Second monkey used to worked in Japan so when her Japanese neighbors visited the United States, we decided to meet up in Buffalo, New York to check out Niagara Falls as they were coming from New York City. We were in Minnesota at the time and decided to go by Amtrak first to Ohio to visit her sister en-route to Niagara Falls. The train ride to Ohio was a great way to travel with a little monkey because of the roomy seats and availability to roam throughout the train. From Ohio, we rented a car to continue our journey to Buffalo. We checked into our Hotel meeting place.

Buffalo is full of tourists and very lively in summer. I decided to take a helicopter tour of Niagara Falls but Second monkey decided to just see it on the ground. We also took the “Maid of the Mist” boat tour to get close to the cascading waterfall. On our way back to the Hotel, there was some commotion with police officers being called. Apparently, some German tourists were not happy being charge double (according to them) for the tours and want their money back. They had booked their trip through the hotel tour counter. We thought at first that some big things are going on.

On our trip to Buffalo, we passed through several States on I-80. We didn’t have much time to checked out any place, except for the occasional Rest stop. I come back the same way but Second Monkey spent some more time in Ohio while I continued to Minnesota to catch my flight to Malaysia.