Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 6. ~ By Tom and Audrey ~
Welcome back fellow bloggers and followers to part 6. Again, it’s nice to see you visiting on our journey around our hometown, Rochester, NY.
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Today we would like to share a special little place tucked out of the way called Turning Point Park. You can find this place from route 104/Ridge Rd, in the city of Rochester by taking Lake Ave north for 2.25 miles. Make a right onto Boxart Street, and then make another right (still Boxart street). Head straight until you reach the parking lot for the park. Once out of the car you’ll be inspired by the beautiful vista overlooking the Genesee River. Take the trail to the left and not far up the path you’ll come a fork in the trail that isn’t well marked at all. It’s funny but once on it, you’ll know it’s the right one. The trail meanders along a beautiful gorge to the right and a catwalk that serpentines along the Genesee River. We’ll talk about that wonderful walk a little further in this post. At any rate before you know you come to what is referred to as “Red Falls”. This is a beautiful little fall that is seasonally driven in proportion to the amount of water runoff from the hilly area surrounding it. There are many vantage points you can view the fall from but be prepared the best one is by descending along the falls to the base. We made every attempt to do so but it was muddy, very slippery and laddered with enough rocks that if you fell, it would hurt (we don’t bounce like we used too, lol). So unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in getting some photos from that point. The waterfall shows itself coming from a culvert under the railroad tracks flowing down a gentle slope of large rocks and downed trees. It is so sad to note however the beautiful culvert under the rail tracks is sadly defaced with vulgar graffiti by individuals obviously thinking they are accomplished artist. Please don’t get me wrong we have photographed some great commissioned wall art that is awe inspiring when you think that the artists’ brushes are spray cans and their canvass sides of a building. The spray painting at this falls however is just plain vandalism.
From the falls, we made ourselves back along the trail toward the catwalk that serpentine along the Genesee River. It was beautiful the way it was designed in that it maximized the views of the shoreline and the river. At different points, there was large pilings that people were fishing from. Birds of all species were showing themselves in the water and in flight so our heads were pivoting every which way, lol.
This was a very full and splendid day outing and we hope you enjoy the pictures and videos of this magnificent place. Oh, and maybe you are already aware but did you know that if you click on one of the photographs in the grid it will expand to full screen and you can then view them in full splendor as a slideshow?
Along the Genesee River at “Turning Point Park”.
Some interesting tidbits about Rochester and the area is,
- When French’s mustard company was in Rochester its address was 1 Mustard Street. It was the first company to have widespread mustard sales.
- Rochester man, George Baldwin Selden, patented the concept of the automobile. While he didn’t make many cars, the people who did had to pay him.
- The University of Rochester is the sixth largest employer in the state of New York with over 20,000 employees at all their locations.
Don’t forget to check out Audrey at Audrey Horn Photo.