It was such a pretty day yesterday. Sunshine has been scarce the past few weeks. It has been an unusual Winter season thus far. We have had much more rain than snow. So little snow, in fact, that Bob has not yet felt the need to use the snow thrower on our driveway. He has not felt the need to use the snow shovel much either.
Yesterday on Facebook I noticed that a few friends of mine had something to say about our Northwest PA weather as well.
“I have a low grade fever and the type of headache that makes ya want to punch kittens. Yet – this is the first sunny Saturday I can remember in the last 3 months. We ARE going for a walk in the beautiful (retina scorching,head stabbing) outdoors!!” ~Sheila F.
“sure feels good to have the sun on my face after 3 weeks of permacloud in PA!” ~Allison C.
“Finally some sunshine…went for a ride around the Kinzua Dam….” ~Patti B.
Neither Bob nor I were feeling well yesterday morning. I blame our intestinal distress on the side salads that we ate at Applebee’s the previous evening. I recovered first and was able to keep a 10:00 am haircut appointment. It took Bob longer to recover. He did feel better in the afternoon, so we decided to enjoy the sunshine with a drive around the Allegheny Reservoir. This is the route we traveled. The starting point is located a little less than 5 miles from our home.
We made only two photo stops, both at the beginning of our drive. We stopped at Big Bend Recreation Area, located below Kinzua Dam. I took pictures of the Allegheny River and Kinzua Dam from an observation platform located above the river.
Look at that blue sky in each of the photographs displayed above. It had really been a long, long time since we enjoyed a cloudless sky and abundant sunshine.
Our second stop was at Bent Run Falls, where I took a video of the rushing water.
As we departed the eastern fringes of the reservoir, the sun was slipping behind cloud cover.
A Facebook friend also went for a drive around Allegheny Reservoir and experienced blue skies turning into cloudy skies.
“We also went around the dam….I was surprised at the snow up on top of the hill…..and loved the water coming our of the spill way. … got cloudy on us on the way back on I-86 but still a nice ride.” ~Patti B.
I expressed surprise, too, seeing the snow up on top of the hill. Bob said we were at a higher elevation and it was shady; therefore, the snow stays on the ground for a longer time. Patti also mentioned that the water level of the reservoir was so low. We noticed the same, especially looking down on Sugar Bay (on the east side of the reservoir). We saw people walking on a patch of land, way out into the reservoir. We should have stopped at Sugar Bay, but we didn’t.
On the western side of the reservoir we drove to Webb’s Ferry, but we didn’t get out of the car. By then we had lost the sunshine, and clouds once again covered the sky.
We made one last stop before returning home. We stopped at Scandia General Store, where we purchased a 12-inch sub, cheese curds and apple butter. This was the first time that we have stopped at Scandia General Store. We will be back!
We returned home around 4:00 pm, at which time we ate our delicious turkey and ham sub.
We enjoyed the sunshine yesterday, while it lasted. I wonder how many more days will pass before we see sunshine in abundance.