Hey, look, you made it back for the conclusion of this life-changing story. Today’s reading brings the final chapter of this three-part series looking back at 37 life travel moments as I celebrate turning 37 on Jan. 8. If you read the first part, you learned about this small-town kid who fell in love with travel brochures at an early age. But in the second part, you discover the girl who stole this boy’s heart, and it all has a happy home in London. Now it’s time for the rest of the story of my 37 life travel moments.
This past year has brought so many great travel experiences and discoveries, not to mention wonderful people I’ve been able to meet. Trips By Lance was launched in 2012 as a travel-planning business, but in February 2013 I switched the focus to a travel blog to share the wonderful experiences we are discovering in this great world. 2013 exposed me to new ideas, experiences and places. Here are some of my favorites in this 2013 travel year in review.
Niagara is a famous place in North America for obvious reasons. But Niagara Falls isn’t the only excitement that can be found in the Niagara Peninsula, just south of Lake Ontario and Toronto. Discovering all the wonders of the Niagara Peninsula can be a daunting challenge for a daylong visit.
“Brace yourself, and whatever you do don’t drop the phone,” I told myself as the exhilarating rush and roar of the water from the Falls rushed over my body, drenching every ounce of my being.
I expected to get wet, but I didn’t think I would feel like I was standing in a cold shower with the water literally taking my breath away. Sure, the thin poncho they gave to everyone before boarding the Maid of the Mist was a hint, but it still didn’t prepare me for what was to come.
So I’ve heard a lot about this place called Canada. I was fortunate enough to have a couple of teammates from the country during my years as a college track runner and their hometown of Toronto always sounded like an awesome place to visit. I’ve heard nothing but fabulous things about Vancouver and Montreal too.
So I figure it’s time I finally head north of the border and check out what these friendly Canadians are like on their own turf. It’s time to explore Canada, or at least parts of Ontario.