Upper falls in Letchworth State Park
Wow, it's hard to believe but we have only two more weeks left here in New York before we'll start heading south for the winter!
Time has certainly gone by fast, although part of it is due to the fact that we took a few weeks longer to get here, and arrived a little later in the season than we normally do.
So far we've seen pretty much what we wanted to see here, but we had two more items on our 'to-see-list' left.
So when last Sunday promised to be a beautiful day, we decided to check out one of them and drove to Letchworth State Park, about 60 miles to the south of us.
And we were very happy we did, because this Park is a absolutely gorgeous!Voted America's #1 State park (in 2015, but let's not get too knit-picky) and known as the 'Grand Canyon of the East', the park is roughly 17 miles long, following the course of the Genesee River as it flows north through a deep gorge with three major waterfalls and cliffs as high as 600 feet, surrounded by lush forests.
We entered the park at Perry in the North and drove the 10 mile park road, following the gorge, to Portage Canyon in the south where the waterfalls are located.
Along the way you come across several viewing areas, located high above the muddy river ...
Unfortunately we were a little too early for any significant fall colors, but here and there we came across the red leaves of a maple or two and a whole lot of acorns ...
It's a really beautiful drive ...
Eventually you reach the Middle Falls, which is the largest of the three ...
We took a break here and had a great lunch at the historic and restored Glen Iris Inn, former residence of William Pryor Letchworth, the founder of the park, which has a beautiful view of the falls.
Showing your $10 entrance ticket gives you $10 off the bill. Not bad!
Afterward we took the foot-path in front of the Inn that eventually brings you to the Upper Falls. First you get a good look of those Middle Falls though ...
Lots of moss is covering the high cliffs in front of the falls, they love the constant spray ..
We even caught a double rainbow!
A short walk along the rim of the gorge brings you to the Upper Falls, arguably the most scenic of them all:
We agreed that two of the tree waterfalls were probably all we wanted to see, so we left the lower Falls (which also involved a 4 mile hike) for what is was, and went home.
In hind-side we should have visited the Humphrey Nature Center that's supposed to be very nice, but somehow I missed the information about it's existence/interest.
Oh well .. it was a beautiful park and we're glad we took the time to visit.
Back home, I decorated for Fall. Off course!
And I had a helper. Off course!
I actually helped them out for a while, since they were short a 'runner', who'd bring the planks to and from the guy managing the table-saw outside.
Now everything went a lot smoother and we put it up in a day!
So, two more weeks, and counting .. down, that is ...
Before we leave we'd like to visit the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge one more time, and we also need to do a little more maintenance on the truck and RV, but other than that we're pretty much 'done'.
The route is roughly set and we're getting excited to get 'on the road again'. Soon!