Exploring Waterfalls in Wintertime
Yesterday I decided was a day for adventures. The sun was shining, the sky was blue (which is kind of rare for my part of New York), and the temperature was in the 40’s. I took out my trusty waterfall book to find a new waterfall close by to go admire and decided on seeing Havana Glen in Montour Falls.
I found out yesterday that I’m very intrigued by roads that have a 45+ degree incline and you can’t see what’s at the top. I just have to see what’s up there and what the view is like from the top. As I reached Havana Glen, the road that led to the park had just a road. So up I went. And then there was another. And another. Next thing I knew I had no idea where I was, but I just kept driving. The views were incredible!
Next thing I knew everything started looking really familiar. I figured it was just because all back country roads in New York seem to look the same, but as I reached the end of the road and saw the sign, I couldn’t help but laugh. Somehow in all the random twists and turns exploring, 40 minutes later, I managed to find myself on the road where I grew up.
As I picked more random roads on my way back towards my destination, I came across this. Confession: I like to pretend I have a truck. I do not have a truck. I have been down these types of road before (in the summertime) in my not truck. I think the only thing that stopped me was the sign about no maintenance and seeing the big piles of mud and snow shortly down the path.
As I finally made it back to my original destination, this is the sign that I saw.
Disappointed but determined I came up with a plan B. Aunt Sarah’s Falls is one of those falls that I’ve passed by maybe a million times but I’ve never actually stopped to view it. If you’re coming from Watkins Glen, it’s located just before a curve where the speed limit changes in Montour Falls (if you go straight you’d end up downtown near Shequaga Falls). The road is usually busy and the parking area is across the road so you have to be very careful about traffic as you cross over.
This waterfall definitely did not disappoint! I was really intrigued by the different shapes, textures, and colors found in the ice. It made me start to think – I might like seeing waterfalls in the winter better than other times of the year.
What do you think? Which season is best for viewing waterfalls? Do you have a favorite waterfall to visit?