|This is why I like to hike.|
This is October, Watkins Glen State Park, New York State
|Pretty extreme, right?|
There are a LOT of stairs.
|It's a mile and a half walk to the top of the gorge.|
|Did I mention there are waterfalls? There is a good chance you WILL get a little wet.|
|Because you get to walk under them!|
|A view from behind a waterfall--and it is way cooler to actually be there.|
If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, it's nothing compared to the words reality will give you.
|My iPhone camera doesn't do it justice.|
But I risked getting it wet so you could see it!
|Hiking shoes are a good idea, because the path tends to be wet.|
|Although it is worth wet sneakers.|
|Coincidentally the hike is also 1.5 miles DOWN. You might not even notice this hike today.|
You will tomorrow. Stretch out those hammies. Don't say I didn't warn you.
|It is worth every step. I promise.|
|No regrets. Even if you go the day a skunk makes the bad choice of waddling into the water|
and ending up in skunk heaven. Although all of him didn't get to skunk heaven, and yeah,
the entire gorge suffered with him.
|The rock is mostly shale, but sandstone and limestone too.|
|If you're not into hiking 1.5 miles DOWN (which I think is worse than up), you can|
take the Indian path at any time during the hike. It's a bit more user friendly. There are signs.
|But if you take the easier path, you don't see the gorgeous gorge.|
|And you'll miss the waterfalls.|
So who cares if tomorrow you'll cry a bit when you sit or stand?
|If you do go off the path, use caution. The gorge is dangerous.|
People have been hurt and died there.
|There are also lyme-disease-carrying-tick warnings on some of the "off" the beaten path|
trails. I stayed on the path and came away covered in ladybugs, which was kind of cool.
|But I did spot one wee tick on my hand which required me to respond as though|
I'd been attacked by a T-Rex. Like you wouldn't? I'd do it again in a heartbeat.