Here is Collin's team after receiving their finalist trophies, and medals. They also received the "Judges" Award. We were extremely proud of their accomplishments, it is so awesome to see all the hard work paying off....
Below is a happy Collin and his girlfriend, Sam with their medals and one of the trophy.
Sam made Ally her own little LuNaTeC crown, and then one of the mentors on the team gave her an orbit ball necklace.
And here are the GRRRolling LuNaTeCs...
I started looking at all the brochures, and all of them were saying that you have to see the falls at night because they are lit up and beautiful. Motherly guilt kicked in and I asked the kids if they wanted to go...of course they did. So out we went into the downpour to see the beautiful falls in the drenching rain.
They actually were stunning with the lights on them, but between the darkness and the pouring rain, I didn't get one picture of the falls that turned out.
I did get a picture of the boys though...Allyson and Fred stayed behind because at this point Allyson was sound asleep...
The next day, after a
scrumptious free breakfast at our hotel where we were joined by Collin's girlfriend, her mom and sister, we treked across the street to see the falls in the light of day.
Sam and her sister, Shannon..
Collin and Sam
After Sam and her family left, we headed out to Goat Island, which is one of the island's between the American falls and the Canadian falls. When we came back, the observation deck was open that hangs out over the river for a spectacular view of the falls.
On the way home, we also stopped in Locksport, New York so we could see a lock on the Erie Canal. Just something we thought the boys might be interested in seeing and since it was practically on the way home, why not?
It was cool to see...although I was freezing! I think it would have been much better to actually see a boat go through it, but it is the wrong time of year for that.
Then we headed home...it was a whirlwind weekend. I was really glad to get the kids to Niagara Falls once so they could see what it was like. Last year, when we went to Rochester for one of Collin's competitions, we didn't get to go on to Niagara as we planned because of tons of snow and more on the way so I was glad this year that we could go there since it was not too far.