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Friday, March 9th 2018
~ It's a lovely snowy start to the weekend ~ only a couple of inches are in the forecast but we'll take them! It brightens up everything and for that we say YAY!!!!! While we love the falling white flakes of atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals... at the moment the UK is less than thrilled with the amount of snow they've gotten, and may keep getting for a while. Makes us wish we were there even more ~ enjoy all the views today, snowy, sunny, or otherwise ~

Thursday, March 8th 2018 ~ A late start to the day ~ so it's a quick blurb and then on to the views. According to the folks at the National Weather Service, and their maps, coastal viewing might be a good choice today. And it's International Women's Day ~ so let's celebrate *all* people who are advocating for a more equal world ~

Wednesday, March 7th 2018 ~ Here we are on the 66th day of the year and that calls for celebration. Not only because we made it to day 66 but because 66 is the largest day number of the year which does not have a letter "e" in its English spelling (!). Anyone know what the next number is that doesn't have an E in it? Today is also worth celebrating because it's National Cereal Day ~ so grab a bowl of your favorite to munch on while you wander the views ~ If you are in the nor'easter that is walloping the coast... please eat your cereal after you've found a safe place to wait out the storm ~

Tuesday, March 6th 2018 ~ We're running late so a quick Happy Birthday to Michelangelo, born in 1475, and to Valentina Tereshkova born just 462 years later (to the day!) They both liked to look upwards, one being a sculptor who ended up painting ceilings and one who became the first woman to fly in space, and is the only woman to have ever flown solo in space. We hope wandering the views will keep your spirits up today too ~ (don't hurt yourselves with the eyerolls that's sure to evoke) ~    :)

Monday, March 5th 2018 ~ On the March 5th in 1616, the Copernican theory was declared "false and erroneous" in a decree issued by the Catholic Church in Rome ~ along with the ruling that no person was to be permitted to hold or teach the theory that the earth revolves around the sun. So, you didn't hear it here, but..... Also revolving on this day in 1963 was the Hula Hoop as Wham-O received the patent for it! But the big news of the day is that it is the birthday of William Oughtred ~ inventor of the Slide Rule and all around holder of a great name! He would be turning the number whose log is 2.64738297011 ~ if only he could. You can use this site to figure out how many candles to buy for the cake, and then it's off to watch all the views as the earth goes on revolving on it axis. :)

Sunday, March 4th 2018 ~ It's a sunglasses sort of day on the driveway ~ one of those high albedo days we all love ~ It's also Start Some Spring Spruce-up Day here on drivewaycam. To that end ~ the Ant Farm quit working and has been retired and replaced with a Live Look in At La Grange! (always a good time). And there is a new Trial Link as well! (both can be found in the table below, new links are in red). The RIT links have been retired as well and their spot is still vacant at the moment, but we'll get it filled in soon. In the mean time, get your sunglasses out and enjoy the views ~     :)

Saturday, March 3rd 2018 ~ The wildness of yesterday's weather is gone here, but the side effects of it are still being felt all over the place unfortunately ~ and storm, avalanche, gale, and other warnings are still running amok, so continue to be careful out there, please. A little birthday cake, with 171 candles, while viewing today in honor of Alexander Graham Bell, who gave us all the means for direct communication at a distance. Today is also the very first (!) National Soup It Forward Day so make some soup and pass it on ~ a great way to communicate directly over short distances... And now, while we ponder soups, it's on to the views ~

Friday, March 2nd 2018 ~ Sort of a bi-coastal mess out there today ~ be careful (where ever you are!) and be safe (ditto). It is, amid the swirl of snow, Read Across America Day today ... and with a look outside.... We think the Fox will need extra sox, we're sure the cat could use 2 hats, the snow is cold both up and down, and colder too all over town, and so we will stay inside today, and read our books, and nap, and play, we'll also call up Sam I Am to offer cake instead of ham! So please stay warm, enjoy the views, they are here for you and you and you ~ and too please give some birthday shouts to Theodor Geisel ~ who you know as Dr. Seuss no doubt. (our apologies to Dr. Seuss as always) :)

