Approved and listed by GSA Earthcache International, this is a plain old virtual cache here on gpsgames.org
Not as high, and lesser known than the more famous Niagara Escarpment, the Onondaga Escarpment is Western New York's "other escarpment".
Varying in height from 10 ft. to 245 ft., the Onondaga Escarpment runs roughly from Pt. Colborne Ontario, to near Albany, N.Y.
An escarpment is a steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting, and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations. The exposed surface of the Onondaga escarpment is limestone, a common sedimentary rock consisting mostly of calcium carbonate, used as a building stone and in the manufacture of lime, carbon dioxide, and cement.
In New York State, the Onondaga Escarpment basically parallels Rt. 5. Some of the higher points in the City of Buffalo include City Honors High School (at the corner of Masten and Best) and near the intersection of Bailey and Kensington.
Elsewhere in Erie County, the highest point is probably the Clarence Escarpment Sanctuary in the town of Clarence. The escarpment also offers a nice view of Transit Road, looking Northward towards Lockport from Sheridan Drive, near the Eastern Hills Mall.
In the Village of Williamsville, within the Town of Amherst, Ellicott Creek tumbles over the escarpment at a 30 ft. two-stepped waterfall known as Glen Falls, which is what you will be visiting as part of this virtual geocache.
47 mile long Ellicott Creek has it's source in the Town of Bennington in Wyoming County, and empties into Tonawanda Creek, less than a mile from the latters confluence with the Niagara River. Ellicott Creek is considered a tributary of Tonawanda Creek.
Park at N 42 Deg. 57.938' W078 Deg. 44.675'. There is a parking area closer to the falls, but all spots are designated handicap parking. Incidently, this virtual cache is 100% handicap accessable. To log a find for this cache, you need to go to the coordinates at the top of this page, and upload a photo of someone in your caching party holding a GPSr with Glen Falls in the background (or your hand holding a GPSr if you are by your lonesome).
Or alternatively, you can answer the four questions below, and send them via email to me via the gpsgames.org emailer.
1) Identify the number of rectangular windows in the octogonal shaped building near the parking coordinates.
2) Identify the alarm company the the octogonal building is "protected by" (stickers in the windows).
3) Identify the name of the red water mill near the falls (sign near the top of the building).
4) Identify the prominent feature in Glen Park near the falls, at coordinates N 42 Deg. 57.860' W 078 Deg. 44.703'
Logs without an uploaded photo or email will be deleted.
You can grab 3 caches without moving your car! Both Glen Falls Aquaview by ESFKids, which is listed on Geocaching.com and Navicache.com (.35 miles), and my own Amherst State Park Cache (.60 miles) are both accessable from creekside trails near the parking area.