Buttermilk Falls State Park
The weather forecast predicted a beautiful Saturday here in Central NY so I decided Friday night I was going to make a run to Ithaca for some waterfall action. There has not been a lot of rain recently but my thought was the lower levels would produce some interesting cascades in my “go to” state parks. I gathered up my equipment, packed extra clothes and headed out around 5:30am.
My first stop was Taughannock Falls on the western edge of Cayuga Lake. Much to my disappointment the gorge trail was closed which only left me the falls overlook location. I grabbed a couple of images and explored around the new visitor center before reluctantly leaving for my next stop, Buttermilk Falls.
I was at the northern end of the gorge trail before 8:30am. The change in plans due to my first stop probably worked to my advantage. The trail was fairly empty and the sun had not reached into the gorge in a lot of the locations. I spent a good hour and a half photographing the upper portion of the gorge. I have never been very impressed with the namesake falls. I have found much more interesting images in the upper portion of the park. The image for this post is one of those locales.
The next stop (which ended up being my last stop) was Robert H. Treman park. By the time I arrived a little after 10am the park was already starting to get crowded. I didn’t think it would matter too much though as there are over 5 miles of trails along the gorge. What I didn’t think about was the number of people ignoring the signs about not playing in the water. I lost count of the images I walked past because there was someone in the water.
This park ended up kicking my butt! The next time the little voice in my head says “it is only a couple hundred stairs up to the top” there is going to be a fight. It is only a five mile round trip from one end of the park to the other. What the park map doesn’t explain is the huge changes in elevation. I will put together a post later in the week with a better look at this great state park.
For now, I am going to relax and recuperate… and probably head out for some sunset action. 🙂