Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back to sticks and leaves

Now that I've finished with my travel photos, I have to get back in the habit of taking my camera out with me on walks. I really haven't given this new camera a workout yet. Since it's been so dry, I may venture down to the river (where it's usually muddy after rain) with Callie. This week is a hot one with no rain in sight.

A fern in black and white.

The grape vines are doing their thing and starting to ripen. The hot weather should help them along. This is the last full week of summer vacation for schoolkids here in France. The official first day back is next Thursday, September 1. This coming weekend will be very busy on the roads as people head back home from their vacations.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The last one

This will be the last post from my trip to Canada and the US last May. At least for a while. I've been posting photos from that trip for over three months now. Jeez! Thanks for hanging in there.

Interpretive signage near the western entrance to the Indian Ladder Trail.

The Tory Cave is something that I vaguely knew about, but had forgotten. It's just a tiny footnote in the history of the Revolution, but given how few Europeans lived in this "wilderness" back in the late eighteenth century, it's interesting.

"A little farther back, almost there, back just a little more..."

I don't know these people at all, but they were taking each others' picture as we walked the little bridge over the stream. This is the spot where the stream flows over the edge of the escarpment to form Mine Lot Falls below.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Picnic area

This is one of the many picnic areas that are set up around Thacher Park near the edge of the escarpment. In warmer weather, these places are filled with people enjoying barbecues, playing games (there are softball diamonds here and there in the park), and just hanging out.

Someone must have been planning an event and set up this canopy, but there was no sign of activity.

I was here in May and it was still too chilly for much picnicking. But it was still very pretty with all of the fresh green growth.

Picnic tables, barbecue grills, and water fountains nestled among the pines.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

More trail views

My friend L and I encountered a group of kids with adult chaperones at the waterfall. They lingered and we made our way past them. Otherwise, there were very few people on the trail, so it was a very pleasant walk.

Part of the group ahead of us on the trail.

The well-worn trail with the cliff rising up on the right and the valley falling off to the left.

More people on the trail near the waterfall.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mine Lot Falls

There can be more water than this tumbling over the cliff above the Indian Ladder, but this wasn't bad. I've seen Mine Lot Falls pretty dry in the past. Here are some views from my walk in May.

Hikers gather below the fall next to where an underground stream exits the cliff face.

Looking out toward the valley from behind the waterfall.

Big blocks of rock fall off the cliff face at this spot, probably worn loose by the water.

A closer view of the top of the fall.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Along the trail

There are a few places along the Indian Ladder Trail where you have to crouch down to pass. This is one of them.

Looking ahead.

Some parts of the trail are wide and not at all treacherous. Others, like this, are a bit more narrow and scary. But at least there are fences to keep you from falling. I exaggerate, but there are places where people do fall and hurt themselves. You have to be careful.

And looking back.

The walk is not strenuous at all. Except that the stairs at either end can be difficult for people with mobility issues. I'm glad that I can still negotiate it all because there will come a day when I won't be able to. When that day comes I will be glad to have my photos.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Indian Ladder

The sign says it all. A portion of the Indian Ladder was incorporated into Thacher Park in the 1920s and has since been improved for tourists. I've walked the trail more than a few times over the decades. On either end are steel stairs down to and up from the trail which hugs the cliff face. Along the trail are caves and outlets of underground streams; at one point the trail winds behind a waterfall that issues from a stream in the park above. We were lucky to be there in spring when there was plenty of water. This time of year the stream can be reduced to a trickle or even dry. But I'll get to all of that later.

This sign is near the western end of the trail and the new visitors' center.

After these next few posts, I'll be done with my vacation photos from Montréal and New York.