Road Trip Day 2: Niagara Falls, Canada CrossFit, and Detroit
We started day 2 by waking up with smoker’s coughs in our uncleaned room. Just kidding! After a nutritious and delicious breakfast of a protein shake, oatmeal, banana, and some almonds, we checked out out of the hotel and headed to the falls (Niagara Falls) for a run. We found some parking, applied sun screen, and hit the trail. The whole area around the falls is very beautiful! If you get a chance to run around the parks, go for it!
After running around and looking at the falls from different points, we decided to take the elevator down to the bottom of the falls for a closer look. At the bottom of the falls on the US side, they’ve built decks that actually take you into Niagara Falls! We grabbed our waterproof camera and jumped in. The water was surprisingly warm and we got some great pics!
After the “under the falls” adventure we took the elevator back up, jumped into the car, and drove over to the Canada side for some more great views! The Canada side is definitely better from a spectator’s perspective, but if you want to get wet you can’t beat the US side. We ran for about a half hour around the Canada side of the falls before jumping back in the car.
From there we were off to Detroit. Unfortunately we forgot that we wouldn’t have Google maps on our cell phones while driving through Canada (unless we wanted to get charged) to get us to Detroit. Fortunately there was a map still loaded on the phone and we were able to navigate to the correct freeway.
After a few more hours of driving and eating a bunch of almonds, granola, and fruit, we arrived in Detroit. The highlight of Detroit was stopping to get gas and use the restroom, and finding that the toilet had been stolen out of the gas station…. We saw the Tigers baseball stadium and got outta there! 🙂 (If someone wants to show me some great sites in Detroit, just let me know.)
After making a swift departure from Detroit, we realized that Ann Arbor and University of Michigan were on our way, so we had to stop. We drove into Ann Arbor at about 9pm and took a slow nighttime walk around the University of Michigan. What a great, clean, modern campus with great energy. I was really impressed! After our stroll through the University of Michigan we drove into the middle of nowhere and found a campsite that had already closed down for the night. We quietly set up our tent and passed out for the night, or so I thought…. At about 2am I woke up freezing cold and remembered why I usually stayed in hotels. After getting up and squeezing into multiple layers of clothes, I managed to get a few hours of sleep. 2 days down!