Sunday, September 2, 2018

Pictures from Around Pennsylvania, 1994-2016

Here also are photo compilations from central California and America's deserts.

Above: Blue Marsh Lake on an 80-degree day. Below: Blue Marsh Lake, frozen over 10 weeks later.

Above: the Monongahela and the Allegheny merge in Pittsburgh to become the Ohio. The Mon is notably more silty. Below, the bottom of the Thousand Steps portion of the Standing Stone Trail near Huntingdon. As you can tell the people around there like obvious signs.

Above: Taylor Swift's Christmas tree farm, awww!

Above: the bustling metropolis of Shoemakersville, Berks County. Below, a view of the Schuylkill from the River Trail Bridge which will soon be decommissioned even for pedestrians. (Next to the Bypass between Buttonwood and Penn, looking north-northeast in this picture.) The one below that is from the river between Shoemakersville and Hamburg.

Above, Glen Onoko Falls near Jim Thorpe. Below, a mountain on the turnpike that my parents had a dirty name for. I always wondered what this free-standing cone could be doing in the Appalachians, until I went back and looked at the map and saw that it's just a view of the end of a ridge, which is also why the illusion of the free-standing cone can only be seen from one direction.

Above, the Susquehanna from Chickie's Rock on the Lancaster side of the river. Below, looking downriver, then the river-level trail. The Susquehanna is one of the oldest rivers on Earth, and it looks it. As of this writing I still haven't seen the petroglyphs near Wrightsville - you need to kayak to them.

Above and next two below: Centralia on an appropriately gloomy day.

Above: the Shanksville 9/11 Memorial as it was in 2007. Below: the funicular railway near Altoona.

Above: Groundhog Day aftermath. Below, how cool must Pennsylvania be if there's an actual metal township! Below that: awesomest dorm room ever - this guy looks focused on his studies, plus I bet he got lots of chicks.

Above, the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Below, Blue Marsh in summer (with awesome bros) then winter, then various Berks County goodness.

Above: Pennsylvania autumn. Below: Pennsylvania winter (same town.)

The two above are the view down into Hamburg from the Appalachian Trail just west of Port Clinton, then the intersection of the Schuylkill River Trail (Bartram section in Hamburg-Port Clinton) and Appalachian Trail. Below, the Distelfink on the Tulpehocken (NOT the fake one on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.) Below that, the entrance to the Underworld, which is of course in Bern Towship near Blue Marsh.

The next four below are from my dad's at-the-time abandoned childhood home in Western Pennsylvania. Not only did I have good memories in it, it was a beautiful house and someone out there should be living in it and enjoying it. Fortunately I made it back since then and someone had bought it and restored it and it looks fantastic.

Next three: State College spring, two of State College autumn, State College summer.

And finishing up with Philly. Everyone knows Philly. Views are from the Art Museum plaza. Included is a never-before-seen shot of the Main Line's own Hazzmat recording some hot metal.

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