Western New York has been good to me. Since arriving on my birthday and flying into Buffalo to a breathtaking sunset, I have been overwhelmed by the natural beauty here. I took advantage of the decent weather a couple weekends ago and drove down to Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East and “America’s #1 State Park!”—or so the sign read at the entrance. I believe it.
The gorge was startlingly deep, and from a height, the Genesee River looked more like a creek, but the closer we got, the more we could feel the power of the water. Our hike took us through woodlands, where we stopped periodically to eat our pb&j sandwiches, Granny Smith apples, and fruit bars. Up and down steep trails, at points we would steady ourselves by holding on to tree branches and roots. The wildlife, from small rodents to deer families, took very little notice of us, and we passed by each other with reverence and care. At sunset, golden rays beamed through the tree tops, softening the harsh greens of summer and emboldening the cozy reds of autumn. We drove home through the winding hills and were welcomed back to Buffalo by the orange hunter’s moon, the perfect way to close out the day.
-Maggie Scheer, 2016-17 Service Corps Member, Western New York Law Center