Sunday, August 12, 2012

Blessings and Rainbows at Niagara Falls

 Debra Clopton here--hoping you are all having a wonderful day! Chuck and I were in Canada this last week and our last stop was Niagara Falls--this is a shot of a rainbow over the falls, one of many we saw on Friday and Saturday. It was supposed to be mostly rain on these two days, but we ignored the declaration and headed there hoping to just hear the roar of the falls if nothing else.

We were ten minutes away, having driven across Canada from our last working destination of Lake Huron, when the sun came out! We'd driven through rain most of the way and could only hope God would give us a window...He did more than that--He blessed us with two absolutely perfect days to see the falls. The clouds were there on Friday, but so was the sun and the fight was on in grand fashion as they put on a show about who would win out in the end. Their fight made Friday a beautiful day for rainbows. It was an awesome treat. Then Saturday dawned with the sun so bright it was crystal clear. Gorgeous in every way. Just look at the color of that water! I have so many photos that I could drive you crazy with them, and never finish this blog post so I'm just putting up a few. And all of this to say...that if Chuck and I hadn't taken a chance and gone ahead and driven to the falls we would have missed out on the blessing of all of this beauty. We felt so blessed to have the opportunity to be there in the first place.

 My August release HER HOMECOMING COWBOY  is on shelves right now. Earlier in the week of this trip to Canada I got to see it on sale there at Walmart  (checkout my facebook post )and also at the Chapters Book Stores (they are like the Barns and Noble of USA) where I visited with a few of the sales people and signed books that were on the shelves. This was just a side benefit to traveling in the month that I have a book out.

This was actually a working trip for Chuck (he travels almost every other week) and I tag along when he goes to really cool places--such as Canada. I did a lot of writing in hotel rooms while he was meeting with his customers--it was a very productive week for both of us while also giving us time together as we saw the country driving from Toronto to Lake Huron, beautiful farming country. Then, when he was done, we retraced out steps with a stop at Niagara Falls before catching a plane home yesterday. I've blogged a bit about it on my blog at

On my trip I learned a few things about Canadians...I learned that they love french fries. Everywhere I turned there was an advertisement for fries! Or there was a little bus setup on the side of the road selling fresh cut fries. I also learned that Canadians love Rotisserie chicken...I do too so we were well matched. I learned that Canadians have fabulous salads made from locally grown produce. And that they must adore ice cream and chocolate because every town we were in was filled with shops proclaiming specialty chocolates and ice cream--Chuck and I were good and resisted the urge to stop at each and every one of these places and taste test. We were there for each other--isn't that what couples are supposed to do--be there for each other! Yes, we kept each other out of trouble.
Most of the time...sigh, yes, I can not tell a lie. We have a lot in common with the Canadians we love ice cream and chocolate too!

Okay, I'd better cut this blog short and let you all go. I hope you've checked out HER HOMECOMING COWBOY's cover and blurb and the interview with Colt Holden, the hero of the book. Both are in the post below this post. People are telling me they loved the story. I'm thrilled about that since it was on my mind and in my heart for two years before I got the chance to write this story. It's about redemption, love and blessings when you least expect them. Colt needs a rainbow in this book and his rainbow comes in the form of a little boy and his aunt Annie.
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  1. I went to Niagara falls almost 4 years ago. no rainbow but it was pretter. the disappointment was the first place we stopped with shops etc on the way to the falls I saw a stuffed squirrel. I wanted to buy it but we were coming back there so I waited well we didn't go back so no squirrel.
    The maid of the Mist was wonderful.

    On chocolate I discovered Purdy's chocolate when I was there and it was so yummy. We do alot of rotisserie chicken here too in fact thats how most places do there chicken. (of course after getting food poisoning from a chicken I haven't eaten chicken since)

  2. That's wonderful that you saw Niagara Jenny. I'm sure you took a ton of pictures like I did. I'm sorry you didn't get your squirrel :( We too have rotisserie chicken, but it just seemed like it was a specialty in Canada and it was very good.
    I'd have a hard time eating something that made me ill too.
    The Maid in the Midst was cool looking. We didn't have time to do it.
    We did watch a tight rope walker walk 600 feet in the air between the Hilton and the Skylon tower it was crazy! It took him 30 minutes to make it across. Had my toes tingling just watching him because I'm scared of heights lol

  3. Beautiful photos, Debbie! And the story sounds beautiful as well. :)

    Sounds like you had a great trip. How fun to get to travel with Chuck!

  4. Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a wonderful trip. You're better at resisting than I am. I always end up at the chocolate shops. I also love the tea shops in Ontario and make the trip through the area each year, though I've never gotten all the way to Niagara Falls. Maybe I should!

    Congratulations on your new book!

  5. About 3 years ago, we went to a wedding in Buffalo, NY, so we decided to visit Niagara before going home. We were with our two daughters, their husbands, and our 9 month old granddaughter, who had to get a passport to make the trek into Canada. The weather was mostly overcast and rainy, but even though we didn't get the sunshine that Debra experienced, the falls were amazing.

    Debra, so glad you had some beautiful weather.

  6. Christine you should go!!! It is amazing. Your trip sounds fun too.

  7. Merrillee,
    So glad you made it there! Even without the sun I know it was amazing. I'm curious if you got your passport right there? or did you send off for it. My kids are up north and I thought they'd have to wait weeks for one. You'll have to let me know about that.

  8. Hey, Debra. We loved Niagara too. And we have a lot of chocolate and ice cream shops here too. We're close enough to Canada I guess!
    So glad you had a good time.

  9. Hey Debra! I've never been to Niagara Falls, but it's on my wish list for travel. I can, however, relate to traveling with hubby on work. His job took us to Mobile a couple of times and I was able to do some book research. Other trips I just write all day in the hotel (uninterrupted :))

  10. Isn't that neat to get to travel and work together like that Debbie! We love it and knew on our first dates that if we ended up together this would be a wonderful bonus--and it has been.

  11. Lyn, are you on Lake Michigan? I can't remember.

  12. Niagra Falls in on my to-do list! Sounds like so much fun.

  13. I can't believe that I'm late to this discussion!!! I live 10 minutes from Niagara Falls. To think you were so close! Although I'm sure spending a romantic day with hubby was far more interesting. :) I love your pictures. Makes me think that it's about time I spend a day in the Falls again. Did you get over to the Niagara Parks botanical gardens? They are gorgeous. My eldest daughter went to school there and my youngest now drives horse carriage tours through it and N-O-T-L.

    Oh, and did you notice what Canadians love most of all?! Tim Horton's donuts and coffee! :)