Well! My adventure did not go quite the way I had anticipated. According to the satellite images I saw, I was in for a treat at Casenovia Creek Environmental Conservation. Sadly, however, that did not happen. The trails I saw via satellite were no longer evident, and nothing as far as I could ascertain was maintained. I was hiking on a soggy marshy footpath through at times chest-high weeds and grasses. Thank heavens I did not see a snake!
The evidence that yes I was walking in muck.
Traipsing through mud and water at times up to my ankles, attached to me was almost 10,000 American dollars worth in camera equipment. That amounts to approximately 16 pounds [7.26 km] of weight. ‘Bout the only thing I did for the most part, was vigilantly look immediately ahead of me as I carefully placed one foot in front of the other. All it would take was one fall trudging through that marsh. Not only was I taking a chance on me getting hurt, but ruining my expensive dream as well.
Here look … where the arrow is pointing is the actual footpath I was following probably made by anglers. That, my friends, is marsh with the forest to the left of it and the gorge and creek to the right.
The view was not disappointing, however. Keep in mind it is really difficult to depict the size and distance of what a photographer is shooting unless there is something to compare it with.
Perspective … white circles show where birds are. Now do you get the size of this gorge?
When I managed to get to the [dry rocky] creek bed I took pictures. I was in awe! Birds were flying all over the place going after insects. I actually saw a few I have no idea what species they were. When I found a dry/safe spot I took pictures.
(Picture taken with my cell.)
Following the gorge for about .5 mile [.8 km], I decided to turn around heading back to my car to try the other side of the street where I saw a path, or what I thought to be a path. Perhaps the trails were on that side. Unfortunately, as I walked this footpath I came to huge Japanese Knotweed taller then me by at least two feet [.6 m]. I stood there undecided. Do I dare press forward through those weeds in hope that on the other side the footpath would be seen? I dared.
Until that is ahead all I saw was standing muddy water in every direction. I swore vehemently, shouting, “No way!” Standing in mud and water entangled in huge weeds, I had enough. By the time I got back to my car, my lip had blown up with a blister and my neck was itching so badly I wanted to scream. I must have had a reaction from those weeds! All I could think of was getting home to my Calamine Lotion. So, friends, back home I went but not empty handed.
Below is a gallery of all the images I took of this gorge, with some added comments from me. I will not be returning unless I hear that a real path and trails have been made. So know that if this does not happen, this will be the only time you see pictures of this gorge. Please do enjoy!!
Photography/ “Adventure?”/ June 2019©AmyRose Photography