A Honkin’ Huge Slug

In my continued attempt to have a flood resistant basement, I replaced the present downspout extensions with 5′ extensions. In doing this I had to remove a short extension that had this skirt like thing it sat on. When I lifted the skirt like thing, there was a HONKIN’ HUGE slug underneath – I have NEVER seen a slug this huge! G-g-g-g-g-gross! Okay, now that I have that out, I did read something at one time about how interesting slugs are (I can’t remember who wrote about slugs, hmmm, I’ll have to think about it). Anyway, I had to go to the internet to even seen how these things are classified, and they are of the kingdom Animalia and are gastropod molluscs. So there we go, an animal, albiet a slimy, mucusy, funky looking animal. Here it is, in all its glory, moving on to a new area, leaving in its wake a white mucus trail. All I can say is it’s a good thing I didn’t touch it – argh!
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Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, NY

Yesterday Mom and I went to Ithaca, and on our way back, we stopped at the overlook at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY. I have never seen this falls before – where the heck have I been – it is amazing!! Photos don’t do it justice, but I’ll add them here anyway. And, it was the wrong time of day to take photos. I love the Finger Lakes region of New York State, actually, I love all of New York state (notice I said state, NOT city), there’s so many amazing natural things to find here. I can just imagine what this falls looks like in the spring. Right now the water is low:

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Here’s a closer look at the top of the falls:

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And a closer look at the bottom of the falls:

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The height of this falls is 215 feet. This is the tallest free-falling waterfall in the northeastern U.S. Taughannock means “in the trees’ in the Algonquin language. It may have been the name of an Indian warrior who staged a raid on the Cayuga people in the Colonial period. Here’s a photo I took of the information board showing the falls during flooding:

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Quite some difference between this photo and what I saw yesterday, huh? Frost and floods have shaped the walls of this canyon for at least 12,000 years. This is so awesome, now I want to hike there. So much to do, so little time!