Thursday, March 1st 2018 ~ Bunny! Bunny! Bunny! As March hops on into view ~ February may not have had a full moon but we get two of them again this tonight! Of course there are storms moving in (all over the place) to hide that full moon, but get out and have a look if you get a chance. And speaking of looking up (and weather), there is a launch today, at Canaveral, at 5:02 pm of a new GOES-S weather satellite ~ which will be renamed GOES-West once it takes up its final orbit, it will combine forces with GOES-East to provide a full picture of the weather over the United States. (some great pictures taken by GOES-East can be seen here) You can watch the launch on or on NASA TV ~ And a quick look at a mystery guest (and his new car!) on the driveway yesterday is a click away... enjoy all the views ~

Wednesday, February 28th 2018 ~ Not only is it the last day of February ~ it's Take A Double Helix to Lunch Day! That's right it was this day back in 1953 that James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced that they had determined the double-helix structure of DNA! So of course please be sure to click here for this year's gene joke ~ Treat your double helix to some of it's favorites today to thank it for the lovely way it recombined for you ~ oh, and enjoy the views too ~

Tuesday, February 27th 2018 ~ Flooding continues (more storms due in tomorrow) so please be careful out there. And as it turns out ~ today is International (!) Polar Bear Day so we are off to see if we can find some ~ here, or here (none of the cams were working very quickly this morning...) hope everyone can find some dry land today ~ this picture (and more) from

Monday, February 26th 2018 ~ We hope everyone in the flood zone of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers (and all of their associated creeks and tributaries) are staying dry and safe. River watching is interesting, and alarming. On a happier note ~ a Happy Birthday note if you will ~ it's a day to celebrate not one but two National Parks that came into existence on this day, and a couple of National Treasures too as we wish a So Happy You Are (or were) Here Days to: the Grand Canyon National Park (established this day in 1919); New Orleans' own Fats Domino (born this day in 1928, and who left us for other climes late last year); the Grand Tetons National Park (established this day in 1929); and NPR (established this day in 1970) ~ enjoy the sites (sic) and sounds of all the views today ~

Sunday, February 25th 2018 ~ Sorry for the missing-in-action drivewaycam the past couple of days. We think things are working again (but we don't want to type that too loudly), so it's on to the blurb ~ Today is the 56th day of the year and we had hoped that Fifty Six, Arkansas had gotten a web cam we could watch, but they did not. So, we found this lovely view just 120 miles from there and it will be our stand-in view. Along with that could come views of almost anything flying past the driveway as we are under a high wind warning ~ while many of our viewers (you never know there could be more than one) are under flood watches and warnings along the Ohio and Mississippi. So please be careful what ever warnings you may be under out there, and enjoy whatever may go sailing by your views where ever you are ~

Thursday, February 22nd 2018 ~ Today is the 286th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, humbly self described as a citizen of the United States. With total confusion over many who came after you, we are pleased as punch that you were our first president (a choice we believe helped pave the way for our continuing to have presidents, even those we are confused about) and want you to know that on this very day most of us are carrying your picture in our wallets! A look in at Washington's monument (sadly the view from the monument is temporarily unavailable) and then it's off to have some cake (!), and then wander the rest of the views as the day unfolds ~

Wednesday, February 21st 2018 ~ Just as the camera software seems to have settled down the blurbettes go AWOL ~ it's a never ending whirlwind running a multinational site for watching a driveway. :) However we are delighted that both camera and blurbettes are back to wish birthdays all around (and to bake cupcakes because there are so many birthdays (and because we love cup cakes!)) So without further ado: Happy Birthday Aunt Joyce!!!!! We hope this is a wonderful day for you and the start of a truly remarkable year! And many Happy Birthdays to Ali and her sister and her mom too!!! We hope the day is a wonderful one for all of you as well, and that the year ahead is also truly remarkable for you all. And here are the cupcakes we'd like to be having in your honor today ~ some lovely Chocolate Peanut Butter yums (maybe even a double batch?)

