Hope, British Columbia

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From Anacortes, we headed north and crossed the Canadian border at Sumas, WA.  Once across, we turned east to the town of Hope.  This small town is on the Frasier River at the southern end of the Frasier Valley.  This is a place of spectacular natural beauty.  Near vertical granite mountains rise up in all directions.  The Trans Canada Highway runs through the valley.

In 1848, Fort Hope was established by Hudson’s Bay Company at the trailhead for what is now known as HBC Heritage Trail.  This trail was originally developed as a way to reach inland bypassing Frasier Valley since the valley walls were too steep to navigate.  In the years following, the fur trade and the 1858 Frasier River Gold Rush supported Hope and its residents.

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Niagara Falls

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Yes, it’s true.  Niagara Falls is amazing.  It seems like that word is getting overused these days.  Can a hamburger really be “amazing”?  Let’s agree that Niagara Falls is truly amazing.  It’s one of those wonders of nature that you have to experience in person to fully appreciate.  After visiting Niagara Falls and Iguazú Falls (in August 2013), we have now seen two of the world’s three most spectacular waterfalls with Victoria Falls remaining for a future trip.  Niagara Falls, consisting of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, is tops in terms of vertical drop combined with water volume but the 1.7 miles long series of waterfalls at Iguazú deserves its own type of amazing.

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Cincinnati, OH

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We stayed in an area on the north side of Cincinnati called Winton Woods, specifically in the Winton Woods County Park.  It’s a beautiful park with a large lake, large forested areas and ample walking/biking paths.  The campground here was very nice, too.

Downtown Cincinnati

We spent one day exploring a little bit of downtown Cincinnati, mostly around the Riverfront area.  With the Bengal’s Paul Brown Stadium on one side and the Cincinnati Red’s Great American Ball Park on the other, the Smale Riverfront Park is a very inviting outdoor space for all ages.  From the park you can also access the remarkable John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge which spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, KY.  When this beautiful bridge was opened in 1866, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge at 1,057 feet.  The next project for the designer of this bridge, John A. Roebling was the Brooklyn Bridge.

Next stop:  Hocking Hills State Park