Ausable Chasm – Upstate New York -This past spring while up at Saratoga Springs for some R&R I took a scenic drive up I87 towards the Canadian border and stopped at Ausable Chasm. I don’t recall much of this - only that there was a pretty cool waterfall…
…that brought to mind a rather Twin Peaks-ian moment…
…and made me dream of The Great Northern and Snoqualmie Falls – a place I swear I’ll visit one of these days.
Blowing Rock – Blue Ridge Mountains, High Country, North Carolina
I lived in North Carolina for almost six years and never got out to Blowing Rock even though I had always wanted to go. Eight years later a business trip to North Carolina comes randomly and unexpectedly to fruition this summer, and lo and behold Blowing Rock is just a stone’s throw away from our destination. Nothing beats a little side trip while traveling for work. Word to the wise – the waterfall shown on the website is a hoax – there is no waterfall – just a man-made “fountain.” This became a running joke on the trip – though everyone enjoyed the rock and the amazing view.
Curiously you could freely climb the rock (with its sharp drop over a gorge) but there were warning signs all over the dangerous “fountain” which I failed to capture a picture of, because you just have to see it to believe it.
Beautiful views from the rock brought to mind the great little indie film, Goodbye Solo…
…and staring out into the majestically treacherous Blue Ridge Mountains conjured the bleak romance of a neo-gothic Ron Rash novel.
Written and Photographed (except where otherwise noted) by David H. Schleicher