I’ve seen something like this before……
So, you’re from New York? When people ask, they think of New York City.
But, when I tell them, “Yes, I’m from New York. THIS New York”……
This is the gorge in Watkins Glen, located at the Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen, NY, is about 45 minutes from Pennsylvania, and about an hour and a half from Syracuse. It’s located in what is referred to as The Finger Lakes Region, with many wineries along both sides of Seneca Lake, which is where our little town is located. Watkins Glen is at the very southern point of Seneca Lake. Around Memorial Day begins tourist season, and people come from all around to visit. Watkins Glen is home of Road Racing, and hosts Watkins Glen International. There is always something going on at the track, because we constantly hear cars racing around the track from our house. July has the annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival at the track. August is when NASCAR comes to town. September, right after Labor Day, the village hosts a reenactment of the road races that used to happen after WWII.
My wife and I have lived in Watkins Glen, NY, for 21 years. All three of our kids went to and graduated school here. Two of our kids still live locally, just outside of Watkins Glen. Our daughter prefers the city life, and attends college about an hour from The City.
Yesterday (7/21) I decided to walk the gorge. It’s been about 4 years since I’ve done that, and I quickly remembered just how much work goes into hiking the course. There are other man made steps the peel off the main gorge trail, but I chose to stay on the main course. I believe it’s a little over one mile, but there’s a lot of stairways and it made for a great cardio workout! The last part of the gorge will definitely keep you honest! Several steps up to the top left me winded!
I really enjoy my walks outside! I talked to a few people while on my hike who were from bigger towns, and they all said the same thing: You don’t have beautiful scenery like this back home! I’ll more than likely walk the gorge again at a later date, as it’s wonderful exercise. I look forward to when Fall arrives! I love the brisk, Fall air, the color changing of the foliage….It’s a wonderful time of year!
A little side note…..Since I’ve began working out 3 weeks ago, I’ve lost 7 pounds, and I’m beginning to notice some of my clothes are not as snug! All the hard work and making better eating choices are paying off!
I hope you enjoyed my little tour through the gorge! Have you ever went hiking through a gorge? What was your experience?
Until next time…..Stay hydrated!