Hiking New York:Exploring Ithaca's Cascadilla Creek in Winter

One of my favorite things in the world is to try and see familiar things from a new perspective. It's right up there with seeing new things! My home town, Ithaca, NY, is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the state. Though, I admit I might be a bit biased... Living there, I definitely took the beauty for granted, or rather, didn't spend as much time appreciating it as I do now.

Icy stalagmites. We nicknamed them Hershey's Kisses sculptures!
My partner in crime and I went out for a wee winter wander to get some fresh air on Christmas Eve in the Six Mile Creek area of town. It's a place I've been to many times in the warmer months, particularly when I was younger, for Ithaca's version of cliff jumping. (Of course, the smallest cliff was the highest I could handle.)

Stalagmite ice and...my left leg. (Dan Herscovitch)
But I don't remember ever really taking the time to look around there in the winter. We discovered Mother Nature's got a way of quietly making her presence known in some extraordinary ways. I live to be in awe of and inspired by how beautiful the world is.
A little bit of rime ice and a lot of waterfall.
To get to where we explored, drive to the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve. There's a small parking lot on the south side of Giles Street that fills up quickly in the summer, but in the winter, it's typically empty. We walked around the trails on the south side of the street and made it down to the water on the northern side of the street as well.

Drops trying to reach the creek that didn't quite make it.
Have you tried exploring places that are familiar to you in different seasons? What did you find? Have you ever seen ice formations like this? We'd love to hear from you!


Anonymous said…
Whoa. Those structures are incredible! I like the last one the most. Great working being in this space at just the right time.
Anonymous said…
Beautiful!!! I love how crystal clear the ice is.
Anonymous said…
Beautiful! I love how crystal clear the ice is.