Where And When In 2010 travel blog

Overlook of Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon at the entrance to Leonard Harrison State...

The river winds its way between steep canyon walls, covered with the...

Trees and shrubs line the canyon walls.

Taughannock Falls, New York's Cayuga Lake is nearby.

Another view of the falls.

At the Gardeau Overlook, the Genesee River is 550 feet below.

Even New York's impressive greenery can't hide the massive erosion caused by...

Tea Table picnic area shows another dramatic view.

Turkey vulture sits on a rock...

as her mate flies by, soaring hundreds of feet above the Genesee...

Some of the rock formations cause the Genesee River to twist as...

Sorry if you've already seen this one, it's too beautiful to omit.

First glimpse of the Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park.

Viewed from above, the Lower Falls are awesome.

View of the river, below the falls.

Lower Falls in the distance, stairs to the main trail can be...

Sorry if you've already seen this one, it's too beautiful to omit.

Closeup of the Lower Falls.

Viewed from above, you can see the three tiers of the Lower...

Distant view, different angle of the Lower Falls.

Middle Falls up close.

There is a bridge that crosses over the Genesee River just below...

Same place, viewed from above.

The Middle Falls are lit at night. This photo was taken from...

Viewed from a distance, water from the Middle Falls drops 107 feet...

There is a series of stubborn rocks that form a staircase in...

Closeup reveals little of the underlying rocks.

Contrasts of foliage, sky and the water, calm, turbulent, green and blue,...

Turbulent water has etched several caves at the surface of the water...

Fountain in front of the Glen Iris Inn.

You can see some of the exposed shale and the trees that...

A lady on the trail told us her sister was getting married...

Glen Iris was the home of Mr. Letchworth, now a restaurant and...

It had rained, and water was still running downhill.

A rainbow was hidden just below the falling water.

At the southern entrance to the park, Upper Falls tumbles along below...

Viewed from below, mist obscures the sight of the falls.

View of the falls, taken from above.

Seen from above, the mist is less of an obstruction.

Another view from above, the Upper Falls continue to cause mist in...

A feeder looks like a waterfall in its own right as it...

It had rained, and water was still running downhill. This one looks...

If you look under the bridge, you can see the water as...


Before we left Pennsylvania, we took a day to explore the area known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Leonard Harrison State Park is beautiful, well-kept, and large. The canyon was not so long, but deep by eastern standards. Out west, it would barely be noticed except for the incredible greenery. We went up into New York's Finger Lakes region, drove along Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, and stopped to take pictures at Taughannock Falls. None of this prepared us for our next adventure, Letchworth State Park. We camped right in the Park, which is about 18 miles long and is named for William Pryor Letchworth, who donated his estate to New York in 1907. His former home is now the Glen Iris Inn, and from it you can look at the Middle Falls, which are lit up at night. There is a 7 mile path along the Genesee River, which formed the canyon, which is hundreds of feet deep. We explored the Falls Trail, as it is called, in short sections. We got to see all three waterfalls, and a small feeder, from different perspectives of height. The first day, we just got out of the truck at a bunch of overlooks, but on the second day, we knew just what we had missed and left ourselves enough time to hike up and down into the canyon and get closer to the falls.



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