Upstate New York Summer Vacation Jul-2018 travel blog

Starting the hike along Glen Creek.

The 1.5 miles of paths and stairs.

Some parts are narrow.

The gorge is carved like this the whole way.

Great view of the gorge.

The trail is crossed by several waterfalls.

Corning glass blowing demo.

The craftsman created a nice glass piece as we watched.

Ancient glassblowing.

Watkins Glen is a village that grew up near a rocky gorge. The scenic gorge started as a water source for a grist mill and eventually became a destination for tourists. The gorge has been developed into a state park with several trails that run 1.5 miles along the gorge. We chose the scenic Gorge Trail. All the trails are a physical challenge and involve a 600 foot uphill hike to the top of the chasm. It was very scenic, unique, and pretty, and worth the hike to see it. Near the end there is a place called Jacob's Ladder, where you think you are almost done and you find there is a tall steep climb to finish the last 100 feet of the hike to get to the top.

We also went to Corning NY, the home of Corning Glass Corporation and the Corning Museum of Glass. This is a museum devoted to glass artwork, historical glass pieces, and glass blowing. Glass blowing is fascinating. The historical pieces are very interesting. The village of Corning is small and picturesque.

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