Ithaca Adventures -- Fall 2004

In October, Kristina came to visit right around her birthday. Her family dropped by too. We hit the famous booksale. We walked along Cascadillia Creek from Cornell to town and back. And we picked apples:
Apple Orchard
As you can see it was a bit cloudy and rainy. But we got a lot of apples, and I splurged and got 13 apple-cider donuts.
Also in October was a total eclipse of the moon. I stayed up to watch much of it. During totality I went inside to listen to the Red Sox win the World Series. My cheap camera isn't really cut-out for astronomical photography:
Eclipsed Moon
Ithaca does get some nice fall colors. Here are some trees along the shore of Bebe Lake at dusk. The building to the left is where I go for Electical Engineering Bowling.
Bebe Lake Fall Colors
In early November we got some accumulating snow. Only about an inch, but it stuck around a few days. Here's a picture of me out enjoying the snow in a silly hat:
Vince in a silly Hat
Kristina came to visit again in mid-November, after my stressful CS717 talks were over with.

One of the things we did was go to Taughannock to walk around. Technically the rim trail was closed, but we didn't let that stop us. The park ranger who kept driving around made us a bit nervous though.

It was quite chilly out, and I foolishly left my gloves in the car, a move I'd later regret.

Can you spot the waterfall?
Taughannock in the Distance

Here is a picture of Upper Taughannock, from the train bridge.
Upper Taughannock

We then followed the stream upstream. It is relatively flat compared to the big falls, but there are still some impressive cuts in the rock along the way. We walked the whole way to route 96 near Trumansburg before turning around. We then walked down the other side of the rim. Here's a pretty view of the main falls:
Taughannock in Fall

And here's a view looking out at Cayuga Lake. Earlier it had been a lovely blue color, but then the sky clouded up and the lake turned grey. Note that on the right (south) side of the picture the gorge is mostly pine trees, and on the left side mostly deciduous. The placards along the bottom of the gorge explain why this is; I forget the reason. Probably has to do with sunlight.
Cayuga Lake from on high

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