Ah, but the Adventure Continued!

After leaving our new Amish friends,  we were ready to head out for another little adventure.  I’m not sure if the Amish did these, or perhaps a local farmer, but Mark and I were really impressed by these wire “stone-keeps” (for lack of a btter term) that we saw.  They were placed all along the dges of the fields.  There were acres and acres of land with these beautiful “keeps”.

What a handy way to keep stone for use later!

We got back onto the road and headed a bit more west to our destination.  And what a destination this is!

Upon entering Letchworth State Park,  we saw a small area where this storyboard was placed.  As I read the information on the board,  it just filled my mind with questions about the Native Americans who lived in this area so many years ago.  How incredible it would be to be able to glance back in time and see the people in their surroundings.

Letchworth Park is a long and skinny park running 17 miles along the Genessee River.  The river lies at the bottom of a gorge that varies from sheer stone cliffs to sloping, wooded sides.  It is breathtaking, for sure, and is often called the Grand Canyon of the East.  The gorge averages 600 feet in depth.

The dam seen in the photo below was built to protect the town of Mount Morris.  The town was being flooded about  every seven years when the riverbed swelled and filled up. Built between the years 1948 and 1952, the dam is accredited for saving billions of dollars in flood damage. In the photo below, the river looks like a tiny ribbon!

As we looked at the unbelieveable gorge belowour feet,  a large number of  Turkey Vultures sored over our heads.  Although these birds are downright repulsive to look at,  they were so graceful in flight as they glided on the air currents.

The photo below shows debris that was left behind when the river swelled in the past.

As I see birds overhead, I often hone in and try to capture them in flight.  Much of the time, the attempts are less than stellar, but I do try!  Such was the case yesterday.  I followed a “bird” for several shots.  Ben said afterward that it was an Eagle.  I laughed and said no way!

Well, yes, way! I kicked myself in the hiney because, 1. the bird was way too far to see with my short lens, and, 2. I left my long telephoto lens AT HOME!  Live. and. learn.

It was only after my humble attempts at the Eagle that I saw this board, which states that Bald Eagles are often seen swooping down into the river for fish.

There was still so much more to see….

Everywhere we went, it seems like the scenery just kept getting more and more spectacular!

Ben discovered a flock of pigeons…it looked like they were flying in and out of voids in the rock face.

We found this Wild Honeysuckle growing alongside one of the paths running parallel to the gorge.

We were joined by a Turkey Vulture resting high on his perch above the gorge.

We ame upon a statue commemorating the CCC workers who built up this awesome park!

 Mark commented this park is like several parks within one park.  There are camping areas for tents and rv’s,  as well as cabins to rent, and even more!  And wildlife!

At one point a small fawn, complete with speckles, ran across the road in front of us! I wasn’t quick enough with the camera, though, and I was sitting in the back seat.

There is a pretty Civil War monument.

There is a great deal of history in the park.  Because we entered the park late in the afternoon,  we probably missed a good deal of sights.  Believe me, this park (which is located only about 40 miles or so from our home) is high on our list of places we need to visit soon!

And the park is complete with a small pioneer cemetery!

Oh, for the fisherman, there is a well-stocked trout pond!

And for those who want to have a nice celebration, there is  The Glen Iris Inn.  This inn was the home of the man who donated the land many years ago to the state to preserve for future generations.  A man with great foresight and a big pocketbook!

Just a short way from the inn is a beautiful falls, made even more stunning with the old railroad bridge above it!

I am sorry this entry has run on and on so, but I felt the need to give an overview of this jewel!  Mark and I keep looking at each other and asking why we never visited here before!  I am so grateful that we did!  I will probably do several posts when we return to the park as there is so much more to see and explain! I the meantime, I hope you enjoyed your visit!