This morning we went out to breakfast. On the way we saw the awesome sunrise.
This morning we had a great sky at sunrise.
It was nice to relax on the train on the way home from the Phillies game. I was half zoning out. I was treated to colorful skies from the sun setting.
We were out on the Conewago Trail this afternoon, finally finding a few caches. A few butterflies were flying around. A tiger swallowtail landed on a tree directly in front of us and sat there with open wings.
This morning, I noticed that we were having a nice sunrise. They’ve been a bit bland lately, or I missed them, but I got a nice treat this morning.
Last summer, we were walking through a garden center and saw a hibiscus plant. It said that it was a hardy hibiscus, so we decided to pick one up and see if it would survive the winter.
Last night, I was woken up by thunder. We had a decent storm with some very close lightning strikes. The storm looked spectacular, being lit up by the full moon after it passed.
I was relaxing and watching the Phillies game after supper. While watching it, I noticed the glow coming from the front door. As always, I had to go check it out and was treated to a nice, bright sunset.
We were finally able to grab a few caches after running to a couple of stores today. We went over to Overlook park for a nice walk in the sun and warm day.
I was out in the garage watching Molly do her squats. We heard a very loud robin calling. I looked up and saw that it was perched on top of the umbrella pole on the table less than ten feet from the door.
I walked over to the bridge to see what I was hearing down on the train tracks. They’ve been doing some construction. While over there, I noticed some honey suckles blooming and hanging over the edge of the road at the bridge.
I went out on the patio for a bit to get some sunshine this afternoon. I watched a robin hop around in the backyard for a bit. Just before I came in, I noticed bright yellow flowers on weeds.
Yesterday I noticed several red buds on our rose bush with numerous green ones. Sure enough this morning the first bud has opened.
We had to run someplace this afternoon. When we parked, I noticed that the pink and white flowers over by the railroad track were blooming.
We were at Joy’s later and for longer than usual. While saying goodbye to our company I noticed this cloud was back lit by the setting sun.
This afternoon brought thunderstorms repeatedly popping up and passing just to our south. We only got a little light rain, but this evening I was treated to a very vivid rainbow.
We had nice looking thunderstorm off to our west this afternoon. The line eventually made it into Mount Joy but it took a while.
It’s not a secret that we had a poor winter here that was virtually snow free. Today I noticed that Pollen had sort of drifted on the patio table from the wind yesterday.
We walked past the corner where the flowers come up in the spring when we walked over to Harvey’s BBQ for a late lunch/ early supper. We noticed that the daffodils are in full bloom at that corner.
The past week or so, I’ve been noticing that the trees are beginning to flower. Today they caught my attention across the street where I could get a good picture of them.
This morning, when the sun came up, I noticed the vacant lot was full of purple flowers blooming. It had been slowly greening up, but really greened up after the past several days’ rain.
I sat on the couch this morning and noticed a pinkish purple glow coming in the window. Turns out, we had a very bright and colorful sunrise.
I was in the kitchen, grabbing my last cup of coffee, and noticed the strong yellow glow coming in. It was more the clouds glowing bright yellow than the horizon.
I happened to turn around and see the bright orange glow out the bathroom window. I grabbed my phone and went outside to check it out. I just caught the tail end of it.
This winter, there really hasn’t been all that much fur to us in the snow or even cold department. Today we’re finally getting our first appreciable snow Accumulation, and even that won’t last.
From long before sunrise this morning, there was orange low to the horizon. As sunrise approached, that got brighter, so I had to grab a photo of it.
This winter so far has been abysmal at best as far as snowfall is concerned here in Central Pennsylvania. We ended up getting a coating overnight, which was nice to see.
We had an outstanding bright orange sunrise here this morning. For a brief period at least, everything was glowing orange.
We had an awesome sunrise here this morning. The clouds were just to have lots of vivid colors.
We had a nice sunrise on this Christmas morning. It’s helped me with the holiday funk.
It’s pretty late this winter, but we’re finally getting the first accumulation of snow that I’ve seen so far. It won’t last long, but it’s nice to see it.
We had bright clouds this morning in a mostly clear sky. It was a great way to start the day off after yesterday was so dark and dreary.
