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Idaho USA

Twin Falls, Idaho – Shoshane Falls

Twin Falls, Idaho – Shoshane Falls

As I drove into Jerome, Idaho there was a light misty snow falling and things were getting a bit slippery on the roads. I was happy to check into the Best Western and rest for the night rather than trying to drive further. In the morning, everything was covered with hoarfrost and a heavy fog reduced visibility significantly. The temperature was only 20F so I decided to put on my tourist hat and spend some time visiting the tourist attractions of Twin Falls. As you enter Twin Falls form the north, you cross the Snake River Canyon – a pleasant surprise that I wasn’t expecting.

After stopping to photograph the local Church of the Latter Day Saints structure and some of the hoar frost covered trees and bushes, I headed over to famous Shoshone Falls. From all of the pictures which I had seen, I was expecting quite a wonderful falls and hoping that the low temperatures would have created some interesting ice scenes as well. The clerk at the Best Western had sort of warned me that there wouldn’t be too much water flowing over the falls at this time of the year. Even with that warning, I was still surprised when I arrived at the visitor parking lot and looked over the edge. THe massive rock face was almost dry as bone!

The lake above the falls serves as a source of power for the generating station at this location so, during low flow wqinter months most of the water is diverted to the power station leaving not much more than a trickle flowing over the “Falls”. Interesting to see the underlying geology of the falls laid bare and fully exposed but I would have preferred to see a bit more water flowing over the falls :-).

Having seen the famous local point of tourist interest, I headed out of town toward my destination, Las Vegas, Nevada. What a surprise, when I got about twenty miles south of Twin Falls and escaped from the fog. The road ahead was suddenly bathed in sunlight, clear blue sky was overhead and almost instantly the outside temperature climbed form 20F to near 50F by the time that I reached the Nevada border.

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Adirondacks New York State USA

Lyons Falls, NY

Up to this point, I had followed the Moose River and now was arriving at Lyons Falls, NY. (Location)

At this geographic location, the Moose River enters into the Black River. The volume of flow in both rivers has grown substantially and now, at Lyons Falls, those flows are joined together as the now much larger Black River tumbles over the edge of another precipice.

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Adirondacks New York State USA

Ager’s Falls – Lyonsdale, NY

The next stop on my search for falls along the western edge of the foothills of the Adirondacks Mountains was Ager’s Falls. (Location)

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Adirondacks New York State USA

Lyonsdale Hydroelectric Facility on the Moose River

I arrived at the parking lot and looked upstream on the Moose River and thought that the scenic value was wonderful but I could hear the loud noise of a substantial falls nearby and wasn’t disappointed.

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New York State Syracuse USA

Chittenango Falls, Chittenango Falls State Park, NY

This was my last photographic stop for the day. It had been a busy day. First, I took a look around Phoenix, NY, then traveled into downtown Syracuse, NY, then visited the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY, then hiked some of the trails of Green Lakes State Park between Syracuse and Utica, NY, and finally ended up at this impressive Chittenengo Falls near Utica, NY. (Location)

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Almonte Canada Explorer Ontario

Almonte, Ontario – A bit of History and Architecture

This blog entry will be focusing on a bit of the architecture and history of Almonte. (Location) Although a few photos of the Mississippi River and the Great Falls are included in this post, please refer to previous blog entries if you are interested in seeing the river and Great Falls in more detail and completeness. Great Falls – Lower SectionUpper Section

The Mississippi River has played an important role in the history of Almonte, providing as it did the gravitational power of the river’s 60+ foot plunge over layered bedrock which was harnessed to operate a number of woollen and grist mills in the area. The river’s water later turned power turbines for electrical power generation. Although the grist mills and woollen mills are no longer in operation, electrical power generation at the location of the Great Falls has been upgraded and expanded recently to better service modern electricity demands.

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Almonte Canada Explorer Ontario

Lower section of Great Falls – Almonte, Ontario

After extracting Graeme’s car from a muddy rut on a bushland trail north of Almonte, I drove to the lower section of the Great Falls parking lot in Almonte, Ontario, expecting to be able to walk over to bit of dry land at the base of the Lower Falls. I forgot that, since the last time that I had stopped here, a new power generation structure had been constructed and getting to the island by foot was no longer possible. Thankfully, the planners didn’t block off access to the falls completely so there are still some excellent vantage points for viewing this Eastern Ontario falls.

