Today I can cross FOUR items off my List of 50 Things I want to do before my birthday. Four! What a great day. John and I have been planning this for a long time. We had it scheduled a couple of weeks ago, but woke up to a rainy day and decided to postpone. Today was finally perfect for our amazing day.
We went to Niagara Falls, New York and went Seneca Niagara Casino (check off one item).
I had never been to a casino in my life, so I put this to my list. We ate lunch at their fabulous buffet and then we went into the casino itself. There were so many lights and bells and noises. It was an exciting place. We had decided that we would spend $5, just to have the experience. We picked out a machine to play, a 25 cent machine. We put in our money and took our chances. Sometimes it seemed like we won, but we didn’t. Sometimes it seemed like we lost, but we won extra spins. It was all very strange and, I’m sorry to say, kind of boring. But, now I can cross it off my list.
Next we drove to the Canadian side and went to the Butterfly Conservatory (item number two for the day). I will write more about this magical experience in a later post. For now, I will just say that it was so, so wonderful.
The Butterfly Conservatory far exceeded my expectations.
After a long visit with the butterflies, we toured the Botanical Garden (check off item number 3). Another wonderful experience, although we did not see the entire grounds of the Garden.
We headed over to see the Falls themselves (final item of the day). The temperature was 80 degrees and sunny. There was a huge amount of spray coming off the Falls and the combination of spray and sunshine made perfect conditions for a beautiful rainbow.
Photographing a rainbow was not on my list, but I have told several people that I hoped to capture a rainbow on camera this summer. It was an “unofficial” goal for me. So today, I managed to achieve four goals from my list and one additional “surprise” goal. It was a very, very fun and amazing day.