2013's Previously on Previously on Driveway Cam

Tuesday December 31st, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday Drew!!!!! And Happy New Year's Eves all around. In fact, all around the world ~ you can watch the firework celebrations for Drew and the New year right here: World's New Year's Celebrations ~ sorry we're late and that we missed the Sidney Fireworks (always a favorite) however you can still start the New Year everywhere else! (so very sorry)(as the year speeds up the blurb division seems to slow down) Here is a link to find out what time it is all over the place so you don't miss any more. :) Have a safe and Happy New Year's Eve and we'll meet you all back right here, on the driveway, next year! 8:00 update ~ 1 hr until fireworks in Rio.... Enjoy!

Monday December 30th, 2013 ~ An extra 30 degrees and no snow ago it was yesterday, what a difference a spin on the old axis can make ~ 2013 has decided to turn a cold shoulder to us for the rest of it's stay with everything from gale warnings, hazardous temperature warnings, and, lake effect warnings in the general area. To say nothing of all the other warnings scattered about. So, no matter where you are, if you can, it's probably an excellent day to stay inside, and read some Kipling (it's his birthday!). Here is an excellent place to start if you can stand all the obnoxious ads. Today is also the day we learned that there is at least one more galaxy out there ~ With many thanks to Edwin Hubble's exciting announcement, this day in 1924, that the odds had been cut in half on the bet that we are alone out here ~ we turn to the increasingly expanding views his namesake has given us (views that are rarely obscured by weather). Closer to home and often obscured views (though that is half the fun) can be found in the seasonal links below the pictures, and, in fact, all the views below. Enjoy ~

Sunday December 29th, 2013 ~ Only 3 days left to get your 2013 viewing done ~ hard to believe the year is running out so quickly. Sort of like the snow that has melted and is running off the driveway (although the rumor is that is going to come to a shivering halt tomorrow). A very happy 213th birthday today to Charles Goodyear who made it possible for all of us to scurry about in our cars in all kinds of weather! If you are spending this last Sunday of the year scurrying, be careful out there, and if you are spending it relaxing and enjoying the views don't forget to check in on the penguins ~ chicks should be here soon. There are also all the seasonal links to keep up with as snow viewing, skating views, and general festive viewing are always a good time ~

Saturday December 28th, 2013 ~ A power outage (first by the electric company and then by the blurb division) made for a very late start today so it's off to the views with little or no more delay ~ what with the year running out right before our eyes we don't want to get in the way of all the year-end viewing! Only 4 viewing days left ~ grab some snacks and get to it!

Friday December 27th, 2013 ~ Missed the starting time on this one (which was about an hour ago (around 7:30/8:00 I think)) but the Russians are out space walking and working on the ISS, and will be for another couple of hours ~ if you've never listened in and/or watched... now is the time. The combination of the view, the translator, and the Russian's banter is very entertaining! You can watch here and on NASA TV. While watching, you may want to take some time out to make snowflakes (if nature isn't making any for you) and you can practice here. And it's a good day to kick up your heels (and your toes) on this the 81st anniversary of the opening of Radio City Hall home of the Rockettes! Enjoy the views ~

Thursday December 26th, 2013 ~ Boxing Day is here again ~ tra la! tra la! And while you take your boxes out to lunch and/or throw a party for them don't forget to head outside at sunset to check out Venus. From spaceweather.com: Tonight, only 10% of the planet's illuminated hemisphere is visible from Earth. Because Venus is so thin, refraction in our atmosphere can produce a rainbow effect as colorful as any Christmas ornament. It really is a magical sight. More information is available from Sky and Telescope. It's also a good time for Northern Light watching and we have a camera (or 5) for you to check out if you don't happen to be in Alaska, northern Canada, Norway, Sweden....or anywhere else there is live viewing: ~ Aurora Cam1 ~ Aurora Cam2 ~ Aurora Cam3 ~ Aurora Cam4 ~ Aurora Cam5 Stay warm and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday December 25th, 2013 ~ Merry Christmas to all our viewers and viewees from everyone on this side of Driveway Cam!

Tuesday December 24th, 2013 ~ A very Happy Christmas Eve to all ~ and good luck to the ISS where the 2nd repair space walk is about to begin (astronauts are due to leave the ISS in about 13 minutes...at 7:15 EST) and you can watch the walk, as they circle the planet, on NASA TV and right here. And, thanks to satellite tracking up there in space you can also watch SANTA's trip around the world on NORAD's site too !! (when we last checked he was heading towards Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky) We hope everyone, every where has a safe (although we're sure it will be busy) and happy Christmas Eve. On this side of the driveway there is still a trip (or 2?) to Wegmans before they close, and maybe one last dash out for one last gift... In between watching the snow watching links, the fairs in Europe, the ice skating views, the spacewalk, the penguins (currently covered in snow), Bao Bao the panda cub, and in fact all of the views ~ hmmm, better make another pot of some sugar plum tea and get to it ~ Enjoy the day, the sights (and sites), the sounds, and of course the views ~

Monday December 23rd, 2013 ~ Christmas Eve Eve is here again ~ and with it some wild weather out there along with some wild running around here (just a few more presents to find....) Hope everyone is safe (and dry)(and warm!) and being careful out there. Stay in when you can (because it's not a busy time at all...) and enjoy the views. A new view for mankind happened this day back in 1968 when Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr and William Anders became the first men to orbit the moon (in their Apollo 8 Lunar Module). It's is also the day back in 1823 that the poem titled 'Visit from St. Nicholas' but known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' was published for the first time. Throw in that it is also the Night of the Radishes (!!) and it's a busy busy day (especially if you aren't done carving your radishes yet) ~ Enjoy the running around, and all the views (they are pretty entertaining where ever you look!) ~ Happy Noche de Rábanos to all and to all a good day!

Sunday December 22nd, 2013 ~ Hope everyone is doing okay post-solstice (one extra minute of daylight today ~ yay!) and post weather systems that have been moving through. The mad rush to Christmas continues and so does, hopefully, the occasional chance to stop, relax, and enjoy a view or two. The snow watching links, the fairs in Europe, and the ice skating views all go lovely with peppermint, plum or spiced tea, as well as hot chocolate. If you by some chance are wanting to get Christmas Carols to stop playing in a loop in your head please note that today is the 205th anniversary of the premier of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony ~ da, da, da, dah.... (see, now you have a different tune looping!) ~ While you hum, we are off to start (more or less) our Christmas shopping so we hope you'll stick around and enjoy the views for us ~

Saturday December 21st, 2013 ~ It's here! It's here! The shortest day of the year!! We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Solstice with all best wishes for getting through the longest night of the year. The good news is that after 12:11 (eastern) on this 12:21:13 the rush into darkness abates and we start heading back into the light. It's a bit of a journey back but at least we'll be getting underway. Also underway much farther up.... We are all keeping our fingers crossed for the International Space Station where the crew is out on the 1st of 3 space walks to repair the cooling system on the station. You can watch it (as well as the ones on the 23rd and 25th (if needed)) here and on NASA TV. A singularly safe, and successful Solstice to all ~

Friday December 20th, 2013 ~ With limited viewing hours due to the decreasing daylight available (good news is that whole shorter days, longer nights thing is about to come to a screeching halt), we won't take up too much of your time blurbing ~ what with snow to watch, fairs to enjoy (the Holland streaming view of the Ferris wheel is lovely!) and skating to do vicariously your day is probably full even without all the hustle and bustle that is hitting it's stride right about now! But don't forget to take a minute or to too check in on the penguins (penguin watching is always enhanced with peppermint tea)(just saying) ~ Enjoy!

