Not adventuring for someone like me is difficult. Whenever I have a spare hour or two, or more, I start thinking of a place I can run off to and explore it. But sadly, time for me, doesn’t always allow that. Suprisingly to people who know me and are on my facebook, especially, think blogging and adventuring is my full time job. This, is actually not a job at all, it is what I do for fun and what I need to do to survive. Exploring is like breathing air to me, it is necessary for life.
On Friday night around 1030pm, I was advised that the plans I had for 1030am were going to be delayed somewhat. As the weather expected Sunday wasn’t the best, I was dying to get out Saturday morning, even for a few hours to check out some waterfalls I’d seen online, that were, at the moment, frozen, and looked amazingly cool. (no pun intended)
The solution, get up really early Saturday and arrive at my destination at sunrise, spend a few hours exploring some awesome waterfalls, and then head back home in time for my late morning plans! So that is what I did!
I arrived at Tiffany Conservation Area around 8am. The drive was less than an hour and at this time of the morning, I was all alone. I paid the $2.00 to park through the automated machine, put on my backpack and off I went, walking around the “Icy Trail Condtions” blockade, noting to be very careful where I stepped.
The trail to the falls was really pretty. It zigzagged somewhat and bridges were placed over Tiffany Creek that were very picturesque. I could hear the falls immediately upon arrival but they were hidden behind all the zigzags so far!
According to Widepedia, Tiffany Falls is a 21 metre high ribbon waterfall in Hamilton, Ontario. It was named after the districts first doctor, Dr. Oliver Tiffany who was born in Massachusetts, studied at the Philadelphia Medial College and came to the township of Ancaster in 1796.
Due to my early arrival, although the sun was up, because I was in a deep valley, it had not technically arrived here, so unfortunately some of my pictures are a bit dark.
I went around a small bend and magically, the beautiful Tiffany Falls appeared in front of me!!!! TADAAAA!
I continued on to the viewing platform to check out the information plaque. Then started taking pictures like they were going out of style! lol
I spent quite a bit of time just staring in amazement at this awesome natural wonder!
Then I started to walk around, very carefully, as it really was slippery, and explore the area as much as I could. Delighted I was all alone, but cautious not to do anything stupid and fall through the ice that wasn’t as thick as I would’ve liked it.
It looked like someone had gone though on a previous visit.
I went to the bottom of one of the side falls and saw huge chunks of ice that had fallen from the falls. They were frozen in ribbons, like the icicles above and had the coolest shape to them.
I thought it was so cool how the bottom of the falls/icicles were so smooth and rounded when the icicles above them were so sharp and pointy. I was also a bit sad because they were melting and amazing as it looked and sounded, it was another sign that winter in this area, was not completely present this year.
Slowly I started to make my way back to the car, although I could’ve happily spent hours here listening to the glorious sound of the water rushing and the tranquility of the hour.
And just as quickly as I made it in, I made it back out, admiring the view the newly risen sun was giving me on my return back to the parking lot. On to the next adventure!!!
I really hope you enjoyed my strangely short blog post exploring Tiffany Conservation Area. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please leave a messsage and I will get back to you as soon as I am able to !