Last night was the first we got to see the Christmas tree. We were walking home from Joy’s and saw it, and it really looked great.
Recent days have been dark, cloudy, rainy, and dreary. This morning it was a little drier with some breaks in the clouds. That allowed for a nice and colorful sky as the sun was rising and shining between the clouds.
After a cloudy, rainy and dreary day, the sun came out through the broken clouds just before sunset. I walked past the window and saw that the neighbor’s tree was lit up from the sun.
Once again, we brought our hibiscus plant inside for the winter. It seems to be doing better now than ever. We made room to put it in front of a window that actually gets some natural sunlight.
We had a nice and really red sunrise this morning. I just happened to catch it walking past the East-facing kitchen window when I was getting more coffee this morning.
After a cool start to the day in the morning, it warmed up nicely. About noon Molly wanted to go out caching so we headed over to the Northwest River Trail.
We have been wanting to get out and check out the new bridge that they opened for the Enola Low Grade trail. Well, it’s not new, they just made it more usable. We finally made it down there today.
This autumn, the leaves around Mount joy are seemingly more colorful than usual. They are much more vivid than I have seen them in this area since I’ve lived here.
We got out for a walk this evening. It was nice to enjoy the weather and we were outside just in time for today’s great sunset..
The hurricane moved back out over the Atlantic after wrecking Florida. The moisture and clouds from it are working their way in here today. We got one of those outstanding Hurricane sunsets out of it.
We had a nice fall sunrise this morning.
We picked up some house plants in the spring. The snake plant has been in the window getting plenty of sun. We noticed a stem coming up with bud so I guess it’s going to flower.
Today, my lifts went okay. I passed on the good mornings since I was feeling off with them. Shortly after that, we did a rough sled WOD.
Today we had to go to Lancaster to get a hose to water the garden. We ran into a short delay when a flock of geese decided to waddle across Harrisburg Pike right in front of us.
This morning we had a line of thunderstorms approaching from an MCS last night. The timing was right that the tops were out ahead in time for sunrise. It gave us a pretty bright pink sunrise.
We were leaving a ball field close to sunset today and some cool iridescent clouds caught my eyes. I don’t notice them nearly as much in the summer as the winter, so it was nice to see them.
I have been noticing tons of the common white butterflies around the past week or two. Today was the first time that I had my phone on me to grab a picture of them.
We have our first rose of the year blooming on the rose bush. I smelled it when I was outside so I had to get a picture to share it.
We were walking home from Joy’s this evening and noticed the white tree that had been planted on Main Street is blooming. It’s a neat tree that’s different from the others along the streets.
We were finally able to get out for a nice walk this evening. There’s just been too much going on. We saw some dogwoods blooming at Memorial Park.
It was a nice morning when I took Brooke to the bus stop. The sun was out with a clear sky all morning. I did a quick WOD and decided to head out to the patio to collect some of that sun.
There are a bunch of various types of bulbs that someone planted in the vacant lot across the street. They’re in full bloom now. I noticed them this morning.
We got out for a nice walk this evening after supper. The trees are blooming, and some bulbs are starting to flower.
Today I noticed or at least took the time to go get a picture of some of the trees that are blooming. This year they’re not going all at once, but instead they’ve been more one at a time.
Here it is March 19th and after our mid 70s spring like day a broken line of thunderstorms was moving through the area in the evening. We were between cells so we got nothing more than some very light drizzle. We did get to see some lightning in the distant thunderstorm off to our south east and a red rainbow since it was just about at sunset.
This evening I noticed a pretty nice sunset for a change. Those are harder to see here in the winter because of the neighbors’ houses mostly blocking it.
It’s the middle of March, and we’re finally getting a decent snow storm. The storms so far this winter have been mostly mediocre around here at best. We ended up with three or four inches.
I have always liked seeing fresh snowfall on the trees and stuff when the sun first comes out after a storm. Today was one of those chances I got to see that before it melts or blows off.
This morning we had a nice sunrise but it was more about the clouds glowing pink off to the north instead of the horizon.
This morning we had another good sunrise. It was a bright and colorful one with the clouds off to the east and overhead.