Thursday December 19th, 2013 ~ Temperatures begin to soar here today (heading towards the 50's by Sunday!) so there could be some molten snow to watch running down the driveway during the phase transition. Luckily there is lots of snow to molt, er, ah, melt that is, and plenty of snow to watch all over the place (check all the seasonal links under the driveway pictures). Just a note that there may be some ghosts of the past in your present or future today as it is the 170th (!) anniversary of the publishing of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.* And should you see any... as Mr. Dickens sort of said ~ may they haunt your houses (and views) pleasantly. [Don't write in, but do please note that the Tuesday blurb department has had their eggnog quotient decreased after the erroneous posting about the publishing of A Christmas Carol. We apologize for any pre-celebrations that may have occurred based on their information. Good Grief.]

Wednesday December 18th, 2013 ~ Nesting is in full swing in the Antarctic, and while we wait for chicks there, the baby Panda at the National Zoo (Bao Bao (love that name!)) is growing cuter than ever... On this side of the driveway it's cookie night take 1 ~ we are very excited! And if you can't make it over for cookie night, may we recommend this outdoor activity this evening... when the sun goes down tonight, step outside and face east. Jupiter and the Moon are in conjunction, only 5 degrees apart. It's a beautiful way to end the day (with slightly fewer calories than cookies). Check out spaceweather.com for more sky watching info and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday December 17th, 2013 ~ Happy 21st Birthday Haydon!!!!!!!!!!! We are keeping an eye out for you and we all hope that finals aren't interfering with your birthday too much ~ and that it's a great day for you and a most wonderful year ahead, you adult you! Today would also have marked the beginning of the seven-day celebration of Saturnalia in ancient Rome, which was really just a practice run for Haydon's birthday celebrations. Orville and Wilbur took to the skies for the first time this day in 1903 (when they heard that it was going to be Haydon's birthday) and 150 years ago (in anticipation of this very day) Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol" was published!! Even Rochester is joining in the celebration by throwing a snowflake parade! So cupcakes and cheers all around (and maybe even a snowball or two). Enjoy the day and the views (Snow Watching links, the Seasonal Links and the Ice-skating links included) ~ where the fairs are hopping and the snow is piling up almost anywhere you look. :)

Monday December 16th, 2013 ~ The Blurb Division's PC did not make it home from the happiest place on earth in working condition.... We are attempting to get it to speak once more but at the moment....Nada. But the cameras are mostly working so the views are there and hopefully one day the blurb division will be back too. Oye ~ and enjoy the views ~

Friday December 13th, 2013 ~ Blurb division is still out wandering the country but Jim is going to try to get driveway cam back up and running (so we can all watch the snow in the driveway!)(or click on the date for the alternate view) and tonight is a great night for meteor viewing if you can dress warmly enough to head outside after the moon sets at 4:AM!?! In case you are not on our mailing list...Forecasters say the best time to look is during the dark hours before sunrise on Saturday morning, Dec. 14th. Moon sets at 4:00 AM so bundle up and head on out (!) ... okay, really, seriously bundle up and take blankets and hot chocolate but get out if you can (safely). Dark-sky observers could see dozens of bright shooting stars. If you can't go out, or don't want to, or even if you do plan to.....Starting at 11 PM tonight ~ A live chat and live viewing (!) will be right here You can also listen to radar echoes from the Geminids, unaffected by moonlight, on Space Weather Radio. More information can be found here ~ as well as right here Happy Friday the 13th ~ Enjoy the views! And let us know how it is if you get out to watch (we are currently stuck in an area that hasn't seen a dark sky since October 1, 1971 !!!) :)

Wednesday December 11th, 2013 ~ Snow is falling ~ the blurb division is taking a few days off but the cameras will keep running (we hope, since we want to watch the views too), and Snow Watching links are waiting, along with the Seasonal Links and the Ice-skating links. Enjoy all the views and all the snow ~

Tuesday December 10th, 2013 ~ Another cold (and snowless) day on the driveway is underway ~ although rumors of snow are prancing about. The Nobel Prize awards are underway in Stockholm and you can watch them right here, on this the 112th anniversary of the first awards:

The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1901, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives. In his will, Nobel directed that the bulk of his vast fortune be placed in a fund in which the interest would be "annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind." Although Nobel offered no public reason for his creation of the prizes, it is widely believed that he did so out of moral regret over the increasingly lethal uses of his inventions in war.

So it's back to Stockholm with a quick Happy Birthday to Ms. Emily Dickinson ~

Monday December 9th, 2013 ~ Tonight, at 7:00 in the village of Russell, nestled as it is amid the hills of Kentucky and along the mighty O-HI-O, the Christmas Parade happens! If you can't get there (do try, they are serving chili!) you can watch it live right here. And on this very cold day we'd like to wish a very happy birthday to Clarence Birdseye (of deep-freezing foods fame) born this date in 1886 as well as to (one of our favorites here) Grace Murray Hopper who helps, everyday in many ways, make driveway cam possible! Stay warm, and enjoy the views (the seasonal view collections below the pictures are hopping!) and don't forget to watch the Russell Christmas Parade!

Sunday December 8th, 2013 ~ Today is James Thurber's birthday ~ time to read and celebrate! Depending on the weather you may not be able (or willing) to get to the library so if you don't have any Thurber on hand to read, you can certainly have some online to read. (Goes great with cake and ice-cream and hot chocolate). We have additional pictures from KY of the weather moving through there ~ and hope everyone is safe and warm in whatever weather is moving through where you are. Here on the driveway... it's cold but no snow and (luckily) no ice. Have a relaxing, warm Sunday and enjoy the views ~ It is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all ~ James Thurber

Saturday December 7th, 2013 ~ It was 41 years ago today that the Apollo 17 Astronauts took the picture which came to be called The Blue Marble ~ back then pictures of us from space were rare ~ hard to imagine then that we would one day see ourselves from Saturn(!), and that we would be able to watch ourselves revolve from 230 miles up via the ISS Web Cam! It was also hard to imagine then that it would be the last lunar mission and the last time (to date) that actual people have gotten far enough away, 28,000 miles, from Earth to take a photo like it. So we treasure this old familiar family photo, as we do others, for their look at, and from, times gone by (click on it for a larger view) (and click here for more pictures) ~ Closer to home the view for a lot of people is of snow! (See KY pictures here)
Stay warm and enjoy the views ~

