Monday, February 1, 2010

Favorite place to be in Buffalo, NY

My favorite place to go while in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, is to take a walk down the Niagara Gorge. After the water falls from Niagara Falls, it whirlpools downstream through the Niagara River and is surrounded by walls of stone aka the Gorge. I've been on the Maid of the Mist as well as the Cave of the Winds, where you can "touch" the falls, and nothing comes close to hiking down the Gorge. My friends and I would often hike down the Gorge to fish and hang out when we were bored. The worst part about it is the 2000+ steps you need to walk up and down, but it's more exciting than it is tiring. There are "short cuts" which are usually little paths angled almost 90 degrees, and there is nothing like balancing yourself on a branch and praying that you don't slip, because its a pretty long fall. When you get to the bottom of the Gorge, its indescribable. You are at water level, and its not just a lazy river rushing past you, its rapids and whirlpools. There are rocks to climb and hidden caves you can venture off to if you are bold. Also, I was introduced to "Cache" by my girlfriends father. This is where an online community hides random objects through out Western NY, and they give you the exact GPS locations as well as a few clues, and you can try to find them. Once you found them, there is no prize, only a log sheet where you can put your name and date. The reward is the experience of hiking and climbing and ducking through out the woods and nature trails. More of a priceless treasure...

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