So after hours of travel, we were finally at our first destination, Taughannock Falls State Park.
We parked at the visitor center and to my surprise, greeted with the Maryland state flower right here in New York!
Black Eyed Susan
There were other flowers…
as we made our way…
Overlook from above.
Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge.
A wider view.
It was breathtaking from its top…
…to its bottom.
From the overlook, we then decided we would take a trail that allowed us to be at the bottom with the falls.
It took two tries, but we finally found the entrance to the other trail.
We soon found that on the map there were three falls in the park, this one was The Lower Falls.
Zooming in on Lower Falls.
A side view.
We stayed there a while, but anxious to get to the tall falls as well.
Not all that was lovely were the waterfalls.
You could walk on the trail or take the creek that wasn’t full of water at the end of summer.
I don’t often have strangers in my images, but to show the tallness of the waterfall, I went ahead and took the photo with people in the camera’s view.
This is my daughter being naughty, going past the barriers to get her shot.
We stayed there awhile, through rain, drizzle, and a little chill. After talking to an Australian couple with their dog, we turned back. The whole place was just so lush.
I liked these leaning trees.
As we made our way to the hotel, I noticed the sun trying to come out and the colors in the clouds. It couldn’t be a rainbow, they’re usually in the sky opposite the sun.
It was a great day of travel and seeing this natural wonder, but we were ready for rest, and something to eat.