Monday, February 19th 2018 ~ Monday, Monday ~ sounds good to me. And it is also a good day to kick up our collective heels and dance, as it was just 140 years ago on this day (in 1878 (it's hard to do arithmetic on Monday mornings so we did it for you)) that Thomas Alva Edison was awarded U.S. Patent No. 200,521 for his invention of the phonograph, and brought the possibility of all the world's music to us all ~ thank you doesn't quite seem enough. So, it's music (on whatever "phonograph" device you use), because we can, and on to the views ~

Sunday, February 18th 2018 ~ We are trying out new camera software ~ so far, so good ~ if it continues to play nicely with the PC we'll work on getting Coy Cam back up and running as well! Reasons for cake today (even though cake actually needs no reason, nor does ice cream but we digress) include the publishing of Huckleberry Finn on this day in 1885, and, of course, the discovery of Pluto, at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh, on this very day in 1930! And while Pluto hasn't moved but does (so to speak, but you'll have to take that on faith as there is no webcam up there), and the Lowell Observatory hasn't moved and yet does move (again, so to speak, but click on that link and you can watch as it does)... Clyde is still sailing on out there ~ you can find out where he is right here. So raise a mug of tea or coffee, and a mug of cake to Huckleberry, Pluto, and Clyde ~ and it's on to the views ~ (of course if you are a traditionalist then by all means have some Pluto Pie, or the always tasty Pluto Cake)

Saturday, February 17th 2018 ~ The week is over, the weekend is here, and as it turns out Random Act of Kindness Week ends today on what some consider Random Act of Kindness Day ~ and while every day should qualify for that we hope that everyone will participate today in whatever small way they can. The world could certainly use a flood of that. And if after, or before, your random act of kindness you just want to get away from the world for a while, which is an act of kindness for yourself, you can always come hangout on the views from the driveway for a break. Wandering the links can be (almost) a mini vacation ~ and there is always something to watch no matter what time it is, or what day of the week, or where you are. Enjoy the views ~

Friday, February 16th 2018 ~ A very Happy Year of the Dog! We're running very late so celebrate and enjoy the views ~ (click pictures for larger views)

Wednesday, February 14th 2018 ~ It's hard not to enjoy the fact that penicillin was introduced by name on St. Valentines Day in 1929 ~ true it wouldn't have helped St. Valentine himself (penicillin can't do much for a severed head), however, it has helped any number of people smitten by celebrations of St. Valentine since then.     :)     Or is the best valentine we ever received the one we got 61 years after that when Voyager 1 turned around and took picture of the solar system and then sent us The Pale Blue Dot photograph? Send us your votes (send them with chocolate and they'll be counted twice) ~ we'll announce the winner after the deluge of replies are tallied! No matter what the results are we hope our viewer(s)(?) have a very ~ Happy Valentine's Day ~ "A Valentine back to the Earth from the edge of the solar system." (click picture for larger view)

Tuesday, February 13th 2018 ~ Laissez les bons temps rouler! And a Happy Mardi Gras to all ~ served up with some sides of beignets, King Cake, fried oyster Po'Boys, and anything else you care to whip up just let us know and we'll be there to help you eat your way through it! Sounds like some good snacks for Olympic viewing as well as view viewing ~ so keep your beads out of your Jambalaya and enjoy the day ~

Monday, February 12th 2018 ~ We'd like to wish Abraham Lincoln a very Happy Birthday, if only we could. It would be his 209th! Instead we'll do a bit of reading, and thinking about him while we wander the views ~ which we are off to do now as we are running late (surprise, surprise, surprise, eh?) Happy wandering ~ Iris in my back yard in June of last year ~ not trying to rush spring, just thinking about irises :)

Sunday, February 11th 2018 ~ A quick (because drivewaycam and the PC are fighting, however there is an uneasy truce to take advantage of at the moment...) but a most heartfelt HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY to Jessie today!!!! You wear your quarter of a century well!! We all hope it's a great day and a fabulous year ahead for you. Before the device wars start up again, just a quick reminder that The Olympics continue (we do love watching speed skating!), and the parades continue (Bacchus is at 5:15 tonight but there are 3 to watch that start at 11AM (central) ) ~ and there are a world of other views that would love for you to stop by so enough blurbing and let's get to the cake and the views ~