Friday December 6th, 2013 ~ A Very Happy Birthday to Christopher today!!!!! Once again we'd like to direct your viewing to one of our favorite and classic views which we got from Chris. You know it and love it ~ that's right, the waiting rooms at the county clerk's offices ~ seriously, for driveway cam viewing it doesn't get much better than that! Unless, of course, you woke up today (those of you are not Chris, and are not having a birthday today) and found small gifts (coins, chocolate, fruit, marbles....) in your shoes. Finding surprises in shoes can be a little disconcerting but don't worry, just enjoy ~ because it is also St. Nicholas Day! (If your shoes were empty, consider it a hint and note there are a few more days before Santa swings by this neck of the woods so you have time to work on cleaning up your act...) We close with our Other Side of The Aisle view, also in Christopher's honor ~ If you are in the iced covered, and snow bound areas ~ stay safe, stay in, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday December 5th, 2013 ~ The Weather Channel is in full panic mode ~ from that we gather there may be a big storm moving across the country and coming to us all... it's hard to tell amid their screeching, hyperventilating, and flailing around. From other weather sources it looks like it's could be a dicey few days ahead across the country. So stay warm, be careful, and avoid the roads once the ice and snow starts. Well, avoid being on them, but don't avoid watching them! We've added the Texas traffic cams to the list so you can check in around the country and keep track of what is going on. Any and all of the views are going to be interesting (see table below) but if you aren't certain where to look we understand ~ it's Heisenberg's birthday after all, and we are all a little uncertain, just in principle, as to the implications of that. (or the meaning of this?!!) Pile up the blankets, (hard to type that as we are supposed to get up to 60 today here before the arctic air mass visits), make sure the hot chocolate supplies are ready, and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday December 4th, 2013 ~ The seasonal links are now nestled under the driveway pictures (and above the table of links), waiting for you. Temperatures in the high 40's today which means there should be some good views of ice melting at the outdoor rink under construction at Red Wing Stadium. And the day wouldn't be complete without a hearty HATS OFF!!! to Chester Greenwood on his birthday today. And taking one's hat off will not lead to cold ears because Chester is the guy who, at 15, designed and patented earmuffs!!! (U.S. No.188,292). Thank You Chester!!!The Chester Greenwood Day Parade, in his hometown of Farmington Maine, is this Saturday, Dec 7th ~ wish we could be there! (next year... road trip!)

Tuesday December 3rd, 2013 ~ The seasonal links are getting their semi-permanent seasonal link location (check under the driveway pictures and above the table of links) today, and are right here as well for now ~ including the Snow Watching links, the Seasonal Views and the Ice-skating links. They have started adding water to the rink at Red Wing Stadium (just as the temperatures are due to soar (?) to 50 for a day), which is bound to be good viewing, and as for bad viewing ~ the comet ISON, that didn't, and then did, survive it's trip behind the sun, is back to: didn't ~ and has gone from zombie comet (!) status to a dust cloud. As all of it's particles head off to infinity (and beyond) a tip of the birthday hat to John Wallis, the British mathematician who introduced the infinity math symbol, born just 397 years ago today. Favorite factoid of the day: the ∞ symbol is called .... the lemniscate! Enjoy the views, and your ability to now demonstrate the leminscate (sorry, we couldn't resist) ~

Monday December 2nd, 2013 ~ A late start after a lovely long weekend brings us to the first order of business today, which is to wish a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Amy!!! Hope it's a great day and a great year ahead for you AMY!!! We also hope it's a great day for all of us come to think of it. Celebrations can be enhanced with some great views of the season ~ check out how the world is spending Amy's birthday on the Snow Watching links, the Seasonal Views and the Ice-skating views, and on any of the other views as well. Our early morning comet viewing here was obstructed by clouds (let us know if anyone saw it), but luckily the rest of the views are just a click away ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday December 1st, 2013 ~ It's December!!! November packed up it's bags and left and December got here very early this morning ~ so nice to see it again! And with it came the Snow Watching links, the Seasonal Views and the Ice-skating views (while the nest watching link was retired for the year)(although there are penguin nests to watch in the Antarctic!) We are ready for a busy viewing month ahead ~ stored up supplies of peppermint tea and hot chocolate, and slippers and blankets are at the ready ~ hope you are settled in as well because it's December again and there are views to enjoy ~ (please note not all of the seasonal/snow/skating views are up and running yet, but keep checking, they'll be there) And now...penguin nests...

Saturday November 30th, 2013 ~ Still working through leftovers ~ hope you all are too ~ and with the good food comes good news this morning... Comet ISON MADE IT!!!! Thought to have melted (more or less) during its dive past the sun, seems that some of it survived and will be visible... "It is now receding from the sun with a fair chance of becoming a photographic object in the morning sky as early as Dec. 2nd or 3rd. A new coronagraph movie from SOHO documents the flyby (updated Nov. 30 @ 00:09 UT)". Click here for viewing information. It's not Mark Twain's comet, but it is Mark Twain's birthday so it will do. (But have some cake too please, only having birthday comet is never quite sweet enough). It's also Small Business Saturday so get out there and shop some small businesses if you can, and if you can't.... well you can watch some small business here, ... and here, ... and here...... Enjoy the views ~

Friday November 29th, 2013 ~ It's a very bright day out there ~ as it should be because it is Cheryl and Mary Quinn's birthdays!!! (YAY!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!) A perfect 2-fer-1 on Black Friday. In another 2-fer special (available only today!!) it is also the birthdays of Amos Bronson Alcott and his daughter, Louisa May Alcott! So while you are shopping (or avoiding shopping) don't forget to stop for some birthday cake (2 pieces of course) and/or some of that delicious leftover pumpkin pie (also 2 pieces). We'd say 4 pieces, but if we did the Legal Department here at Driveway Cam International would be on us like ice on the pond resorting to the reciting of all sorts of health related torts. So we won't say it, and we'll hardly even hint at it. Enjoy the day, the leftovers and of course a large side serving of views ~ (which are great even tho' they are gluten, calorie, fat, and, cholesterol free)

Thursday November 28th, 2013 ~ Happy Thanksgiving one and all ~ hope it's a relaxing and tasty day for all of our viewers! It's not only Thanksgiving, it's also Hanukkah (Happy Hanukkah) and the 2 days haven't coincided since 1888, and won't again until 79811. So party on! And/or take some time today to relax, enjoy the food and the festivities ~ The Macy's Parade starts at 9:00 AM ~ and the views start... well they are always here waiting for you. Enjoy ~

Wednesday November 27th, 2013 ~ And then there was snow ~ officially 6.3" (at the airport). Although visually...click here for larger view of map below (and on the date for a clearer view of the driveway). However, we've had at least 3" because the driveway was plowed! (new plow guy this year, got an early start apparently) As the day before Thanksgiving gets going, with it's associated runs to the stores, cleaning, and cooking, we have to say that we are thankful for the snow (true, haven't had to do anything but look at it so far) and hope that everyone stays safe out in the weather system doing it's best to muck up travel plans. Don't rush, it won't help you get to where ever you are going more quickly. For all your snow depth ponderings check out the Snow Depth page (always a good time) and enjoy all the views along with all the preparations festivities ~ and now it's time to make some pies ~ Enjoy!

