Come Along on a Walk with Me!

“Take my hand! I want to show you something cool!” That’s the kid in me hollering at you excitedly. “Come on! Come on! Hurry!!! It’s really, really cool!!!”

Clearly there’s still a lot of child in me. I often feel like a kid out here, exploring much like I did with my brothers in our young and carefree years. It surprises people to learn I’ve never plugged into cable or satellite in my motorhome, but I’m happier not being faced with the pain, and hatred, and greed and manipulation that fills our airwaves, and our world. Being tapped into daily media always left me with lingering feelings of dread, and despair, and doubt. But I feel none of those out here in nature, only a sense of awe and wonder. On the rare occasion doubt enters my mind it’s something like, “I doubt that’s grizzly scat.”

At the suggestion of my friend Scott, who grew up in New York, I landed in the town of Watkins Glen at the south end of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region. Shortly after settling into my campsite I went for a walk… up Watkins Glen Gorge. From the parking lot you can see the first of 19 waterfalls, and from there you enter the gorge through a tunnel. The moment I stepped through that tunnel I was completely entranced, and remained spellbound with every step.

If we were actually sharing this walk we’d be discussing the happenings in your life, and in mine. But much of the time we would be silent… mesmerized by the beauty, tantalized by the gentle mist on our skin, breathing in the damp, earthy aroma… Β This is life at it’s best.

“See? I told you it was cool!!!” πŸ™‚

Before I close I have to say a special thank you to the women in the office at W.W. Clute Memorial Park and Campground. From this point forward I was moving through an unfamiliar part of the country, and at a fairly quick pace in order to catch the autumn color in several states. They were wonderfully accommodating and helpful with suggestions on places to visit along my route. I also met some delightful folks in this campground, and to all of them I send a warm hello! I hope you’ll all enjoy knowing that you travel along with me in my memories of Watkins Glen.

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38 thoughts on “Come Along on a Walk with Me!

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing. I always thought there was no place more beautiful than the Pacific Northwest, but your journey is proving me wrong! I so love seeing your photos and am enjoying the journey with you (at least virtually anyway).

    • Thanks Lisa! I felt much the same about the Pacific Northwest, and I still think it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth, but the diverse beauty I’ve traveled through on this journey is absolutely incredible. Glad you’re enjoying it as well.

  2. Cool is one way to describe it, beautiful and relaxing are others. Looking at these actually helped me breath easier after a stressful week. Thanks for sharing.

    • It delights me to know that I’ve helped you de-stress Steve! That means I’ve done my job well today! πŸ™‚ Thanks for letting me know!

  3. Wow Fran that place is amazing… I’ve watched your Journey and have loved it very much. I’m making notes of the places you go.. I want to see them.. Thanks so much for sharing…

    • Thank you Penny. I’m glad to have such a cool medium for sharing! It’s been an amazing blessing to have seen so much of this beautiful country, and I don’t think I’ll want to stop any time soon. πŸ™‚

      • I wouldn’t stop if I were you, your living a dream we all dream about doing its wonderful !!!!! I’m so glad you are sharing for I’m enjoying it with you. πŸ™‚

        • The key is making a living while I’m out here. I’m working on some projects that will be much easier to implement when I slow my pace this winter. I am really glad to know so many are enjoying this journey along with me. That just feels good!!

  4. Fran, what a beautiful place!~ Thank you for sharing and I wish I was walking there with you. My friends always wonder and ask what I do while I’m camping. I see the beauty here and wonder if they know what they are missing!
    There is a place in North Carolina that has many waterfalls as well. ‘

    • Thank you Laura. Those who don’t treat themselves to the beauty out here surely don’t know what they are missing, but there are some who couldn’t begin to appreciate it. I have the waterfalls of the Carlolina’s on my list!!

  5. Wow. Makes me homesick for back east this time of year. Fall is my favorite time of year. Have fun with the colors of the season. Can’t wait to see your posts of all the gorgeous places that you’ll visit. Be safe my friend.

    • Thanks Diane. I’m hoping to make it into your home state of Pennsylvania while in this corner of the country. I may have to come back to enjoy it during autumn though. The colors are changing fast!

  6. After seeing your awesome photographs of the area I know it is a place I want to visit. Thanks so much for sharing it with me. I would have enjoyed our talk and the quiet as well.

    • And you are more than welcome to join me for a stroll any time Marla. I hope all is well with you, Peter, and those you love. I’ll most likely be back through Texas sometime this winter. Let’s plan on getting together.

  7. It was great meeting you at the campground. You certainly captured the beauty of the gorge! Thank you for taking all of us along on your walk!

  8. Hi Fran! I have seen 1000’s of pictures of Watkins Glen and truly yours are the absolute best! You capture the very essence of the actual experience of walking through a moisture filled tunnel of beauty!! Thank you for sharing your God given talent of bringing your experiences of nature alive to each and every person that shares this journey with you! We all love you for it! Hope you & the pups are well! Looking forward to continuing this trip w/ you, will be sad to see it end.

    • Awwww… thanks Stacy! I found Watkins Glen to be a magical place, and if I lived nearby I’d likely be trotting up that trail every single day. Same can be said for Treman State Park in your neck of the woods, which is the subject of my next little chapter. It was such a joy to meet you, and share a few moments with your family. I’m happy to know you’ll be along for the rest of the journey. And don’t worry about it ending. Until I’m given a reason to stop, the journey will continue.

  9. Hi Fran,

    My very good friend Mary Lee (you photographed her dog in Central Park once) just passed along your Web-site because of our mutual interest in photography. I just enjoyed your walk through Watkins Glen! How beautiful! You really captured waterfalls so gracefully (I’m just learning how to consider photographing them)…I don’t have a Web-site yet (do have lots of SETs under artsynancy on http://www.flickr.com but they are chrono order with no intent other than exploration and fun). Will follow your work now!

    Sincerely,
    Nancy Wilt
    83 Treadwell Lane
    Weston, CT 06883
    917.405.7833

    • Thanks for the note Nancy. I’m trying to remember which dog was Mary Lee’s. Did it end up in the book? I’m hoping to take MY dogs to Central Park while in this corner of the country. πŸ™‚ That would be a hoot after all the time I spent there with so many other dogs!!

      Nice to know you’ve joined the journey!

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