Saturday, February 10th 2018 ~ The Olympics continue (lovely opening ceremony last night), the snow continues (not much but it does continue), the parades continue (there are 2 this morning), the march towards Pitchers and Catchers reporting continues (2 days, 15 hours, 42 minutes, and 55 seconds at the moment, oops 54, 53, 52...), and the penguins continue to grow and entertain us in doing so. So many things to view, so little time. :)

Friday, February 9th 2018 ~ The International Date Line thing, time zones, and then the added complication of Daylight Savings time (initiated this very day in 1942 in the U.S) are all a problem sometimes... as are Olympics on the other side of the globe ~ however, tonight the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics will be shown on TV, for those of us not in Korea (even though we really wish we were) to have watched in real time, in person. Here is a general schedule (for time traveling, or viewing the games) as well as a repeat of the link of how to view from anywhere. The parades in New Orleans continue (the Muses parade was fabulous), and you can watch them here And as always, we'll also be keeping our fingers crossed for all the athletes, parade participants, and mostly for more snow ~ feel free to throw in your crossed fingers to the mix ~ Happy Friday ~

Thursday, February 8th 2018
~ More snow!! To help lighten heavy hearts today. And more Olympics (opening ceremony is being shown tomorrow), and more Mardi Gras Parades including one of our very favorites (maybe our VERY favorite but we don't want the other parades to get jealous) ~ the Krewe of Muses!! You can watch it here, starts at 6:30 Central. With a quick nod to Chester F. Carlson, inventor of xerography, on what would be the 112th repeat of his birthday, and with many a thought to Louisville and to one who could not be duplicated, which is probably a very good thing :) as even she would have told you! ~ it's on to the views.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018 ~ Snow!!!!! and the Olympics starting, and the Mardi Gras Parades, and we just can't keep up!!!! So we'll leave it at: enjoy the views (and the snow, and the Olympics, and the parades!)

Tuesday, February 6th 2018 ~ Sixty-five years ago today Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II ~ please raise a pint or two, or some toast if you rather, in a toast to her Majesty ~ ELIZABETH! Fifty-three years ago an invading horde set sail towards her kingdom as the Maasdam left New York for England. Luckily the Queen and her kingdom survived and a grand time was had by all. You can watch NY's harbor here and/or keep track of boats moving through the harbor and beyond, here (you know the Palace staff are keeping a close eye on that now too, but be careful, it's like tracking planes ~ very addicting)

Monday, February 5th 2018 ~ It's Monday and there is snow ~ sort of balances it out. Meanwhile as we celebrate the 47th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 14 (the first (and only so far) golfing expedition on the moon) we will also be pondering the facts that this is the 36th day of the year (Kiwi seeds divide it's inner circle into 36 equal sections fyi) and in Europe the date is written 5/2, and 52 happens to be the maximum number of moves needed to solve the "15" sliding puzzle from any solvable position ~ combine those two things and you have a lovely start to a Monday right here even if you can't get out to play golf. If you solve it in less than 52 moves let us know, we haven't even gotten down to 52 here yet! Enjoy the views and the puzzle ~

Sunday, February 4th 2018 ~ And as always on this day a Happy Birthday to Clyde Tombaugh who, along with New Horizons, is still sailing on to ports unknown ~ you can check in on where they are now, here if you want to direct your birthday greetings more accurately. We don't understand why they didn't include a webcam on New Horizons, but since they didn't ~ we'll check in on this Pluto Cam before heading out to the other views ~

Saturday, February 3rd 2018 ~ We are pleased as punch to wish the divine Ms. Em a very Happy Birthday today! While we try never to divulge age information (!) here at driveway cam, we will point out that her age is the sum of the squares of the first three primes as well as being the atomic number of strontium. If she were Roman she'd be XXXVIII, and in Binary she is turning 100110! That's a lot of candles!! In the New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters her age would bring you to a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces ~ but that's enough clues. Em we all wish you a wonderful day and the start of a wonderful year ahead ~ and before we head off to the views of what the world is doing on this lovely Em's Birthday day, a quick look in at Em pondering what lies ahead ~ (click on the picture for other views of same! but don't tell her we put these out here!) :)

