Went on a very mild hike to Bash Bish Falls -- just over the New York State/Massachusetts border.
I decided to wear my PAW-1300G-1V (not that "ABC" functions are really needed on a 20 minute or so "hike" from the parking lot to the Falls!).
I put an orange zulu strap on it for the day because I thought we might go swimming. (Swimming turns out to be prohibited -- and quite dangerous -- where we were).
From a Massachusetts government website about the Falls and the various parks around it:
"In the extreme southwest corner of the state [Massachusetts] is a cluster of state parks noted for their spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Located here is Bash Bish Falls, one of Massachusetts' most dramatic and its highest single-drop waterfall. Cascading water tumbles through a series of gorges and a hemlock-hardwood ravine forest, and then drops about 60 feet into a sparkling pool below.****
New York's 5,000 acre Taconic State Park ...offers full service camping, amenities and access to Bash Bish Falls by a moderate difficulty uphill foot trail....."
So, we headed off from Ghent, heading to Copake, NY where there is an entrance to Taconic State Park quite near the Falls. Corn crops are very common on nearby farms.
Passed Sunnyview Farm -- which will have a music festival in a few days. It is a working farm, I believe, but I've never been sure of what they do here. I think raising/boarding horses may be part of the mix:
We entered the park and got our bearings (not very difficult):
Needless to say, I didn't need a compass, but it was fun to play with anyway:
Some scenes along the way to the Falls:
It is never too early to stop for a snack. Particularly if you're a four year old and you've just put in a good, hard seven minutes of hiking!
Before long, we arrived at the "border":
And, after a bit more walking, we arrived at one of the overlooks to the Falls. There is a railing there, put in some years ago after a fatal accident. (There have been a number over the years -- as posted signs will tell you):
Mom and daughter as we headed down toward the pool where the Falls "land":
Dad and daughter at the same place:
Checking the time. Although it comes with a great (and very comfortable) strap, I love the ease with which one can switch straps on the PAW-1300G-1V. I think the orange zulu looks great with it:
The view from down below:
The pause that refreshes:
Another kind of pause that refreshes:
Wading is ok in some spots -- but swimming, particularly in one pool right below some cliffs, is a really bad idea. The only easy way to get into the pool is to jump and if you don't aim well, you hit some very shallow water and some very hard rocks:
Lots of folks wading and just hanging out on the rocks below the Falls. This guy was wearing a "G".
His girlfriend was too. I'm pretty sure it was a 5600 -- one of the white versions. She wore it on the inside of her wrist -- it was hard to get a decent shot. (And I think she wondered why some old geezer was training his camera on her!). This picture won't tell you much, but it was the best shot I could get:
Here's a few more shots of MY watch:
Here are some shots of folks enjoying the sights:
It is not all that high where these guys were -- but the rocks can be slippery -- and it is mighty hard below, if one should slip:
Time moving on:
The sign seen from the other side, as you hike back to the New York State side and head towards home: