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The two RV Gypsies at
Panama Rocks
in the Village of Panama, New York
July 23, 2011
Chautauqua's Wonder of Nature
Panama Rocks is a 12 acre adventure through 300 million years of rock formations, caves, natural pathways, and a whole lot of fun. Erupted during the Paleozoic area, Panama Rocks was carved out of the Earth by glaciers, leaving an ancient forest of timeless fun.
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Welcome to the Village of Panama sign

history book"Over 300 million years ago, the Panama Rocks were Sea Islands of sand and gravel, along the shore of a vast inland sea that extended west toward what is now Utah. These islands were part of the delta of a great river, larger than the Mississippi. What remains of that delta extends from the Allegheny River toward Lake Erie, and from eastern Ohio into southwestern New York.

165 million years ago, there were major earthquakes on what are now the east and west coasts of North America. The layer of rock which became the Panama Rocks was raised to its present altitude [1650 feet at that time]. After this rock layer had been fractured, the seepage of water through overlaying sediments carried minerals and deposited them in the fractures in the rock below.

The present day Panama Rocks formation was most dramatically affected by a glacier in the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago. The weight and pressure of the glacier accelerated widening of fractures in the rock, creating thousands of crevices and alley passageways. When the glacier melted, this unique rock outcrop was first revealed. Eventually a forest grew over the site. The Panama Rocks are reputed to be one of the most extensive formations of glacier-cut, ocean-quartz conglomerate in the world. The ridge is about 1/2 mile long."

(quoted from http://www.panamarocks.com/history.htm#geology)

Lee puts Alex in a headlock
Alex and the Panama Rocks sign
The grandson of the two RV Gypsies exploring the deep crevices and passageways at the start of the trail in Panama Rocks
The grandson of the two RV Gypsies exploring the deep crevice
the deep crevices and passageways at the start of the trail in Panama Rocks
another deep crevice at Panama Rocks
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies
There are signs on trees labeling nearby formations. Sometimes the two RV Gypsies and their grandson could understand why the formation was so named and sometimes not. Use your imagination and form your own opinion.
Formation #1 - Castle Rock
Formation #1 - Castle Rock
Karen and Alex at Panama Rocks
Karen and Alex at Panama Rocks
Karen and Alex at Panama Rocks
The two RV Gypsies and Alex continued hiking through Panama Rocks looking for formation #2
Lee Duquette at Panama Rocks
Lee Duquette and Alex at Panama Rocks
Lee Duquette at Panama Rocks
boulders at Panama Rocks
Panama Rocks
Formation #2 - Mayflower
Mayflower  formation at Panama Rocks
Mayflower  formation at Panama Rock
Mayflower  formation at Panama Rock
Formation #3 - Eagle Claw
Eagle Claw formation at Panama Rocks
Traveling forward in Panama Rocks, the two RV Gypsies first thought this area was formation #4 - Fat Man's Misery, but it was just a space between two big boulders.
Alex Jones
Karen Duquette at Panama Rocks
Lee duquette
The real formation # 4 - Fat Man's Misery
Karen Duquette at Fat Man's Misery
Lee and Alex at Fat Man's Misery
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson saw the sign for formation #5 - Crow's Foot but they could not figure out exactly what or where the actual formation was located.
Lee Duquette looking for Crow's foot
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson also saw the sign for formation #6 - Indian Fireplace, but once again they were not sure exactly what or where the actual formation was located. All three of them had a different opinion. You decide.
Indian Fireplace
Indian Fireplace
Indian Fireplace
Formation #7 - Devil's Den
Devil's Den at Panama Rocks
Devil's Den at Panama Rocks
close-up photo of Devil's Den at Panama Rocks
Alex and the two RV Gypsies continued walking through Panama Rocks and along the way, they photographed interesting formations that were not named and labeled.
Lee Duquette
snakes
crevice
Formation #8 - Paradise Alley (a very muddy alley)
Paradise Alley at Panama Rocks
Formation #9 - Golden Gate
Golden Gate at Panama Rocks
Golden Gate at Panama Rocks
Formation #10 - Tower of Babel
Tower of Babel at Panama Rocks
Tower of Babel
Formation #11 - Sand Cave
Karen Duquette at the Sand Cave
Lee Duquette at the Sand Cave
Karen Duquette at the Sand Cave
Lee Duquette at the Sand Cave
Formation #12 - Wigwam
Lee Duquette and Alex
Wigwam at Panama Rocks
Formation #13 - Counterfeiters Den
Counterfeiters Den at Panama Rocks
Counterfeiters Den at Panama Rocks
Counterfeiters Den at Panama Rocks
Some deep crevices without names or labels. Although the two RV Gypsies were told that they were free to wander wherever they wished to wander at Panama Rocks, most of the un-named crevices were dangerous and possibly life-threatening if someone were to fall into them. All adults had to sign a waiver before entering, and there's a reason for that.
a deep crevice at Panama Rocks
a deep crevice at Panama Rocks
a deep crevice at Panama Rocks
a deep crevice at Panama Rocks
two deep crevices at Panama Rocks
the gransdson of the two RV Gypsies
another crevice
It is possible that one of the above crevices could be formation #14 - Ice Cave Crevice, because the two RV Gypsies missed that sign.
the path
teh path
Formation #15 - Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge formation at Panama Rocks
Covered Bridge formation at Panama Rocks
continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies The two RV Gypsies went to Niagara Falls
Besides the falls themselves, check out the Whirlpool Jet Boat, Cave of The Winds, Maid of the Mist, and more at Niagara Falls