Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 09. ~ By Tom and Audrey ~
Welcome back fellow bloggers and followers. Once again, it’s nice to see you visiting to follow the journey around our hometown, Rochester, NY part 09.
Our tour of Rochester took us to the Lower and Middle Genesee Falls. We must admit however that in our years of living in this region we had never ventured out to see these falls. To think we missed out on this beautiful area for all these years is disappointing but like all things in life, it’s never too late. To get there take interstate 390 to Lexington Ave, follow east, turn left on Lake Ave, make right at next intersection onto Driving Park Ave. The access path to this waterfall sits at the rear of “Maplewood Park and Rose Garden” the latter of which we have visited in the past to enjoy the annual Rose Festival. As an aside, the “Rose Festival” showcases over 3,000 rose bushes that include everything from the antique “Malmaison” to the recently-created hybrid “Princess Diana” along with peonies and perennials. The park is beautiful when blooming in early June and the area becomes infused with their fragrance and bold colors.
Now back on topic. The falls, which one shouldn’t really visit after dusk for safety reasons, has a path leading to several vantage points. We ventured a bit off it to get a closer look of this spectacular place. Like any photograph the true beauty escapes the richness that all the senses add. The video does add the extra sense of sound. The Lower Falls is a massive 110 foot tall cascade in a U-shaped gorge. It is beautiful!
Although there are references to the “Middle Falls” they don’t really exist due to a power plant which interrupted it’s flow. The true beauty however is the “Lower Falls”. Like all states, waterfalls have a history and this one is no different. If you really want to get up close and in person you can trek down the “unofficial” path but beware it is not for the faint of heart. We began to descend it however quickly reconsidered because we didn’t want you reading this post while we were recovering in intensive care, lol. The view from the top was beautiful to us. If any attempt it, we can’t wait to hear and hopefully not in the 911 section of the news.
We hope you enjoy the pictures and video of this magnificent place. Did you know that if you click on a photograph it will expand and you can view all of them in full splendor as a slideshow?
Lower Falls, Genesee River, Rochester, NY.
Some interesting tidbits about Rochester and the area are,
- Rochester students lined up 1,036 tacos in attempt to break the record for longest string of edible tacos.
- George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, donated over $100 million towards higher education, most of which was distributed locally in Rochester. That’s the equivalent of $2 billion today.
- The man who hit the first home run in a professional baseball game was from the Rochester area, Ross Barnes, in 1876.
- America’s first thermometers were manufactured in Rochester in 1851 by David Kendall and George Taylor.
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”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 5”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 6”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 7” or, “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 8” 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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