Tuesday November 26th, 2013 ~ Whether you like it or not there is weather a'coming for our viewers today. Very few of our (very few) viewers will be left out of the storm system, one way or another, moving across the country today, tomorrow and Thursday. We are rumored to be getting 6-10 inches of snow by Thursday here on the driveway (which means a plowing could be happening, 1st of the season!). It's a busy week for all but when ever you can, put your feet up and watch the roads ~ literally! In fact check out any of the views, in any of the affected areas, for some interesting viewing over the next 24-48 hrs. As for the driveway ~ a couple of shopping trips out and back since Thanksgiving seems to be knock, knock, knocking on our door. (by the by... on Thursday for the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are on the same day. This will not happen again until the year 79811 (!) so mark you calendars and we'll meet back here.) Enjoy the views and let's be careful out there people ~

Monday November 25th, 2013 ~ A busy week ahead starting, on this 329th day of the year, with celebrating the first U.S. patent for the process of evaporated milk which was issued to John Meyenberg, (No. 308,422), back in 1884. A big thanks to John if you are making pumpkin pie fudge (and why wouldn't you? ...it's 2 desserts in 1!) ~ and if that isn't enough of a reason to celebrate (and make dessert) it is also the birthday of the Yankee Clipper ~ Joltin' Joe DiMaggio. (whose record 56 game hitting streak still stands waiting for next season's attempts ~ which begin just 118 days from today, in case you were wondering). Speaking of baseball ~ check in on Rochester's ballpark to watch the construction of the outdoor hockey rink going up for the season ~ Enjoy the views ~

Sunday November 24th, 2013 ~ We did not get much snow but what we got in cold made up for it.... it's warmed up all the way to 18 so far. Heading to a tropical 20-22 by afternoon. It's a warmer day in Antarctica (which somehow doesn't seem right, but we are happy for the penguins). More intermittent snow showers are on their way so grab a blanket and some hot chocolate and enjoy the views here and anywhere you look! And if you are looking in the general Cincinnati area you may notice an even older Cole wandering around as he tries to remember how to... well tries to remember anything. It's your Birthday Cole!!! And we hope it's a great day for you and the start of a great year... see, turning 61 doesn't hurt that much does it? Okay, warm socks on, feet up, and relax before the run up to Thanksgiving hits full speed ~

Saturday November 23rd, 2013 ~ The storm that has been wreaking havoc every where it goes is due to visit and bring us some colder weather and some snow!!!! 3-6 inches over the weekend is possible. (Along with a gale warning, and a lake effect snow warning) The posts are along the side of the driveway just in case a plowing is needed and you have a front row seat to every flake that may fall upon the driveway or in front of it's cam. We're ready snow ~ c'mon over!!!! And of course there is the Dr. Who game on the Google Doodle to play while we wait (we've only done the G so far and that took 1:54)(that's minutes and seconds not hours, really). We hope if you are a fan of snow it falls your way too. Stay warm, be careful out there and of course, Enjoy the views ~

Friday November 22nd, 2013 ~ It's Friday on the driveway (and for most of our viewers too) ~ and as the penguin season marches on we are still looking for signs of the first egg. If you spot one let us know! And a bit of history that amazed us: it was this day in 1983 (that is only 30 years ago mind you) the last wringer-washer made in the U.S., a Master Model E was built by the Maytag Company. (interestingly they are still being made, just not here). As the weekend before Thanksgiving and the start of the annual pilgrimages to the grocery store start (where we all end up feeling like we went through the wringer) we say put your feet up, relax, and watch the views. Oh, and keep your fingers crossed for snow on the driveway starting tomorrow ~ Enjoy ~

Thursday November 21st, 2013 ~ Oops ~ while the day didn't get updated here on the driveway ~ it really is Thursday, November 21st, and it really is the 325th day of the year. So, before the sun sets (which is in just a little while)... for your viewing pleasure.... The Driveway ~

Wednesday November 20th, 2013 ~ Busy week of space watching which will continue early December as the comet ION is making it's way to it's dive past the sun and will, if it survives, be coming by us again for viewing without a telescope. Check out this remarkable simulation on where the comet is, and is going. Which brings us to the birthday of Edwin Powell Hubble today (born 1889) who, with the help of the telescope bearing his name, opened up incredible new views of our universe and continues to amaze us. And we also would like to wish Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip a VERY happy 66th Wedding Anniversary today!!! Pints all around and it's off to the views ~ in and out of this world ~

Tuesday November 19th, 2013 ~ MAVEN is up! And on it's way to Mars ~ a little closer to home (314.21 miles vs aprox 113539.59 miles MAVEN has gone so far) it was 150 years ago today, Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Now considered one of the greatest speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address ran for just over two minutes, fewer than 300 words, and only 10 sentences. Can't compete with that ~

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

Monday November 18th, 2013 ~ The time has come the walrus said ~ MAVEN (along with some of our names and poetry) is about to head off to Mars!! MAVEN’s launch window is from 1:28 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to 3:28 p.m. (EST). Liftoff is from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41. (should you be there looking for it). And if you aren't there, you can watch here (drivewaycam's launch complex 42 as it turns out). Or on NASA TV. Coverage of the launch will begin at 11 a.m. EST and conclude after the MAVEN spacecraft has separated from the Atlas V about 52 minutes after launch. Speaking of time, today is the 130th anniversary of the day standard time zones were established in the United States and Canada making sure when we say 1:28 p.m. (EST) you know what time that is where you live. So many thanks to the railroads for making today's viewing of the launch possible (well, sort of) across the country. Enjoy ~

Sunday November 17th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday to the Elizabethan Era which began with the ascension of 25 year old Queen Elizabeth I to the English throne on this day in 1558. Pints all around!!! Making that era 455 years old (more or less, and yes, more less than more but we should still raise pints in Elizabeth's honor). In other governmental news it was on this date in 1800 that the United States Congress met in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for the first time. Interestingly it was just 10 years (to the day) earlier that August Möbius was born. More known as a mathematician and astronomer, who was also a pioneer in the field of topology, his name would later grace not only a curious surface but also the very definition of the current congress meeting in the Capitol Building...a group made up of sides that never meet and when followed lead you right back to the place you started, getting you nowhere. :) Enjoy the views wherever you wander and with luck you'll end up right back here for some more pint raising to August too!

Saturday November 16th, 2013 ~ It's an odd day of firsts here on the driveway ~ in 1907 Oklahoma spent this day as a state for the very first time, in 1959 the Sound of Music was heard for the first time on Broadway, and in 2001 the first Harry Potter movie opened in the US! We have no idea what to do with that combination so we'll just state the facts and move on. It's a beautiful day on the driveway and we hope it is wherever you are as well. Enjoy wandering all the states via the various links, the Austrian alps if you like, and you can even go off and wander a little more Augmented Reality here ~ onward, ever onward!