Friday, February 2nd 2018 ~ We have arrived ~ half way between the solstice and the eclipse, on this lovely (as long as you like temps in the teens, the term wind chill, and snow (well that last one we do approve of)) cross-quarter day. And it's Groundhog Day to boot! (however, no booting of groundhogs please!) Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and since he is the groundhog we are going with this year it's 6 more weeks of winter! Time to celebrate or hibernate ~ your choice. However if you hibernate... take your phone and or PC with you so you can keep up on the views. :) Much running around today, and the arrival of guests for take II of the Solstice Party. Stay warm, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, February 1st 2018 ~ Bunny! Bunny! Bunny! And other salutations of the new month and season as spring returns for 24 hours (our high today of 45 is going to be 17 tomorrow). Our quizzlers are warmed up and on a roll too as we got an answer to the first quiz from 2017 sent in! So with a quick nod (it's a short month we have to be quick) to the O.E.D. which had it's first portion published this day in 1888 (plans began in 1857, they thought it would take 10 years, in actual fact it took 40 with the final fascicle getting published in April 1928, and comprised 10 volumes with over 400,000 words and phrases). We are off to the views ~ see you there ~

Wednesday, January 31st 2018 ~ We had no access to the server yesterday so the blurb did not get posted, we've included it in the Previously section at the bottom of this page at the blurbette's insistence. And as we watch January slip down the driveway and out of here, we still have snow which cheers us on an otherwise cloudy (inside and out) day. We are also cheered by the first winner of the first quiz of 2018! In addition ~ today is the birthday of Ann in Kentucky and we fondly wish her a most happy day and year ahead!! Today is also the day of SUPER (always said with caps), blue, and eclipsing moon! Well the eclipse was this morning, not visible on this side of the US, unless you were up VERY early and had a view of the horizon in which case you could have seen it starting. But none the less today is the day. Today is also the day in 1865, that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” With all of that to cheer to for today, raise a glass to birthdays, to the lovely regularity of celestial events no matter how widely spaced, and to governments and friends past ~

Tuesday, January 30th 2018 ~ We're running late but not too late say YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, a reminder that tomorrow is the trifecta of full moons, as it's super, it's blue, and it's having an eclipse, which means it's also a blood moon! (so a quadfecta?) If you are in the viewing area don't miss it, if you aren't.... There is always our good friends at Slooh. :) Enjoy the lovely snow on the driveway and all the other views as well. Now... back to the snow.... and the yaying!

Monday, January 29th 2018 ~ Starting out late, so a quick Yay! to the 82nd anniversary of the day the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first members in Cooperstown, New York. They were ~ no wait... since it's also National Puzzle Day... you tell us who they were! The first Quiz of 2018 ~ we will say they were quite the first class. And with a happy nod in the direction of Florida and Arizona, as it's only a couple of weeks until Spring Training starts, it's off to get this day underway. Step on up to the plate and take in the views, and work on the quiz ~

Sunday, January 28th 2018 ~ Just as the blurbettes seem to settle down and show up in the morning... drivewaycam decided to turn a blind eye on the driveway. However, it seems to be willing to keep an eye (it's working one!) on the driveway today finally so before it all goes kahplooy again a quick HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ernie ~ and given it's National Kazoo Day today why not a rousing chorus or two of Happy Birthday on the kazoo for him? Have your Rubber Ducky with you because it's also Rubber Ducky Day (in honor of Ernie)! Enjoy the sunshine (if you have it, it's amazing here, and we're happy to share via the views) and all of the views.

Saturday, January 27th 2018 ~ It's Saturday, in the park, and on the driveway, and everywhere else this side of the International Date Line ~ we hope it's a good one for you. It was this very day back in 1951 that our government dropped the first atomic bomb on Nevada (we're not sure what Nevada did to warrant that). But better aspects of the day not only include watching the driveway for white rabbits in honor of the birthday of Lewis Carroll, but also the 130th anniversary of the day the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C., for "the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge." We like to diffuse geographical knowledge on this day by offering up and wandering the views. Pack a sandwich, and some birthday cake (NOT YELLOW please), and meet us out there! A stop in at Nevada of course (where all sorts of things got diffused), and then the world awaits. Enjoy ~

