Wiggling through the Adirondacks

Moseying about again... I had intended to head into the Northern parts of Quebec but once I arrived in Montreal, the Canadian weather informed me that only a fool would head up there in late October without a warm coat. I was that fool, but I really didn't fancy being a cold, miserable wet fool without a warm coat, so I turned around and headed south back to the States where I can order a cup of coffee without making a complete idiot of myself... most of the time. Coal town Apartment

Imagine pressing your finger on a sheet of wet paper that is laying on a wet table. When you move your finger up and to the left a bit, the paper warps and creates furrows and ridges from the distortion. If you look at satellite images of the Adirondacks—and you should at every opportunity—you will notice how they seem to bend and warp within Pennsylvania, similar to your finger and the paper. I once read that there was an ancient volcanic plug somewhere deep in the earth's crust around those parts, (I haven't been able to find the article since.) If that really is the case you could consider the plug your finger and the earth's crust the wet paper. Blue Back Door

Anyhow, after fleeing the Onset of Winter, I found myself in those bendy parts. I have always been curious about bendy things and this seemed like a convenient time to wander about a bit. Some of the flowing ridges envelope broad, open agricultural areas of rolling hills covered with golden crops and wooded glens. Then you drive up the next ridge and see anthracite distributors... signs of mining... then you are down in a narrower valley. There are no fertile expanses. Just trees, roads trucks and perhaps a mining town.

There is probably an interesting story behind the evolution of this building. A neon sign low down on the right side the says "Seitzinger Motors." It has that almost-too-short "sunroom" addition on the left. Just a curious building to think about.

Shicks Cafe Calcutta

The sign says "Cafe Calcutta", an exotic name for this little Cafe.

A little yellow addition. Well, a version of yellow... dark chrome yellow? Not quite enough red to make it to pumpkin.


The thing about these long, skinny houses is that when their long, skinny neighbor is missing they look incomplete. Imagine how difficult it must be to keep warm with all of that surface area.

And The Wires!

Yes indeed, this town has lots of wires between the buildings.

The Bosses House

While it might be a little worse for the wear now, this house has some grand bones.


It looks like someone is keeping the grass cut. The house is looking a little overgrown.

The Bosses House

Another town, another fancy boss's house. This was the only fancy house in that small town... someone was definitely displaying rank.

Frackville Health Center

If you live in a town named Frackville, it is probably a good thing to have a health center. I wonder what the water tastes like.

      Bits of VA
      Wiggling the Adirondacks
      Hey, Let's hit Idaho
      A Drive About (series)
          And We're Off
      West Highway 162
      A Jaunt to Nevada
      Coffee and Pie (series)
          Branson to Fayetteville

Travel Posts
More of the bendy bits
Nov 05, 2018
A few more images from the bendy parts of the Adirondacks around Pennsylvania, Maryland & Virginia
  Wiggling through the Adirondacks
Aug 21, 2017
Although I was headed into Washington I drove up through Idaho to enter by Moscow, Idaho. I've heard reports of the areas beauty for years... time to check it out. Moscpw, to Pullman, Wa. and head west. Many beautiful bottom valleys.
Hey, Let's hit Idaho
Aug 10, 2017
So I decided to scoot over to Washington... First I had to get across Idaho.
Highway 162, the West End
Jun 05, 2016
This set of pictures is from the western end of highway 162 in California. It is a 125 mile long section of road, the greater portion unpaved, that takes you from highway 101 just south of Laytonville all of the way to Willows at Interstate 5.
A Jaunt to Nevada
Jun 04, 2016
Though San Francisco is the place to be, it was no more the place for me. It was the end of February. Time was up for my place in Pacific Heights and I wanted to get a little more distance between myself & the house remodel. My solution was to move to Fort Bragg for the remainder of the house thing. "But why, then, did you drive to Nevada?" You sagely ask. It's simple. Since we were selling the house, I needed a new mailing address.
Monticello, Utah
Sep 05, 2016
I headed west into Manti-La Sal National Forest, there was a long, twisty route that was just about what I was looking for. Manti-La Sal National Forest, is a well-kept secret and the locals want to keep it that way. It offeres a wide variety of terrain from jush forests to arid canyon lands. One ot the swell bits is the Dark Canyon Wilderness, still a largely unexplored area.
Out of Gunnerson, CO
Sep 04, 2016
After leaving Gunnerson, Colorado I took a detour through the San Juan National Forest.
Up a Winding Road and Crossing the Divide
Sep 03, 2016
I crossed the Continental Divide just to the northwest of Fitzpatrick Peak on a little dirt track called forest road 267 that runs between St. Elmo & Tincup, Colorado.
A Colorado Crawl
Aug 27, 2016
From Limon, Colorado I headed west. Back across the plains, through the forests of Ponderosa Pine. There was a bit of business to conduct in Castle Rock and then onward to the West. A dirt road "short cut" surpriosed me with this formation... Upended strata , almiost free standing!
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