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Benezette Weekend Getaway: Day 2

This blog post contains photographs and details of our second day of our weekend getaway. If you missed Day 1, you may catch up by clicking here.

We got up the morning of December 19th around 5:30 am.  We ate breakfast at “Creekside Cabin”.  Breakfast was simple fare — oatmeal and peaches with tea / coffee.  

We left at 8:30 am to go for a drive.   Our drive took us through Benezette, Driftwood, Sinnamahoning, through the Quehanna Wild Area to Medix Run. 

We saw seven bull elk at Mount Zion Historical Park. 

Five Bull Elk at Mt Zion Historical Park
Two Bull Elk at Mt Zion Historical Park

We saw two bull elk and many cow elk at the Benezette Store campground. 

We caught the last moments of the first bull elk chasing the second bull elk.

This was the first time ever that I heard an elk bugle!
Elk at Benezette Store Campground
This was the first bull elk.
Elk at Benezette Store Campground
This is the second bull elk.
Elk at Benezette Store Campground
I believe this is the second bull elk.

We believe this elk herd is the same herd that we saw at Ruffo Flats the previous day.

In the Quehanna Wild Area we stopped at two waterfalls — the Wykoff Run Falls and Table Falls. 

Wykoff Run Falls

Table Falls was a new-to-us waterfall.  Bob hiked down a steep hill to take some pictures and video of Table Falls. I didn’t hike. 

Bob hiking down Table Falls Trail
Table Falls (video by Bob)

I walked around to the other side of the Table Falls trail.

Bob waving at me from the Table Falls area

Bob returned to the parking lot via a different trail than the one he used to hike down to Table Falls.

Bob is hiking out of Table Falls,
not using the yellow-blazed trail.
This trail is steeper than the yellow-blazed trail!
It was a difficult climb!

While Bob was hiking, I found a scenic scene of my own.

This is Paige Run.
Paige Run feeds Table Falls.

We left Table Falls and drove to Medix Run, where we turned right and returned to Benezette.  We ate lunch at the Benezette Hotel.  We chose prime rib sandwiches and chips and, for dessert, apple pie. Our lunch was delicious!.

After lunch we drove to The Cross. We followed Route 555 west and turned right onto Gray Hill Road. Gray Hill Road turns into Mt. Zion Road. Continue going straight. You will see signs for the cross on your right. There is a small parking lot in which we parked.

The Cross is a place of worship. There are several benches in front of the cross where worshipers can sit, contemplate, pray, etc. It is also a place to memorialize someone. There are several memorials near the cross.

The Cross
Memorials Left at The Cross
I have photographed people at The Cross.
I can’t remember having my photograph
taken at The Cross.
Thank you, Bob, for taking my picture.

From The Cross we returned to ”Creekside Cabin”. We ate dinner at our Airbnb. We ate leftover ham steak, individual size pizzas and pudding.

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.

Corning NY Mid-Week Getaway: Day 2 – Taughannock Falls

We spent three nights the week of October 17th in Corning, NY. I wrote about our first day here.

On October 20th we visited a covered bridge in Newfield, NY and then drove to Ithaca, NY.

Our first stop in Ithaca was at Buttermilk Falls State Park

Our second stop in Ithaca was at Treman Triangle Park, where we hiked the Cascadilla Gorge Trail.

From Cascadilla Gorge we drove along the western side of Cayuga Lake to the Taughannock Falls Overlook, located in Taughannock Falls State Park.

Taughannock Falls Overlook

Do you see the trail located at the lower right side of the picture? We could have walked that trail to see the waterfall from that vantage point. We opted not to do so, as I had enough walking from hiking the Cascadilla Gorge Trail. We have hiked that trail in the past, and will do so again I am sure.

Bob and I at the Taughannock Falls Overlook

After Bob took the selfie picture of the two of us at the overlook, a woman asked if we wanted her to take our picture. I gave the woman my iPhone. The resultant picture is displayed below.

Bob and I at the Taughannock Falls Overlook

You may wonder why I am laughing. As the woman was composing our picture, a man photobombed us. The woman said “oh there are three of you”, which made Bob and I turn our heads. The man was so close to us, I am surprised I didn’t feel him breathing on my neck! I saw only his face and long, black beard. The woman taking our picture did not capture the photobomber in our picture. I did, however, take a picture a few minutes earlier that captured the man who photobombed us.

The man in black photobombed us,
but jumped away
before he was included in the picture.

I really wish we had a picture of him photobombing us!

After viewing the falls from the overlook, we decided to go somewhere for lunch. Bob used Google Maps to locate a restaurant near us. One of the restaurant choices was Dugan’s Country Grill in Aurora, NY. That restaurant wasn’t too near us, about 36 miles on the opposite side of the lake. We opted to go there for lunch, as it would be a new restaurant for us. The restaurant looked nicer online than it did in person. The food, though, was good. Bob had a pulled pork sandwich with onion rings. I had a tuna melt sandwich with macaroni salad.

