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April Vacation 2011: We Went Here, Part 2

We had a nifty guidebook on our vacation to upstate New York called Off the Beaten Path: Upstate New York. It’s arranged by location and sent us to a couple of really neat places that we probably would have missed otherwise.

Kaaterskill Falls was about an hour from our little barn but so worth the trip. It’s one of the highest waterfalls in the state and it’s beautiful. The tiny parking area is a bit away from the falls and you have to walk around a narrow and windy road to get to the best viewing spot but once you get there it opens up into a spectacular view.

It’s hard to capture just how large an area this is with just a few photos.

Dale made his way down the edge and stood at the base of the falls. I was pretty content to take pictures from above but he turned and shouted to me that I had to come down and stand there. His exact words were, “you have to come experience this.”

So I obliged and he was right, it was awesome. The sound of rushing water fills your ears, it’s quite deafening. And the air is cool and you get rather damp from the water spraying around. It really is something to experience.

I took almost 100 photos while we were there and it was hard to narrow them down to just a few to show you. I love this one with Dale on the side and out of focus while the water fall behind him is flowing and moving.

We stayed and took it all in for quite a while. It was loud and peaceful, energizing and restful, all at the same time. I’m so glad we took the time to visit this spot.

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  1. What a wonderful area! It reminds me of Taughannock Falls State Park and Buttermilk Falls State in Ithaca, NY. Similar in beauty yet different.

  2. I love it! I would really like to experience that for myself. I’m glad NY had so much to offer you. 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing pictures and decriptions of your trip to upper state
    NY. I have never been there and I have enjoyed seeing and hearing about
    it from you.

  4. Waterfalls are amazing features of nature. Their power, sound and beauty are never to be missed. Thank you for such amazing pictures!!

  5. I love this post. Your pictures are terrific. I am a waterfall JUNKIE – we visit them anytime we can. My favorites are in National Parks – Glacier, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. I can lose great chunks of time standing at the bottom of a waterfall – the spray, the thunder, the chill, the power.

  6. I’ve used those Off the Beaten Path books before and they really are good at helping you find stuff you may have missed. That looks like an amazing place. I love the picture with Dale on the side. I think that there is something magical about water in just about all it’s forms – lakes, rivers, waterfalls etc.

  7. Absolutely beautiful pictures! Reminds me of some of places we hiked to on our trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! I love waterfalls … love the majesty, the grandeur, and the awesome power of the water. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos with us 🙂

  9. I am mesmerized by water in just about any setting. It’s such a powerful, dispassionate force. Your pictures are beautiful. We visited some falls on our trip to Oregon and after our hike I was soaked! Such fun! Happy day, Carole.

  10. I’ve visited several of the waterfalls in the North Georgia mountains and I know just how it feels. You described it very well – loud and peaceful at the same time.

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