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Canada Explorer Home and About Ontario Ottawa

Hog’s Back Falls, Rideau River, Ottawa, Ontario

Hog’s Back Falls, Rideau River, Ottawa, Ontario

Still lots of water flowing over Hog’s Back Falls on the Rideau River thanks to the near record rainfall levels in September.The Autumn colours of the leaves along the Rideau Valley are changing daily as cool evenings signal a change in season.

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Adirondacks New York State USA

Heading out to High Peaks Region

Heading out to High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks

As I left Ottawa on my way to a winter climb of Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in the Adirondacks, the weather conditions for driving were definitely not optimal. I would be meeting up with Tom Bissinger from the Toronto area and I would find out later that he would be driving through worse snow conditions than I was. The next day was supposed to be much better but today was a driving day. To enter the USA, one of the choices is to cross the St. Lawrence River via this toll bridge which leads into Ogdensburg, NY.  From Ogdensburg, I travel to the Adirondacks (Lake Placid, NY) via a combination of county and state roads and highways.  I had hoped that the weather might have improved by the time I reached the border but it didn’t and travel was not unsafe but a bit treacherous from time to time.

This spot on the bridge is more or less half way between the Canada Customs and the US Customs offices and high over the St. Lawrence River.

Once I crossed over the St. Lawrence River and got through customs, I had to chose between two routes but other than that it was just the weather that I had to contend with and although it was only snowing slightly, there was a stiff wind blowing. Thankfully the snow had been heavy and wet and was not blowing around too much. I was traveling in Amish country and the sight of a horse drawn buggy was fairly common.

The saying “Not fit for man nor beast” came to mind as I passed this horse with its back to the wind and the snow.

Stopping in Potsdam to photograph the river and weir gave me a chance to relax a bit and stretch my legs. Driving to this point had been a bit tough but not as bad as I thought it might be. Despite the cold, the icy waters were still flowing over the weir at Potsdam, New York. I saw this shot but needed to get closer so I climbed atop a hard-packed snow bank beside a nearby parking lot.  Still not close enough, so I took a few more steps and instantly found myself waist deep in the soft, white, fluffy stuff.  Liked the shot though, so not too bad a sacrifice.

I was driving my Subaru with its All Wheel drive so wasn’t too concerned as long as the roads had been viisted by a plow overnight.

The next leg stretch was at St. Regis Falls where there is a camping spot in the summer, some nature trails and a nice little falls on the river. Each time that I pass through the hamlet of St. Regis Falls, NY, I stop for a short look at the river and the falls after which the area is named. Not a huge falls by any measure but a beautiful location nonetheless.  The area to the right of this shot is a campground, park and community recreation area and is connected to woodland trails by a beautiful foot bridge that crosses the river below the falls.

The geometric lines of this playground structure against the stark whiteness of the soft untouched snow caught my attention in the playground area of St. Regis Falls, NY, so once again I left the roadway to wade through deep snow to get the angle that I wanted.

Meanwhile back in the car my floor mats were getting wetter and wetter as I transported lots of that snow clinging to my pants and boots back to the warmth of the car after stopping for each photographic moment.

What!!! Oh no!!!! Closed for the season!!!!

Once I had reached Saranac, my driving for the day was almost over. The weather had begun to improve and things were definitely looking promising for the rest of the weekend.

Wall murals created with ceramic chips adorn a few of the walls of Saranac, NY.  This example is on the wall of the public parking area across from the Saranac volunteer fire station.

Made it to Lake Placid without further problems. Lake Placid, NY was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and is only a few miles north of the trailhead for the climb up Mt. Marcy, New York State’s highest mountain. Although the skies had cleared and the sun was peaking through the still lingering clouds at this point in my trip, that wasn’t to last and clouds and more snow moved in before I reached the trailhead.

Next stop the ADK LOJ parking lot.

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Canada Explorer Gatineau Hills Ottawa Flickr Outings Quebec

Luskville Falls, Quebec – a Flickr Ottawa group outing

Flickr Outing Luskville Falls