After lunch we drove to the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.  There was little to see here…nothing but Canada Geese, buzzards and a few ducks.

We stopped for ice cream sundaes (dessert) in Watkins Glen and returned to our Airbnb in Corning around 5:00 pm. We stayed in for rest of the afternoon and evening.

This ends our Day 2 activities. Here is a map that shows where all we went that day.

Corning-Newfield-Ithaca-Aurora-Montezuma-Watkins Glen-Corning

Stay tuned. I have one more blog post to share about our mid week getaway in Corning.

Corning NY Mid-Week Getaway: Day 2 – Cascadilla Gorge

We spent three nights the week of October 17th in Corning, NY. I wrote about our first day here.

On October 20th we visited a covered bridge in Newfield, NY and then drove to Ithaca, NY.

Our first stop in Ithaca was at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

After viewing Buttermilk Falls, we walked back to our car and left for the Cascadilla Gorge Natural Area. The approximate 3-mile drive from Buttermilk Falls to Cascadilla Gorge took about 10 minutes. This was our first visit to Cascadilla Gorge.

We started our hike of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail at Treman Triangle Park. There is parking along several streets surrounding the park, including a pull-off directly across the street along Linn Street. We were fortunate to obtain free parking across from Treman Triangle Park, as that area can accommodate only a handful of cars. The gorge trail starts at the back of Treman Triangle Park.

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail begins here.
As long as this gate is open, the public may enter the gorge.

According to a placard at the gorge entrance, the Cascadilla Gorge Trail is a hike of approximately 1/3 mile. The trail ascends approximately 400 feet passing by six waterfalls (or eight waterfalls from another source). The gorge trail was easy walking at its beginning. Once in the heart of the gorge, however, the climb became moderately difficult for me because I am out of shape and have an arthritic knee. It was well worth the climb, though, as the gorge is beautiful! We didn’t count the waterfalls, and I don’t know if I photographed each waterfall, so I can’t verify how many waterfalls we saw. I can attest to the fact that there were many waterfalls (small and large) and running water, where waterfalls were not present.

This video shows the first waterfall that we saw during our hike. It is the waterfall seen in the previous two photographs.

Nearing the top of the first waterfall
Bob took this picture of me standing at the top of the first waterfall.
Approaching Waterfall #2
Waterfall #2
The man at the top of this waterfall is looking for a missing AirPod (or a similar ear device).
This man is one of the many volunteers who maintain the gorge trail to keep it looking its best.
Waterfall #3
Approaching Waterfall #4
Waterfall #3
Waterfall #4
Isn’t the long exposure image of this waterfall beautiful?
Video of Waterfall #4
I took this picture from the top of Waterfall #4.
This is the last waterfall that we saw during our hike.
I LOVE the long exposure image of this waterfall!
Bob at the base of the waterfall,
before we began our climb out of the gorge
Bob, climbing out of Cascadilla Gorge

We ended our hike at College Street. We decided not to return to our car via the gorge. Instead we walked downhill (a steep walk downhill!) on the sidewalks along the roads to our car.

From Cascadilla Gorge we drove to the Taughannock Falls Overlook, the subject of my next blog post.

Corning NY Mid-Week Getaway: Day 2 – Buttermilk Falls

We spent three nights the week of October 17th in Corning, NY. I wrote about our first day here.

On October 20th we visited a covered bridge in Newfield, NY and then drove to Ithaca, NY.

Our first stop in Ithaca was at Buttermilk Falls State Park, where we parked in the lower parking lot. We have the NY State Empire Pass, so we did not have to pay an entrance fee.

Buttermilk Falls is visible from the parking lot.
This view is only a few feet away from the parking lot.

I walked down to the red barrier seen in the above photograph.

Buttermilk Falls, as viewed from near the red barrier
A bridge crosses over the creek.
I took this picture of Buttermilk Falls from that bridge.
Buttermilk Falls is 165 ft high.

There is a gorge trail on the right side of the waterfall. We walked up a very short way on the trail.

Buttermilk Falls from the gorge trail

In addition to still pictures I took a couple videos that I sliced together and uploaded to YouTube.

We walked back our car and left for nearby Cascadilla Gorge (the subject of my next blog post).

Wedding Anniversary Celebration – Day 3

We awakened to rain on Day 3 (September 28th) of our wedding anniversary getaway. I got up shorltly before 7:30 am and made a cup of tea. I sat outside on the side porch in my pajamas and bare feet, drinking that cup of tea, and listening to the falling rain.  The Birdhouse Inn Confluence Airbnb has two covered porches, one in the front and the other on the side.  The side porch is my favorite.  The rain started earlier this morning, around 4:15 am, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The rain stopped falling mid morning, but stayed cloudy all day.