Friday, January 26th 2018 ~ The last Friday of January is here ~ get your viewing goggles on, put your trays in an upright position, and take it all in. (no, better yet, leave your trays down so they can hold your snacks, gravity will make sure they stay there). While we have no idea how this day got here so quickly.... besides the aprox 1000(ish) miles an hour we continually spin in order to get ourselves to each day... it is here, and it's the last Friday we're going to get this January so we might as well enjoy it and see what the rest of the world (also being flung around at 1000(ish) mph as it turns out (although, that speed does vary by location ~ to find out your speed: take the cosine of your latitude and multiply it by 1037 (hmmm, we seem to be going some where in the vicinity of 575.535 mph here in Webster if our arithmetic is correct (latitude is 43 (and change), cos 43 = 0.555 and .555 x 1037 = 575.535))) is doing to commemorate it. (Let us know if our arithmetic is wrong, also let us know your speed of rotation... slowest and fastest spinning viewers win a prize ~ )

Thursday, January 25th 2018 ~ Back in 1924 on this day the first Winter Olympics began in Chamonix in the French Alps. 12 events in 6 sports. On February 9th the 23rd Winter Olympics being in PyeongChang South Korea with 102 events in 15 sports. Road Trip? (we wish). Today is also the birthday of wee Robby Burns so we're off for a quick look in at Scotland (we couldn't find a camera in Alloway where he was born (this one happen to be 209 miles north of there)) ~ Enjoy your haggis should you have any for Burn's Night (and may we just say yuck) and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, January 24th 2018 ~ A little snow to start the day (no matter that it's starting late). Rumor has it that today is National Peanut Butter Day... so with visions of National Pie Day (yesterday) still dancing in our heads how about some Peanut Butter Pie? And some hot... coffee, or tea, or chocolate, with a side of blanket and the views? Just perfect for the return of winter ~ enjoy!

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018 ~ A very Happy Birthday to PattiBeth!! We hope it's a wonderful day for you and the start of a great year ahead. We also hope you get some pie because it's National Pie Day ~ AND ~ it's also the day that frisbees were first rolled out by WHAM-O back in 1957. A quick look in then at Bridgeport CT, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!” as they let go... (with thanks to This Day In History). And with all this talk of pie now we want some ~ which would be a lovely accompaniment to the views ~ we need to work on that somehow or another. If you get pie before we do, let us know, we'll be right over! Oh and let PattiBeth know too! :)

Monday, January 22nd 2018 ~ LOL, so much for finding the blubrettes ~ we lost 'em again. We may have some positions opening up here at Drivewaycam International... stay tuned and brush up those resumes! :) Trying to move forward, not backwards, it's on to the views ~ Enjoy!

Saturday, January 20th 2018 ~ The blurbettes are having a difficult time adapting to the new year apparently and are running late, again. So a quick look at the weather around the views and then it's off to wander them and the day ~ this day being Penguin Awareness Day and we do love our penguins and their chicks here at drivewaycam ~ Enjoy visiting them along with the rest of the views ~ Click on picture for larger view

Friday, January 19th 2018 ~ A very Happy 209th Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe this sunny day ~ with a couple of quick looks in at some of the geography of his life ~ Boston, MA; Richmond, VA; Charlottesville, VA; the Bronx, NY; and Baltimore, MD and then it's off to look at some of the crystalline delight sprinkled about ~ enjoy the views of said delight ~

Thursday, January 18th 2018 ~ A little more snow, a little more heat in the temperature ~ it's all good! A perfect day for exploring outside in person, or via the driveway. Or exploring the inside of your eyelids should circumstances allow ~ this very day in 1778 Captain James Cook became the first European to see the Hawaiian Islands, and a mere 134 years (to the day) later Robert Falcon Scott arrived at the South Pole only to discover that he was the 2nd European to make it to the South Pole (Amundsen had gotten there a month earlier). And in between all that exploring, but on the same day, the man who helped us explore the 100 Acre Woods was born (104 years after the Hawaii sighting and 30 years before the South Pole visit). So explore with abandon today, or simply curl up with a cup of tea (and honey) and read some AA Milne (including some about those woods here). One of our favorite Pooh quotes to take us to the views ~ Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~ Pooh

