I love waterfalls but I had to fly 1200 miles, all the way to the state of Florida, to meet one of three venerable authors of the book, Waterfalls of New York State.
Former math teacher-turned-waterfall enthusiast, David Schryver and his wife, are the newest and, by all appearances, the youngest snowbirds to the Zephyrhills retirement community where my Dad lives. Their homey double wides sit only a stones throw from each other – a very happy coincidence while I visit this weekend. I interrupt the couple just long enough to score an autographed copy and ask a few questions.
“Okay, so what’s your favorite waterfalls?” a hackneyed question that I’m sure he gets asked all the time.
Schryver responds as if he’s nostalgically waxing about his first high school sweetheart: “Well, I’d have to say that my very first waterfalls is still my most memorable. That would be Lampson Falls.”
Rural St. Lawrence County’s most popular gem is in the town of Clare, not far from several private universities and state colleges, and not far from where I grew up. I can’t agree more with his choice.
Lampson is an easily accessible 40-foot curtain cascade with plenty of vantage points including a sandy beach area for easy swimming at the base of the falls. I’ve blogged about it before.
In 2006, it was Schryver’s son who first introduced him to the dynamic, evocative, hypnotic power of falling water. He’s dedicated every spare minute he finds to exploring, photographing and writing detailed descriptions of hundreds of beautiful icons found in the North Country. Endless miles have been logged, both on foot and in a car, traipsing through St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Herkimer, Essex, Franklin, Clinton, Lewis, Hamilton and Warren counties.
His definitive guide book (that doubles quite nicely as a coffee table book) debuted in 2012 and features over 100 of the state’s most scenic: 40 from the North Country alone. His weapon of choice is the Canon 60D armed with the 28-135mm and 70-300mm lens and of course, a Garmin GPS.
So, how does someone who loves waterfalls so much find himself in a state supposedly bereft of them? Easy. Florida has plenty of ’em! Check this out: http://floridahikes.com/tag/waterfalls
To purchase your own copy of Waterfalls in New York State visit: http://nnywaterfalls.com/waterfallsofnys.htm