Frigid, Yet Beautiful

Today’s temperatures started in the low teens, so perfect for a trail run, right? The first mile was brutal, but the brutality lessened as I came into the cover of the woods and the gorge. I stood for a moment on the pedestrian bridge at the end of the base trail, taking in the quiet beauty of the gorge around me. Next time you’re there, look closely at the overhanging gorge walls. The rock clinging tenuously to the walls. The icicles slowly descending from their frosty perches. The gorge is slowly but constantly changing, and it is gorgeous.

First Day Hike at Taughannock Falls

Are you up for a hike to kick off the new year? Taughannock’s First Day Hike is January 1 at 1 pm. It’s a fantastic, well-attended event sure to bring a smile to the first day of 2019! Meet at the start of the Gorge Trail by NYS Route 89.

Sights and Sounds of Taughannock in Transition

As we sat at Liquid State enjoying some takeout Thai last night during the MONSOON, I thought, “Huh, I bet Taughannock is going to be pretty cool in the morning.” I was right. Yesterday’s high temperature was in the low 60s. As the front moved through overnight, torrential rains saturated the already-wet ground. At some point, the temperature became cold enough to make some snow.

Towering trees over a snowy trail

The few inches of overnight snow clung festively to the trees and dusted the trail under my feet.

Photo Credit: Kathey MacQueen

As I was hiking the base trail, my wife Amy enjoyed a rim trail hike with Kathey MacQueen. Kathey took this beautiful picture of the upper falls.

From the stream bed near the main waterfall

I carefully descended to the stream bed just below the falls to capture the raging water up close. I was more fascinated with the roots clinging to the shoreline.

The bigger show was likely overnight when the water was even higher. Here you can see how high the water was: it’s at least a foot higher than it was this morning.

Beautiful Taughannock.

All along the way I took short snippets of video. Here’s the result: enjoy the sights and sounds of Taughannock. Her stream bed is behaving like fall or spring, yet the woods are filled with winter.

Melting Snow and Falling Water

Winter seemed to arrive early this year. We’ve had several weeks of snowfall and enjoyed a White Thanksgiving here in the Finger Lakes. The temperatures moderated over the last few days, though, and a full night of rain melted much of the snow and sent it downstream. Taughannock Creek was swollen with rainwater as I ran on the North Rim and base trails. The base of the waterfall reminded me of Niagara Falls’ Maid of the Mist boat ride. I got a thorough soaking while I shot the first seconds of the clip below. I loved every minute of my morning!

Ice in the Eddy

This morning’s base trail hike was cold, without a soul in sight. The eddies at the bottom of of the first waterfall near the parking lot were so mesmerizing, I just had to take a time lapse. Those chunks of ice really want to form a disc. I know they do!

A very active waterfall

This weather is making me dizzy! Extreme cold, uncharacteristic heat, snow followed by rain followed by snow? One thing is for sure, though: when the snow disappears from the yard, it makes for a very active waterfall.

From Spring to Winter in 24 Hours

Taughannock is chipping away at the mountain of snow and ice at its base, obscured by the fog and mist but there nonetheless.
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One more video, after 24 hours and a dramatic change back to winter. The water hasn’t gotten the memo yet, but it will! The last half of the video is from the upper trailhead and South Rim trail. Unfortunately the base trail is closed!
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