3 weeks ago
Ithaca Falls — After my hopes of hiking Taughannock Falls during the polar vortex had been thwarted I turned my attention to Ithaca Falls. Certainly it would be quite as impressive during the storm. And with such a short hike from the parking lot to the falls how could the trail possibly manage to be closed. Right? . . . Wrong. My first clue should have been that the parking lot had not been plowed, but I didn’t let that discourage me. Instead I found a spot to park down one of the side streets and headed out on foot to the falls. But I didn’t get far. Again I was stopped short of my goal. Not by CLOSED signs this time, however. This time there was no need for the signs—Mother Nature made it abundantly clear that she had closed down the trail of her own accord. As you can see in the photo I snagged from the bridge (an overlook photo again: now 0 for 2 in my vortex hiking attempts) the creek was full and bursting. I’m sure something about the constant snow, snow melt, and freeze we’ve been experiencing this year has built up the ice and flow so that the creek now extends from one gorge wall to the other, leaving nowhere to hike unless you dare try your luck out on the ice. Still, despite my initial disappointment, this was a stop well worth making even if I could only take in the beautiful scene from the bridge. Though if anyone has ever tempted to hike the ice I’d love to hear about it. Anyone?
Photo Credit: @adventure.ithaca
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