Day 7, June 18th

Happy Father’s Day from the Boys!

This morning the boys got up for another travel day to Niagara Falls. They had breakfast at the hotel, but this time no waffles.  🙁  We needed to get to Niagara Falls in good time.  The room was buzzing with boys efficiently eating and the hotel staff busily refilling; but amongst the bustle the staff was sure to compliment the boys and their manners.  In fact there was a man in the same hotel who happened to be at Lower Fort Garry with us in Winnipeg.  He made a point to stop Aaron and tell him how impressed he was on how well they carried on a conversation and how well-mannered they were at both sites.

The main events for the day didn’t really happen until our arrival to Niagara Falls, but there is a bit to talk about between our destinations.  For lunch we stopped at the A&W.  Much like Tim Horton’s, the frosted-mug-and-root-beer franchise seemed to be everywhere we went.  The boys enjoyed their hamburgers, chicken fingers, fries, and onion rings; which, they discovered, tastes great with A&W’s special seasoning.  At the end of the meal, when they were all on the bus, one boy said “A&W made everything better”.

Every day we have rest period after lunch, and the boys were OUT. It was SO quiet.  It wasn’t until the thunderstorm when they started waking up; the enthusiastic chatter and game play filled the bus again.  The rain continued until we stopped for a “washroom” break in Port Severn.  There the staff finally got to taste the famous vanilla lattes from Tim Horton’s.  When the boys were finished with their break they loaded the bus, ready for the final leg of the trip.  They enjoyed Camden’s favorite movie “The Princess Bride” until we got to Niagara Falls.

After the movie I took some time to interview Aiden Blaeser, another “first year” boy.  Aiden is 13yrs old, and lives in St. Michael.  He told me about his tour experience.  “Tour is good. I like the host homes better than I thought.” His favorite part of tour so far is the sightseeing.  He also said that tour concerts are different than regular concerts because you get better at the music every time.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  “Working with animals or something with music”

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?  “Flying, ‘cuz then you can get to places fast.”

If you had three wishes, what would they be?  “Have a recording studio, have a zoo.  I’d also want a flying bus.”

If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why?  “Bruno Mars and do a concert because he does fun concerts”

If you could time-travel, where and when would you go?  “Stay in this time.  If you go in the future then your life is already told.”

Thanks, Aiden.  It’s great to get to know you.

Niagara Falls looked kind of looked like Las Vegas with the lights and bustle.  The boys were very ready to get off the bus from the long trip.  We arrived at the Four Points Sheraton around 6pm, got them settled into their rooms, and had dinner from a highly recommended pizza place called Zappi’s.

The boys finally got to swim in a hotel pool tonight.  You could tell Stewart was hesitant to go in right away.  He knew what was coming…and what he was obligated to do.  After watching Camden get toasted by the boys, he finally went in.  All the boys saw him jump in and they immediately clumped around him for their turn to take him under.  Alex was first to get to him.  With his size and strength he went after Stewart full force, lifting the master Prefect and capsizing him victoriously.  Needless to say, that was Alex only victory against the LOLCB’s Pool Powerhouse.

With a little bit of time left in the evening, the belly flops and chicken fights ended, and Aaron took them down to the Falls for a colorful, misty nightcap.  The Falls were lit with red, green, yellow, and blue hues. A perfect ending for the day.



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