Friday Two Cents: Continued – Answering The Call


I finally answered that call from the road. I was thinking about were to go all Saturday and I decided on the Niagara region. I have been to the Niagara region almost every year since I was a child and it seemed like the perfect place to go to just get away from the city and enjoy the beautiful weather and landscape.

Stratus Winery

Stratus Winery

I started by visiting one of the many wineries in the area. I have been to a few in the Niagara region but there are still some that I have not visited. Stratus was on the way so I dropped by to see what they had to offer. I have heard about their wines but never tried any and boy, am I glad I did. I had a wine tasting of four of their premier wines; a white and red blend, a Merlot and a Riesling. All were fantastic and I had to get them, for some special occasions. The good thing about these wines is that the longer you let them sit the better they taste. Just remember to store them in a dark cool place.
After the winery I made my way to Niagara-on-the-lake. A charming little town with many wonderful distractions for anyone to enjoy. After purchasing a scone, I indulged my artistic talents by sketching different scenes about the town. I then was able to go for a walk about the town where I discovered a wonderful bit of history. Within the public golf course I found Fort Mississauga built-in the 1850s after the War of 1812 to help defend Canada from the Americans. The fort was interesting and I wouldn’t have found it if a stray golf ball nearly missed me and I stopped by a sign to pick up the ball (it was on public property and no one came of it). The sign had information about the fort and I had to see it for myself.
Fort Mississauga

Fort Mississauga

This historical journey wetted my appetite and once I was on my way to Niagara Falls, I made a stop at the Brock Monument. I visited this site before with some boy scouts years earlier, but I just had the need to visit it again. I read about the battles about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Queenstown Heights is one that fills me with pride. At this battle General Brock personally lead the counter attack against the American invades at the cost of his own life. He may have fallen but in the end the Canadians and British prevailed and repulsed the invaders. It seemed appropriate to visit this monument and remember.
The Brock Monument

The Brock Monument

To finish off the day I made it to Niagara Falls were I simply took a walk along the cliff edge and took in all the splendour. The great natural wonder and the sheer number of people who came to the Falls was breath as always. I would imagine the weather and long weekend brought them out too. The day was topped off with a nice meal at the Fallsview Casino’s Grand Buffet. A wonderful end to a day full of new tastes and delights as I enjoyed the view of the Falls.
In the end it was just a short adventure to a place where I have been many times before, yet even though I have been there before, I enjoyed a few new adventures. Discovering the new tastes at the Stratus winery and a bit of history at Fort Mississauga and the Brock Monument made the excursion one to remember.



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