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The End to Cabin Fever

As it was for much of the United States, we experienced cold weather and bitter wind chills at the end of January.  On the morning of February 2nd Pennsylvania’s legendary groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow, which means that Spring is right around the corner.  I hope that Phil is correct in his prediction.  Regardless of whether he is right or wrong, Spring will be here on March 20th.  Here, in Northwestern Pennsylvania, the weather forecast this past Saturday for the next several days makes it look like Spring is on our doorstep.

Spring is knocking on our door!

 

We went for a drive late Sunday morning into the early afternoon. 

A portion of our drive was along the eastern side of the Allegheny Reservoir.  Our first stop was at Big Bend Recreation Area, located just below Kinzua Dam, where we looked for eagles.  We didn’t see any.  

We continued our drive on Pennsylvania Route 59 to Pennsylvania Route 321 past Sugar Bay on the Allegheny Reservoir.  We stopped here.

Sugar Bay on the Allegheny Reservoir

The “My Two Cents” Snowman at Sugar Bay

Bob built the snowman, while I was taking pictures of the bay.

Continuing our drive on Pennsylvania Route 321 we came to a T-intersection.  We turned left onto Pennsylvania Route 346.  At he New York state line Pennsylvania Route 346 becomes New York State Route 280.  We followed Route 280 to Allegany State Park.  

We drove through Allegany State Park, making only one photo stop.  We drove over a bridge and had gotten a few hundred feet further along the road, when I said to Bob “We have to turn around!  I saw something that I want to photograph!”.  Bob turned around.

A snow and ice sculpture I found in one of the streams at Allegany State Park.

A snow and ice sculpture

Bob said the snow and ice sculpture resembled a porcupine.  I thought it resembled a peacock or turkey, with its feathers fanned out.  

From Allegany State Park we made our way back home.  We returned home around 2:00 pm.  I am glad that we went for a drive.  What a beautiful day it was with blue skies, brilliant sunshine and a high temperature of 52 degrees!  I could feel my cabin fever breaking, as the sunshine beamed down through the moon roof and especially when I stepped out into the pleasantly warm outdoor air. 

6 Responses to “The End to Cabin Fever”

  1. seniorhiker

    You’re not the only one who hopes Punxsutawney Phil is correct — I know I’m ready for Spring. I’m glad you went back to get the picture of the snow and ice sculpture. It’s beautiful.

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  2. Betsy

    After being bitterly cold here (no snow though except flurries), we are having a huge warm-up also. Supposed to be 70 here one day this week…. Spring is coming!!!! But –it will be a huge tease I’m sure….

    Love the ice sculpture… At first glance –I thought it was some kind of water bird –like a swan…. ha ha ….

    Glad you could get out and enjoy the out-of-doors before bad weather comes back…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. treadway

    I LOVE that snow sculpture…so glad you made Bob turn around. I have never seen anything quite like that.

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  4. Lorraina

    Love the peacock/porcupine/turkey; i’ve never seen one before. it must be very rare! Just as you’re looking at spring we got all wintery. We had our first snow yesterday and a little more today. It wasn’t enough to cause any traffic problems, thank goodness, but still, too cold for me….brrrr.

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  5. Eileen Wise

    Hello, I am hoping for an early spring. I do like looking at snow photos, you took some beautiful shots. The snowman is cute and the ice sculpture is cool. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  6. DeniseinVA

    Marvelous trip you had. The snow looked very pretty in your photos. Loved Bob’s snowman and the ice sculpture was fun to see. Well spotted I might add 🙂

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