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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First Stop Niagara Falls



As I mentioned in Monday's post, we took our first road trip with Ruby last week. We traveled from Illinois to Massachusetts with a stopover at Niagara Falls. Because Niagara Falls is a state park, well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must remain leashed. Dogs are permitted on most trails, bridges, observation decks, common spaces, and picnic areas. They are not allowed on the Maid of the Mist or Cave of the Winds.



Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States, established in 1885. 3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. The water falls at 32 feet per second, hitting the base of the falls with 280 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 2,509 tons of force at the Horseshoe Falls. Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River before emptying into Lake Ontario. 



In other words, it is something to see and a great adventure to share with your dog. While my husband and daughter road the Maid of the Mist boat tour, Ruby and I enjoyed the smells, sounds and power of the Falls.  


Fortunately, the weather was mild, but we were still prepared with lots of water. The park is so large that even with lots of people and other dogs, it doesn't feel overwhelming or too crowded. Ruby was calm, well-behaved and genuinely seemed to enjoy the experience.


After our day at the Falls, we had dinner at MacGregors' Grill and Tap Room, a dog friendly restaurant in Amherst, NY. Good food, decent prices, craft beer specials, and a dog-friendly patio. The wait staff were very accommodating and welcoming to Ruby - the bartender even brought her fresh water. If you are traveling in the area with your furry friends, definitely check out MacGregors. 

We stayed two nights in Hamburg, New York at the Red Roof Inn. I became reacquainted with Red Roof Inns at BlogPaws (they were a sponsor). RR Inns offer no-frills, comfortable, conveniently located, pet-friendly lodging where kids and pets always stay free. 


Tune in next Wednesday for Ruby's first visit to the Atlantic Ocean!



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Mitch and Molly said...

Our mom has always wanted to see Niagara Falls. Love the pictures! What a fun adventure for you, Ruby!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Mark Muller said...

omd omd you saw that falls with your own eyes... that's just amazing!!!! have you seen someone in a barrel there too?

Julie said...

The peeps went to Niagara Falls years ago and luffed it! Its great to see photos of Ruby there enjoying herself as well
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
OMD that looks fabulous from the top - I think I would prefer that to being underneath them! What a great trip for you Ruby!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

that is on our list of places to visit and nice to know it is dog friendly - thanks for the wipes - we will be putting them to good use.

Oz theTerrier said...

Oh my, it is just a beautiful site that Niagara Falls. I have to put it on my "Places to Visit" list for sure.

Sandra said...

wow, Ruby you look fantastic in front of those falls... and what a trip.. i visited the falls when i was 8, but only have a few memories and no photos...

Amber DaWeenie said...

Fantastic photos! Mom and Dad have gone to the Falls 3 times over the last 50 years but they never take me! :( Maybe next time I'll sneak into the trunk of the car!

Sarge said...

Hey Ruby!
Wow, you look so gorgeous there with the scenery! I'm so glad you got to go along. My peeps went there 2 years ago (without me) and they loved the park and walking along the rapids before the falls. Very pretty fur sure. Thanks so much for letting us all go along with your trip and I can't wait to see your next installment!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Police Commish

stellaroselong said...

Oh Ruby did you happen to be there on the day that my BFF and I went over the falls???
Maggie Mae

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

That was a great place to visit, a Ruby. We bet that waterfall was so cool to watch.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Madi and Mom said...

Ruby you are having such wonderful adventures with your loving family....just like Angel Pip you are well behaved and loved and make friends easily!! Mom told me she, dad and human sis went to Niagara Falls in 1985...back then they gave everyone a yellow slicker (one size fits all) kinda like the old man in the sea wore. very funny photos of sis in a formal slicker
hugs madi your bfff

Chasing Dog Tales said...

Those are amazing pictures with Ruby and the falls in the background. Sounds like a fantastic trip!

Dory and the Mama said...

What wonderful photos! Sounds like a good time was had by all!
Congrats to the contest winners!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Casey said...

What a mice trip!

Casey said...

What a mice trip!

Bocci said...

What a fun road trip! Glad to hear (and see) you all had fun!

sprinkles said...

My parents went to Niagra Falls several years ago! They reallly enjoyed themselves. My father sent me a postcard from there. Normally I give postcards to a friend who collects them, but for some reason I saved this one. I'm glad I did, and it's in my scrapbook memories of him.

Two French Bulldogs said...

whoaa! That place is fantastic
Lily & Edward

24 Paws of Love said...

THere is nothing like the Falls! It's been a while since I've been, but I've never forgotten it. Ruby looks like she's very relaxed and having a good time. Have a safe trip!

Oreo said...

