I then headed east along the lake to Long Point, where I viewed the Long Point Cut Lighthouse. There’s another light further east on Long Point, but you need a boat to view it, and I didn’t make any arrangement for it. I kept going along the lake up to Port Dover for another lighthouse at the end of the pier there. I next made my way to a small town called Simcoe, where I had lunch with a good friend of mine who I haven’t seen in about 5 years. It was great catching up with him, and I wish I could have stayed longer, but I continued on my travels along Lake Erie to my next lighthouse at Port Maitland. I then got a quick pic of the light out in the water at Mohawk Island before checking out the two lights in Port Colborne. My next stop was at Point Abino, where the lighthouse was situated in a private community and access to it wasn’t allowed. I figured I’d try to see it, but got shot down. Apparently, I was too early and I could’ve gotten into the community the following week. So I then drove on over to Niagara Falls, which I hadn’t been to in at least 30 years. My father took me here a few times when I was a kid, but I don’t remember too much about those trips.
I pulled up to the Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway Hotel, where I had a room on the 14th floor overlooking the falls. Needless to say, the view was fantastic. But I was ready to get close up to the falls, so I ventured out along the river’s edge, taking pictures left and right. As I continued north, I ended up crossing the Rainbow Bridge, which takes you across to the US border. I wasn’t planning on crossing it, especially since I didn’t have my passport on me. But I had no trouble getting into New York – going back to Canada was a different story. Instead of staying on the New York side, I crossed right back over the bridge, where I was not too enthusiastically greeted without passport in hand. After I explained to the border patrol that I’m staying on the Canadian side and showed him my room key, he reluctantly let me back in Canada. I then had dinner up in the Skylon Tower, which at 750 feet tall, offers incredible views of the falls and the city. As I looked towards the Rainbow Bridge I had just crossed, I noticed it was shut down, with quite a few emergency vehicles on the scene. Curious to know what happened, I didn’t find out til later that a man jumped to his death off the bridge. After dinner, I checked out the city nightlife, which was similar to Vegas with all the bright lights and casinos. I then took in some more views of the falls, as they were now illuminated in different colors. Unfortunately, the night sky was also being illuminated by lightning, and as soon as I decided to head back to the hotel, rain started coming down in buckets while lightning was shooting all over the place. I made a mad dash for the hotel, and by the time I got to my room about half an hour later, I was soaked to the bone.