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A Saturday Drive

I wasn’t going to publish a blog post about yesterday’s activities, as I had posted pictures and video on Facebook. I have several blog followers, though, who are not on Facebook or not my friend on Facebook. So, I decided to publish a blog post after all.

We decided to go for a drive late yesterday morning.  

 I wanted to go to Chadwick Bay in Dunkirk NY.  I had hoped to see some waterfowl.  I didn’t see any waterfowl and only a couple seagulls. The waterfowl and seagulls were probably taking cover somewhere, as the wind was howling.

Lake Erie was churning from windy conditions. 
I took this video from inside our car. 
If I stepped outside, I would have gotten wet!

From Dunkirk we drove to Gowanda NY because I wanted to find the waterfall that a friend had apprised me of in October.  In October I shared a photograph of Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca NY on Facebook, and my friend commented that she “got a  pic of this [waterfall] in Sept. Its  beautiful.”  She realized a short time later that “this isnt the falls I was thinking of, we  stopped at the one very near the Gowanda Harley shop  and there are no sign[s] or picnic tables but  Harley staff told us it was  called Buttermilk Falls.”  We found the waterfall!


Buttermilk Falls

According to this article, this waterfall is known by several names in addition to Buttermilk Falls. The waterfall has been called Buttermilk Cascade, Waterman Cascade and Schoolmarm Falls. The waterfall is estimated to be 70 ft. tall. When there is a high flow, the waterfall can widen significantly and become pretty frothy. This is probably why the waterfall has been called Buttermilk Falls or Buttermilk Cascade. The Waterman Falls name most likely comes from the fact that a small tributary to Waterman Brook is the source of water for the waterfall. The Schoolmarm Falls name comes from the legend that a child, trapped atop the falls, was rescued by a schoolmarm, at the cost of her own life. No credible source can be found for this story.

Leaving the waterfall, we returned to Gowanda and ate lunch at a bar called “The Wicked Glen”.  Bob ordered an 8 oz burger with tavern chips. 

I ordered a tuna melt with macaroni salad.

The service was good, and both meals were delicious. We would definitely return to The Wicked Glen to eat.

We were back home by 4:00 pm.  It felt so good to see something other than the four walls of our house.

8 Responses to “A Saturday Drive”

  1. Betty

    I saw some of your posts on Facebook, but there is so much on Facebook, it’s easy to miss some things. When I read a blog post, you have my full attention. 🙂 Looks like a nice day trip. We need to do that more often. Enjoy your day!

    Reply
    • Linda G.

      I hadn’t considered that some of my posts on Facebook could be overlooked. It makes sense to share via more than one medium, if you want to be seen 🙂

      Reply
  2. Pamelasopenwindow

    That looks like a lovely place to visit. You must live near the Lake Erie border? That lunch looks yummy too. Their macaroni salad really looks good enough to eat! LOL! And that tuna melt on that bread looks good too. Okay, now I want some. LOL. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. We don’t have any waterfalls in Florida that I know of! But we have plenty of other beauties to behold. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  3. Eileen Wise

    Hello,
    Wow the wind is howling! Love the waterfall, very pretty. You found some pretty spots during your drive. The food looks delicious. Take care, have a happy new week!

    Reply
  4. DeniseinVA

    I appreciate you sharing your photos and video here. I don’t go to Facebook anymore. Gregg keeps me in the know but he missed these. Thanks Linda!

    Reply
  5. Beatrice

    Thanks, Linda, or sharing this road trip on your blog. As you know I too am not a FB user and it also seems that other folks prefer a blog post as well.

    Reply

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