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.
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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