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waterfalls, caves + bridges

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Earlier in the week I shared photos from our quick day trip to Rochester. The abandoned subway took up a nice chunk of the day but it wasn't all we did. We drove around the city for a while looking for a few spots we had heard of, and briefly researched but none of them really panned out for us. While we were looking for one of the spots we saw a cave. I was initially less than enthused about hiking down a massive hill to get to it but since the boys were pumped about it I didn't really have much of a choice. I grudgingly followed behind whining about how the hill hurt my knees.
The waterfall was creating the nicest, most refreshing mist, and there was a beautiful grassy knoll. It was like something from another country. It just didn't seem like something you should find in the middle of the city. I think my favorite part was how even though it was in the middle of the city, there weren't many people there. It's an incredible spot and somehow the three of us, and some dude fishing were the only ones there to relish in it's beauty. It's quite a hike down, and for some silly reason we decided to make our own path on the way back up, holy smokes, it was a cliiiiimb, but it was totally worth it to be that close to the falls!
After that we did a bit of monkeying around on a bridge that was right beside an abandoned building. It was actually one of my favorite parts of the whole trip!
Basically, it was no fun at all! Just kidding, obviously! Rochester is a super awesome city. I've visited a lot of new cities this year and this is one of two that I could totally picture myself living in. (Ya know, if I wasn't completely in love with Cleveland!) 
xoxo

PS. On a kind of related note; if live in Rochester, or are even passing through, go eat at Magnolia's. I am not a foodie. Give me a burger, and I'm happy. BUT DAAAANG SON, that was a good lunch. I highly, highly recommend the buffalo chicken wrap. 

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  1. Wow, this place looks incredible! Great shots, totally worth it!

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  2. that looks like an amazing place...

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  3. What an amazing place to find! How are you so brave with heights!? I wish I could be that way. This inspires me to go exploring this weekend :)

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    1. I don't know, they've just never bothered me.

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  4. That waterfall is so beautiful! You're such a talented photographer.

    Melissa

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  5. Wow, incredible that this waterfall & surroundings are just in the middle of a city. Hahaha, I would also be the one whining about too much climbing, but from the pictures it looks as worthy! :)

    Damaris | The cat, you and us

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  6. Your blog just makes me want to go out and have amazing adventures every day. I've been checking it out for years, but this summer in particular has just been jam-packed with some amazing posts. So thanks for those!

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  7. Wow, those bridge photos make me feel vertiginous. In a good way though! There are so many beautiful and dramatic places in the US, right on your doorstep. I am infinitely jealous!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  8. Rochester is my home city (though I haven't visited in over a decade and there are many neat spots I've missed)! I love that you guys found its charms. What a gorgeous location. :)

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  9. You are so ballsy standing on the grating like that! I'd have sh*t a brick, so scary.

    I just love finding gem locations like that, where you look around and go "... am I crazy, this is really here right? I'm not the only one seeing it!?!?"

    Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing!

    http://throughthereels.blogspot.com

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    1. Exactly, I asked numerous times on the way down to the waterfall "are we trespassing?", "are we supposed to be here?!", it just seemed too good to be true!

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  10. Your photos and description of Rochester prompted me to look a bit further into the city's statistics, and I'm really liking what I'm reading... Shawn and I have been considering a move to north-western NY for a few years now, but never looked into Rochester until now. Hm....

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    1. It's seriously such a cute city!!

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    2. This morning I dreamt that I went to visit an apartment there, and walked around town exclaiming "Shawn would LOVE it here!". Hahaha.

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  11. Hey, I love all your abandoned and adventurous places posts but sometimes I get a little worried about you! Those beams look very dangerous to climb on! I don't want to nag you or anything but please be careful!

    Also... I kind of want to explore some abandoned/hidden places in my town that remind me of places you've been to but I'm scared that it might be illegal or dangerous. Do you do anything to prepare for these trips? Like how do you make sure you won't get into trouble?

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  12. Wow that's such an amazing place! I love your photos!

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  13. That place looks like so much fun. And your photos are amazing, as always!

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  14. Not only are these photos amazing but this place is awesome!

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  15. This is so beautiful! You make me dream of adventure :-)

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  16. What an amazing spot, and your pictures are great!

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    1. I didn't, for about six years. I do now though.

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  18. Every single one of these photos blows me away!

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  19. These photos are phenomenal. I would love to visit this some day. We something similar to this where I go to school and I've been dying to go.

    xx
    Chelsea//Destroyed Beauty

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