Catching up with Family

One wonderful thing about our RV trip is being able to reconnect with family and friends who are otherwise too far out of reach. I don’t have any family in the US, so I was excited to see my first cousin in Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, Canada, after 20 years.

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Autumn in New York – Royal Mountain, Lake Placid

We returned to the US after visiting the Canadian side of Niagara Falls on a late September day. We followed the meandering road eastward through the quiet New York state countryside, excited to see the foliage starting to change colors. We passed the idyllic City of Little Falls, tucked in the woods, on the banks of Mohawk River and stopped at the top of a turn to take in the panoramic view of Mohawk Valley, sandwiched between the Adirondack Mountains and Catskill Mountains.

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Niagara Falls – The Eighth Wonder of the World

Dating back around 12,000 years, Niagara Falls are the second largest in the world after Victoria Falls in South Africa. The Iroquois named the falls “Onguiaahra,” meaning “The Strait.” Channeling waters from four major lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie), the expansive Niagara Falls features three main sections, each with its particular charm: The Canadian Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Crossing eastward through North Dakota, we didn’t expect to see anything as beautiful and exciting as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Until then, we hadn’t heard about this park, at the meeting of the Great Plains with the rugged Badlands. A great habitat for bison, elk, wild horses, pronghorn, and prairie dogs, the park has three sections brought together by the Little Missouri River. The park features a colorful Painted Canyon and the old Maltese Cross Cabin, where President Roosevelt once lived. The Scenic Loop Drive took us past several overlooks and trails.

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