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.

If you missed one of the previous parts just hover your cursor over one of these series on “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 1, Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 2, Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 3 , “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 4”, or “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 5”, and you’ll be up to speed.  Please remember if you get lost just click on the “USA Through Our Eyes” heading and you will be brought back to the home page.

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Turning Point Park, Rochester, NY. http://www.usathroughoureyes.com

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.

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  1. jml297

    Brilliant photos and I love the tidbits at the end – what a great summary you provide, creating interest in places I’ve yet to visit 😊.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        As a matter of fact Theresa we are in the planning stages now. Its looking like we want to take a few weeks and travel along the Susquehanna River and see what place along the way that tugs at our heart to stay. Its funny how the feeling to go comes and we get so excited to be able to do it.

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  2. Gabe Burkhardt

    Seeing that hive reminded me of a poor decision I once made about placing a tent while hiking. It was well after dark when I set up. In the morning, I heard the buzzing and saw the shadows of hundreds of wasps bouncing off my rain fly. Had to use my fuel stove as a torch to keep them away while I broke camp. Several still let me know how displeased they were with my trespass.

    Glad the nest you showed us was empty.

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  3. Karen Viramontes

    😂😂😂😅”(we don’t bounce like we used too, lol)” ❤❤❤❤

    You know, your blog gave me the idea that it’s like the Ultimate scavenger hunt. Only it’s about finding the beauty of a certain place, not finding something to hold. But, rather to take it.
    I’m loving it!!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      This is so nice of you to say Karen. It is isn’t it… like a scavenger hunt. There is beauty everywhere but the key is do we search and find it or walk away grumbling that it doesn’t exist. It is great the you, we and sooooo many other of our fellow bloggers out there are searching, finding and sharing a lot of beauty. Ain’t it encouraging, lol 🙂

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  4. mvschulze

    Facinating. Up until retiring in 2006, I often visited Rochester, and with occasional free time drove explored and photographed areas of the Genesee to the lake, particularily in the High Falls area. But I never knew about this exceptional park. Might be time to return. M 😉

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Awesome. It is so funny you mention High Falls. Today we were up at 6 and off to photograph that area. It was incredible and it will be great hearing your feedback when we do the post. We didn’t know much about turning point either until we happened to stumble on it in our research. Its amazing how so many places we are discovering aren’t noted on “official” web sites for the area. But, you can find the best bars to visit, lol, lol. Give us the falls anytime and maybe after we’ll toast with a Rochester Genesee Cream Ale. What brought you to Rochester in past years?

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      • mvschulze

        I like the ale idea! I was a tech service rep for a major supplier of inks and other materials for newspapers in the US, including the Times-Union and USA Today, living in New Jersey, often found with production people at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, and long memorable diners elsewhere in the city. M 🙂

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Ahhhh the Dinosaur BBQ. Its still turning out mouth watering ribs and chicken. Its always packed. Well if you are ever in the region again please let us know and we’ll grab a rack of ribs and an ale over some tales of travel.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      It is isn’t it. We are loving the outings on it. There is more to see too. Places we weren’t ever aware of until now. Isn’t it funny how you can live in an area and never really check it out.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I think it almost always happens that folks don’t really explore their surrounds. I often mourned the seemingly popular idea that “an expert is somebody who doesn’t live in your town” – but I think it can be adapted. “A vacation tour is ‘always’ somewhere you don’t live.” 🙂 Not *always* of course, but often enough it might as well be true.

        When I was young and “paying my dues,” touring with a dinner theatre company that spent a month in one location before moving to the next, “where we lived” was never really near much of anything, but usually equal driving distance to at least two cities. I almost always drove my own car (vs. riding the company van), so spent most dark days exploring what was available nearby – which usually included checking out nearby towns. Great memories from those days.

        Once I moved to NYC I rarely got off the island of Manhattan, but got to know the city quite well. Once I left the biz life got too busy to have time to do much exploring. You inspire me to take some time to put it back in my life — once things settle down to a dull roar, that is.

        For now, I’ll ride along with you. LOVED the video – beautifully shot, but I especially marveled at the beautiful sound of running water. So calming. Thanks for sharing.
        xx,
        mgh
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
        ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
        “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Wow Madelyn there is such a depth to you that is intriguing. Touring, acting, Manhattan…WOW! Thank you so for sharing. We like the definition of an expert and believe it true. Use to spend a weekend a month in NYC Murray Hill district immersing in the city that doesn’t sleep and when asking folks living there “what’s that bldg.” they would look and comment “I don’t know”, lol. We continue seeing this as we travel the back roads of this great country. It’s kinda sad in a way how many never are able to step outside their zip code to see. I know when leaving the small town of Tupper Lake I felt like a kid in a candy shop and still to this day am the same as we are on the go. I can relate to a fast pace and hope you can find those moments to pamper Madelyn (and Tink). We are so happy in the mean time to know you are riding along with us. If anything we’ll keep laughing and dreaming!!!

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Life on earth adds depth to us all in different ways. My first career was acting/directing – which is why I landed in NYC (after a few years as actress-in-residence at the University of New Orleans). I spent almost 20 years in Manhattan (sorry I ever left – and long, sad story why I did).

        My voice coach and audition accompanist lived in the Murray Hill area. Toney! I was over in the cheap seats in the nosebleed section of the Upper West Side. Better suited to the budget of a struggling artist. 🙂

        Only after my own dx came (at 38!) did I begin my coaching career, developing the world’s first ADD/EFD-specific curriculum & training coaches who weren’t afraid to work with individuals with mental health challenges (considered by more than a few in the “vanilla” coaching community to be what they referred to as “restoratives” – and likely uncoachable.)

        PAH! As I always say, never confuse your own limited skills base with your client’s inability to learn and grow. Some days I’m sorry I ever left acting, given what I see in the field I gave up so much of my life to found.

        As to traveling, I get lost so easily & completely that I generally travel by Interstate, and branch off only once I reach my destination. Kudos to you for staying off the beaten path for most of your traveling.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Wow the many hidden, fascinating and remarkable facets and dimensions of Madelyn… actress, singer, voice student, musician, to career in ADD/EFD. What a ride. We bet the “long/sad” story is one worth hearing someday because it helped shape you. As we know there is reason for everything albeit confusing as to the whys, lol. Yes, now days acting is standing in front of the blue screen. We love getting lost because every time we do there is something new, exciting (and yes, scary) to learn, lol.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        There have been many interesting facets to my life, that’s for sure. But I believe that’s true of most of us here on the blogosphere – you, for example.

        I’m praying that, after we die, somebody is available to explain the rationale of the events of our lives – or perhaps that’s what “life flashing before us” when we die is supposed to do? THIS inquiring mind certainly wants to know.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        LOL. When we get there we’ll have some dents and dings for sure. We have quite the list started of why’s but then again I might just say can I go to my room now, lol.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you. This means so much to us coming from you two that are exploring the States. Its amazing the things we are re-discovering in our back yard that we took for granted. We have some more great falls sequences coming up that we think you’ll like too.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Ann. This means a lot to us. We are having so much fun exploring Rochester and really taking a lot closer look at all the beauty here in each of the neighborhoods. There is so much here that sometimes/often times gets lost as you well know.

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