Today we only spent a few hours in Toronto.Â Really, the only thing we did there was get the whole crew together and have breakfast at the Grenadier CafÃ© in High Park.
Both the coffee and the food were great.Â It was even better, because the cafe had an outdoor seating patio where you could enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while eating.
Also, I stole the check.Â It was really satisfying, because most of the weekend everyone else was paying for meals, and I had no chance to pay for anything.Â Both A and his mom are A++ check grabbers.Â On the one hand, it’s not the best move for me to pay for things right now because I’m unemployed.Â But at the same time, it was a little frustrating, because it felt unbalanced.
It was also a really funny situation, because I managed to sneak my debit card out of my walletâ€“which was in my backpack hanging off the back of my chairâ€“without anyone seeing.Â I went into the cafe, “to wash my hands,” and just as I was finishing paying, H came in and said to the waitress, “I’ll be right backâ€“can I get the check?”Â Then went to the restroom.Â The waitress an I cracked up, and I went back outside.
Now, I should have warned H that I’d already gotten it, but I didn’t want her to make a fuss.Â She was a little confused when she came out a few minutes later, but I explained that I’d paid.Â I was amused, even if no one else was.Â After that, we finished up our coffee, and went for a walk in the park.
We didn’t have a lot of time, but we did go to a Japanese garden:
And had a chance to walk up a hill that overlooked this extremely patriotic flower arrangement:
After that, we dropped C & S off at their apartment, and I grabbed my car.Â Then A, H and I caravanned to Niagara Falls.
I’d never been to the Canadian side of the falls before, and I heard the view was better from there. Ergo, we stopped to take pictures and whatnot before crossing the border back to the US.Â We parked pretty far from the area where you can actually see the falls, but hiked down.Â On the way, I saw this, which will be an excellent addition to my collection of weird sign pictures:
It was totally worth the hike:
We took a lot of photos, but time was getting shortâ€“A and H had a plane to catch.Â We crossed back over to the US (with many fewer questions) and I got checked into the hotel I’d be staying in overnight.Â (Originally, I was supposed to head straight to my grandparents’ in Rochester today, but they decided that they really didn’t want me to come ’til Wednesday evening.)
After a tearful goodbye, I was on my own.Â I decided that I wanted to do some more walking, so I indulged myself by heading down to the park on the US side of the falls.Â While I was there, I experimented a little bit with long-exposure water photography:
I also came across this view, which seemed a little post-apocalyptic to me, for some reason:
Anyway, I eventually went back to the hotel and repacked my bags to use less space.Â Then I went to bed.