Ice Volcano

 

Ice Volcano Letchworth State Park

As the weather is starting to turn from icy blasts to balmy breezes, it’s time to come out of hibernation and share more upstate adventures. While staying inside and bingeing on Netflix has its benefits going out and seeing some natural wonders can be a pretty great way to pass the time. Back in February there was a bit of buzz about an “ice volcano” that sprouted up from a gravity fed fountain in Letchworth State Park. We had to see it for ourselves, so we bundled up and headed out on an adventure we will never forget.

The “ice volcano” was fifty feet of solid ice that had formed around an active fountain, which was still shooting out of the top of the cone. As we rounded the corner and it came into view, there was nothing short of squeals of delight filling the car.

Not only was the ice volcano everything thing we hoped and more, Letchworth is very much the “Grand Canyon of the East” as advertised. While the photos help paint the picture, we recommend hopping in the car and seeing for yourself – it’s well worth the trip.

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Lake Effect: An Upstate Winter

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When confronting the winters of Upstate New York, lake effect snow can be a very unpredictable beast to tame. The combination of rapid snowfall and the potential for high winds and low visibility make driving in these storms especially difficult. So even though we received over 90 inches of snow in a 72 hour period several times throughout the month of January, we still wanted to capture the essence of this snowy beginning to the new year.

For more about our adventure through the lake effect snow storm, check out the latest episode of the I Love Upstate New York Podcast or find us on iTunes (Search I Love Upstate New York). Also, see the snow reach to the tops of the telephone polls in Oswego and Buffalo!

Sackets Harbor Brew Pub

The Snowy Ride

Gazebo

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Old Snow Pics

Pictures from a 2007 lake effect snow storm on the Tug Hill Plateau.