Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Sunday in New York

October 23rd, 2016

Bonus Sunday Post!

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors like me spellbound. This was an amazing Fall hike and I couldn’t wait a week to tell you about what I saw on the trail: the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course! The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge for incredible photo opportunities.

It’s easy to see why Watkins Glen State Park was chosen from more than 6,000 state parks across the nation as a nominee in the 2015 USA Today Reader’s Choice for Best State Park in the United States. Look at the photos and see if you agree.

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Sentry Bridge

Sentry Bridge

Tunnels in the gorge were hand-cut into the rock in the early 1900's.

Tunnels in the gorge were hand-cut into the rock in the early 1900’s.

Sentry Bridge

Sentry Bridge

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Cavern Cascade is 1 of 2 visitors can walk behind. Cavern Cascade and other waterfalls have created Watkins Glen by eroding rocks deep in the hillside.

Cavern Cascade is 1 of 2 visitors can walk behind. Cavern Cascade and other waterfalls have created Watkins Glen by eroding rocks deep in the hillside.

In the Narrows area it stays shady and cool like a rainforest.

In the Narrows area it stays shady and cool like a rainforest.

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Glen Pools area

Glen Pools area

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Looking down from the suspension bridge 85 feet above the creek. During the great flood of 1935, water rose within 5 feet of it!

Looking down from the suspension bridge 85 feet above the creek. During the great flood of 1935, water rose within 5 feet of it!

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Sunday in New York

October 23rd, 2016

Niagara is known for the falls, but many overlook the magical Butterfly Conservatory which features over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight! The self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory prepared me with a short, informative video presentation.

Fully prepared I enjoyed a magical path winding through a warm rainforest filled with butterflies floating freely through the air. I wish all of us could enjoy such serenity in our lives.

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Yes, I braved the freezing rain to witness the classic North American landmark, Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. Its breathtaking beauty have been revered by generations of awestruck visitors. Today, Niagara Falls State Park welcomes visitors through freezing rain and wind who bring their spirit of adventure to experience this special place, with one of the world’s most popular attractions as its centerpiece. I was there and I’ll try to return for photos as weather permits.

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Next week: Elmira

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.