“You HAVE to go to Watkins Glen. It is absolutely beautiful.”
And so I did. They were right. The beauty just completely blew my mind.
Sadly, it wasn’t a sunny day that day but even so, it was just incredibly gorges (see what I did there? I so funny!).
I must have a thing for drives because even on my way there I was already stunned by how beautiful and green everything was. Looking at all my “drive” photos, it all looks the same but still, it never fails to bring a smile to my face.
Once I got there I decided to follow the Gorge trail, which is 1.5 miles each way and fortunately very easy to follow.
And then slowly, but surely, Watkins Glen proceeded to blow my mind.
And over again.
It was really cool to see that the trail is so well-maintained. They have step stones and stone bridges. They also had this spiral staircase that I thought was pretty neat.
There was a part of the trail where you got to go behind one of the waterfalls. I’m pretty sure I looked like a kid who tasted ice cream for the first time, my smile was so huge! I don’t know why, but I just felt like I got to do something magical by being behind a waterfall. I guess I had always pictured the side of the mountain being behind a waterfall, thus making it inaccessible, so when I went behind this waterfall I felt like I was doing something mischievous. Like, “oooo! Look at me! I’m behind a waterfall even though you said I couldn’t!” Yeah, I don’t know. It was cool. 😛
About halfway through the trail I met someone who hikes there often. He went with me the rest of the way and provided me with fun facts about each site. I pretty much had my own tour guide!
Unfortunately, while I was listening intently at everything he was saying, I have the memory retention of a goldfish at times…I did somewhat remember the story behind the Minnehaha Falls, a waterfall that lands in a heart-shaped pool. I noticed the heart-shaped pool and he explained that it’s called Minnehaha after a Native American woman named Minnehaha (or was it just Haha?) supposedly jumped into the falls after her lover had passed away. Supposedly the heart shape represents her heartbreak. I can’t find this story on Google for the life of me right now so he totally could’ve just been yanking my chain. Regardless, it was an interesting story.
Then he told me that the most picturesque view on this trail was the Triple Cascades. He was right. Even now I’m looking back at this photo in awe.
The waterfall on the left is called Rainbow Falls because when the sun hits it a certain way, it looks like a rainbow on the waterfall. Unfortunately, the sun was being shy that day so I didn’t get to see that for myself, but even so it was beautiful.
The Sentry Bridge marked the end of our tour. He told me that there’s a position opening for a tour guide for the trail and that he hopes he gets it because he loves doing it anyway. I certainly hope he does too. Aside from the fact that I love meeting new people, I really enjoyed hearing some fun facts and learning and I’m sure others would too.