|Apparently around 20 inches is what we got overnight.|
Monday, February 11, 2013
The massive nor'easter that hit the Northeast delivered about 20-25 inches of snow into the area where we live. Not as bad as other places (40 inches in Hamden, CT), but it has convincingly crippled Long Island and Suffolk County. We were lucky enough to not lose power at all, and were overall well prepared even if we did. It seemed like everyone (the town, the village, our apartment complex) waited until the storm was over to start plowing the roads. By now, the apartment complex has cleared most of the roads although parking will be a problem for a while. The village did not yet get to our street and apparently we are not the only one around with this problem. Long Island Expressway remains closed in the east into Monday (2/11/2013). I do not teach on Friday, but the college cancelled all classes in anticipation of the storm although I expected to go in on Monday. The schools remain closed, however, as a lot of roads are still barely passable. We are expecting rain on Monday as well, with correspondingly warmer temperatures so let's see how long this winter landscape lasts. More information on this storm can be found here. I hope this is it for the rest of this winter, not because I hate snow, but because I hate how people around me deal with it.
Monday, August 8, 2011
One advantage of living on Long Island (and for me personally, advantages of living here are rather hard to come by) is the presence of large bodies of water open to kayaking and canoeing. Besides the obvious Long Island Sound and the Great Sound Bay, there are several rivers that can be explored by personal watercraft. One such river, is the Peconic on Eastern Long island. It originates near Brookhaven National Lab and lazily flows east, towards Riverhead and the crotch of Long Island and eventually empties into the Flanders Bay, which is apart of the Peconic Bay. This river has been on my list ever since I moved to Long Island but for variety of reasons (most of them bullshit excuses) never got around to it.
|The first few yards were difficult to say the least.|
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
|Morning at Wooster Groove in Walden, NY. Getting ready to head out.|
This was another one of those plans that hatched this past winter, while the snow lingered outside and I was laying on the floor in front of the TV planning future bike trips on mapmyride.com. For this particular plan, however, lot of things had to come together - and perfectly at that. First, the weather had to be decent - at least - as I was planning to ride lite (no panniers). Second, the ride had to coincide with out visit to Andi's parents in Lunenburg, MA. And third, because the train was leaving from Boston North Station, there would have to be a good reason for someone to drop me off in Boston with my bike. In this case, Andi's college reunion planned for the weekend worked just fine.
|All packed up, waiting for the train at Boston North Station.|
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I am not really sure how the envelope with the flyer for this event got mailed to me in the first place. But man, am I glad it did. I shared it with the usual suspects and the decision was made to partake. Even though there were 32000 spots available, I assumed they would go rather quickly. After all, who in their right mind, would want to pass up an opportunity to ride the completely car free streets of New York City, visiting Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and eventually Staten Island? Or to ride your bike on FDR Drive, BQE or Verrazano Bridge? And I was right, after the registration opened, it took only about 30 or so hours (me thinks) to sell out all 32000 spots. Me and Millicent waited at our computers for the registration to open, that's how much we wanted to make sure we will be one of the lucky 32000. After initial system overload (apparently we weren't the only ones ready to pounce), we successfully registered. Shortly after us, Matt, Hyuck, Richard and Laura registered as well.
|Getting ready in the ferry parking lot.|
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
|Tough Mudder Pledge.|
The central event of this weekend was the Tough Mudder race at Bear Creek Ski Center, just south of Allentown/Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. We wanted to take advantage of our presence in this neck of the woods and explore a bit. On our list were:
- Miller Trailer Sales in Perkasie (Friday)
- Lost River Cave in Hellertown (Friday)
- Slovak Cemetery in Bethlehem (Friday)
- Tough Mudder Race at Bear Creek (Saturday)
- Biking on the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail (Sunday)