”Ithaca must be one of the most picturesque towns on this side of the Ocean”, I thought, as we were walking past these well-kept buildings, down neat, tree-lined streets to join the Cascadilla Gorge trail.
”No, this is paradise”, I corrected myself mentally after the first few steps alongside the cascading waterfalls, over the footbridges and up the staircases. For this stunning trail crosses right through the heart of Ithaca, connecting its downtown with the Cornell campus.
Cornell, Cornell… no matter how long you walk you’ll be hard pressed to find a place in Ithaca that is not in some way connected with Cornell. I found it rather surprising, the fact that Ithaca has actually kept its name; if one day someone decided to change it to ”Cornell City”, no one would give it a second thought, I suppose.
Then, this newspaper caught my eye. ”Anti-Semitic posters appear on Campus Buildings”. How odd is human nature, always ready to show its ugly face as if unable to bear so much beauty!
October 25th, 2017
There is a quiet path going around Beebe Lake, loved by joggers and walkers alike, where we took our first steps in discovering Ithaca.
We walked over Sackett Foot Bridge, named in honour of Colonel Henry Sackett, a Cornell student who donated a considerable amount of his personal wealth to build these paths and help preserve the natural beauty of the two nearby gorges – Cascadilla and Fall Creek.
We walked towards Triphammer Falls and the Beebe Dam, designed and built by Ezra Cornell, the very founder of Cornell University. The whole area, the falls, the dam, the lake, the path, are all part of the University campus. Can you think of a more scenic campus, anywhere?
October 24th, 2017
What is it about Ithaca that we’ve had to travel far and wide to find it?
Better may be, what is it about us that have had to travel far and wide to find Ithaca?
An Ocean and four Seas apart from the original Ithaca, home of Odysseus, lies another – a city in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
It was only the first stop of a week-long trip to Cayuga Lake, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, around Lake Ontario to Gananoque and the Thousand Islands – with a touch of Ottawa.
So here we were, one night in October. We had found Ithaca. Now all we had to do was explore it.
This is downtown, at 8 p.m. on a Monday.
October 23rd, 2017