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Old 01-24-2018, 05:26 PM   #1
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A Gorges Commute

Perhaps you've seen the t-shirts and bumper stickers, Ithaca is Gorges. The weather this winter has the three I cross on my walking commute really showing off and I've been getting some nice pics.

Right by my house is Six Mile Creek, a city designated natural area. This is the first time in over a decade the ice has been smooth enough for skating so I cleared off a bit of snow and had a go at it. That lasted three days until it warmed up to the fifties and rain washed everything away. Then more snow arrived and highlighted the creek nicely.
Just upstream, but still less than a half-mile from hundreds of hotel rooms, is a double waterfall that has pretty consistent ice most winters. Despite efforts by many to allow it, ice climbing still is still forbidden except in rare, special occasions.
In the winter itīs tough to get good shots of Cascadilla Creek which sort of marks the south edge of Cornell Campus. There is a walkway right along the creek that contains a series of waterfalls over 30ī high, but this is Cornell natural area and they close it when ice forms on the cliffs and stairs.
Running right through Cornell is Fall Creek. Lots of waterfalls here too, and Cornell has a small hydro-power plant that generates about 2% of their electricity.
Fantastic ice built up on the cliffs by one of the falls after a melt off followed by single-digit temps. After passing through this deep gorge, the creek drops 100ī at Ithaca Falls. This is right across the street from the high school where I work. If Iīd been a student this close to these falls I would have skipped some classes to hang out there. As a teacher I have skipped some classes to hang out there.
Three gorges, none of them State Parks (those are just outside of the city), less than a two-mile walk, and I canīt get co-workers to park at my house and walk with me.
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Those sure are beautiful photos and places
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