The Finger Lakes (Character of a Place)

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The Finger Lakes Region of western upstate New York possesses natural beauty and characteristics that make it an ideal area for residence and vacation. However, because of New York City, the state's defining attribute to many outsiders and locals, the Finger Lakes' fruits are ignored and shared amongst a relatively small amount of people. In a state that bares the advantages and drawbacks of the World's financial capital, a nearby refuge that challenges even remote sections of the country with its untrampled forests and clean lakes, seems appealing but is somehow missed amid the bustle of Wall Street. People who visit the Finger Lakes will quickly realize that New York includes, along with concrete jungles, wilderness on the other end of the spectrum, wilderness created by the forces of our planet.

Glaciers formed the hilly terrain characteristic of the Finger Lakes region, by carving out the lakes and valleys.

Lush deciduous forests with an ample amount of pines cover the countryside, providing homes for abundant wildlife. A very popular method of exploring and experiencing the forest is on horseback which gives riders a completely different vantage point on the passing scenery. Crystal clear brooks meander through rugged terrain as they constantly erode away at formations of prehistoric slate and limestone, making it easy to find fossils and rocks shaped and brilliantly colored by these ancient but persistent streams. Waterfalls nestled deep in the woods serve as ideal places for a picnic or simply to reflect upon civilization without being faced with the world's ordinary pressures. While driving on the winding rural roads, you will greet many deer with your headlights; hopefully not this other parts of your car. Raccoons can become a nuisance by scavenging through your garbage at night while rabbits can be found nibbling on the grass...