Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Searching for Snow in All the Wrong Places

For those of my blog readers who heard of the great blizzard that hit parts of the eastern coast of the United States this weekend, you are probably thinking "Oh, AM lives in Upstate New York.  She should be entertaining us with beautiful shots of snow".

You would be wrong, because we are way below our normal snowfall total.

Not only that, we have barely any snow on the ground. But my readers want pictures of snow for tomorrow's Winter Wonders feature.  So, not wanting to disappoint my faithful readers, my spouse and I embarked, Sunday, on a quest to find snow.
Near Waverly, New York
My readers know how much I hate snow.  This January has been a dream come true - for me.  Not for several million other people, but I am sure our turn will come before spring.

First, we headed west.  Hardly any snow on the ground.  So we turned, and we started north. 

Here, the Catherine Valley trail crosses Rt 14 between Horseheads and Watkins Glen.  "One day" spouse and I will walk some of it.  Now, look carefully on the left.  You'll see green grass.

We must continue North, I said to spouse.

On the way north, we decided to visit some of New York's many excellent wineries.  No sacrifice is too much for my faithful readers.
Glenora Winery, the oldest winery on Seneca Lake, near Dundee, NY
Several sacrifices later, snow started to appear.  Encouraged, we continued north.

Finally, near Weedsport (named after the two merchants who helped to found the village, not the stuff you smoke) the sun set over snow. We were in the official New York snow belt.  It was about time. Finally, my quest was completed.

Now, I have to get ready for my phone call with Oprah (more on that tomorrow, maybe).  Yeah, that Oprah. Me and several million people, but that's a story for tomorrow.  A true Winter Wonder.

What was your weekend like?

28 comments:

  1. This weather is my dream come true also. Taking the trash to the street in January without snow and ice on the driveway is a treat.

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    1. Such a treat - along with being able to get out of the car, when parked along a curb, without climbing a snowpile. Or crossing the street and not being blocked by snow someone dumped there. Oh yes!

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  2. Snow scenes do make pretty pictures...until it starts to be a hazardous slushy mess. Very considerate of you to visit wine country with snow. Seriously, the snowy sunset is spectacular!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. No sacrifice is too great for my readers, I say! (Actually, the trip was to visit wineries and not to look for snow, but I think everyone figured that out.)

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  3. I remember my growing up years in Rochester, NY... snow and more snow! I don't miss it most of the time now that I am in the San Francisco Bay area. But once in a while...

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    1. There was a bad storm around Rochester last Monday- winter is far from over for part of upstate, but I can't believe it has passed the Southern Tier by, sort of. As of right now, anyway. Fingers crossed.

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  4. What a search you had! I'm happy to hear that the blizzard did not dump snow up your way.

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    1. So am I, Dorothy - we sometimes get 80 inches or more of snow in a year - but 30 inches at one time would be a bit much even for us to cope with.

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  5. If I had my way, it wouldn't snow on the roads and driveways, the cars and trash bins. What a dream, eh? Thanks for the pictures, and for the happy memories of Horseheads and Watkins Glen. My mother and grandparents lived in Corning, New York for 15 years, and I loved visiting up there. Especially the wineries. Er, I mean, especially the museums. Yeah, the museums.

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    1. The museums aren't bad either. The Rockwell Museum in Corning and also the Corning Museum of Glass - I would recommend both of them to a visitor. I live about 70 miles from Corning.

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  6. Those of us still digging out from 2 feet of snow send greetings.

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    1. And we who usually get that snow salute you!

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  7. Beautiful pictures and a fun post to read. Thanks for writing.

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  8. Pleasurable post thank you for sharing

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    1. My pleasure indeed. Especially the winery part.

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  9. I totally forgot what SNOW is... Coming from an ex-pro snowboarder, this is slightly comical! ;)

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    1. And where is that magical place where one can forget that snow exists? I must know. Must know....

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  10. Just because you dream of white,
    Has no demand you'll reach the site,
    But, I'll bet in less than a fortnight,
    Your lake effect will yield your sight.

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    1. February is the cruelest time
      The cruel winds blow; the snow totals climb
      January's warmth a distant dream;
      April flowers to redeem.

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  11. We missed the big storm. I was a bit disappointed. I like all of the action.

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    1. You may still have a chance. It's only January...

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  12. We still have snow and I'm so ready for some spring flowers.
    Coffee is on

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  13. Like you, I would have to drive a bit to find some snow. Glad you weren't buried.

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  14. You poor thing having to make that sacrifice of going to the winery, my hubby would love that sacrifice! Great pics, it is quite amazing as I would expect you would have snow after hearing news stories.

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    1. I live about 100 miles (I figure) from where the snow from that storm ended. The snow in the above pictures (including the last one) were from what we call lake affect snows, unrelated to the blizzard. Thankfully!

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