Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Watkins Glen State Park

Today we had to get in our hiking early, since we were expecting rain sometime in the afternoon.

First we went to Watkins Glen State Park in NY, which is a ways away from where we're staying in Mount Morris, but it's supposed to be very impressive.  It definitely was!  The Gorge Trail in the park is only about 1.5 miles long, but the waterfalls and shallow slot canyons and other erosion features are amazing.  The down side of the park is that it's extremely popular and busy, so it was quite crowded, even on a weekday.  We also walked some along the South Rim Trail and Indian Trail.  It was worth the trip!

After we finished at Watkins Glen, it still looked like the rain would hold off for awhile, so we went to nearby Finger Lakes National Forest for some hiking.  We hiked about 4.2 miles in a loop following the Burnt Hill Trail and the Interloken Trail.  The hike was fine, but there wasn't really anything particularly remarkable about it.  A lot of it was muddy, which was perhaps expected but still a pain, and there were lots of insect bugging us.  The worst thing is that we couldn't really find a map of the park/trails anywhere.  Nothing posted on the information bulletin boards at various parking/camping areas, and the online maps from the park service were not very good.  I pulled up an online map to verify the loop we wanted to hike.

After that we drove back to Mount Morris, and it poured on the way.  We had good timing!

At the hotel, I ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill at 6.0 mph, totalling 35:00.  I started watching Star Trek the original series "Devil in the Dark", but the download was so slow that I couldn't watch it all.

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