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We filled up our ride with discounted fuel at Costco then headed out onto the highway with Tom-tom, our GPS plugged in and a plethora of 50’s and 60’s show tunes CDs ready at hand. A ‘pleasant’ -10C, -16C with windchill and overcast skies were our companions on the open road. We were off to see one of the wonders of the world; right after we got our free McCafe double-double courtesy of McDonalds!
After coffee we started our drive from Scarborough to Niagara. Tomtom suggested we take the highway and so we did for the most part, until we reached near to the lake, then we drove along the apple farms, grape farms and the lake taking the scenic route.
The farms along the lakeshore were mainly apple farms with neat rows from the road to the lake. Once the car stopped travelling they were beautiful tunnels towards the lake; otherwise the were quite dizzying. Thousands of lanes of trees moving past in a blur. Here is a shot of when we came to a standstill. This farm is the opposite; it is a grape vineyard. Usually they are laden however it is winter.
When you see something spectacular for the first time in your life, when you’re completely awestruck, pull the car over and take it in. This is the meandering Niagara River that flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario meanwhile also acting as a boarder between two of the three countries on the North American continent, Canada and the United States of America.
Before coming to Canada I often associated the two countries closely to each other. These two North American countries are both part of the developed world versus my country, Trinidad. Since I’ve come to Canada, I must apologize to the Canadians, you are not at all like the Americans. Aye? There are many separations that occur naturally, others we impose on ourselves. Here’s a significant boarder.
This is also spectacular. The Niagara Falls on the American side complete with banks of snow solidified thus creating numerous other falls. Looks wonderful for a swim, only it is freezing cold. Literally. On January 8th it was claimed that the US side of the falls froze over for the first time since 1901, that was false. This is the scenario according to the Niagara Parks Twitter, “While very chilly and strikingly beautiful right now, Niagara Falls is NOT completely frozen today.” There you go. Something you probably didn’t know. Google it.
As you give, so it will be given back to you. The deepest section of the falls is equal to the height of the falls which is 52 metres. The US side, ice speckled and all is obviously beautiful, captivating. The Canadian fall, stand right next to it, hear the water gushing over the precipice and feel the wind pushing you away from the brilliance of the fall. This is what it looks like.
Last but not least. Love. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13. Love never ends but we do and so we often feel the need, as with many other things, to document our love. Love.
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Aside: Cheers to Matthew McConaughey, the only guy to thank God at the Oscars, Academy Awards, thanks for the life lesson as well.