Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, NY

After our Mother's Day brunch, we went for a hike to Buttermilk Falls, at the edge of the City of Ithaca. Buttermilk Falls State Park is in the Finger Lake Region. When the glacier receeded north about 10,000 years ago, water filled the area, creating the 11 Finger Lakes which include Cayuga Lake. Since then, water in the form of Buttermilk Creek has poured down the glacially-steepened hillside, cutting away its soft sedimentary rock. This on-going process has formed the park's gorge and spectacular waterfalls.

  :: Columbine flowers ::
 Lisa showed the girls how to recognize jewelweed (that grows around nettle because it relieves the itch from that plant) and how it looks like silver when you turn it around in the water... They loved that!

 :: Our 3 families: Lisa is holding Jamie's Malaya, but her children are Katie and Grace (the two beautiful big girls with red hair) Charlie, the boy on the right with dark hair. Jamie (with the braid) is also Banyan's mom (the blond boy standing besides Charlie) and, well, you know us, of course! ::


Jane said...

How wonderful to see all your families together. (I was on the old forum, too, and benefited from all your wisdom! Also wonderful to see you in beautiful central New York, where I lived for several years! It's gorges! ;)

coeurtendre2 said...

oh my god, comme les filles ont grandi!!! je suis toujours touchée de lire vos témoignages. je crois que dans ma prochaine vie, J'aimerais etre ta fille Catherine et voir plein de paysages!!!

Catherine said...

Hi Jane! So sweet to hear from you!

Lucie! Oui, elles ont incroyablement grandi! Mathilde plus que toutes! On a hâte d'aller vous visiter au retour! C'est bien touchant ce que tu dis!!

Jane said...

Catherine, do you have a message board that you recommend now that the old board is gone? I think I remember you mentioning an unschooling message board? I would love a little guidance these days!

Francesca said...

what a nice group of families and friends!