|I'm tempted to call it gorge-ous. The views at Letchworth |
State Part just after Columbus Day were spectacular.
the garage to make room for the cars before snow falls was a gratifying accomplishment
on my vacation last week.
But what I
really loved about this vacation was the breathtaking fall foliage enjoyed from
four vantage points not all that far from home: to and from the Clark Art
Institute in Williamstown, Mass.; an afternoon with fellow members of the Voorheesville
High School Class of 1972 on George and Judy Klapp’s lovely homestead; an early
evening on the gorgeous 60 acres of DZ Enterprise’s newest project in Galway, a
place for parties, meetings and get-togethers amid ponds, trails and rolling
hills; and, last but not least, a morning taking in the place that bills
immodestly but not too unreasonably, as “The Grand Canyon of the East” –
Letchworth State Park, in western New York.
|The Middle Falls has a railroad trestle in the distance and is a |
stone's throw from the quaint Glen Iris Inn, which
offers this view if you're lucky enough to dine there.
is what I want to tell you about today.
|One of Letchworth State Park's three waterfalls.|
At its northernmost
entrance is Mt. Morris, which accurately boasts about being “best town by a dam
site.” It is home, after all, to the oldest dam of its type east of the
Mississippi. Last week, as turkey vultures weaved overhead, the water was
pretty much non-existent on the dammed side; my husband, Jim, who grew up in
Mt. Morris, remembers how it was filled to overflowing when the valley flooded
times a year we return to the town to visit my Jim’s father. But it had been
years since we drove through Letchworth, long past the days of bringing the
boys and even longer past searching for a place to neck. The park last week was
a carpet of trees in bright yellow, orange, green and red, rising above the
Genesee River and along the cliffs of three waterfalls. A bit past peak, it
could hardly have been more beautiful – if you like that sort of scenery. I
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