Friday November 15th, 2013 ~ Some familiar links today as we celebrate the anniversary of Zebulon Pike spotting Pike's Peak for the first time back in 1806 (you can spot it here without forming an expedition (although you can if you like)). Also today, for your viewing pleasure, the return of the link to Downtowns where you can forget all your troubles, and forget all your cares in honor of Petula Clark's birthday. So don't let the day get the better of you, put on your best, and wear and smile and ~ Enjoy the views ~

Thursday November 14th, 2013 ~ Once again we've spun around to day #318 of the year and once again it's whale watch day ~ in honor of the publishing of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, in 1851 (and should you need a break from watching for whales on the driveway... check out the penguins. Looks like a windy (and cold) day down there ~ at least it did this morning). It was just 55 years later, to the day, the ever luminous Louise Brooks was born and 107 years later she is still ahead of her time, if only in our memories (and/or in the archive of materials you can find on google....) ~ Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday November 13th, 2013 ~ The cold persists and if you are missing the 10-20 degrees that most of us are running without, and below the normal temperature, the best thing to do is stay inside, stay warm, and wander the views. Which, happy coincidence, we can do mainly because 23 years ago today the very first web page was published, the day after Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau's proposal for a new global system of interlinked documents on the Internet was published. Of course... the vision for the World Wide Web was already 20 years old at that point. Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke had predicted it in the April 1970 issue of Popular Science, writing that satellites would "bring the accumulated knowledge of the world to your fingertips." People would access this information, Clarke prophesied, through a machine that was a combination of computer, telephone, television, and photocopier. (we miss you Arthur! and thanks to Writers Digest for the information). So take whatever version of Clarke's prophesy you own, pile on some blankets, and enjoy the views ~ and the knowledge of the world accumulated thus far ~

Tuesday November 12th, 2013 ~ There is joy in Mudville and on the driveway as not only is it 11-12-13 (thanks Cheryl!) but there is also snow on, or close to, the driveway! To make it even better it was 80 years ago today that the first known photo of the Loch Ness monster above water was taken (could there be an anniversary sighting from the driveway!?). Throw in that it was 86 years ago that the first underwater vehicular tunnel was opened, the Holland Tunnel, and it's a day just made for celebrating ~ although the south may not be celebrating the freeze warnings they are under, and if you are near or in any of the November Gales out on the Great Lakes or the eastern, and/or the north western, as well as the southern shores, celebrate inside. Lots to watch, stay warm and enjoy the views ~

Monday November 11th, 2013 ~ The Olympic torch is back from it's visit to space (pictures below) ~ we hope it enjoyed the trip and that it (and the crew members) were not bombarded too much by cosmic rays, the discovery of which was announced in Madison, Wisconsin (by Robert A. Millikan who coined their name) this date in 1925. In 1872, on this day, Stanley found Livingston (we presume), and we hope in between views you'll find time, money or energy to donate to, and/or discover ways to help, either the VA or your local disabled Veterans. Thank you to all Veterans and a good Veterans Day to all.

Saturday November 9th, 2013 ~ The space walk is about to start (on NASA TV and also watchable here) ~ it will be the first time out for the cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, known as EV2 (blue stripe) and for the Olympic Torch! They are just about to leave the station (it's now 9:25 on the driveway). The head cameras they use and that banter (!) that frequently ensues with Cosmonauts makes for very entertaining space walks. Back here on earth... it's time to help name the new baby Panda, born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on August 23. You can vote once every 24 hours until November 22 at noon so vote early and vote often for your favorite name! To cast your vote go to this site, and to check in on the baby Panda check out Camera 2 at the this link, or from the usual link below. Happy Weekend and enjoy the views ~

Friday November 8th, 2013 ~ Running more than late ~ so we'll turn it over to the driveway and all the other views. Have a great start to the weekend and tomorrow morning tune into NASA TV to watch the Olympic Torch go on a space walk! Two Russian cosmonauts will carry the Olympic torch when they venture outside the International Space Station Saturday, Nov. 9, for a six-hour spacewalk to perform maintenance work on the orbiting laboratory. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the spacewalk beginning at 9 a.m. (EST). Don't get NASA TV? You can watch right here. Enjoy ~

Thursday November 7th, 2013 ~ The launch yesterday was good and in about 6 minutes the already docked Soyuz and the ISS will open their hatches ~ live on NASA TV, online at and also on the ISS webcam. In other news it's the 70th birthday of Roberta Joan Anderson or Joni Mitchell to her friends. And it is the birthday of Albert Camus whose singing career never took off the way he hoped so he fell back on his second choice, writing. Hatch is opening and the crew is getting ready to board the ISS (with the Olympic torch) Enjoy all the views today ~ and cake and ice cream all around!!

Wednesday November 6th, 2013 ~ Tonight at 11:14 pm (EST) (or 0414 GMT tomorrow morning) a Soyuz is off, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to the ISS along with 3 new crew members and the Olympic Torch! NASA TV launch coverage begins at 10:15 p.m. (on your TV or online, right here) ~ then docking to Rassvet is scheduled at 5:31 a.m. on Nov. 7, with NASA TV coverage beginning at 4:45 a.m. Hatches are scheduled to open at 7:40 a.m., with NASA TV coverage starting at 7:15 a.m. Should be a good show! While we wait for it to begin, a nod to another successful election day (not based on which side won in any given race, just based on the fact that we have them, peacefully and continually and that we get to have our say) yesterday and to the one in 1860 that on this date elected Abraham Lincoln to his first term as president of the United States. Last look before you hit the views to our blue marble as seen from the ISS ~ Enjoy ~

Tuesday November 5th, 2013 ~ Remember, Remember, the 5th of November....Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot! (and if you happen to have forgotten about Guy Fawkes and his plot back in 1605 you can read about it here.) In other news of the day (and amid other plots we're sure) today is the 141st anniversary of Susan B. Anthony getting fined for trying to vote (remember that when you are out pulling levers, or punching out chads (the paper ones, not the ones wearing letter sweaters and wandering around the 60's)). It is also the 174th birthday of Raymond Loewy (see google) a brilliant designer known for many things but we like the fact that he designed smaller items too such as ~ the Coca Cola Bottle. Throw in that it's the 78th anniversary of the launch of the game of Monopoly and we'll be celebrating all day (and well into the night with those Guy Fawkes bonfires!) Get out and vote! Because you can. And then you can enjoy the views ~

Monday November 4th, 2013 ~ Halloween has finally left the driveway ~ and we are into, and enjoying, the rush that starts with November! The quick trip to KY was noticed by drivewaycam who then took Saturday and Sunday off, but hopefully everyone one in the organization is back, and will get along today so we can get back to bringing you the driveway. And bringing you the news you need to get through the day...which begins with the 83rd anniversary of the ability to drive to Canada via "the only vehicular international subaqueous border crossing in the world" (still!) That's right, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel opened for traffic 83 years ago today ~ and it's always a good day to watch cars arrive from Canada. And hold on to your hats because it also the 6th anniversary of drivewaycam getting it's own domain name after years of piggybacking on other domains. So settle in and enjoy the views here and everywhere you want to wander ~

