I live about an hour drive from Letchworth State Park and after eight-very-long-years, I finally dragged my tush to see this lovely part of WNY. I know, I know – shame on me. I’m slowly exploring my backyard. Let’s get back to my somewhat-of-an-adventurous trip to Letchworth State Park aka the Grand Canyon of NY.
I decided to take back roads to the park, a little longer, but only here one can find lovely country roads, beautiful farmlands, cows, horses, swamps, and abandoned ranches. It was tempting to pull over every mile and photograph all of that, but I was already running (an hour-and-half-ish) behind. The main street of Mount Morris had unusual traffic for Sunday afternoon. I figured there might’ve been an accident of some sort; I was wrong. Columbus Day weekend — yes, it never occurred to me that thousands of other people (not exaggerating) would be out and about on a gorgeous fall day to explore this park.
Daisy (my sweet ride) and I were stuck-still in traffic forty minutes later, covering all of the three-freakin-miles. I came across a parking area, so it was time to pull over and walk. I had no idea where I was or where I was headed because you know; maps are for tourists. I saw a trail behind the parking lot and hopped right on it. After walking for ten minutes or so, I came across the local artist fair. I was on a time limit and could not stop, so I bravely marched on, ignoring beautiful pieces of hand-crafted jewels that were calling my name…
Ten minutes later, I came to Hogsback overlook point. It was stunnnnnning!
I continued the trail for another twenty minutes or so only to find out it was the end of it. A fellow walker informed me that the main falls were 13-miles away from us. I sure as hell wasn’t going to walk that far out and back, besides I had to get home for my night shift at the bar. I decided to check quickly out part of the fair. I couldn’t help it. The artist booths were phenomenal.
How unique and beautiful is that?! As much as I wanted to buy this Love Shack piece from Ben, I didn’t have any funds on me. I was disappointed, but I did manage to get his information because I will be buying this sometime in the future. Ben was generous enough to let me photograph a few of these. If you would like one of these, you can contact Ben @ (906)-779-1418. Five minutes later I stumbled on Marie’s Back to Classics jewelry booth. This Victorian era collection is truly sophisticated. I had enough moolah to purchase a small necklace.
If you are interested in purchasing Marie’s wonderfully handcrafted jewels, please check out her website: Back to Basics Design. It was time to move on. I hopped in the car and started driving north. I stopped at Tea Table point for some photographs.
I stopped again at Wolf Creek for more photographs…
And the Big Bend…
I FINALLY arrived at the lower falls.
As I made my way down to the overlook point, I found this trail leading towards the edge of the hill. I decided to go for it, and I was so glad I did. Just me and a stunning view of the falls.
I didn’t bother going to the main viewpoint of lower falls; I needed to get back on the road. Parking near the middle falls area was a nightmare, and by this point, I was rushing to see everything. It was so crowded that I turned around after taking two photographs (shocking, I know). I figured I’d venture out again in few weeks when Fall Fever died down.
Final stop (I promise!). It was a little scary to stand on this bridge, but the view was worth it.
Overall, I had a good day of driving, hiking and taking photographs. I even made a new friend, but I don’t think we are going to stay in touch…