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.
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.
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.
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.