New York: Albany

We checked out at 10:30am from Motel 6 and headed out to Starbucks. Side note: We rely on our GPS for everything and we've been really happy with it. However, on thing I wish it would do is tell us when a Starbucks is a stand-alone-store or inside a grocery store etc. It would just be nice to know what kind of experience we will have before we experience it. The one it took us to this morning was in a mall!

*Short story below that has nothing to do with Albany*

It was fine though--we met a kid named Shaun who was saving money to move out to Redondo beach with his girlfriend. He had recently been signed to a record label that he will be working with to record his EP. It was really awesome to see young kids still going after their dreams! Man that makes me feel old saying that. *queue granny voice* Youngin's these days don't know what they're gettin' into! Bless their little hearts *end granny voice*

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Now that we're caffeinated again, we began our journey to Albany NY! Remember when I mentioned the crazy tolls? Yeah well we paid $12.85 for ONE toll going from Buffalo to Albany. Crazy! I cannot fathom how they get away with this madness.

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Since there really was nothing we planned to do in Albany, we decided we needed to at least try and get some pizza. Sovanas was rated pretty high for decent authentic NY pizza.

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We got two slices for $5! The only downfall about the place was it was in a really sketch neighborhood---we were literally watching our car out the window while stuffing our faces as fast as we could. We parked right outside and we put the steering wheel lock on and took the radio and gps with us. 😂

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Many of the buildings we saw driving into Albany were quite old and mostly made from brick. Nothing we haven't seen already in the multiple other cities we've been to. However one thing that always changes state to state is the trees. Trees are different in literally every state we have visited. They are getting much thinner, more sparse, and come in all shades of green.

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Since Albany is the capital of NY we had to at least see some old important buildings and statues. We parked further out of the ghetto over by the empire plaza and walked around taking pics of the buildings and the egg. Super cool.

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Visiting Albany definitely didn't feel like we were in New York. Well considering I've only been to NYC, I guess that's not really a fair analysis. It was obviously not as hectic and had a lot less cars on the road and people walking around. Although we keep forgetting that people have jobs and that's most likely the reason why the places we visit on weekdays are so quiet. Nevertheless, we were glad to get out of the car, walk around a bit and eat some authentic NY pizza! Next stop Vermont.

New York: Niagra Falls

Remember this was our first night in the East Coast time zone? We slept 10 hours! We left Walmart at 11am to head out to Niagra Falls. We were freezing last night but thanks to our hand warmers and mummy sleeping bags we stayed nice and toasty! We are officially up north now.

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We crossed over the border of NY a few hours later where we received a punch card for a toll then proceeded on our way over a few more tolls. Glad we brought change from home! It's ridiculous how much money tolls collect ESPECIALLY on the east coast.

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We arrived at Niagra Falls around 2pm, found parking and heading towards the pedestrian bridge to walk over the border into Canada. No toll on the way over to walk but 50 cents a person on the way back.

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We ate lunch at a family owned restaurant that also had a gift shop. We got a sticker for the truck and had a super nice lady wait on us.

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Chris got fish and chips which were really good. Made it to his top 5!

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I got a croissant sandwich that was homemade with a salad and the best balsamic dressing I've ever had.

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After lunch we decided to take the horn blower cruise $25 a person to check out the falls from a ferry boat.

We were on the bottom level outside right on the railing so we were able to get some great shots while of course getting soaked from the mist! So fun and definitely worth it.

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We then walked around the town which was literally like a theme park. Like Disneyland and the Santa Cruz boardwalk had a baby and shipped it to Canada. The wax museum, Ripley's Believe it of Not, ice cream and fudge shops--you name it they had it all on one street! Chris and I were thinking that since Canada doesn't really have many cool attractions like the US, they went all out playing up the main attraction they do have. We got chocolate dipped sprinkle waffle cone ice creams with chocolate and vanilla swirl soft serve and walked around for a while taking it all in.

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On the way back down to head back to the US we stopped and got a flight of local craft brews at Niagra Brewing Company. We ordered a flight of their best beers and to be honest they really were nothing to write home about.

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I booked us in a Motel 6 for the night because we really needed a shower and a warm bed. At $63 a night we couldn't complain. We checked in and watched the Harry Potter movies on TV for awhile before going out to dinner at "Third Street Retreat," which I read was supposed to be a great local spot. When we got there we learned that they were family owned and had really great buffalo wings! So we ate buffalo wings in Buffalo NY :) Next stop Albany & Vermont!