Wednesday, January 17th 2018 ~ The blurbettes have been found! Getting them to the keyboard may take a while so a quick hello to anyone who wanders by the driveway and then it is off to the views. And maybe off to last years quizzes?? We finally got an answer to Quiz #2 but Quiz #1 remains unsolved and the Quizzler Department is hesitant to start a new year of quizzling without closing out last year. Not saying there won't be quizzes, just saying ~ Quiz #1 is still waiting! :)

Monday, January 15th 2018 ~ Another very sunny day upon the driveway. And on this cold but sunny Martin Luther King Jr Day perhaps some reflection on what has actually always made America great. We all do, especially when we work together for the betterment of everyone, and when we realize where we've gone wrong and work to make it right. We all need to lend a hand to help pull someone up, in whatever way we can, no matter how small the gesture may seem to be. We are all in this together ~ all of us, viewees and viewers alike. :) Enjoy the day and the views ~

Sunday, January 14th 2018 ~ Along with the return of winter came the return of the long winter's nap apparently. However ~ the day is bright and sunny upon the driveway even if it's only up to 11 degrees at the moment and the viewing day hasn't been waiting for us. So put on your sunglasses and get viewing ~ but ~ before we head out, a quick HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nathaniel Rochester, who was the chief architect of IBM's first scientific computer (IBM 701) and who developed the prototype for the IBM 702, the company's first commercial computer. He also wrote the first assembler (and is NOT the Nathaniel Rochester that nearby Rochester is named after (in case you were wondering, that's another Nathaniel Rochester)). There should be 99 candles on his cake, a binary cake would be lovely we think, if anyone is making one for him. We hope someone is, and we hope that someone shares... Now, on to the views ~

Saturday, January 13th 2018 ~ Winter is back, and more importantly so is the snow! Haven't been downstairs to see how much but it looks beautiful ~ and it's still coming down. Crank up the tunes, put on the hot chocolate, start some soup and/or chili, and let the celebrations begin! Along with wandering the views of course ~ and as today is the 130th anniversary of when 33 explorers and scientists gathered in Washington, D.C. to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge", and started the National Geographic Society ~ we will wander the views with those same purposes in mind (it's not just about snow around here you know)(lol) ~ Enjoy ~

Friday, January 12th 2018 ~ As our faux spring weather lingers just a bit (complete with spring rains causing problems) we are getting ready to dive head first back into winter. Winter storm warnings abound, with cold and snow expected all over the place so it's a perfect time to stay inside and watch the weather through the windows ~ these and the ones in your walls too! Stay warm, be careful out there, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, January 11th 2018 ~ Running late this morning..... but please take your time and enjoy the views where ever they may take you ~ we'll be back to join you in watching the world a little later.     :)

Wednesday, January 10th 2018 ~ It's a very sunny bright day on the driveway as temperatures are set to soar into the high 30's, perhaps the low 40's? (tomorrow weather rumor is the low 50's!). Of course rain is due in as well, but for now we'll take the sun and all that albedo. Speaking of soaring... it's getting on towards eagle nesting time. They are visiting their nests ~ you can watch at any of the eagle nest sites from our usual (not yet updated for 2018) list. If you know of others please let us know ~ enjoy your eagle eye views of the planet, and of the eagles... Iowa Eagles, Colorado Eagles here, as well as here, and of course the Minnesota Eagles... and if you have some sunshine, get out in it a bit

Tuesday, January 9th 2018 ~ You may be shocked to learn that it's one of our favorite days again (we do love it when our trip around the sun brings us to so many familiar and lovely ports of call): National Static Electricity Day!. Just saying it can almost make your hair stand on end.    =:)    So put on your favorite wool socks and shuffle round the carpet, or just rub a balloon on your head ~ and take a peek in at Electric Peak before heading off to the views ~

Monday, January 8th 2018 ~ The Blurbettes didn't quite make it into work yesterday ~ but are back today in time to celebrate Key Hags Salute Hollerith Day! It was this very day in 1889 that Dr. Herman Hollerith, of New York City, received patent #395,782 for the first tabulating machine. It used punched cards and electrical counters operated by electromagnets and was first used extensively in the compilation of statistics for the eleventh U.S. census in 1890. The blurbettes would have no work to miss if it weren't for Herman ~ so take a key hag to lunch today (we love going out to lunch!) and enjoy the views as January settles in (and the temperatures start to rise a bit). (Don't read Hollerith code? Click on picture for translation)

