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Old 01-24-2018, 04:26 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Old 01-26-2018, 09:49 PM   #2
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Those sure are beautiful photos and places
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