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I’m sure that most of you have heard of the impending doom the this part of the country, by way of a massive snow storm. Well I have to say, typically I don’t think much about things like that and I never run to the grocery store and get the milk, eggs, bread, and so on. Reason being as far as I can remember, in my lifetime, we have at most been snowed in for a day or two, and I typically have enough food in the house to sustain myself for that period of time. So when this one was announced I didn’t think much about it either. Until, I got to thinking that I travel nearly 50 miles each way to and from work and this particular storm, would be arriving during my shift at work and then continually get worse the closer to home I got. Enter the thought that I need a different winter vehicle.

So on Wednesday I started doing research on different vehicles and their respective on and off road capabilities, ride, dependability, and of course price. The vehicle that I came up with was a smaller SUV, with plenty of interior room, good reviews from actual owners, and something that I could afford for a second vehicle without breaking the bank. So yesterday I purchased a 2003 Nissan Xterra SE. It’s a little older, with a few minor issues, but I was happy with the decision.

Now let me tell you about the first trip to work and back in my “new” old vehicle. The “X” as they have come to be know, lived up to the reviews that I read, not a lot of power, rides a little like a truck, no frills or extras, yet a sold vehicle. The trip to work was uneventful, from Uniontown, where I live, to Greensburg then on to downtown Pittsburgh. And as the day progressed the storm proceeded as they had forecasted, move in from the south and arrive in Pittsburgh by around 6 or 7pm. So at 7 we close up the store and I head for home. And as predicted the weather got worse the further south I drove towards home. At about the halfway point I had to put my new vehicle in 4 wheel drive where it would remain the rest of the way home. By the time I got to the house there was around 7-8 inches of snow and my “new” old car brought me right up the hill to my house without spinning a tire. I have to say that I am impressed. And if I was driving my Ford Focus I might have had to stay overnight in the car.

I’m looking forward to many great adventures in my “new” old car and I’m sure that from time to time I’ll post a little something about the day.

Tonights photo isn’t great, it’s off the porch in the dark but I just wanted to show off my new toy.

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A Walk in the Woods

Had another great day off and got to spend some time in the woods in Ohiopyle State Park.  I photographed Cucumber Falls completely frozen over, the main falls and then a little in the woods.  At one point I was in the woods and noticed a set of footprints in the snow.  They were filled with the last snow and a little windblown but still visible due to the late afternoon sun casting its long shadows over the area.  And I wondered to myself, perhaps this is the road less traveled and the road which I should be following.

Cucumber Falls FrozenCucumber Falls frozen over after a week of below freezing weather.

Hidden FootstepsFootsteps in the woods.

Ohiopyle FallsThe main falls in Ohiopyle State Park.

Shall We SitWould you like to sit and watch the water.

Water SlidesThis is the top of the natural water slides in Ohiopyle State Park.  I just don’t understand why there was nobody enjoying a ride down the slides.  Could have been that the temp was just a little over 15ºF.

An Adventure into the Cold

Sunday was my birthday and I decided since it was the coldest day of the winter so far I should celebrate by going out to my local waterfall and taking some frozen photos of the falls and stream.  In the close up of the falls you can see that it hasn’t really frozen completely as of yet but I am hopeful that by my next day off from work it will be frozen completely over.

Watch for an update on Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle this weekend.

Cucumber Froze Cucumber Froze2

 

Project 365 | Day 62 Across the Bridge

Today’s photo is from a very cold walk that I took today after work.  Its was a little under 20ºF when I decided to take a walk around the city of Pittsburgh.  Just more proof that there is something wrong with us photographers.

This shot is looking across the 6th street bridge from the city towards the north side.  To the left of the bridge you see a glimpse of PNC Park home of the Pirates baseball team.

Across 6th St

Project 365 | Day 53 Where did you come From?

If you have been following my 365 project you most likely saw the photo of my lost car in the snow that we had just a few short days ago.  And if you happen to live in Western Pa you will understand exactly where I’m coming from with this post.

We have some of the weirdest weather. A few days ago we had between two and three feet of snow and today the snow is gone the temps are in the upper 40’s or lower 50’s and this really weird thing is following me every where I walk.  I have seen this thing in the past and I really don’t know what to make of it.  I was wondering if you guys would care to enlighten me as to what this is in the photo?

Thanks for you help in advance.

ShadowOh and by the way, there is this really bright light in the sky theses last two days and I am still a little confused as to what that is as well.

For those of you that don’t live in Western Pa, we have an over abundance of what I like to call “Pennsylvania Gray” skies, which causes the sun to elude us quite often.

 

Project 365 | Day 48 Visibility

Tonight’s photo is about how the weather can change so drastically in just a few minutes.  Tonight I was driving home from Greensburg when the weather went from clear and dry to this in a matter of about 8 minutes.  And a few minutes later the visibility was almost zero from the wind blowing the snow and ice across the roadway.

I can say that I’m really getting sick of driving in this stuff and am very impatiently waiting for spring.

Visibility

Project 365 | Day 43 Looking Forward

It’s been a few years since I had the joy of spending a little time walking up and down a stream and doing a little fly fishing.  So that is one of my goals for the spring and summer to take the time to do a little fishing.  I’m so ready for this winter to be over and be able to get out and enjoy the warmer weather.

Fly Fishing