Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 10. ~ By Tom and Audrey ~

Welcome back fellow bloggers and followers to part 10.  Again, it’s nice to see you along on our journey around our hometown, Rochester, NY.

High Falls, Genesee River, Rochester, NY

Today we would like to take you with us to High Falls which is located in what is appropriately called the High Falls district in the heart of downtown Rochester, NY.  Like the other falls we have been sharing with you it too is located on the Genesee River.  This area was the site of much of Rochester’s early industrial development, where industry was powered by falling water. The falls was used to feed various flour mills and industries and today the water is still used to produce hydroelectric power.

The falls can be viewed from the Pont de Rennes bridge which runs from State Street to St. Paul Blvd.  The bridge has numerous park benches to sit on and ponder life and from it you can see the Kodak (remember Kodak film?)bldg. the Genesee Brewery (internationally known), along with other  interesting views.  It is definitely a must see hot  spot for all age groups.

We hope you enjoy the pictures and videos of this magnificent place.  If you look real close at the video you will see an icicle falling on the far bank, what are the chances of this happing…. soooo cool.  Did you know that if you click on a photograph it will expand to full screen and you can view them in full splendor as a slideshow.

View of High Falls on the Genesee River, Rochester, NY from the  Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge.

Some interesting tidbits about Rochester and the area are,

  • The Lilac Festival is the largest of its type in North America, attracting 500,000 people each year.
  • Rochester gets a ton of snow due to the ‘lake effect,’ in which moisture coming off Lake Ontario freezes in the cold air and gets dumped on nearby land.
  • Xerox was originally founded in Rochester under the name ‘The Haloid Company’ in 1906. The Xerox Tower is 443 feet tall and it’s often called ‘Toner Tower’ due to its grey color and history of occupants.

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” or “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 9” 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.

Don’t forget to check out Audrey on Instagram.

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  1. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    Had to come back for a closer look at this one – and take a minute to tell you again how much I LOVE the water sounds in your videos. If it gets cold enough to almost freeze the falls I’ll bet you ARE eager for spring. Still, the more you share about the area the more I am liking Rochester.

    I think Tink is totally over winter weather, especially our crunchy snow. The weather this year seemed to alternate snow with freezing rain. Tink’s short legs get stuck unless the snow stays fluffy – and I don’t take him outside in freezing rain. It’s been a long boring winter for the little guy.
    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

      It is so nice that you came back to listen to the sounds of the falls. They are so soothing aren’t they. When there we became hypnotized by the sights and sounds. It was 68 degrees that day and felt like spring had finally come. And to answer your question…. YES, YES, YES we are eager for Spring. Winter is pretty when it arrives in November but along about February the beauty remains but we would willingly replace it with crocuses, lol. Wait till you see the upcoming post we put together of the recent snow storm and Emma playing in it. Tink would most definitely have gotten lost but Emma certainly would have rescued him. Like Tink, we are ready for winter to pass. We’re sure Tink like Emma would much rather chase butterflies then snow flakes.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Tink would probably rather chase squirrels – but he hasn’t yet figured out that they climb trees, so he’s always confused when they seem to disappear. 🙂

        Most nature sounds are soothing to me – far enough away from roads and traffic or loud enough to drown out the city noise. But I think my favorite will always be the sound of running water, from small streams to waterfalls.

        Thanks again or thinking to share.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        LOL, LOL. Emma is the same. She’ll chase em and then sit looking up in the branches and the critter is 5 trees away. When we camp there is such peace in most of the places we spend the night. The crackling fire and distant sounds of wildlife lull us to sleep.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Tink hasn’t figured out “up” yet. He circles the tree several times, sniffing the ground, before I untangle his lead and force him to move on.

        I can almost smell the fire as you describe the crackle. I have always loved campfires under the stars – even back yard fire pits.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        You mean burned the marshmallow, right? 🙂 Tink’s Cheers bar has a huge outside area in back that includes a firepit and the conversations are always better there than anywhere in the bar itself, even upstairs around the pool table. Part of it is probably also due to the fact that the music, while piped outside, is not as loud.

        It has been too cold of late for outside gatherings, even around the fire, but we look forward to our fireside chats greatly.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Not really – we call it that because everybody knows Tink’s name, even tho’ FEW ever remember mine. 🙂 I think if I ever went in alone they wouldn’t even recognize me. They all love him tho’. He holds court.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        I think people get a little nervous/intimidated by others that have knowledge and their feet planted on the ground. Its a healthy nervous though and one I’ve felt at times.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        They are surly missing out on some great conversations if they don’t engage. We think it great you ask questions because we do the same. This is how we grow, lol.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I know – as am I. Who doesn’t enjoy an opportunity to share their experience of life and living?

