The Model A Ford

On Saturday I had the chance to visit the National Pike Steam, Gas, & Horse Associations show. Twice yearly people from all over the area gather for the largest working show of antique equipment. Along with the antique equipment they also have an antique car show.

The antique car show typically brings in a few interesting cars but this year there was a Ford Model A club in attendance. And of course I got the chance to photograph this great group of cars and trucks.

Before we see the photos I thought I would tell you a little about the Model A. Ford produced the Model A from 1927 – 1931. It was the replacement to the hugely successful Model T. By the end of the production of the Model A Ford had sold over 4 million cars. The cars cost between $385 and $1400 and were available in different models and colors.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do.

A Short Outdoor Adventure

Some of you already know others may not but on March 1 of this year I had a heart attack. So I’ve been kinda taking it easy  lately gaining my strength and yesterday I finally took a short hike in Ohiopyle State Park. For those of you familiar with the area I crossed the bridge above Cucumber Falls and then took a lesser used trail and made my way down to the Youghiogheny River. Not a far walk but definitely a steep hill to climb back up. After that trek I also made my way down into Cucumber Falls and out to the river. All in all it was a nice trek with my camera and backpack along for the walk as well.

The Path
The path less traveled
Flowers in the Woods
A few purple flowers
Fungus
A little fungus anyone?
Fallen
A fallen tree along the path
Companion
My companion along the river. Possibly a brown water snake.

Fireman Training

I had a few minutes to take a ride in the mountains and as usual I ended up in Ohiopyle. Upon arriving I noticed two fire trucks shooting water into the river. I decided to take a few photos and then found out they were training on how to pull water from an open body.

Members of the Ohiopyle- Stewart and Normalville perform some of their monthly training.
Members of the Ohiopyle- Stewart and Normalville perform some of their monthly training.

A Trip to the Park

A few days ago, a couple of friends and I spent the morning in Cedar Creek Park. This park has a great area of wild flowers throughout the growing season. I always enjoy stopping there in the spring for the Trilliums. Here are a few photos from our trip to the park.

Flowers from Phipps

After a recent trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens I wanted to share some of my favorite flowers and cactus.

Spring at Phipps Conservatory

A recent trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with the Westmoreland Photographers Society brought spring to life. And what flower makes you think of spring? A tulip of course.

A tulip from a recent trip to Phipps Conservatory with the Westmoreland Photographers.

Covered Bridges

So there is a bunch of different theories about why covered bridges were originally built.  Some say it was to keep the horses from getting spooked when they crossed.  Some say it was to provide shelter for those that got caught out in the weather.  But most likely they were covered to protect the massive wooden trusses that held the bridges together.  Adding the covering would increase the life of the bridge by as much as three times.

What ever the reason for the covered bridge, it most certainly has given us some beautiful sights to see out in the country side.  I’m lucky enough to live in an area where there are several bridges that have been preserved and today a few of photographed three of the local bridges.  Hope you enjoy the bridges as much as we did.

Kings Covered Bridge first built 1806.

Kings Covered Bridge 1802

The King’s Bridge is a historic covered bridge in Middlecreek TownshipSomerset County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1806, and is a 127-foot-4-inch-long (38.81 m) Burr truss bridge, with an asbestos covered gable roof. The bridge crosses Laurel Hill Creek. It is one of 10 covered bridges in Somerset County.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.  Info from Wikipedia

Barronvale Bridge first built 1902.

Barronvale Bridge 1830

The Barronvale Bridge, also known as Barron’s Mill Bridge, is a historic covered bridge at Middlecreek Township, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania crossing Laurel Hill Creek. At 162 feet 3 inches (49.45 m) it is the longest remaining covered bridge in Somerset County. It is 13 feet 10 inches (4.22 m) wide. The Burr truss bridge was built in 1902, and is one of 10 covered bridges in Somerset County.[2][3] Info from Wikipedia

Lower Humbert Covered Bridge built 1891.

Humbert Covered Bridge

The Lower Humbert Covered Bridge, or the Faidley Covered Bridge, is an 126-foot-6-inch (38.56 m) Burr Arch truss covered bridge that crosses Laurel Hill Creek, in Lower Turkeyfoot TownshipSomerset County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It was built in 1891 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 10, 1980.[2] It is one of the ten remaining covered bridges in Somerset County.  Info from Wikipedia.

Cruise Night

On Friday night I got the opportunity to drive a 1970 Z28 Camaro to the local car show for a great night out with some friends and family. I must say there really is something about the low growl of a muscle car.  Looking forward to the next show with anticipation and excitement.

Included with this post is several of the cars at the show.  Look for the orange and black Camaro that’s the one I drove to the show.  (insert large smile here).

A Conversation with a Drunk Cowboy

Recently I took a trip to Old Bedford Village for the Old West reenactment.  If you ever have the chance to attend this event drop everything and GO!!  One of these two cowboys is the town drunk.  Can you guess which one?

Druken Conversation