Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Safety and Danger
(View here off Cornell's suspension bridge over Fall Creek.)
Tink's weekly photo challenge is safety and danger. Here are views off the bridge, plus one of the massive cables, then below are views of it. The warning signs at the end of the bridge are on a path along the edge of this gorge, which is hundreds of feet deep. Fall Creek is a little river behind my house, but in descending approx. 400 feet to Cayuga Lake, it cuts a very deep and narrow gorge with several waterfalls. The middle pic above is looking straight down off the bridge at a number of Cornell students swimming and drinking beers on the floor of the gorge. I shudder to imagine what a small pebble falling off the side of the gorge might do to their heads. YES, a student died in June near that spot, washed away over the waterfall. And Cornell has a reputation for suicides off these bridges. Every year it seems there are accidents and deaths in the gorges. There are 3 of these gorges going through campus!
Beautiful but dangerous.