Staying the summer in Ithaca gave me more than enough time to explore what needs to be explored. Ezra’s tunnel definitely needs to be on your list of things to see while you’re at Cornell. If you’re ever on the bridge between West and North, you’ll notice a worn down dam covered in graffiti, asking Lily to prom and telling everyone to “eat more kale.” You also might see people sun bathing on this damn and ask yourself how the heck they got down there. You have to do a little climbing, and like my hiking in Africa, there were ropes involved (yikes!), but after you’re first time, it’s completely the opposite of scary. Behind Sigma Nu on West Campus, there’s a trail that leads to a 5-ft cliff you can climb down. After this cliff, you’ll go through this tunnel:
It gets pretty dark, and is kind of scary because when you step, it sounds like you’re stepping on bones. Don’t worry! Just broken down rocks and probably huge spiders (haha…). You can then decide to go left, and climb the damn and sunbath or try to walk down to the edge of Ithaca Falls (as in the edge to the top of Ithaca Falls – talk about a view!) or walk right and find yourself at a smaller waterfall and a swimming hole. It’s honestly the best spot for a picnic, adventure, and photo op. Definitely Instagram worthy!