Pictures and thoughts from the weekend of 03-26-16

Still trying to figure out this sleeping at night thing. It makes for some early road trips. I had been planning to go for a drive and a hike for a few weeks now, but the weather has been crappy, and the whole work fiasco thingy. I really wanted to go to Watkin’s Glen, but I just can’t see going there without the gorge trail being open. I still hadn’t decided when I left where I was going to go. I had it down to three; Stony Brook, Watkin’s Glen, or Ithaca. I really felt like getting a good workout so I decided on Ithaca. I knew a bunch of different places I wanted to see that I hadn’t yet been to. The day started with this stunning sunrise. The sun looked HUGE! The picture no where near does it justice…

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Love seeing things like this. 🙂

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First stop Taughannock Falls. Can anyone tell me what kind of bird is in this pic? He is a little camouflaged, to the left of the base of the falls in the pic. I didn’t even see him coming. I wish I did so I could have focused on him better. He was gorgeous, and a big boy!

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Majestic for sure! The energy is fantastic here.

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Spectabulous!

 

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Getting wet 200 feet away 🙂

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Stay behind wall… 😉

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Those first couple must have been tough…

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I added a stone.

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Loving my new phone camera.

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How is no one fishing on a beautiful Saturday like this!?

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I will never ever drive by this place without stopping here.

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“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
William Shakespeare

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“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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This looked fun. 800 Stairs. Cascadilla Falls, as close as I got. Still closed for the winter. Sad because I was really looking forward to this one. 😦

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“Stairs, are they going up or are they going down? They’re so confusing! If love were a physical thing, it would be stairs.”
Jarod Kintz (Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.)

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I went to Lick Brook Falls. It was a nice walk, but not a whole lot to see. I did sign the trail journal though. 🙂

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About the coolest thing I saw at Lick Brook 🙂 I wish I could have taken it home.

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Robert Treman Entrance, path to the Rim Trail.

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Louis L’Amour

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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
E.E. Cummings (100 Selected Poems)

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I finally found a good heart rock! Coincidentally the top of the heart is as sharp as a razor. 😉

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“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved. Samuel Smiles

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Right where I belong…

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The base of Lucifer Falls. As close as I could get without hopping a fence 😉 If I had some water shoes with me I could have walked Right up to it. Anyone else see the face on the wall?

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More cool rock sculptures! People are awesome.

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It’s a long way dowwwwwwwnnnnn.

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Home in time to grab the pup for a sunset and walk. I did a good 7 or 8 miles today.

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

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Easter Sunday

Sunrise with the pup…

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A little bit of everything in this picture; moon, bird, nature, industry, and technology.

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Pretty cool mirror image on this one. You can see the reflection of the moon, bird, and cloud…

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…And the sun. Love the ghost birds if you full size it.

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Getting a bit more patient as other people pass… 🙂

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And Finally Happy Easter!

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An Easter Poem For You: Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wish I were in the chocolate biz! Happy Easter.

❤ p4th3tic

 

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The dog days of… winter?

I decided last weekend after working way too many weekends in a row that I was going to take this one off. I had originally planned a trip to North Carolina for this weekend, but had to postpone that for a bit. I decided I needed a nature reset so I planned a trip out to Dansville to visit Sugar Creek and Stony Brook for a mid winter hike (that may or may not have been trespassing). I wanted to take the dog this time because he has been such a good boy these past few weeks as I worked like a ‘dog’. 😉 Sadly, a couple of days ago, he hurt his knee yet again slipping on some ice. I had researched these hikes a bit and one was classified ‘strenuous’. Probably a bad idea for a dog with a gimpy leg. I thought about leaving him home to rest it, but I really wanted some company and had promised him. (yes he listens to and understands every word I say) I decided we would go back to Taughannock Falls that I visited earlier this fall. The hike was very flat, and not very long. The ride was very pretty and long, so we could spend some time together driving and stopping to pee lol.

