Kris and I needed a day out shooting in the worst way! It’s been a while since we went out traveling, looking for places and things to make great images! Kris suggested that we make the drive down to the Grand Canyon… of Pennsylvania. Much shorter drive than it would have been to the real Grand Canyon (but we’ll get there, too!)
The drive down to Wellsboro, PA is about an hour and a half. After stopping by Kris’ Mom’s house on the way to drop off some food (they’re all sick there!), we made our way down the road. We didn’t get very far before we saw this awesome little building sitting atop a hill in the middle of the field!
We made a few images here and then took off down the winding road… and I do mean winding! I love to drive on back roads that make driving fun!
One thing that you notice driving through these roads and small towns is the contrast of living conditions. There are big houses up on the hillside with wrap around porches and long driveways. Then a half mile down the road is a small shack with peeling paint, old farm implements, and trash all around it. And then you realize that someone lives there…
And what do these people do for work? There is no industry here, and very few businesses that are even open at all. Makes us wonder and makes us thankful for what we have.
We made it to Wellsboro and drove around to the East Rim of the canyon. It’s pretty impressive – not like the Grand Canyon, but pretty nice. We’ll come back here next fall for some great foliage pics but right now it’s pretty desolate. When we pulled into the parking lot I happened to look up through the trees and saw to eagles flying by! I was hoping to see them come soaring down the valley but they never made a showing. It was pretty cool to see them in the first place though!
There’s still some ice and snow in spots so walking through the parking and then down the steps to the edge of the canyon was a little treacherous in places! Kris picked a spot to shoot from and I continued on down to the end of the trail. At the bottom is a small platform, about 10 feet deep and 20 feet wide with a very substantial fence all the way around. To top it all off, the entire platform was covered with a layer of ice! Pretty nice view, but nothing to get me very excited about.
As I was standing there, hoping that the eagles would make a showing, a number of people came down to see the view also. A couple with their dog… A family of eight all oohing and aching… and then these four guys! They were just having a good time and talking it up. Sounded to me like they had been traveling for a bit and hitting some sights.
One of the guys is holding his iPhone and trying to take a picture into the sun. He said, “Well, that’s not going to work!” I told him that he might be able to get a shot if he shielded the sun with one hand. I turned around, still looking for the eagles. Then I heard him say “Oops!” I turned back around and he’s looking over the edge of the railing. One of the other guys says, “I hope you have good insurance!” He had dropped his iPhone and, with an unlucky bounce, it hopped through the rail and over the edge. I looked down and there it was, about 15 feet down.
Now, you hear about people at Niagara Falls and other places like this going over the edge for keys, cameras, phones, whatever. Sometimes it doesn’t end well to say the least! The next thing I know, one of the guys is already over the railing and making his way down the hill!
He slowly made his way down to the phone – the way he was going I was sure that it was a lot steeper than I thought it was. Inching his way down he got to within about 3 feet of the phone and used a stick to drag it to him. Tucked the phone in his pocket and slowly climbed back up.
And here’s a shot of the four of them together with the rescued phone!
All in all it was a pretty good day and we’re glad that everything ended well with the phone!