This morning it was very clear outside. Not even a single cloud formed before sunrise and it made for a less colorful but very nice and clear sunrise.
The sunrise this morning that I caught was cloudier than the recent ones but still was a nice colorful one and a great way to start off the day.
Another great sunrise this morning. At least I thought so.
It’s another cold morning with the temperature in the lower teens but I had to go outside and grab a picture of the awesome sunrise.
It’s almost February now and I noticed that our hibiscus had a flower that opened. It’s a nice change of pace from the temperature in the bedroom being in the upper 40s.
One single cloud first appeared in front of the sun giving that awesome winter irreverence effect that you see at times when the clouds are ice crystals
It’s January now and our hibiscus plant that we brought in for the winter is still getting occasional flowers.
Today I took a look at my hibiscus cutting that I’ve had in water for a few weeks. It definitely has little white root bumps that are very noticeable now.
Last night was a great night for our walk. As an added bonus we walked past Mount Joy’s Christmas tree while it was lit up and the moon was in a perfect spot
We went out for our walk last night and wound up within a few blocks of the two houses that go all out with their Christmas lights. I suggested we take that slightly longer route past them to check them out.
We have had our first snowfall of the season finally. It wasn’t much, but it’s something.
It seems I did all the movement things today. Three walks, my strength and then a WOD were all part of the day.
Today we went to the local alpaca farm’s open house again with the grand kids. It was good to see the kids again and fun to see the alpacas.
As long as we’ve lived here, there have has been no shortage of squirrels around the neighborhood. It’s funny to see them sitting in odd places sometimes, or even normal places, such as on the tree stump.
Anyone who knows me knows of my strong dislike of running. Being visually impaired really puts a damper on any joy I would get from it. This year, for Halloween, I decided to have a little fun with it.
Today was a very busy day in the garage gym and I guess you could say outside of it when we drug our stuff out in the sunny afternoon on the patio do do our bro shit.
We have been hearing bald eagle in the evenings. We heard it again this morning. All we saw was this large bird on the railroad pole. Couldn’t ell if it’s Juvenile eagle or hawk because of the way it was perched.
Molly never has off on holidays but this time she did. We thought we’d go geocaching at Rocky Ridge Park in York County. We didn’t anticipate it being so busy.
We don’t get the chance to get out hiking and geocaching as much as we used to or would like to but today we did. We enjoyed a nice short hike at Governor Dick and found several caches including one we had a 6 year old DNF on.
Our milkweed hasn’t been doing all that well this summer, so it hasn’t attracted many butterflies. Today was the first that we actually saw one there. I moved it from the scrawny milkweed plant to a larger one.
We had a pretty good thunderstorm here this evening. On top of that, there was a nice double rainbow this evening as the storm moved off to the east.
While we were out for our walk, we noticed there were some chalk drawings on the sidewalk. We noticed this pretty cool one. I guess it was from the car show.
Today, I spotted the first monarch butterfly that I am one hundred percent positive that I saw.
There are lots of mushrooms growing out of the neighbor’s lawn this summer. They’re large white ones with flat tops.
I walked into the garage this evening and saw movement in the backyard. I looked more closely and saw that it was a bunny doing its thing, eating the grass
We see a groundhog every once in a while across the street. Today while waiting for Molly I noticed it sitting up over in the vacant lot.
It was in the seventies today, with no real humidity for this time of the year. It made for perfect weather for our walk after supper. While we were walking, we saw a small bunny.
I’m slowly feeling more like myself in the garage gym now. We even got out for a walk today and somewhere along our way we saw a hydrangea blooming.
I was getting read to head out to the garage when I heard what sounded like weak gunshots. At first, I didn’t notice it when I looked out the window, but later I saw that a large branch had split and fell from our tree.
It was a nice day today, unlike yesterday was. I got an older WOD done. After supper, we went for a walk and saw some flowers.
Time got away from us, so we ended up getting Two Cousins for supper. We did have time to go for a walk, and we had a nice one this evening and even saw some flowers blooming.
It’s always nice to see wildlife on our patio. First I saw a robin hopping around. Shortly after the robin flew off, I saw a squirrel out there.
