Ausable Chasm is a sandstone gorge and tourist attraction located near we are camping, on lake Champlain in Northeastern New York State. The Ausable River runs through it, and then empties into Lake Champlain. The river was originally named “Au Sable” (French for “sandy”) by Samuel de Champlain when he first explored the region in 1609 because of its extensive sandy delta. Can you guess where the lake got it’s name? The 1.5-mile-long chasm was opened to the public in 1870 as a tourist trap, sorry, attraction, five years after the Civil War.
Today we hiked the Chasm and the area around. We first walked about 2 miles along the rim of the Chasm so we could look down.
We then took a raft ride through the Chasm,
and then walked about 3 miles within the Chasm, along the Ausable River.
As always, there was a rock formation in which people see things. Here, some people see an elephant head:
I don’t understand how they see that, it is obviously soft serve ice-cream in a cone.
Since we are in the Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack Chairs are everywhere.
Aaaah! That was a long walk.