Watkins Glen Park, New York Travels with The Road Scholars....
Getting ready to descend the gorge at Watkins Glen Park in NY. My new buddies and I were ready with cameras in hand and over 800 steps ahead of us.
So let's get started. As usual I will have informational quotes by Wikipedia in italics...
Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen,
New York, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County
The answer to that would be "No!", that did not even enter my mind:-)
The centerpiece of the 1000-acre park is a 400-foot-deep (120 m) narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley.
The Road Scholars are all about education. They taught us all about the types and layers of rock we would see on this journey. It made me pay a bit more attention to detail as I walked down the hundreds of stairs to get to the bottom. Do I remember what they said....sadly very little:-)
The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.
The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge. The Southern Rim and Indian Trails run along the wooded rim of the gorge, while the Gorge Trail is closest to the stream and runs over, under and along the park's 19 waterfalls by way of stone bridges and more than 800 stone steps.
You will see all types of stone work in the gorge. This was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps. More to follow on that. It was amazing the work they did.
Wow! What a beautiful place.
Thanks again Road Scholars for widening my world.
Happy Travels Everyone.