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Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Pittsburgh Wilderness on 02/10/2010 06:56:28 MST Print View

Aside from giving me a luxurious three-day vacation from grad school, the snow that has been dumping on the East Coast has also given me a new perspective on my neighborhood and local park. As the region was waking up to knee-deep snow, my wife and I headed out to explore. Even in the middle of a city, I found a lot of the same excitement that I get from far more remote hikes. I compiled a photo essay about our morning out on my blog.



The fantastical winter woods of Frick Park.

Edited by dsmontgomery on 02/10/2010 06:57:30 MST.

James Patsalides
(james@patsalides.com) - MLife

Locale: New England
Pittsburgh Wilderness on 02/10/2010 07:14:32 MST Print View

What an excellent photo essay. Thanks for posting! It is amazing what you can find around urban/suburban areas if you search for it. I love early morning walks on the new East Coast Greenaway and the rails to trails paths, here in Connecticut, and I can walk right to either trail from my house in suburban Hartford. Stay safe in the snow down there!

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Pittsburgh Wilderness on 02/10/2010 14:40:48 MST Print View

Thanks James! I wasn't familiar with the Greenway, but it looks like that will be a really nice route when it's all finished.

Oh, and yes, we plan to enjoy the snow responsibly. :)

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Pittsburgh Wilderness on 02/11/2010 02:26:06 MST Print View

Devin,
Nice photo essay of an urban adventure. I liked photo 8 showing how much snow could fit on a branch. You should read "Wild Places" by Robert Macfarlane. It talks about how wild places cam be tucked into urban locations.
Tom

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Re: Pittsburgh Wilderness on 02/11/2010 06:49:19 MST Print View

Thanks for the recommendation! It looks like a good read.

I was glad that we could find such excitement around town, since our car wasn't going anywhere.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Error on 02/11/2010 09:11:48 MST Print View

I'm getting an "Error On Page" message trying to look at the photo essay. Since I'm at work that may be due to our filter, though. I'll try again at home, later.

Where are you in Pittsburgh? I grew up south of the city, near Elizabeth in a little ex-mining-town called Buena Vista. The Rails-to-Trail route from D.C. to Pittsburgh runs through it.

Edited by acrosome on 02/11/2010 09:12:20 MST.

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Error on 02/11/2010 17:01:45 MST Print View

Hey, Dean. It works for me in Safari, but I get something strange when I try to open it in Firefox. Thanks for the heads-up, and I'll see if I can fix the issue.

I live in Shadyside, inside the city. The storm really shut down everything for a few days. It's only now really getting back on track.

I'm familiar with Buena Vista. My wife and I have been on that trail and passed through on bike trip to Ohiopyle. That's a really nice trail!

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Surreal on 02/13/2010 12:57:21 MST Print View

Those are some surreal photos. I am, of course, very familiar with Frick Park. It looks like another planet in your pics.

I lived in Squirrel Hill when I was in College.

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Surreal on 02/13/2010 15:46:44 MST Print View

My wife and I love Frick, all three big parks in the city really. I think we'd go crazy without those woods to walk through. But this was far different than our typical stroll!

I don't know which of the many colleges you went to here, but Pitt had quite a game last night. They beat my alma mater (WVU) in triple overtime and broke my heart. I'm a grad student at Pitt now, but am not at all confused about where my allegiances lie. :)

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
WVU? on 02/15/2010 15:34:50 MST Print View

WVU? You have my sympathies...

I went to Pitt. :o)

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: WVU? on 02/15/2010 17:45:20 MST Print View

I suppose I can't hold it against you, being a turncoat myself.

Chris Bell
(Hobbit) - MLife

Locale: PA Wilds
More snow in the balmy south. on 02/20/2010 09:06:09 MST Print View

Greetings from the northern tundra of Potter Co PA. We had about 6 inches of snow and bare roads when the snow hit down there. Pretty mild here. My sister lives in Pittsburgh and described the snow but no photos. So thanks for posting the pictures, they're a telling story for sure.

Russell Klopfer
(fluxxball)

Locale: Pittsburgh
Re: Pittsburgh Wilderness on 02/27/2010 23:12:26 MST Print View

I also went for a post-storm shlep through Frick. Frankly, I've had quite enough snow for this year. My car has been stuck countless times, and I cannot find someone to sell me a snow shovel. lol

ack. first post. not sure how to insert URLs nicely, so:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11006205@N02/sets/72157623243196965/

Edited by fluxxball on 02/27/2010 23:13:48 MST.