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Note: This travelog was written in 2018, so many details have long been forgotten since we took the trip.

Tuesday, April 3, 2002: We drove up to Battle Creek and visited Kellogg's World of Cereal.
We had a very nice visit there and spent the night in a nearby hotel.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002: We drove the Canadian route to Niagara Falls. En route, we passed hundreds of Canadian flags at half mast, because the Queen Mother had passed away the previous week on March 30.
We checked into Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel where we had a loft suite overlooking the falls. This gave us a front row seat to the light show when it got dark. In this photo, you can see both the American falls lit up in bright colors on the left and the Canadian falls lit up in green on the right.

Thursday, April 4, 2002: From our suite, here's the view to the far right, ...
... the Canadian side of the falls straight ahead of us, ...
... and the American side of the falls to the left.
We headed out to see Niagara Falls up close. That's our hotel up on the hill. We were on the 16th floor near the top of the hotel.
Flags were half-mast here too.
Here we are! That's beautiful Horseshoe Falls.
There are the American Falls. We finally made it there in 2018.
We were bundled up well for the cold weather. The temperature was just above freezing.
Jill got this photo of Mom and Tom.
Next, we headed to Journey Behind the Falls. It's a series of long tunnels that lead to two openings behind the falls.
Here's a rough map of the layout, but not really to scale at all.
Here's Jill at Cataract Portal.
There's a two-level observation platform where you can get very close to the edge of the falls.
The mist from the falls guarantees that you'll get wet if you stand here very long, so we stuck to the upper level, which had a roof over it.
Here's the view downriver toward the American side and the Rainbow Bridge.
And here's the Canadian side again.

Friday, April 5, 2002: Our suite at Niagara Falls was amazing -- a two-story loft on the 16th floor of the hotel closest to the Falls, with two-story floor-to-ceiling windows.
Claire was able to play all day ...
... and we were able to enjoy a stunning view while relaxing inside.
Here's the top floor. It had a large Jacuzzi tub, ...
... and a fireplace.
The second floor overlooked the first, ...
... and had this stunning view out of the second floor window.
From the top of the stairs, we had a great view of ...
... the American side of the falls as well.
Snow hit this evening while the falls were illuminated, and the snow got so heavy that the falls disappeared for a half hour. It was very cool to watch from our suite.

Saturday, April 6, 2002: The snow the night before had left a coat of white all over, even on the Niagara Falls sign here.
On our way out of town, we passed the Hershey's Store ...
... before crossing the Rainbow Bridge to the American side.
We drove three-and-a-half hours to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where we spent some time touring the exhibits.
Situated right on the water, we got to see a little of Lake Erie when we walked around the grounds a bit. We spent the night at a hotel in downtown Cleveland where we were serenaded by sirens and noise all night long, before heading home to Indianapolis the next day.

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