Thursday October 31st, 2013 ~ Boo!!!!! Hope it's a creepy Halloween for all. For all of you out in that wild weather moving across the country, be careful and take water wings with you wherever you go! We achieved Jack-O-Lanterns finally so the driveway is ready for any trick-or-treaters that may arrive. They better hurry however because the candy for them seems to be evaporating at a rate equal to the Texas rain fall amounts! Have a scary day and a great time this evening if trick-or-treating hasn't been cancelled in your area ~ Driveway Cam's Pumpkins 2013 (we always go old school)(click for larger view)

Wednesday October 30th, 2013 ~ Happy All Hallows Eve Eve once again ~ and once again we are still Jack-o-lanternless on this side of the driveway. But ~ that ends this evening (fingers crossed). We're keeping the links to pumpkin carving ideas here and of course here too. And will leave the links for voting on your favorite candy (Click on the one you prefer (vote early, vote often for)) ~ Reese's; or Snickers; or Butterfingers; or Milky Way; or 100,000 Grand; or Kit-Kat; or All of the Previous...and more! as well. Our theme song here at Driveway Cam International ('Tis a gift to be Simple) was used transcendently in Copeland's Appalachian Spring which was first heard publicly this day in 1944 at the Library of Congress. So enjoy the views while humming and watch out for things that may be beginning to go bump in the night! "Way out in the country tonight he could smell the pumpkins ripening toward the knife and the triangle eye and the singeing candle." - Ray Bradbury (Dandelion Wine)

Monday October 28th, 2013 ~ Happy Slightly Belated Birthday Bob! Despite our calendar mishaps we hope it's a great year for you ahead!!! And speaking of what's ahead ~ It's the week of Halloween! Yipes!!! And still no jack-o-lanterns for the driveway... while we work on that we'll leave the links to pumpkin carving ideas here and of course here too. And leave the links for voting on your favorite candy (Click on the one you prefer (vote early, vote often for) ~ Reese's; or Snickers; or Butterfingers; or Milky Way; or 100,000 Grand; or Kit-Kat; or All of the Previous...and more!). Meanwhile it is not only the day back in 1886 that the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by Grover Cleveland ~ it is also the day back in 1965 that workers completed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. You can check in on them both by clicking the links on their names and/or see the arch tonight at the final World Series game in St. Louis before they head back east. Enjoy the views and let's get carving out there......

Sunday October 27th, 2013 ~ Really late start today (we were up late watching baseball)(that's our story and we're sticking to it) so we'll just turn it over to voting on your favorite candy (Click on the one you prefer (vote early, vote often for) ~ Butterfingers; or Snickers; or Reese's; or Milky Way; or 100,000 Grand; or Kit-Kat; or All of the Previous...and more!), and to checking out some pumpkin carving ideas here and of course here too.

Saturday October 26th, 2013 ~ The last Saturday of October is upon us and if that isn't scary enough Halloween is only 5 days away! Time to start voting on your favorite candy (Click on the one you prefer (vote early, vote often for) ~ Butterfingers; or Snickers; or Reese's; or Milky Way; or 100,000 Grand; or Kit-Kat; or All of the Previous...and more!), and checking out some pumpkin carving ideas here and of course here too. And last, but certainly not least for any of us and our mules named Sal ~ it was on this day in 1825 that the Erie Canal opened. The canal was 363 miles long, linking Buffalo on Lake Erie in western New York to Albany on the Hudson River and was, at the time, called the 8th Wonder of the World! You can check in on the canal (and a lock in use) at Tonawanda, and / or Lockport ~ Enjoy all the views and get going on your jack-o-lanterns!

Friday October 25th, 2013 ~ A very happy St. Crispin's Day, dedicated to the patron saint of shoemakers. It's also a day of battles and poetry, most notably the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 (watch at least through 3:15), and the Battle of Balaklava (Charge of the Light Brigade) during the Crimean War in 1854. Meanwhile, the sun is shining (here) and it's cold (all over the place). Cold for October anyway. And it seems they are having a lot of fog in the Northwest as well (with another view of the Space Needle here), along with snow in the Midwest! (our on the spot reporter in Hannah said there were even a few flakes (of the snow variety that is) in Louisville as well!) So to the few, the happy few, of our band of viewers we say watch the views from under a blanket and enjoy the day ~

Thursday October 24th, 2013 ~ We're back ~ and just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the day the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect, which established the 40-hour work week and a minimum wage. (we won't quite get 40 hours in this week, but our current wage is still right up there with the then minimum wage of .25 cents an hour) It's a big day for transportation too as this was the day in 1901 that a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel(!), as well as the day in 2003 that the supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight, traveling at twice the speed of sound from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport. We'll leave you with a view of Niagara Falls (but please ~ no plunging over them in barrels!) Enjoy it and all the views on this beautiful October day ~

Tuesday October 15th, 2013 ~ The PC and Driveway Cam are in need of some downtime so they will run until they stop (usually mid-day) and then will be down for repairs. (They got very jealous of the government closing up shop and decided to shut down in either protest or solidarity)(which one depends on who they are talking to at the time) You can of course continue to enjoy the other views which will remain available (well, except those government ones of course) and we'll have Driveway Cam back up and running as soon as we can. In the meantime, GO TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And enjoy the views ~

Monday October 14th, 2013 ~ The ringing in your ears this morning is a phantom echo from 66 years ago when Chuck Yeager flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time, giving us our very first sonic boom. And speaking of double 6's (?) it was this day in 1066 that William the Conqueror conquered England at the Battle of Hastings bringing an end to the Anglo Saxon rule there. Speaking of Conkering (!) ~ yesterday was the World Conker Championships! How did the 2nd Sunday in October sneak up on us? The championship hasn't been held in 2 years because of bad weather but the beauty and the splendor returned yesterday (along with all the noise and bruised wrists). Congratulations to the Conkering King and Queen Simon Cullum and Sophie Knox of England who fought off competitors from 15 countries (including invaders from France!). Next year it will be held October 12th and you can sign up here after marking your calendars! A quick happy happy birthday birthday to e.e.cummings and D.D. Eisenhower ~ and since it's also the day that A.A. Milne first published Winnie the Pooh (in 1926) we're thinking doubles in everything today is a good idea, including servings of cake! Enjoy the views ~ (click on picture for larger view (it's a great picture) and other pictures are here http://metro.co.uk/2013/10/13/gallery-world-conker-championships-4144563/)