I went out to the truck about 5 am to a light snow falling, but pretty mild temps for late January in Buffalo, and emptied it of the haul of driftwood that I had gotten the day before, save for one piece I left for tank to chew into sawdust on our ride. I put Tank’s camo sweater on, laid out his blanket in the truck, made sure I had my camera, fresh batteries, and some drinks for us. I opened the gate and in a red brindle flash old gimpy jumped in that truck like a puppy with brand new legs. I closed the hatch and got in and Tank was paying homage to his brother Marley by sniffing his old collar that now rides with us on our rear view mirror wherever we go. Off we went on our 2 and a half hour journey in our Journey. Here is the rest in pictures. He loved it!

It definitely was a different landscape than when I was there a couple of months prior. Not a fisherman in sight this time.

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Our nice flat and easy path.

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A truly beautiful waterfall. Definitely my favorite one that I have visited recently, and well worth seeing it in it’s winter coat! The energy in this spot is amazing.

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Tank needs a selfie stick? 😉

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Quick take the pic so I can check it out!

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Can’t resist…

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…The urge. 🙂 ❤

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Okay one good pic then let’s check it out okay?

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You’re right Tank, how lucky we are…

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…To have each other. ❤

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A quick stop at Buttermilk Falls before heading home…

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And of course the bad ass art stop for the day. This is a tree carved and painted. Pretty spectacular!

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Peace, love, and light ❤ ~p4th3tic

 

 

10 Miles + hiked, 3 State Parks Visited, and many photos taken!

     I decided late last night I needed some nature time today in order to clear my head of all the stress of the past few weeks, and to help me put in perspective all of the decisions I have to make soon. I decided to head off toward Ithaca. I left about 5:30 am, and as always seems to happen lately, it couldn’t have worked out better. I got to watch the sunrise over Cayuga Lake.

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     Icing on the cake for the 2 and a half hour trip? Bad ass art…

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     I was on my way to Robert H. Treman State Park when I saw a sign that said “falls overlook next right”, so I turned right and ended up here with this fantastic view. I decided to explore a little more, and found the (very easy, flat, and kid and pet friendly) gorge trail that led me about a mile to the base of this 215 foot beauty… 

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     After sitting in awe for a bit at the beauty of Taughannock Falls I hiked back to the car and continued down Rte. 89S to find the prize at the end of my 2 and a half hour journey in my Dodge Journey. As I got closer I noticed another sign that said “Buttermilk Falls next left”. I tried to get over to make the turn, but I could not. I decided I would stop on the way back if there was time. I continued on, and finally found Robert H. Treman State Park. I went down the “Gorge Trail” there. This was a 2 and a half mile trek up and down pretty steep inclines with many waterfalls along the way, and many stairs. After I finished the gorge trail I went back the way I came, and then took the bridge over the Enfield Creek to the “Upper Rim Trail” that took me up a good 200 steep stairs to a view of Lucifer Falls from above. These trails were quite the workout. The stairs to the upper rim got me so winded that I had to take a break before I finished the last flight of stairs. The views were well worth the exercise. I was supposed to camp here for a weekend in October, but it fell through. This is the only way this trip could have been better, 3 days to take it all in, and a tour guide.

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     Last stop on my tour. I had nothing left in my still shaking legs for a trail. I was very relieved to see this sight a few feet from the entrance. A perfect end to a perfect day. ❤

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Ghetto Beach – Call it what you will, the sunsets are some of the best on this grand blue ball.

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One enormous reason that I am in love with about living in South Buffalo, New York is that some of the most incredible sunsets in the entire world are 5 minutes from my driveway. I have attended well up into the thousands of them now. I have been to them in all types of weather, I even sometimes go just to sit in the rain, and imagine the sunset. In the warmer weather there are generally many people also in attendance. Most people however watch the sun drop into the lake, and as soon as the gleaming ball of fire has been extinguished by her waters, they head back to their cars to leave. I, however, am a pro. I know that when that sun is gone, the show has just begun. The half hour or so after the sun sets is when the light show starts. Next time you take your significant other to see the sunset. Show up late, you will have the place to yourself, (unless I am there) and you will get to see what the sunset is all about. You can thank me later. 😉

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Letchworth State Park

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Letchworth is one of the most breathtaking places around these parts. The views are almost other worldly in some spots. Less than an hour and a half from Buffalo, if you’ve never been there, go. If you like hiking there are multitudes of different trails. The Genesee River is something to behold with it’s many waterfalls […]