Monday, August 9, 2010
It's HOT, HOT, HOT!
Where do you go exploring when it's going to be over 90 with high humidity? To a beach, swimmin' hole, waterfall, somewhere where's there's WATER! There is a small pool here, but it's packed with kids, and there are no shade umbrellas to be seen. We decide to go to a famous waterfall site off 23A south of Catskill, N.Y. which is less than ten miles from our campground. Kaaterskill Falls is a two stage waterfall near the eastern edge of the Catskills Mountains in New York. The dual cascades make it about 260 feet high, one of the highest waterfalls in NY. It is also one of the oldest tourist attractions, having been a subject for painters of the Hudson River School back in the 1800's. The water flow was way down, the river bed was almost dried up, but the actual falls, when you reach the rigorous trail end, are beautiful. There is a pool of water at the top of the lower falls that you can't see in the photo. It is possible to climb to the very top of the falls thru an unofficial unmarked trail, but we were tired enough after the half mile one way steady climb of boulder after boulder after boulder to be content to watch others continue on. The dual cascade is hard to see because of the sun, but it's above at the top of the tree line in the photo at the top.
We saw this fungus growing on the tree as we were climbing. I don't know what kind it is, but it was such a bright orange growing out from all the greenery around it, I took a photo of it. We hiked almost two miles total from the parking lot to the end of the trail and back...it was hot, hot, hot! We decided to head back to the campsite to cool off indoors for the rest of the afternnoon!