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Showing posts with label Massachusetts. Show all posts

February 9, 2013

Blizzard of 2013 Photos, Danvers, Massachusetts

Although my last post prior to this one claimed the Blizzard of 2013 to be insignificant, I suppose my sarcasm will be lost on many who will end up taking it the wrong way, but the truth is, we ended up with a lot of snow.  I ventured out with a yard stick and measured 2 feet in several spots and drifts as high as 5 feet, so, insignificant is was not, but that was not the point I was trying to make.

Nevertheless, I decided to to go out after the snow stopped, shortly after writing my last post, and take some photographs and decided to share them here on my blog.

Blizzard of 2013, Danvers, Massachusetts

Blizzard of 2013, Endicott St, Danvers, Massachusetts

Blizzard of 2013, Danvers, Massachusetts
Blizzard of 2013, Danvers, Massachusetts

Blizzard of 2013, Danvers, Massachusetts

Cars Buried During Blizzard of 2013, Danvers, Massachusetts

Blizzard of 2013

Over Dramatic Media Hyped and Sensationalized The Blizzard of 2013

I imagine people in places such as Russia, Finland, Alaska, perhaps even Canada are laughing at North Eastern media and local officials for making such a big deal over what they call The Blizzard of 2013.

Certainly the North Eastern states NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, NH & ME got alot of snow, ranging from 12" up to 30" along with near hurricane winds of 75+mph in some areas, but come on, this is pretty insignificant considering we have been through this so many times, and when you consider that the aforementioned regions deal with this sort of thing every winter, it is easy to see that the media over sensationalized and over hyped this little snow storm.

Correct that it is a Blizzard in technical, meteorological terms, but still, the media made it sound much worse than it actually turned out to be, however, due to their over hype of this little snow storm, various state officials and agencies took extreme measures to mitigate potential impact, such as banning drivers to be on the roads after 4pm in the State of Massachusetts, and shutting down the states public transit system.

Had they not done so, its certain there would of been severe complications, such as stranded motorists stuck on the highways, stranded trains and buses, etc, several accidents and so on, so, over sensationalizing in this case wasn't a bad thing and I think the state officials did the right thing, because in the end, it makes clean up that much easier, and faster.

Unlike the Blizzard of 78, it wont take 10 days to dig everyone out, because for the most part, the roads are already cleared thanks to people not driving like they usually do during storms.   Had we not been threatened with arrest and or fines up to $500 for driving against the Governor's edict, perhaps people would have ignored this little snow storm and gone on with their normal activities, then get stranded, stuck, or even smash into each other.  

Personally, I HATE SNOW, because it makes everything a pain in the ass, but imagine living somewhere like Russia, Finland, Northern Canada, or even Alaska and have to deal with these amounts of snow accumulation on a daily basis, every winter.  I bet the people there are calling North East Americans, "Big Pussies".

I ventured out briefly last night to take my daughter out sledding in the freshly falling snow and took a couple of photos to share.

Snow Plows Ready and Waiting on the Overpass Above Massachusetts' Route 95/128, Endicott St, Danvers, MA Shortly Before Governor Deval Patricks Edict to Not Be on The Roads After 4pm, at the Start of Blizzard of 2013
Snow Plows Ready and Waiting on the Overpass Above Massachusetts' Route 95/128, Endicott St, Danvers, MA Shortly Before Governor Deval Patricks Edict to Not Be on The Roads After 4pm, at the Start of Blizzard of 2013

Endicott Street, Danvers, Massachusetts at 7:15pm on Friday, February 8, is Unusually Deserted
Endicott Street, Danvers, Massachusetts at 7:15pm on Friday, February 8, is Unusually Deserted

Surely the photos are mundane.  That's because this little snow storm was nothing significant at all.  Nothing but over dramatic media, over reaction and sensationalism.

April 15, 2012

The Best Fun for the Family is Free Fun

The Best Fun for the Family is Free Fun

An Adventure at Clipper City Rail Trail.


Clipper City Rail Trail, Newburyport, Massachusetts
Clipper City Rail Trail, Newburyport, Massachusetts
As a parent, I am constantly on the lookout for fun things to do with my daughter, and to be frank, sometimes things just cost way too much, and considering my financial distress, money is tight, therefore, can not be spent on leisure or entertainment.

My daughter, like her dad, is an explorer and an adventurer who loves to learn new things and see new places and things, so, I'm always on the hunt for interesting places to take her for some fun as well as for education, and since I am often broke,  I look for fun things to do that are free, or things we can do together that are very inexpensive.

On Saturday morning, as usual, my daughter stated that she was bored, something she says quite often, so, knowing that she loves riding on the trains, I decided to see what was around that we could do for free that was conveniently located near any of our local MBTA commuter rail stations and that's when I discovered the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

The Clipper City Rail Trail begins just across the street from the Newburyport MBTA commuter rail station and ends at the Merrimac River and downtown Newburyport is just a short block away for strolling through Newburyport's old New England downtown for eating, entertainment and shopping, although to do these three things, one must have tons of cash, because Newburyport is excessively expensive.

The Clipper City Rail Trail is paved and is 1.1 miles long, offering beautiful scenery, nature, art and fun, all for free. My daughter and I had a great time as my friend and I walked as she roller skated up and down the pathway.  We stopped at all the various public art and sculptures, took tons of photographs, smelled the flowers, and even spent a little while sitting in the sun on a nice bench with a beautiful view.

There are a few additional paths on this trail we haven't explored, so, knowing how much my little one enjoyed it, we will go again, because after showing my wife the photos, she too is interested in going.   I am also hoping to make a group thing of it and invite along several friends for a free fun filled day they can bring their kids to.

The photographs to the left are just a small sample of what Clipper City Rail Trail has to offer as well as being only a fraction of the photos I took that day.

If you're interested in knowing more about Clipper City Rail Trail, the City of Newburyport has a page on their website with details and information on the Clipper City Rail Trail as well as several photographs.





Next time I go, I'll be sure to have some cash on me so we can enjoy an ice cream cone from Haylees Ice Cream which is close to the entrance of the trail, and they have outdoor seating, or, you can head back to the trail and sit on the benches made out of hay bales.


Summer is right around the corner and knowing how easily my daughter gets bored, I'll be looking out for more fun and exciting things to do that are free, or very cheap, because $100+ days of fun are way out of my damn budget.   Everything is so damn expensive these days.

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