Sunday October 13th, 2013 ~ What a game 1 they played in Boston last night! 3 hours and 56 minutes of tense (grueling it was called), but very exciting ALCS baseball that ended as it should have ~ with Detroit winning!!!!! Tonight's game (8:00 on FOX) should be just as exciting (but note to the Tigers ~ we could use less tense... get those bats swinging!). The NLCS race will be back on Monday, it's 2-0 Cards in that series. You just have to love October baseball!! Today is also the birthday of cookbook author Mollie Katzen, born right here in Rochester and author of the wonderful Enchanted Broccoli Forest, among others. It's a perfect day to wander through the views and her recipes and enjoy them both ~

Saturday October 12th, 2013 ~ No matter what you think of Columbus these days, today is the day he stumbled upon the New World. Thought he was somewhere else (he didn't stop to ask directions, of course...) but here he was anyway. To mark the occasion we like to take a look in at Columbus, it's a lovely view. Today is also the 53rd (!) anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev taking off his shoe and using it to pound the table at the U.N. ~ didn't find a working U.N. view this morning but we did find a lovely shot of the FDR (which runs past the U.N.) so take off your shoes and hop on over for a look-see. We would also like to say GO TIGERS!!! as they begin the ALCS series against who ever it is they are playing tonight (on your local Fox channel at 8:00). It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, which you'll see shortly if we stop typing and get the camera rolling ~ enjoy the views ~

Friday October 11th, 2013 ~ Happy 169th birthday to Henry John Heinz who founded H.J. Heinz Co. along with its “57 varieties”. While you probably are thinking pickles or maybe even ketchup as you plan your cake du jour ~ may we suggest you use his first product in baking your cake? (and if you try this, let us know how it is!) Today is also the anniversary of the day in 1983 that the last hand-cranked (magneto) telephones in the United States went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched to direct-dial service! So ice-cream with the cake!! And enjoy the views ~

Thursday October 10th, 2013 ~ Today is World Mental Health Day ~ and goodness knows the world can use some mental health. In particular, we're hoping a large cloud of Mental Health settles over Washington and the people there who think keeping the government shut down is a good idea. (it would have to be a very large cloud, but we can hope). Meanwhile, we hope everyone has a delightfully healthy day, and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday October 9th, 2013 ~ It's not open at the moment but it was this very day back in 1888 that the Washington Monument was opened to the public. The government's webcams are also closed so we can't even look at it online... unless someone knows of a camera still working (in which case please let us know). There is a bit of a storm wandering up the east coast so the East Coast Waves might be a good substitute for the Washington Monument. Whatever you watch (or can't watch) enjoy the views ~

Monday October 7th, 2013 ~ It's time to look up (from all the baseball playoffs) as the Draconid meteor shower will sweep across U.S. skies early this evening just after sunset. Unlike most meteor showers, this one is best seen in the evening rather than before dawn. So get out there just after sunset if you can, find the darkest spot you can to settle in, and look up! (toward the northwest or just directly overhead) Takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to get fully adjusted ~ but then you can lay back and enjoy the show (today of course you don't have to lay down to enjoy the views on the driveway, but you can if you want to)(You don’t have to identify the radiant point to watch the Draconids or any meteor shower. Assuming the radiant is above your horizon, the meteors will streak all over the sky.)

Sunday October 6th, 2013 ~ It may be 6/10 across the pond, but here it is 10/6 and we wish everyone a very Happy Mad Hatter Day! Based on the illustration in Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel (original illustrator of the first edition) it's best to mark the day with a tea party (of the non political variety, please), and some general silliness (which again may make you think we are talking politics, but we are not). Enjoy the views ~

Saturday October 5th, 2013 ~ The playoffs kept us up late (Congratulations to Detroit and Pittsburgh! (and the other winners too we suppose (with the possible exception of the team that beat the Rays, which is all we'll say in the interest of good sportsmanship))) and will again tonight. So to keep from becoming all over esurient during the games might we suggest some cheese and digestives? (which are almost as synonymous with baseball as peanuts and cracker-jacks?) Or just have them in honor of the 44th anniversary of the premier of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' on BBC. They also go lovely with a rainy day, which the driveway is having, as well as with watching the Cheese Shop Skit. Enjoy the day, the baseball, the cheese and of course, the views ~

Friday October 4th, 2013 ~ Well there is just weather all over the place out there today ~ blizzard conditions, severe thunder storms, rain, tropical storms that want to be hurricanes ~ bringing a slew of warnings to the map. So maybe, depending on where you live, it's a very good day for hunkering in and just watching the weather go by on the driveway (and everywhere else). Of course driveway cam thinks every day is a good day for watching the weather go by no matter where you live... It's also an excellent day for cake and a good book, in honor of Edward L. Stratemeyer and all the folks he introduced us to (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins). Whatever your day brings, be careful and enjoy the views ~ here's one of traffic (and weather) in Pumpkin Vine, Wyoming this morning (click for larger view)

Thursday October 3rd, 2013 ~ Today is the day, back in 1990, that East and West Germany were reunified ~ and so it's a good day to stop by and take a look in at Berlin today. It's also the 58th (!?) anniversary of the Captain Kangaroo Show and the Mickey Mouse Club, both of which premiered on the very same day! They are expecting 'significant' snow in some parts out west (especially Wyoming) which means the traffic cams there might be interesting to watch (of course we think traffic cams everywhere are always interesting...) Enjoy watching it snow and all the views ~

Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 ~ At some point yesterday the National Park System shut down it's webcams. And somewhere around 1:30 driveway cam shut down ~ the incidents were NOT related and driveway cam will be back up and running soon. We hope. Cake for a favorite today ~ as we wish Graham Greene a happy birthday. Might be a lovely day for wandering the leaf links, and looking for penquins (they should be back soon). And before we go for the day ~ a look at a couple of the National Parks yesterday... before they shut off the cameras. (however, the Yosemite Park camera, run by the conservancy there, is still working) ~ pictures taken between 8:47 and 8:49 yesterday ~ click pictures for larger views of morning in Maine, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee

Tuesday October 1st, 2013 ~ The government may be shut down, but driveway cam is up and running (or will be soon). And in honor of the 123rd founding of Yosemite Park (which they won't let you visit today due to the shutdown) we bring you a look in at the park on this the 1st day of the wonderful month of October! Congratulations to the Rays (last night's game was excellent) and tonight's game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh should be just as exciting (luckily the government didn't shut down baseball!) Enjoy all the views (and wander the national parks via the driveway today). ... O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow. Make the day seem to us less brief. Hearts not averse to being beguiled, Beguile us in the way you know. Release one leaf at break of day; At noon release another leaf; One from our trees, one far away. Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst.... ~ Robert Frost

Monday September 30th, 2013 ~ Somehow the last day of September (and maybe the last day of the government for a while) has rolled in and has started on down the driveway ~ it's the last day of Library Card Sign Up Month too, and we certainly hope you have yours already...if you don't ~ go get it, we'll wait here. While we are waiting we'd like to wish Hans Geiger (who introduced the first successful detector of individual alpha particles and other ionizing radiations ~ the Geiger counter) a very Happy 131st Birthday! (we think that's his age, carbon dating with a Geiger counter is inaccurate at best). Hope to see you at the library, and around the views ~ "Libraries are more than just stores of books and knowledge. They are the cornerstone of neighborhoods and communities. They are the public square, and we need them in this capacity now more than ever." Tanner Colby