Today the weather was a lot more tolerable to me. In the morning I did my strength. When Molly got home, we did an old partner WOD. After supper, we went to a park for a nice walk.
Life is too short to not enjoy a sunset. When we were out for our evening walk we arrived at the train station where it’s fairly open just in time to see the sunset and the moon rise at the same time.
This morning I heard a dove and it sounded lout. I looked out the door and it was in the hanging plant right at the door.
We just had our first rainbow of the year and it was a vivid double rainbow.
I did tomorrows Sandbag WOD a shot. I didn’t have a tone of time to do it since we had a lot of running around to do.
I noticed a bird was flying back and forth between the tree and our dormant milkweed plant. It was pecking at and pulling fibers from the dead milkweed and flying off with them.
Today I did the run version of Monday’s WOD. I did pretty well with the running and I hate running. Later we got out for a nice short little hike and a few caches.
It’s starting to look like spring now that I noticed the first flowers of the spring blooming. It was some yellow bulbs near Main street.
Started 2021 off right this year. We had a great sunrsie this morning. Later I did a challenging but fun WOD.
I did it again! I rowed a half marathon for the end of the year. This year it was a bit slower after having COVID threw a wrench into my plants to get a few longer practice rows in.
As I posted earlier, the ice cream was delivered. It was shipped with big blocks of dry ice to keep it frozen. I’ve always wanted to play with dry ice, and now I’ve finally had the chance.
It’s really strange to me to see the skies so smoky from the west coast wildfires. The smoke is traveling thousands of miles and still dense enough to dim the sun and haze the skies.
We’ve been meaning to get back to the Conewago falls area when the river was low. We finally made it there today.
We finally made it to Conewago pothols when the river was low enough to see them. We spent some tikme enjoying the nice weather out there.
We spotted a monarch butterfly hanging out near our rose bush today.
I saw the first monarch butterfly of 2020, or at least the first one that I am positive that I saw. I thought I saw one out of the corner of my eyes before, but today I was certain.
This evening, I happened to catch the moon near sunset glowing brightly above some clouds that were glowing bright from the setting sun.
Our rose bush is still blooming. It’s still getting some clusters of flowers.
I’ve been smelling honeysuckles for a few days now but never could find them. Today I noticed the white and yellow flowers in the vacant lot at the railroad tracks so I went to check them out. Of course I ate some while I was over there. Reminded me a lot of when I was a kid and they grew right out front.
I noticed some more flowers were blooming across the street in the vacant lot. Of course I had to go check them out. While I was over there several white butterflies were flying Across.
Our rose bush has it’s first rose of the year.
We had to go to Giant today and when we got there there was a duck standing in the driving isle. It was looking around for a bit then decided to lay right there. It didn’t want to move.
I haven’t figured out what they are but every spring in the vacant lot next to the railroad tracks there are tons of purple flowers.
Our original milkweed was supposed to be pink but it turned out to be white. The monarchs still loved it. We saw pink milkweed last summer and bought some to plant. That was late in the season so we weren’t sure if it’d grow bt it is sprouting now.
Our bleeding hearts came up and are in full bloom. They really turned out nice.
More of the flowers at the corner are blooming now. The daffodils are flowering and some other bulbs.
I have posted before about the flowers at the corner blooming but with the negativity in the world I have to share pictures. Now its more of the tulips blooming.
We had a pretty impressive April thunderstorm race past us. WE didn’t get directly under the cell but we got the edge which brought plenty of wind and of course thunder and lightning.
We decided to try bleeding hearts in our front yard last year, since they are perennials. They came back up and are starting to bloom now.
I noticed more of the bulbs at the corner blooming so I had to go get pictures. I want to continue with my posts with positive stuff. Spring and flowers both fit that.
Who would have though that a picture of fog forming along the ground like you’d read about in those old school sci-fi books I used to read would foreshadow reality. Not really but with everything being shut down it sure seemed like the end of the world might seem.
The trees are blooming now and it’s only March 30th! I do enjoy seeing the street trees blooming.
It cleared up today and got nice. We decided that it was the perfect opportunity to go for a nice walk and a couple of caches on the Northwest River Trail.
