21 years old and I’ve never seen a waterfall. My friend and I decided to take a road trip to the Finger Lakes region in NY. While we were there we decided to visit a few other places nearby, such as Niagara Falls, Letchworth State Park, and a beach in Pennsylvania.. Check out my adventures in the Finger Lakes region here, Niagara Falls here, and Letchworth State Park here. Now that that’s out of the way, I can tell you about the first time I saw a waterfall!
We decided to leave at 3:30 am. It’s about a 4 hour drive to Carpenter Falls. If you can, try to arrive at your desired location right after sunrise! So after about 4 hours of driving we arrive to where we think parking should be for this place, BUT we can’t find it! We drive around a little and end up pulling over (my butt was numb from driving for 4 hours)
Waiting for blood to flow back into my butt
After the blood flowed back into my butt, we decided just to go to the next location. We were looking around for around 30 minutes already and we just had no idea where we were. And of course as we’re making our way back, we see the tiny place to park on the side. If you ever go here, the parking lot is just a dirt area on the side of the road. it’s really small, so drive slowly and keep your eyes open! There’s a tiny sign in the middle of the parking area right before you go into the woods that says Carpenter Falls. It’s a super short walk to the waterfall, maybe about 10 minutes at most.
So we start walking down to the falls, and after a few minutes we start hearing the waterfall. It start getting really loud! And then we see it, and it was love at first sight.
We made our way down to the waterfall, and the power of the waterfall is what really caught my attention. I had to get closer. We walk down to the stream and we already start getting hit by the mist from the waterfall. I take off my boots and decided to go into the stream and make my way to the waterfall. The rocks are very slippery, so be careful if you decide to do this! After a few minutes and moving about 20 feet towards the waterfall, I get to as close as I can get without being blown away from the waterfall.
This is how you take a shower!
And unfortunately when I went on this trip, I was still taking pictures with an iPhone. Sorry about the image quality!