Friday, July 20, 2012

Letchworth State Park, NY

Well, no surprise here – I am behind in blogging again.  Some comments on my last blog of Watkins Glen were about the rain.  Even though the pictures don’t show it, it did rain.  Luckily I was there long enough to work my hikes around the rain.  Actually for 3 recent stops in the RV, I either set up in rain or just minutes before a storm.  Twice I didn’t hook up for a few hours due to the lightening. 

I stayed at Letchworth State Park in New York June 10 – 13.  Letchworth is called “the Grand Canyon of the East”  (another Grand Canyon) and is known for the waterfalls.

From this first view of the falls, you can just make out 2 of the waterfalls and the canyon.  The second picture is a closeup, so it is easier to see the 2 falls.

The upper water fall has a railroad trestle just behind it.

One day, I took my lunch and was enjoying a picnic by this waterfall.  I watched some kids walk out on the trestle for a short distance.  While they were on it a train blew it’s whistle.  They ran extremely fast to get off the trestle and within minutes the train was coming across it.  I don’t think I would try that!!

I really enjoyed the waterfalls, but the canyon was great also -

I was attempting to take some closer pictures of this falls and the mist when a bird flew right in front of the camera exactly when I pressed the shutter.  Of course if I was trying to take a picture of the bird, I would have missed the shot.

I went to the falls one morning just after sunrise and saw a beautiful rainbow.

There was a very short trail leading from the upper falls (the pictures above) to the middle falls (the picture below).

For a while, I wasn’t sure where I was headed next.  I have to be in Wisconsin in August.  But I wasn’t sure if I was going to cut across Canada, drive thru the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) or go back down NY, thru Ohio and up Michigan to the UP then to Wisconsin.  I finally decided to go the NY/Ohio route.  My next blog will be several stops as I took few pictures.  Just so you know, I am currently in Houghton, MI at one of the parks I stayed at last year.