Our hibiscus is still alive after the squirrels ate it up last fall. It’s been blooming and slowly improving all winter while it has been in the house.
I spotted some Crocuses blooming already.
Our hibiscus has lots of little flower buds. I’m really surprised with it being winter and the fact that a squirrel had eaten it bare last fall before we brought it inside.
Our hibiscus is blooming just a couple of months after the squirrels ate it bare save a couple of flower buds. It’s been slowly recovering and now the buds have opened.
We ended up with a couple of inches of snow yesterday. It was wet snow and stuck to everything.
I am always on the lookout for interesting things to see and places to visit. Years ago I discovered Point Rock Tunnel on an old topographic map, and we went to check it out and sure enough there was a tunnel there.
We’ve been out on the NW River trail working on stages for a geocache hide in the evenings. We were out a little later this evening and got to enjoy the nice dusk settling in.
We spotted a freshly emerged monarch butterfly drying itself on our hibiscus today.
The theme for this summer seems to be double rainbows. Here is a picture of our fourth one of the year here in Mount Joy.
We had a pretty good thunderstorm this evening. As that moved away we had our third double rainbow of the year. It’s only been a little over a week since the last one.
We got more milkweed and the monarch butterflies have already found it. We sat it in the yard and within an hour butterflies were nectoring on it.
Even though we really did not get much rain from it there was a thunderstorm in the right spot to our east that we had our second double rainbow of the year. It was also the second double rainbow in a week’s time here in Mount Joy.
When we were driving home we saw a double rainbow. This one was very vivid!
We had some heavy rain and then the sun came out while it was still raining. Of course I went to see if there ws a rainbow and there as a double rainbow.
It was a decent day so we when geocaching out on the Northwest River Trail. While we were out there we so tones of butterflies.
We were at Cape May when we had a good thunderstorm move over us in the evening. When it moved off the coast the sun came out. We saw a rainbow out over the ocean. That’s the first time in my life I’ve witnessed a rainbow over the ocean myself.
The other day, the stars aligned so that we’d be able to get outside on a nice day and find a few geocaches. It was a nice walk on the Lancaster Junction Trail, and we saw some farm animals in the fields that border the trail.
We finally got some snow before the arctic front moves through tomorrow. I saw a squirrel sitting on the patio table after the snow.
There’s been a monarch chrysalis hanging on my chair on the porch for a while. We’ve been keeping a close watch on it. Today it cleared up, and we actually got the opportunity to watch the butterfly drop out of it.
It’s always great to see unexpected wildlife coexisting with humans. Today we spotted this toad under the hose.
We were sitting outside like we do most evenings. This evening we were watching two bunnies hopping around the neighbor’s yard and eating.
We searched and searched for butterfly weed last year but wound up only finding swamp milkweed. It came back up this year. We don’t have any monarchs yet but a bumble bee found it and has been hanging out on it all day.
We were out at the shopping center where they’re putting Whole foods in Lancaster today and saw a bunch of ducklings walking along the building.
Last fall I gathered a bunch of milkweed seeds from the pods on our plants. I thought it was worth a try to try to grow some. It took forever for them to sprout but they eventually did after I had given up.
I rowed a half marathon for the first time today. I wanted to do it for a while and decided today would be the day. I didn’t die but it was not very nice.
We headed out to the NW river trail to check out the river ice. It was cool looking so I had to share some pictures.
I found some pictures of from when we went out to Conoy White Cliffs near Maytown. I Figured I would upload them.
I came across pictures from our geocaching hike on the Rattling Run Trail at Stoney Valley. That was a great hike and awesome day on the mountain.
I found some pictures of my first big snowfall after moving to Mount Joy. It turned out to be one of the area’s top ten of all time, I believe.
I came across some old pictures from when we did the thousand steps cache. That was a great little hike, and we hit the mountain on the perfect day to enjoy the fall foliage.
We had more peppers from our garden than we ever expected. It really surprised us. Hopefully, they taste delicious too!
I came across some old pictures of Swatara falls recently. That was one of my favorite geocaches of all time because it brought us to the falls.
We have a bunch of phallus like mushrooms growing out of the old mulch around our flowers.
