New York Waterfall Tour - Day 1 - Ithaca

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Potter's Falls in Mulholland Wildflower Preserve

Another long weekend! I just love how these national holidays in the US are spread out over the whole year!

I had so many plans for the weekend, all on the east coast, and guess what, the weather forecast was just horrible. Heavy rain, and even snow in the Adirondacks, was forecasted from north to south. But wait, according to weather.com website the weather would be consistently great, sunny and warm in western New York State. Time to visit a part of the state I had never seen before.

Today I was heading from New York City to the city of Rochester via the Finger Lakes region, more specific via the nice village of Ithaca. Ithaca, home of the famous Cornel University, is located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the longest but second largest Finger Lake.

Ithaca Falls
The area is rather rugged and full of water, that is why the Ithaca area has about 19 major waterfalls, all described in a very nice brochure distributed by the Ithaca Visitors Bureau.

In decided that time allowed me to visit two of them. Potter's Falls was the first one, for which I had to make a small hike through the Mulholland Wildflower Reserve. A pleasant way to stretch the legs after a long car drive. The only disappointing fact was that the most prominent part of Potter Falls is actually water falling over an old "abandoned" dam. Of course, the fact that it was an abandoned structure made it regain a lot of credit...

The second Falls for today was the impressive Ithaca Falls. The height of the falls are listed differently on every website. I stick to the measure given in the brochure mentioned above: 46 meters (150 ft). A real beauty! And very impressive!

Waterfall number 3, Taughannock Falls, was / were briefly observed on my way to Rochester. A narrow 65-meter (215-ft) drop of water, which reminded me of Kaaterskill Falls in the Katskills.

More pictures below!

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Potters Falls in Mulholland Wildf…
Potter's Falls in Mulholland Wild…
Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls
The Six Mile Creek in Mulholland W…
The Six Mile Creek in Mulholland …
The Six Mile Creek in Mulholland W…
The Six Mile Creek in Mulholland …
Potters Falls in Mulholland Wildf…
Potter's Falls in Mulholland Wild…
The abandoned structures near the …
The abandoned structures near the…
Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls
My short hike in the Mulholland Wi…
My short hike in the Mulholland W…
On my way to Rochester: Taughannoc…
On my way to Rochester: Taughanno…
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photo by: Ann_Hells