They sent me to Binghamton

I've always wanted to be on the east coast, and the universe responded…by sending me to Binghamton, NY. Oh you've never heard of it? Neither had I, but I do so love adventures and that's how I choose to view this. Let the adventures begin!


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Impromptu adventure, ey?

Last Friday I received an email about discounted hotel rates for Niagara Falls. Since I was feeling sorry for myself that day due to my current gimp status (bum knee) I decided it was a sign to go off on an adventure and remember how blessed I actually am. I would’ve loved to make it a weekend adventure but I had another event I needed to go to on Saturday afternoon so I couldn’t make that happen. Besides, there’s something really fun about spontaneous day trips with no planning other than a destination in mind.

As it turned out another friend of mine was also free for an impromptu day trip to Niagara Falls the next day so Sunday Funday it was!

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Woo!! New adventure buddy!

I had been to Niagara Falls a couple years ago with my parents and at the time many of my friends were insisting that the Canadian side was so much better. I couldn’t imagine that being possible given how awed I felt seeing the Niagara Falls on the American side and going on Maid of the Mists but after this weekend, yeah, I’d have to agree.

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These pictures don’t do it justice AT ALL. The enormity of it and just the sound of the water rushing down really shows how miniscule we are in the face of nature and in the grand scheme of things. As in if we fell into the water, nature will not stop. It will not care. We would just get swept away and life will move on as if it never happened. So why care about the little things? I may have a bum knee but I can still walk and this is only temporary. People may annoy me on a regular basis but those same people, one-on-one, may be the perfect companion at the right time. Someone may have hurt me and chipped away at my friendship piece by small piece but maybe that same someone just needed time to grow, and maybe the potential I saw will come into fruition given time.

I’ve started realizing recently that my black and white approach may have been necessary for self-preservation in my younger years, but I think it’s time for me to learn patience and forgiveness now that I know myself better and can see beyond specific moments. I used to let the little things bother me and was unable to see beyond that. Not to say they don’t bother me now, they definitely still do, but now I try to think about the circumstances in which these moments happened. Is this person going through something? Did I just misunderstand what was said? Does this person know how upsetting it is to me? Is it worth my time and energy to let it bother me? Basically, I try to build context around it. And when my emotions take over me and I can’t seem to see beyond my feelings, I am now able to reach out to my friends who help guide me when I see red.

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I have by no means perfected this but I think my self-awareness and conscious decision to do this every time someone or something upsets me will be extremely beneficial in the long run.

If this is thirty, I’m so ready!

…but thirty year olds can still goof off right?

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Nia-ga-ra Falls

My parents came to see me as part of their east coast trip. With there not being much to do in the immediate area, the plan was to explore the surrounding areas. Specifically, the majestic sight that is Niagara Falls. Or, as my parents kept saying, Nia-ga-ra Falls.

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My mom had purchased an adventure/tourist booklet for us, which included the Maid of the Mists boat tour, Cave of the Winds tour, access to the Aquarium, a movie describing the history of Niagara Falls, and a one day pass on the trolley. I highly recommend the Maid of the Mists and Cave of the Winds tour. It was such a great experience! Very up close and personal, which is why both tours include a poncho so your clothes (mostly) don’t get wet.

In the Maid of the Mists tour you are on a boat that gets really close to both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls and by really close, I mean you WILL get sprayed! It was so much fun!

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The Cave of the Winds tour is a walking tour and you get so up close and personal, they even provide you with sandals and a plastic bag for your shoes. The trail starts at the bottom of the falls and you get greeted with the sight of sea gulls just hanging out. They don’t seem afraid of humans all that much.

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The falls were just beautiful to look at, especially since it was a really sunny day that day and because of the way the light reflected on the water you could see a rainbow.

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Can’t see the rainbow too well here but in person it was distinct

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There’s a part of the rail that’s pretty close to the falls and you can feel the waterfalls pounding on you. It was pretty cool!

After we dried off, my parents and I went to the theater to learn about the history of Niagara Falls. Apparently, there were some crazy adventurous souls who decided to do some tricks at Niagara Falls such as crossing the falls on a tight rope, or the 63-year old lady who decided to go down the Niagara Falls in a barrel.

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Is this what they meant by a barrel ride??

The aquarium was ok. I guess I must’ve been spoiled by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA and the one in Boston, MA.

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My brave father, reaching out to the big, bad shark

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Colorful but poisonous frogs – Don’t touch!

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The trolley ride was fun. We mostly just did this because it was part of the package and we had nothing else planned that day. Funny enough, I ran into some friends from Binghamton while we were waiting in line for the trolley!

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After that, we stopped by Rochester to see my cousin and her husband, then we went home. It was a very eventful two days and although it was tiring (since I was driving the whole time), I had a great time!