Today was a first for me. I’ve seen the cicada shells all over from them molting but today we saw one on a tree actually in the process of molting.
Our swamp milkweed lived up to the hopes we had for it and attracted monarch butterflies. The caterpillars formed chrysalises all over, including on our porch.
When I was a kid I had a venus fly trap and thought it was to coolest thing. I was thinking about it and found and bought one again. I’ve been wanting to get one for years now.
We were on vacation at Cape May and decided to walk to the end of the beach to see the sunset. We ended up being there at the right time, with it right near the Cape May Point Lighthouse.
February tornado? Sure. We didn’t get one but the cell had rotation when it went over us. It did drop a tornado over in York county before geting here though
It was great that my girlfriend had off work today. With the weather being so nice we went to the nearby trail for a walk and to collect some sunshine.
The Bedford Pa coffee pot was a really neat place to see. There was even a cache there.
I came across some pictures while preparing to upgrade my computer and found some from neat things we saw while geocaching. We were at the Quecreek Mine Rescue site for a virtual cache when we did a road trip and that was interesting.
We went to a local alpaca farm. They had an open house and the grandkids were going, so why not?
When I was in high school we went to East Windsor race track most Friday’s because some guy my dad worked with raced there. Shortly after that my dad tried racing. He went to Bridgeport, never went fast but it was fun. I found a picture of his car recently
Disrespectful neighbors strike again. This time they had a ball in our yard that I didn’t see and it broke the lawnmower blade.
We were driving home from Lancaster on 283 when we saw a large mushroom cloud looking cumulus cloud. We stopped at a nearby park on the way home with a clear view to the west and watched it wax and wane for a bit.
We’ve had some some flower plants come up that we didn’t plant. We let the grow because why not? Now they aRe blooming
We got to play in the woods for my girlfriend’s day off.
We had a bigger snow storm on January 23rd. We ended up getting two to three feet of snow.
I looked in the backyard and saw robins pecking in the snow. It reminded me a lot of Nan and Pop, who were always thrilled to see them in the spring.
We got out on the recently refinished NW river trail for a nice walk and some caches. We heard a train coming, like you hear so often along those tracks, but this time we were at a break in the trees at just the right spot to get a picture of it approaching.
We decided to go over to Cove Park for a quick cache. We saw a woolly bear caterpillar on the trail. It got me thinking how my grandparents used to think that their colors predicted the winter.
I am making more posts from our trip to the mountains as I come across some pictures. We had a great thunderstorm and I got this frame from a video of lightning over the mountain.
We finally got out to find Raiders Of The Lost Cache. It’s a highly acclaimed local cache in an area we’ve been to many times. Today we finally got back out there. The cache was worth it.
Last weekend we visited Bushkill falls for the first time. It was a dreary day at first but got nicer as the day went on. It was awesome to explore the falls!
Hurricane Felix is about to make landfall in Nicaragua. It’s back up to a category 5 storm!
Hurricane is about to made landfall as a category five storm with 165 mph winds. It’s now weakened to a category three storm while over the land of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Once in a while our smallest guinea pig rumbles and mounts the other ones. She humps away when she does.
With it being warmer now our guinea lay around more outside of their igloos except for Peppy. Teddy is the one that always lays on her side
We went to a geocaching event at Blue Marsh today. It was really interesting getting information about how search and rescue works. Of course we went caching after the fascinating presentation about SAR.
We visited Centralia while out geocaching and just to check it out. It’s still burning.
Last Saturday we went geocaching along the Conestoga trail near Pequea. It was my first time seeing Suzies hole, and it was a great view.
We hid a geocache and Chickies Rock Overlook a few days ago. We went out to see if anyone was out searching for it and ran into iBrew. We then headed to the overlook for the sunset.
We decided to go check out the ice on the Susquehanna River today since it’s been so cold. It’s always wild to see all the ice on the river when you’re used to seeing the water moving.
It’s been below freezing for a few days with the arctic air. We usually like to go check out the river ice if we get the chaNce.
We recently went geocaching in a new place to us called Kelly’s run. It’s one of the gorges along the Susquehanna river in southern Lancaster County.