I don’t like doing things by myself. I just don’t. I prefer to do things with friends or family. Someone to share the story of the experience with after. For me I want to make those memories live forever by talking about them. Sharing inside jokes, and reliving the moments with who was there.
Because of this, I had a hard time going to Ontario by myself. I went for Kelly and Josh’s wedding, and their family welcomed me with open arms, and I am so grateful to them! Thursday, however, I had the entire day to myself. My adventurous side said GO. Do something. And I found myself googling how far Cambridge was from Niagara Falls. Just under 1.5 hours. I knew then I was gonna go. I had to. I had never seen a Great Lake or Niagara Falls.
So I went. I didn’t think about it. I just bought a phone charger for my phone to make sure I had GPS, and the night before I planned a few stops and off I went. It’s embaressing, but I cried on the way to the Falls. Partly because I was so excited. The Fall colours are like nothing in BC, the Falls are one of the most amazing things I have ever seen, and secondly because there was no one next to me. No one to reach over, squeeze their arm and say “I can’t believe we are here!”
It by far was the highlight of my trip though. It taught me a valuable lesson too. The best adventures happen when we are a little bit uncomfortable. When we are unsure of whether or not we can do it. They don’t have to involve epic rock climbing, or white water rafting. It just needs to be you, pushing yourself a bit further than you thought you could go. Doing something part of your brain is trying to talk you out of doing….because when I was standing up on the edge of the Niagara Falls platform getting covered in mist, I was so damn glad I did it.
Once your nerves are squashed, it’s surprising how far you can go. After Niagara Falls, rather then head right back to the hotel, I stopped by two wineries for a wine tasting, and shopped and bought lunch in Niagara on the Lake, and ate lunch overlooking one of the Great Lakes. All by myself.
*I have to note though, the major downfall of travelling alone is the ridiculously awkward and unflattering selfies that occur. See below.*