Friday, January 27, 2017

Past POIs - Sunset Lake Floating Bridge [Brookfield, Vermont, USA]

During a roadtrip, I use Roadtrippers to find some interesting points of interest that are normally along our route just to break up the drive a bit instead of stopping at the usual pitstops like Enroutes in Ontario. It was recommended to me by Mike and has worked pretty well for when we are in the USA, however, it is a bit disappointing when used in Canada since there seems to be less things to see.


Anyways, during our winter roadtrip through Vermont, we stopped at the Sunset Lake Floating Bridge and let me tell you, it was disappointing and confusing to see during the winter time. We came here in February 2014 and it was covered in snow and we both looked at it and wonder, 'that's it?' as though we were missing something. Actually, do this day, I thought it was a weird stop and it was because we didn't know the history behind this bridge and actually when we went, it was still under repair and not open to cars.


This floating bridge is actually floating, there are no usual columns that hold up the bridge and this is due to the  fact that the lake is too deep to build the columns to hold up the bridge. So when this bridge was made, it was built on top of floating barrels. It was built in 1820 and has actually been rebuilt 7 times since then with the latest iteration being finished in 2015 at a cost of $2.4 million.


I think if you are in the area, you should probably pay it a visit outside of wintertime since you won't understand what you are seeing/standing on. The bridge itself is designed to accommodate both vehicles and pedestrians where it has room for one lane of traffic and two raised sidewalks on each side for pedestrians. It sounds like when there is a vehicle on the bridge, it will actually sag due to the extra weight on it which sounds neat when I write about this, but worrisome if I were to be driving along it.

Also, this is one of only a handful of floating bridge in the country!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Past POIs - Butterfly Conservatory [Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada]

Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario is the Butterfly Conservatory which has over 2,000 butterflies covering 45 different species inside when you enter and just a short drive from Niagara Falls, so you are probably in the area anyways and if it sounds interesting, you should stop on by.


There is plenty to see and the price is a bit high at $15, but if you do plan on visiting, I would suggest that you check out the Niagara Falls pass which allows you entry to this and a few other locations as well as coupons for things that you will likely visit anyways.


There will be butterflies everywhere, flying around and even eating fruit that is placed in the conservatory itself. If you are afraid of butterflies or things landing on you, this might not be the place since it is likely going to happen.


Overall, I had a good time here, although the price may scare off some people, and it isn't very large and can be covered in about 30 minutes depending on what you intend to do inside.

For more information, visit the official website at https://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/butterfly-conservatory.html

Did you know that butterflies and moths have a lot in common? After visiting this place, I actually didn't realize that what I thought were moths are actually butterflies. The easiest way to tell them apart is the antennae. Butterflies are sticks with a bulb at the end whereas moths are just sticks.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Past POIs - Fresque des Québécois [Quebec City, Quebec]

When you visit Quebec City, don't forget to search for the huge outdoor murals. I only noticed the Fresque des Québécois when we visited, but there is also Fresque du Petit-Champlain that you should see as well.


If you stand in front of it, it will look like you transport you somewhere else. And if you have the time, make sure to look in the windows and you will see dozens of historic figures and famous Quebec writers and artists.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Past POI - Gatlinburg Tennessee [Gatlinburg, Tennessee]

Gatlinburg Tennessee, an accidental stop for us, but it was a pretty cool stop to see. We actually came here when we were visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area and we were looking for something to eat. If I remember correctly, one of the park rangers suggested it to us after we went to visit the Clingman Dome.


Once you leave the GSMNP, we were whisked away to a place that really reminded me of Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls, Ontario. There is one main strip and all along it were all kinds of shops. Shops for food, snacks, souvenirs and more. Attractions are a plenty here if you are interested, there is a Ripley's Aquarium here, the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, Guiness World Records Museum, just to name a few. I can totally see a day spent here if you were so interested, had we known more about the place we could have planned it better but with the time that we had, we just had lunch, walked around a bit and left. It would have been nice to spend more time here.

In November 2016, there was a huge wildfire that went through Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which caused massive damage and it was really sad to hear since we were there not too long ago. I'm not sure what condition it is in now, but when I was there in 2015, it was a wonderful place to stop by and go for a walk.

Visit the official website for more information at http://www.gatlinburg.com/

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