Taughannock Falls and The New Year

2 Jan

Bruce and Kathy at Taughannock Falls

This is a picture of my cousin Bruce Mapes and me with Taughannock Falls in the background.  You can see the mesh that prevents people from going any further during the winter.  Taughannock is the tallest falls east of the Rockies.  On New Year’s Eve I actually got lost finding it, which was pretty embarrassing because I’ve been there so many times.  It’s probably the most popular tourist spot in the area.

There is a preponderance of Iroquois and Greek place names in Ithaca and the surrounding areas.  Many of the natural formations have Iroquois names.  Taughannock literally means “great fall in the woods.”  Two young guys with a camera on a tripod took our picture and, in exchange, I told them the Romeo-Juliet story that goes with the falls.  One night a young woman and a young man from different tribes found themselves being chased by their respective tribes.  When they arrived at the falls, they jumped over and the Great Spirit opened a door in the rock face to the left for them to enter.  If you look closely,  you can see the rectangle that defines the door.

3 Responses to “Taughannock Falls and The New Year”

  1. claireaperez January 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I like this story…I did not know that Romeo and Juliet story.

  2. The Ithaca schools did a pretty good job of teaching us about the Iroquois, although I think that story may have come from my mother when she was researching the falls at some point.

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