        It may be Cincinnati – not the friendliest to strangers or new-comers, I’ve found (what I refer to as a Passport Town – you have to be introduced by someone who has lived here for all or most of their life).
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        We hadn’t heard that phrase before yet we have seen it in action many times. When one who lives in a community or is a worker at an enterprise puts their stamp of approval on the person they are allowed into the circle. This principal was noted in a book we read recently “The 5000 year Leap” noting that it happens on a personal level and world level. I guess this is why our roles are to love, be loved and help one another always. Even when you want to lay hands on a person (not in a Biblical sense), lol. Cincinnati always seems like such a pretty area when we pass through. I guess we’re gonna have to come stay awhile there.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        The term might be one of my coinage – I hadn’t heard it anywhere else either. The only other Passport Town I lived in was New Orleans – and for a similar reason, I believe: nobody born there leaves for long. Relationship circles tend to be fixed when they remain the same over lifetimes.

        Unless I can find the time to empty out my storage room cum bedroom, I can’t offer you a place to stay, but if you ever get to Cincinnati, with enough notice – more than you think – I’d do my dead level best to clear my schedule to be able to explore right along with you, as long as you PROMISED not to post snaps of me on your blog. I never spackle to hang out with friends, and after a particularly unfortunate experience that will live forever on the web, I never take photos without spackle and warpaint! 🙂 🙂
        xx,
        mgh
        PS. I’m not kidding!

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Reminds us of that old poem “silver and gold”. Relationships are so important and extra important to keep building new ones too. We may just take you up on the invite sometime. Its always fun seeing new places with friends that know the regions special places. Okay, we’ll promise not to take pics but they are so important, lol. As for spackle and war paint we’re sure you don’t need any of that especially around us. We love the natural look.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        We shall have to explore together. Life events have conspired to limit what I have been able to get out and about to see and do in this town since relocating here, despite how much I would love to.

        I have always wanted photos to inspire me to look back and *love* the way I looked “back then.” In some of my show-pics I look absolutely gorgeous – and I promise that under all that stage make-up nobody would have that thought – especially not today, lol. 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Life sure can wreak havoc on our lives for sure and sometimes these seasons can be so long but then spring comes again and joy is restored. This will happen for sure. We love exploring and are always taking the back roads to talk with folks and stopping at those little eateries to enjoy their special way of preparing it. So it will be great fun exploring your area. But accidents do happen so you may get caught in one of our photo’s, lol.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        You are right. I know what you mean about having images on the net. One never knows how they’ll be used. The world is a different place then it was years ago.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        We are so sorry to hear that Madelyn. You are such a wonderful person with so much joy to offer the world and if they only knew what they were missing out on by not knowing you. But then again you know how the saying goes… when you are a leader everyone wants to throw tomatoes at you. We just have to catch them there tomatoes and make some great spaghetti sauce, lol.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Great final sentence! Speaks more loudly to ME than the one about lemonade.

        I had an extremely humble metaphysics mentor years ago. He cautioned those of us studying with him about discouraging folks who try to put you on a pedestal, because they’ll always try to knock you off the minute they do.

        He had a more colorful way of putting it that I can’t recall – something about sticks, bruises and shins – but the message is one I’ll never forget (and have found to be dead on among my students and clients – bruises to prove it).
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Yes to the lemonade. We prefer throwing the lemons, lol. Your humble mentor was wise. Isn’t it the truth how some people will try to knock you from the pedestal they built for you. I say some because there have been so many in our lives that have helped us reach heights and maintain them because of their maturity to lift others rather then topple them just so they could be taller. Isn’t it great for you to have had a mentor that inspired you with words that would help you at those times when the beatings keep coming with strange belief moral would somehow improve, lol.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        yep! Real leaders, IMHO, expect those who follow to go beyond them. I used to tell my students that if they couldn’t see farther as a result of standing on my shoulders, one of us was doing something dreadfully wrong. 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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    • usathroughoureyes

      The scents truly fill the air and the colors are magnificent. Then there are the tulips, peonies and a host of other flowers. We’ll make sure and give you a glimpse when it arrives. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  2. Ann McDunn

    Dear Tom and Audrey, very nice to reed all of the interesting things en see the great and sharp foto’s and video. In the Netherlands, is was today spring but tomorrow colder and rain. For now, sleep well and have sweet dreams.

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  3. poeturja

    Quite interesting, as always. No, didn’t know I could see the photos full-screen and although beautiful, as is, enjoyed them more enlarged!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Awesome catch. We didn’t pick up on till that night when we were reviewing our day. Its funny the things that show up in the backgrounds of videos. We should do an outtake post sometime, lol. Thank you again for your encouragement.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Yes, It is right in the middle of Rochester and it is such a presence that people often walk on by it as if it isn’t there. We get fascinated by the sounds and mist from it. So glad you liked it, thank you.

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  4. yashicachris

    Upstate New York is very beautiful to be sure. I’ve met some wonderful people from Rochester. Stay warm! It was 36 this morning here in our part of Florida… waaaay too cold! ^.^

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    • usathroughoureyes

      It was a cold day but the sun made us feel warm. One thing for sure is we wouldn’t have wanted to swim in it, lol. The photo shoot we went on yesterday was super cold but the falls kept spewing its mighty flow. The falls never freeze solid due to the force of the flow but we’ve seen them slow to a trickle. The mist from the falls freezes on all the surrounding area leaving a winter wonderland effect. So pretty. Can’t wait for spring though, lol. Thanks for your compliment and thoughts.

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