, that’s only five hours away so we had pretty low expectations.  Things were going swimmingly until we crossed the border.. we completely forgot that our phones wouldn’t work as our map beyond border patrol unless we wanted to pay astronomically for data/roaming- which we did not.  After the initial shock of what in the hell were we thinking?! how can we make it without our phones all weekend?! we pulled over to frantically search for the address to the hotel so we could put it into the car nav and be back on our way.  A few wrong turns and reroutes later, we finally reached London.  Before settling into our hotel, we went on a wild goose chase for Bacardi and Coke because Danny was too chicken to smuggle some in and I guess the people in Canada don’t like easy access to liquor?  Around 11 we finally laid in bed, drank a cocktail and dozed off for the night.  Needless to say, Rhett was the least of our worries on this drive, but he barely made a peep nonetheless.

The next day we wanted to leave soon after breakfast so we could make a pit-stop for lunch at a small town called Niagara on the Lake.. I’d read good reviews of the shops and the food so being only a half hour away, it was worth the detour for a quick stop.  And we are so glad we did.  Charleston, SC is one of our favorite cities for the charm and this little town had an abundance of it.. old restored homes, carriage tours, tons of lush plants, small shops selling all kinds of local handmade things, a fudge shop for Danny, parks to sit and picnic, and even a marina.  This area is also the perfect place to do a few wine tours, and if we didn’t have Rhett with us, we would have definitely made an afternoon of it.. A good portion of drive to the Falls from here was lined with long rows of grape vines!  If you’re planning a trip to Niagara Falls, the short drive to Niagara on the Lake won’t disappoint.

Once we see Niagara Falls, we are pleasantly surprised.  I thought that nervous nelly may only give me time for very quick look & picture, but it was much more enjoyable than I expected. (A few years ago when we saw the Grand Canyon, Danny had a death grip on the railing not even near the edge, so expecting the same for this was my way to not be disappointed)

the niagara falls

fallsview marriott

We walked down the length of the viewing area, got a milkshake, and through the madness of Clifton Hill…which is the understatement of the century when you’re pushing a stroller!  When we finally reached flat land, we stopped at a mexican restaurant ready for a drink & nachos for 2.

Saturday morning we went down to the lobby for some coffee (the SBUX toasted graham is just -okay- in my book) and breakfast with a view.  Onward we went to Toronto; about an hour drive around the lake & perfect timing for Rhett’s morning nap.  Check-in wasn’t until 3pm so once we arrived, we unpacked the stroller and went out to explore.  We found the Eaton Centre which is their four level mall with only one way to get to each of them with a stroller.. a tiny elevator that every other person with a stroller is trying to use too.  Regardless, it was fun to look in their shops and people watch.  I searched high and low for a plaid scarf as my souvenir, but never ended up finding one. Bummer. Then we went to the St. Lawrence Market for a piece of pizza and a coke, and I fed Rhett.  It was a place I could see myself shopping at for fresh cheeses, meats, and produce if I lived in the city.  Later, Rhett went for his first swim in the pool-which he loved, and we all relaxed for a bit before making the journey to Chinatown for dinner. I had an authentic hot and sour soup that blew away any other one I’d ever tried, and Danny ordered his usual chicken fried rice.  Surprise surprise.

smiles from Toronto

 

On Sunday we asked the concierge at the hotel how far away Polson Pier was and he had no idea what we were talking about, so we had no clue what we were really looking for.  Once we found it the pier was just that, but the view was amazing.  We snapped a few photos and were on our way back in 10 minutes.  Next on the agenda was to walk to Rogers Centre for the Rays vs. Blue Jays game. We parked the stroller at the stroller valet & Rhett napped almost the entire time in the Solly Wrap- perfect time for momma to have a beer. We walked around the stadium, Danny had a hot dog and fries, we watched an inning from our nosebleed seats and left. Then we made the jaunt to what they call the mink mile–just about any high-end store you can think of.. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Hermès etc. so the definition of window shopping! Our dogs were barking by the time we made it back to our hotel so we stayed in and ordered room service for dinner.

Monday morning we checked out early and had a pleasant and uneventful 7 hour drive home.  All in all, Rhett is pretty much a stud when it comes to traveling.  He did great almost the entire trip and we are so happy to have our first family vacation down in the books.

bw family square

 Now I just need to get this shirt, and I’ll be all ready for our next trip.  Any suggestions on family-friendly cities that may be a fun place for us to visit?

xo.

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