Today was my youngest son's big day. His future at St. Catherines this week is based on how he does on this day in his heat. So, we spent most of the day on the island to cheer him on.
The morning started as a muddy mess as the skies opened up. Kyle rowed his heat and did well - bettering his time from earlier this week by almost 20 seconds. But, the times in the Junior B event were simply blazing. Heat times in the 7:30 range were not uncommon. So, we are done rowing this year.
But - we took advantage of his early exit to do some more touristy things in Niagara. We headed over to the Whirlpool Jet Boats to run the rapids in the Niagara River in a 1500 horsepower Jet Boat. Absolutely fantastic! Like to log ride at Disneyland on steroids. At one point, we were plowing through 10 to 15 foot waves in the boat (http://www.whirlpooljet.com/). We left absolutely soaked! And had a blast doing it!
This also gave us a first opportunity to roam Clifton Hill. The boys and I had a great dinner at the Keg Steakhouse, then went to the Fudge Factory, walked the shops of the Hill, enjoyed a couple of games of pool at the midway, and relaxed in our room. A nice day for us to do some bonding.