My knee is back to its usual discomfort, so we decided to hike the Ferncliff Peninsula in Ohiopyle. We arrived on the peninsula around 11:50 am.  We followed Ferncliff Trail along the rocky Youghiongheny River to where we could see an overlook of the Ohiopyle Falls. 

There are two trails in this picture.
Ferncliff Trail is to the left and right; Oakwoods Trail is straight ahead.
We took Ferncliff Trail on the left and exited the hike on Oakwoods Trail.
Hiking Ferncliff Trail to Youghiogheny River
One of several fossils
that we saw along Ferncliff Trail
Bob on the Ferncliff Trail
Youghiogheny River, as seen from Ferncliff Trail
First view of Ohiopyle Falls from Ferncliff Trail
Bob took this picture of Ohiopyle Falls,
after hiking down some several stone steps.
Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center,
as seen from the Ferncliff Peninsula

My right knee is weak and wobbled a bit sometimes, while navigating the rocks along the Youghiogheny River.  Soon after the waterfall overlook we came across a trail that led up away from the river toward the center of the peninsula. The first few feet of that trail was eroded, steep and difficult. Bob had to pull me up one of the steep steps.

I gave Bob a thumps up that I was able to climb up off the rocky trail along the Youghiogheny River.
We took the Buffalo Nut Trail to cut across the peninsula, to shorten our hiking distance. 
Buffalo Nut Trail was much easier to hike
than the Ferncliff Trail!
We saw lots of moss-covered tree branches, while hiking Buffalo Nut Trail.

At the end of Buffalo Nut Trail we hopped onto Oakwoods Trail that took us back to Ferncliff Trail and our origin point. 

We turned right onto the Oakwoods Trail.
I took the 360 degree video that follows
at this point on Oakwoods Trail.
Please have volume ON for the video.

We made it back to our origin point by 1:15 pm.  We enjoyed our hike on Ferncliff Peninsula.  I feel I have accomplished quite a bit in the past two days—the 10 mile bicycle ride on Monday and this hike.

After our hike we went to lunch at the Yough Roadhouse Bar & Grill just outside of Confluence.  We sat at the bar.  There was one other couple there, and one girl behind the bar.  The girl behind the bar was the only one there to wait on customers.  We sat at the bar to make her waiting on us easier.  Bob ordered a fish sandwich with chips, and I ordered chicken strips and beer-battered fries.  Our meals were delicious.  The service was excellent.  We enjoyed the conversation, too, with the other customers and our waitress.  The other customers are staying in Confluence as well, at a campground.

After lunch we returned “home”, where we relaxed for rest of the afternoon and evening.

Wedding Anniversary Celebration – Day 2

I got up on September 27th at 7:00 am, after a good night’s sleep. Bob got up about an hour later. Shortly after 9:00 am we drove to the nearby Confluence Food Market handpicked up a few groceries. Back “home” Bob made us breakfast — scrambled eggs, sausage links and orange juice.

Around 10:00 am we left on a bicycle ride, which you may find details and photographs of by clicking here. This blog post begins where the bicycling blog post ends.

Shortly before 3:00 pm Bob returned to Ohiopyle from Confluence. I met Bob in the Ohiopyle State Park parking lot. Bob loaded my bicycle on the carrier. Then, we walked back to the Ohiopyle Falls overlook for one last look.

Bob and I at Ohiopyle Falls

Nearby the falls overlook we happened upon a cat.

The cat’s tag reads:
Tonto
I live in Ohiopyle. I am not a stray.

Tonto is not an ordinary cat. There are many articles on the Internet about Tonto. Click here for one of the articles I found about Tonto.

On our way back “home” from Ohiopyle we visited three sites — Cucumber Falls, Baughman Rock Overlook and Youghiogheny Dam. 

We hiked down to Cucumber Falls. Thankfully the hike wasn’t too far, as my knee still hurt from our earlier bicycle ride.

Cucumber Falls

The waterfall was OK, but I was disappointed that the water flow was low.

All we saw from Baughman Rock were trees.  The view from there is supposed to be Pennsylvania’s deepest gorge.  We didn’t see the gorge; all we saw were trees. 

Baughman Rock Overlook Trailhead

The view was disappointing, after hiking up Baughman Rock’s steep face.  That hike was painful for me. My knee complained loudly! The view from Baughman Rock will be beautiful, when the leaves change color. When the trees shed their leaves I believe, then, the gorge will be seen.

Our last stop before returning “home” was at Youghiogheny Dam.

Youghiogheny Dam

We drove across the dam and back.

Youghiogheny River Lake was established in 1944
with the construction of the 184-foot high, 1,604-foot wide Youghiogheny Dam.

We returned to our Airbnb, the Birdhouse Inn Confluence, around 4:45 pm.  We spent rest of the afternoon and evening at ”home” relaxing and allowing my knee time to recuperate.

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