Most bloggers have titles for their blogs that give you an idea of what they’re trying to do with their blog. But not many bloggers actually take it a step further and inspire others to embrace their stated ideals. Recently, I found out that there are bloggers that do just this when I met up with another WP blogger, Joanne Sisco.
The thing about Joanne is……
She’s goal-oriented, organized, and forward thinking. Joanne’s blog is called My Life Lived Full and boy does she! Joanne’s personal goal for herself this year is to try 52 new things. To this end, she created a spreadsheet of possible things to try and even broke them down by category. Many people, myself included, would read that and believe she meant to try one new thing a week for the year. Not so. As of February 28, 2015, basically 8 weeks into the year, she had already accomplished 24 new things.
Another thing about Joanne is….
She’s a go-getter. On Joanne’s list of new things was a trip to Niagara Falls in the winter. One day, she grabbed a friend, jumped in the car, and headed south from Toronto and made this happen. She subsequently posted about it here and made me so jealous with her pictures and get-up-and-go-make-it-happen attitude.
One of my goals when we moved to this area this year was to do that very trek – to see the Falls in winter. We’ve made countless trips to the Falls, past the Falls, under the Falls, and over the Falls in the summers, but I’d yet to see them in the winter. As our son’s passport expired this year and we don’t want to renew it till he turns 16 this summer so he can get the 10-year adult one and not another 5-year child passport, we’re kind of locked into the American side of the Falls right now and that held zero interest for me. Canada is where it’s at….anyone with a brain knows this…or so I thought….
I commented on Joanne’s post that I was insanely jealous and I would’ve loved to have met her up there had I known she would be going. I never thought much about it after I posted it. I knew I’d never actually meet anyone from the Blogosphere….much too scary to contemplate. I’m smart enough to know what creeps troll the Net looking for unwary prey. Nope, not me. Never happen.
So of course, what happened next?
Joanne wrote me and offered to redo her trip down there just to encourage me to go and do this. I was wary; but I admit, excitement overtook me. I so wanted to see the Falls in winter. I really did. I didn’t really even hesitate. Kind of surprising actually that me, always colouring in the lines and following the rules, was now ready to ditch it all to grab this brass ring when it came flying by.
The only thing was….my husband and son and I envisioned us all doing this together. So I mentioned to Joanne that we were kind of trapped right now with the passport situation and how would she feel about coming to the American side this time. She was all for it saying she’d never done the American side of the Falls either and it could go on her list of 52 new things.
This brings me to my next thing about Joanne……..
She’s brave. Hopping in her car and driving over an international border on her own to meet up with strangers in a foreign country with less than a week’s notice? Not a problem.
And so she did! We met up at Niagara Falls State Park. Joanne posted about it here.
We must have walked miles that afternoon in the four hours we were together. It was very strange actually that though Joanne and I had never met in person, we talked all day as if it was the most natural thing in the world. After both of us deciding that the other had an accent, we talked while we walked across the bridge to Goat Island to take in those views.
We traipsed the trails in the park still talking.
We even went up on the overlook and kept right on talking!
What we saw in the park though was another total surprise.
Having very little expectation of anything good on the “lesser” American side of the Falls, we were all totally blown away at sights we encountered. Oh, Canada has the American side beat on amusements, etc. in the surrounding area, but I actually found that the American side is a feast of natural scenery that is a winter extravaganza! I, being the lover of winter and outdoor photography that I am, had hit pay dirt!
What was most interesting from my perspective was that the Falls themselves held very little interest for me once I was there. I was much more interested in the mist – the mist we felt in droplets falling on us as soon as we stepped out of our vehicle – the mist that froze on each and every branch of a tree, the street lamps, fence posts, etc. in the area of the park. You could actually tell which side the Falls were on just by looking at a street lamp or fence post and seeing which side had the thicker covering of ice.
And, because of the mist, the scenery was incredible!! I took some of the best pix of my life up here. Joanne’s already shown you a good shot of the rainbow, but feast on the rest of this winter buffet of beauty……
So there you go. The day I chose to live my life full thanks to these THINGS ABOUT JOANNE. Also, as I told Joanne, I now know, …..
Winter = Niagara Falls, New York!