Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MarineLand - Part I

Day 2 in Canada...
MarineLand
I have such a great love and admiration for aquatic and wild animals.
But of course, I have a love/hate relationship with Zoo's, and facilities like this.
I so enjoy seeing these animals up close, but seeing them in captivity tears at my heart strings.
I prefer to see them happy and free, 
but I can't ever imagine seeing some of these animals in the wild.

Our first stop was Arctic Cove, where the Beluga Whales swim gracefully around the pool,
they appear happy and well cared for.







In Friendship Cove we were able to see the one rescued killer whale they had.




Their Blog is interesting and there is a wonderful video on the blog 
about how the animals are watched, cared for, fed and played with.
The video talks about the relationships they develop here with the staff and other animals.
It highlights the safety the animals enjoy in MarineLand.
It puts your mind at ease about living in MarineLand if you are a wild animal.

I am going to share a few more pictures of the animals tomorrow!

Monday, September 25, 2017

And So - The Real Adventure Begins...

My favorite thing to do is to go where I have never been...
and to experience that which I have never experienced before...
Canada is an amazing place to fulfill those wishes!

First up...Something we did last year in Canada,
that is the thrill of a lifetime...

- Zip Lining to the Falls -

Here we are, waiting in line...head gear on,

then getting suited up.
I did confirm that it was "not" her first day as she got me ready.
If you look closely, you can see a little bit of the view in front of the girl with the orange shirt.
No pictures, no cameras allowed!

Next up...

- The Ride of your Life -

This was a first for both of us!

We are up next and only a tad bit excited.

Refueling

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls

The Province of Ontario 

The American Falls

The view from above was spectacular!
It was a smooth, comfortable ride - without the feeling of motion.

- and you get a certificate -

Would I do it again, you ask?
- you bet I would -

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The White Water Walk

I think this is my favorite place to visit in the Niagara Falls area.
A secluded boardwalk walk along the "class 6" rapids,
these rapids are considered to be one of the wildest stretches of white water in the world.
This area is quiet, except for the roar of the water, 
and not so commercial, which makes it especially appealing to me.
















Maybe you can see and feel why I love this area so much.
I walked briefly, the hubs went ahead and took some of these pictures.
The breeze, the rocks, the mist and roar from the water...it was both refreshing and exhilarating.
Yep, this was and is my favorite spot at the falls!

September 19, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 197 ~

On our first day in Canada, one of the first places we visited was
The Butterfly Conservatory
Over 2,000 butterflies, 45 different species call this tropical paradise home.
Let me share with you a "few" of the images I took.


The next four images are of the of the lush garden itself...





Next are the butterflies, I took over 100 pictures.
This may seem like a lot of pictures but these were my favorites and what I thought were the best.




























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