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More awesome Ausable…

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We were really enjoying this hike alongside the chasm.

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There was something stunning around every corner.

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Though at times my knee strongly disagreed.

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Here’s the husband.

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He might be a senior citizen, but he was still upset he couldn’t cross that rope bridge.

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The path that’s cut into the rock alongside the chasm is spectacular.

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And I was loving every minute of it.

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Surrounded by towering rocks. How could I not?

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This open metal bridge was a little hairy. And while I’m not afraid of heights, looking straight down through it was a tad stomach flipping.

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Onward…

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The Chasm… part two.

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Continuing on the marked path, we came to a fork. We could take the easier, stairless Rim Walk on the left…

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Or the harder, your bad knee will be screaming and make you pay, Inner Sanctum trail to the right.

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You knew there was only one right answer.

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Stairs? Oh yeah. Hundreds of them.

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But the views were totally worth it.

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The farther down you go, the louder the roar of the water.

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And once again I was glad the adventure trail was closed. I love to climb on rocks… but generally need a little more than string when it comes to a bridge.

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Me. Loving the rocks.

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The Inner Sanctum is the only way to see this chasm up close and personal.

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It was truly stunning.

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Ausable Chasm… it was awesome!

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Our day trip destination in New York was the little town of Keeseville, home to the Grand Canyon of the East.

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We’d driven by this place on a previous vacation and vowed if we were ever back in the area we’d stop and explore.

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In case you can’t zoom in, one of the best tourist attractions of the Adirondacks is under the C in Lake Champlain. Au Sable directly translates to “of the sand” which makes sense since the chasm is a giant sandstone gorge.

Looking forward to taking some good pictures, I was extremely glad cameras are smaller and lighter than they used to be.

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After buying tickets and taking a quick look at the little history museum, we headed out over the bridge which was impressive in and of itself.

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Entering the site, it felt like they knew I was coming.

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There are multiple paths and trails but they all start here.

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And like good tourists, we followed the yellow brick road.

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Okay, we followed the yellow wooden squares… so sue me.

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The first open outcropping looked back toward the bridge. And after that?

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I knew my knee would not be happy.

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It’s a shame they even have to post warnings like that, but you know some bozo bonked someone on the head down below at one time or another.

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This was our first look at the chasm.

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And I have to say I was hooked.

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I was also glad it was off season and the “adventure trail” was closed.

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Because that’s a bridge I had no interest in crossing.

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