Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Watkins Glen!

We got a lot of rain last night, so I headed for Watkins Glen this morning, figuring there'd be a lot of water running through the gorge.

Yes, indeedy!

Watkins Glen is not exactly an EASY hike:

and there's over eight hundred steps to the top of the gorge:

But I saw a woman doing it in flip-flops this morning, so what do I know?
It's just a pretty, pretty place to spend a day.


~~Silk said...

Those rocks are amazing (great photos, by the way)! I'm surprised that it wasn't turned into a huge slate mine a century or so ago.

fmcgmccllc said...

I thought it was a race track, who knew? Those are some nice photos.

LL Cool Joe said...

You know what you call a lot of rain is what we Brits call an April shower. :D

Great photos.

rockygrace said...

~~Silk, slate is plentiful around here, which might explain why the gorge was left alone. Then again, I don't know of any slate mines in the area ... is that how they get slate for roofs and stuff? haha I have no idea ...

fmcetc., yep, there's a racetrack there, too. :)

and LL Cool Joe, I think rainfall amounts here in upstate and there in England are probably similar. Unfortunately. Ha.

~~Silk said...

Yeah. As you can see in the photos, slate comes in nice flat layers, easy to cut into tiles for roofs, sidewalks, patios. My ancestors were slate miners in Wales. We visited a huge slate mine on a visit once.

Jay used to joke that the reason the Brits didn't have a space program is that they've never seen the sky.

rockygrace said...

"Slate miner" sounds like ... not a fun occupation.

~~Silk said...

Better than coal mining. Cleaner and healthier, less danger of explosive gases and less lung damage. Plus the underground chambers are larger, roomier, since slate runs in layers instead of veins.