Saturday, January 6th 2018 ~ Winter viewing doesn't get much better than it's been the past few days for the eastern/southern states (as well as many others), from inside for all of you we hope. And some how with all the weather whatnots and viewing, we blew through Twelfth Night! However, we are ready to see, find, discover, or be, the light today. 106 years ago today New Mexico became our 47th state ~ The light there is quite something to see ~ makes us want to ask....road trip any one? Besides our regular views of New Mexico here are some good light watching sites ... you can even catch the sun rising as it hasn't yet (well as of 8:22 eastern) ~ on New Mexico One, New Mexico Two, New Mexico Three, New Mexico Four ~ and catch it lighting up the rest of the country as well. Hope it's a brilliant day all around ~

Friday, January 5th 2018 ~ It's cold ~ kalt, hideg, fuar, fred, hotz, rece, oer, zimno, and kall! However you say it, it is. Stay in, stay warm, and let's be careful out there people. [For more information on wind chill, and keeping safe, click on the chart, or right here][Thanks Em!] For more fog than ice... It was this very day in 1933 that construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge so a stop by there on your way to all the other views might be in order ~ now... to the hot chocolate and blankets!

Thursday, January 4th 2018 ~ Turns out Weather continues to be the word of the day ~ it's started snowing here (to beat the band, which they never appreciate they'd like to add), but it's been snowing all over the southern eastern portion of the country over night. Coast watching is good (we've found many links are not working, we're working to replace them), and watching traffic is a great way to watch the weather as well. Wind watching both here and/or here also continues to be mesmerizing. However, COLD is the weather word that everyone should pay attention to today, and through the weekend. Play it safe ~ stay inside, bundle up, and watch it all from the driveway. Thinking of you today Amy! Speedy, pain free re-cooping thoughts swirling around like the snow! Speaking of snow....the snow watching links are good and really any of the links below, or on any of the collective pages, will get you some good views of the arctic slam happening ~ Stay warm! [The "cyclone" as of this morning ~ click on picture to see current view] ~

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018 ~ Today is Wednesday, even if no one saw that drivewaycam thought yesterday was Monday....and the word for Wednesday is Weather ~ yesterday's 8AM average temperature for the entire continental United States was 9.1 degrees! Just saying. We have a bit of a reprieve here while the arctic cold regroups and continues marching on. The next few days are going to be remarkable (we hope on many more levels than weather, but still) so stay in, stay warm, and watch the various systems (with names like Bomb Cyclones watching from inside is highly, HIGHLY recommended)(with names like that watching the wind here and/or here is also highly recommended). Keep your pets inside, safe, and under the covers with you too! And enjoy the views of traffic, of coast lines under assult (and/or all the coast lines), of snow falling, and of air quality (!) and all the rest of the views across the country, and around the planet ~

Monday, January 2nd 2018 ~ Welcome to day two of this shiny new year ~ and the views are a hopping. There is snow and cold all over the place. Traffic cams are always fun. Penguin chicks are appearing and growing. And ~ there are flowers in the greenhouse. It's all out there, from snow to beaches. And you can watch it all from in here. Plus, it's Isaac Asimov's official birthday so cake all around (and a story or two) to go with some hot chocolate.... yum.... Enjoy wandering the planet, and the views ~

Monday, January 1st 2018 ~ Welcome to 2018 on the driveway! It's a beautiful day (there is snow after all!) and today is the first views of the year ahead. As we start our amble around the sun once more, we always like to head down to visit the penguin chicks ~ as good a start to the year as snow is! First Full Moon of the month, and year, is tonight ~ hope you have clear skies for seeing it. (But don't worry, the 3rd "super moon" in a row is coming up on the 31st (fyi)). Now, without further ado ~ it's on to the new year, once more to begin to continue on our travels ~ Happy 2018 ~ (for larger view click on the picture, for a more recent view click on the link)

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