I visited Taughannock Falls for the first time this past summer, when the riverbed
was nearly dry, which allowed everyone so inclined to hike up to the waterfall
along the tan, scalloped sandstone, taking refreshing dips
in the small pools along the meandering stream
. I visited the falls again today, on a bright winter day that was cold enough to maintain the shape of the various forms of frozen water
, yet warm enough so as to not necessitate bundling up
The gorge and the waterfall very much appeal to the aesthetic of most hikers and nature aficionados, and today, having carried my personal notebook along for the hike up the beaten path of snow along the river into the heart of the gorge, I was sufficiently inspired to compose a small, twenty-line poem commemorating its natural beauty. I figured I would include with the poem some information about the falls and park, so here are some items not mentioned by plink.
The summer of 2003 will mark the 25th year of the Taughannock Falls Summer Concert Series, which offers an eclectic set of musical artists, which this year will include, among others, the Ithaca Ageless Jazz Band, the folksy females of The Burns Sisters, and the roots reggae outfit John Brown's Body.
In the camping area situated across N.Y.
Rt. 89 from Cayuga Lake
, there are 78 campsites
and 17 cabins
for the relaxation and enjoyment of all, and near the park office there is a marina
and boat launch point. Also on the park grounds, there is a bathhouse/beach area for warm weather recreation
, and a sledding and skating pond for cold weather diversion
. Two North Point Shelters exist, one lakeside
, one riverside
, which are basically pavilions
with walls, I think; my information on this is second-hand. There is also a very nice Falls Overlook point at the brink
of the gorge, from which it can be fun to try and throw snowballs into the slender river.
Here is my poem; I think it's probably of moderate quality. The text is designed to simulate the wending way of the river.
windless evergreen twig-filled snow
undulating briskly flowing stream
darkened water forming stones
towering hardened sed'mentary battlements
unconsciously sheltering ragnarok's change
cavernous amphitheater of rust-tinted rock
blackened fertility caressing the slopes
jagged ice shields, templar's regalia
cracking granite, stable and strong
lime green tea dome's surface sprinkled
carv-ed bulge of crystalline snow
crumbling vanguard of eons ago
scions of ancestors, wooden and verdecascading memory
, purity of force
infant invasion by curious forms
scattered oblivion, decaying life
billowing mist from silence severed
frosted skeletal whispering limbs
trickling icicles sustaining pool
beautiful rage of the water's descent; birthspring of the magnificent sphere.