Taughannock Falls is reported to be the highest fall of water east of the Mississippi River. I did not measure it, but it looks to be so. We took a hike around the rim trail. This trail follows the perimeter of the gorge past two splendid waterfalls. We began near an old bridge that crosses the creek near Upper Falls, which drops a magnificent one hundred feet. Following this trail around we began to obtain vistas of the two hundred fifteen foot drop of the glorious main falls. I calculated that our viewpoint of the upper falls was at least a hundred feet above its high point. Adding that to the height of the two falls meant we were at least four hundred fifteen feet above Lake Cayuga. The path down to the lake descends this drop in slightly over one and a half miles.
Descending was slow but not tiring. At the bottom we ventured up the creek bed for about a quarter mile. Wendy was intent upon finding a fossil even though a sign warned us to not take them. We found none, so I pasted a damp leaf to a small smooth piece of slate and presented it to her. She was not fooled in the slightest. We next ventured back to where the other rim trail ascends back to our beginning point. Gravity being present made our climb much more exhausting than our decline. But on the way there was ample opportunity to stop and enjoy incredible breathtaking panoramas.
This is a hike I frequently enjoy with my visitors. Anyone coming can, more likely than not, expect to be treated to this mind-boggling sight. After getting dinner and returning home we both decided to turn in and get some rest before tomorrow’s adventure. Before climbing into my bed, I plan on conducting some more research into the early Christian epoch. And as much as I feel capable, I will spend diminutive time editing previous blog entries.