Oh my mom and dad want to go to Niagara falls.Sounds like a fun trip

Wags
Oreo

Idaho PugRanch said...

That would be a spectacular sight to see. Glad that Ruby had a nice trip. Love hearing about pet friendly places
hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Dolly theDoxie said...

It sounds quite dog friendly surprisingly! I wouldn't want to go on the boat anyway, or dad. It looks like Ruby had a great time and the photos are beautiful! Love Dolly

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

I had never looked into take the dogs with us on a trip to the falls. (It has been YEARS since I have been). Looks like Ruby had a nice time.

M. K. Clinton said...

Oh wow! That is spectacular. I'd love to see the Falls someday.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

ruby...thanx for sharin theeze awesum fotoz....sounds like ewe hada grate time ther in NY ~~~~ N conga ratz two all de winnerz oh de grooming wipes !!! YAY ~~~ ♥♥♥

Marg said...

Those sure are great pictures of the falls with Ruby included, looks like everyone had a great time. That was fun to see. Have a great evening.

Cole said...

The falls are beautiful and you can see that Ruby really enjoyed being outside seeing them and enjoying the misty air. :-)

Janet Keefe said...

What great photos! I didn't know they allowed dogs there. Of course, I haven't been there since I was in college...which was quite a long time ago! :) I'd love to visit again one day though.
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

The Florida Furkids said...

What a super fun trip!!!! Mom says the falls are really amazing.

The Florida Furkids

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

WOW, Ruby! What a great adventure. It's fantastic that there are so many dog-friendly areas.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Pawsome pictures of Niagra Falls. Mommy wants to go there one day.

Brian said...

Yes, the falls are beautiful and so are you Ruby! We can tell you were having a super nice time.

Ruby said...

Hey Ruby!!! It's Ruby!!!! ☺☺☺
WOWSA!!! That is some fun times fursure!!! Nows you have been more places that I have! Okays, the mailpeep has been more places than I have, butts that's beside the point..the point is ...WoooHooo!!! I loves your pics and I am so glads you and your peeps are havin' a FABulous time!!!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Whitley Westie said...

Great pictures!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wasn't it just so beautiful Ruby!
love
tweedles

Jackie Bouchard said...

Lovely photos! We've have been there before with our pup. Took our beagle there when we lived in Canada for a while. So gorgeous.

Murphy said...

Mom says the power of the falls is breathtaking. To think that all those tiny droplets come together to create such force!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

The Island Cats said...

Wow, that musta been something to see, Ruby!

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! TW passed through there once on the way to Toronto. For some reason she doesn’t have pics. It’s probably better that way.

Tenacious Little Terrier said...

What a neat trip! I've been there but never realized it was dog friendly.

Mel said...

What a wonderful trip! Pip has now seen more of America than I have. I'd love to see Niagara Falls. Pip doesn't seem too impressed with Niagara Falls though. Thanks for sharing your adventure and stopping by Misha's blog!

Sully said...

Oh Ruby, I love all the photos with you in them. You make the falls look even more beautifuler.

Aroo to you,
Sully

Rosa Silva said...

What a great road trip. I would love to visit Niagara Falls some day! Ruby really seems to be enjoying the experience :)

Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential

The Adventures of The Bell Fur Zoo said...

Oh how fun! That place looks pawesome :)

LP said...

Our Mama has been to Niagara Falls, Ontario on the Canadian side and forgot that there is an American side too ! What a great trip for Ruby :)

the critters in the cottage xo

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Oh wow, such amazing photos!!!! Niagara Falls in such an amazing site!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Caren Gittleman said...

those are such cool shots!!! I love Niagara Falls!!!

Austin Towers said...

Great pictures of what is obviously a great trip!!

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

The pictures look perfect but you don't look too impressed

wrigley said...

Glads you got to the Falls cos'. I was there too in 2010 but don't have many pics with me in it. I hopes you get to goes on mre trips soon!

Earl Lover said...

WOW! PAWsome photos!

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

What a great trip! Mommy has been there and liked it a lot. We didn't go, though. We're glad Ruby had such a great time!

Hilary said...

wow! what a fun adventure!

Groovy Goldendoodles said...

I've been there as a kid, would love to take the boys there one day.

LBJ said...

How beautiful! My human sissie stopped to visit there when she was going to Boston University and traveling to see Mom in Ohio. . But her pictures were never that beautiful and clear as it was always icky weather when she was there. Wonderful!

Abby the Lab

Kari Neumeyer said...

Cool! I'd love to take my pups to Niagara Falls.

meowmeowmans said...

What a neat place to visit, Ruby! We love your pictures. :)

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