Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I < 3 NY - Part Two - Buttermilk Falls In Ithaca

 CAMPING AT BUTTERMILK FALLS STATE PARK in Ithaca, New York!  Here's Megan with our new giant tent.

Megan and Scout.  Scout's not too sure about this hanging out outside business. 

Buttermilk Falls! 

Buttermilk Creek flowing out of the park. 

Slate stacked on slate and it's everywhere.

View from near the top of the waterfall. 

Megan's Glamour Shot. 

 Ithaca IS Gorges!

Megan looks like she's in heaven.  Pretty close... 

Lots of precarious steps in our future.

We'll be back to hike the Buttermilk Gorge tomorrow. 



Back to hiking.  First thing you need to know about Ithaca is "Rim Trail" means you'll be taking a very steep climb up for a while.  But, it's worth it.

There's about three miles of trails full of lots and lots of waterfalls and gorges. 


Saw this a few times.  The river just flows over the road and there's a sidewalk for pedestrians raised on the side.   

A tree whale. 

Near Lake Treman

Lake Treman 

Megan hiking up a lot of worn out steps. 

 High overlook over Lake Treman

We've learned a lot about Scout on this trip.  One thing is she loves to "sightsee."  At every overlook or waterfall, she's stop to look.  She's also a daredevil that is not scared of cliffs at all... 

Dam on Lake Treman 

A cobblestone dam.   

More sightseeing for Scout.

Beautiful waterfall with beautiful wife. 

 The hike is over and we're back where we started.

College Town Bagels ( is where we ended up since we could eat there with Scout.  I really didn't want to eat at a bagel shop after a big hike, but it was what was available.  Well, it was way better than I could have imagined.  This is my smoked turkey sandwich on a cheddar bagel and it was delicious.  Megan loved her veggie burger bagel too.  That explains why it was packed in the middle of the afternoon.

Cornell University (

McGraw Tower from Ho Plaza 

The Law School.  Megan would have probably gone to Cornell if she knew it looked so much like Hogwarts...

 Panorama from Libe Slope overlooking the city of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake

Andrew Dickson White.  It's good to be the friend of the founder of a college... 

 Milstein Hall.  Apparently, it's where the dinosaurs lay their eggs...
 Fall Creek flowing through the center of Cornell's campus.  I have to say, I've seen quite a few beautiful campus', but Cornell might be the best.

Dam at Beebe Lake 

Thurston Avenue bridge over Fall Creek

 Ezra Cornell ( overlooking his university

 Modernist/Brutalist architecture at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (

A final look at Cornell University. 

Another fire and meal.

Mmmmmm...  Beef, potatoes, pepper, and onions  

It's been a long day for Scout and she claims a sleeping bag.

Part One: Albany

Part Three: Lucifer Falls In Ithaca

Part Four: Taughannock Falls In Ithaca

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