Sunday September 29th, 2013 ~ Running late on a beautiful day. Hope you enjoy all the views today on the last day of the MLB season ~ bittersweet but the playoffs should be entertaining! A quick Happy 466th Birthday to Miguel de Cervantes before we have to head on out, to tilt at windmills perhaps ~

Saturday September 28th, 2013 ~ It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood which is only fitting because it is the birthday of Ms. Catherine Loomis ~ who is turning 55 today. It is also National Museum Day check out that link to find what museums in your area are participating and have FREE admission today! And as we get ready for the playoffs in baseball (only 2 games left in the regular season) we remember that it was this very day back in 1955 that the World Series was televised in color for the first time. So a toast to Catherine, museums, and all things baseball, on this last Saturday of September ~ Enjoy the views (leaf peeping is really picking up!)(new Hampshire this morning ~ click for larger view)

Friday September 27th, 2013 ~ It was just 108 years ago today that Einstein submitted a paper that asked, "Does an object's inertia depend on its energy content?" And then answered that question with "yup", and our first glance at the equation E = mc2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared). You can certainly read more about it (expending energy as you do (and thereby reducing your mass?)) both by going to the Library to exercise your card or to get a library card on this 27th day of Library Card Sign Up Month ~ and ~ by going to today's birthday search engine: Google, who (?) is turning 15! (look out when it gets a driving license next year (and you thought the google cars were bad already?)) Check out The Google today, and please note our high score so far is 101... enjoy ~

Thursday September 26th, 2013 ~ It is the 433rd anniversary of the day English seaman Francis Drake returned to Plymouth, England, in the Golden Hind, becoming the first British navigator to sail around the earth. And it is the birthdays of Johnny Chapman, from Mansfield, Ohio (aka Johnny Appleseed, who liked to do his wandering around on the earth instead of on the oceans) and of T.S. Eliot (who enjoyed both exploring, though more on paper than oceans or land, and apples). And it is another beautiful day out there right now for circumnavigating the globe via the views (just be sure to take some apples with you)! Enjoy ~

Wednesday September 25th, 2013 ~ Off for a bit of kayaking this morning (with hopes that the 46 degrees out there find some other degree friends to join them (at least 20 more would be lovely)) ~ but first wanted to wish Shel Silverstein, William Faulkner (wherever they are), and the first 12 amendments to the Constitution, a happy birthday. They are, or would be, 83, 116 and 224 today. And if you are not coming kayaking with us you should head off to your local library in support of the First of those Amendments (and both of those authors who've made "the list") as we are smack dab in the middle of Banned Books Week, and we should all grab a banned book (or three) for reading! First 25 people who email in with the name of the banned book they are reading will get a free "I Read Banned Books" button ~ Enjoy ~

Tuesday September 24th, 2013 ~ On this National Punctuation Day we would like to exclaim that it is Greta's birthday! ~ and ~ it is Take A Letter to Lunch Day (or better yet, Mail a Letter on the Way to Lunch Day) as it was on this day by order of the Act of September 22, 1789, that the federal government officially established the United States Post Office!!!! It doesn't get better than that, period. Or does it? Well, if we may interject a comment, it does if you note the fact that there is a new link in the table below: You can now watch large (and small) ships glide up the Detroit River, or just check in on Detroit from Belle Isle, whenever the need arises. [You may quote us on that.] We have to dash but we leave you to enjoy (all of) the views today ~

Monday September 23rd, 2013 ~ It's Autumn in New York ~ and everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere as well. Busy day on the driveway as a new washer and dryer are wending their way to the laundry room directly behind the driveway. See them on camera, capture the image, send it in, win a prize. :) It's also the start of the last full week of the regular MLB season ~ drama everywhere you look for the wild card spots. And if you are keeping track (who isn't?) there are only 4,926 years left (to the day) before the Time capsule, buried on September 23, 1938 for the 1939 World's Fair in New York City, is to be reopened (in 6939)! To keep the capsule from being lost for all time, Westinghouse commissioned the publication of The Book of the Record of the Time Capsule. Printed on special paper in non-fading ink and hand sewn, thousands of copies of the book were distributed throughout the world to libraries, universities, monasteries, and even Tibetan lamaseries in hopes of keeping the memory of the capsule alive until 6939 AD. We are now on the hunt to find one of those books ~ let us know if you know of any locations. Enjoy the day and the views ~ (click on the picture to see autumn just as it arrived on the driveway)

Sunday September 22nd, 2013 ~ Happy Autumnal Equinox! It's a day we like to embrace those lovely 23 1/2 degrees of tilt we have, and their apparent disappearance as we shift into Autumn. As of 4:44 (EDT) today, the autumnal equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, which marks the first day of fall and the point in which the Sun is directly above the equator and the hours of day and night are nearly equal. As of today, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, later dawns and earlier sunsets continue. The sun continues shifting toward the south. Birds and butterflies are also migrating southward, along with the path of the sun. And along with the migrations, the leaves changing, and the cooler temperatures here ~ it also means the return of the penguins in the Southern Hemisphere ~ So embrace the tilt, dust off your sweaters, go kick some leaves (or at least look at some), look for some penguins and enjoy the very balanced views today!

Saturday September 21st, 2013 ~ Last Day of Summer ~ Get yer Last Day of Summer viewing here! Tomorrow maybe be Alban Elfed (that's druid for Autumnal Equinox) but today is summer's official farewell for the year and until 4:44 tomorrow...we're going to enjoy it ~ rain and all. And, it's cake all around today for a wild collection of birthdays as we also celebrate the anniversaries of the arrivals of H.G.Wells (in 1866), Leonard Cohen (in 1934), Fannie Flagg (in 1941), Stephen King (in 1947) and... Hobbits as The Hobbit was first published this day back in 1937. (sort of strange to think that Stephen King is only 10 years younger than hobbits). If it's raining where you are too it would be the perfect time to head off to your library to get (or use) your library card as Library Card Sign Up Month continues ~ and you can visit with all of the birthday folks while you are there too. Enjoy ~

Friday September 20th, 2013 ~ Autumn is officially just around the corner and one way to celebrate that is to come to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival this weekend at the Hemlock Fairgrounds ~ always a good time! This is also the start of Clean Up the World Weekend (or at least your small corner of it) so you may want to put that on your to-do list as well. And it was this very day in 1967 that the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service was launched ~ the QE2. The then flagship of the Cunard line was one of the premier transatlantic steamships for 39 years, and was retired and sold in 2008. The newest Queen Elizabeth liner is currently docked in Dubrovnik, Croatia and you can watch the bridge webcam right here. Enjoy cruising all the views today ~

Thursday September 19th, 2013 ~ Asteroid 2013 RZ53 missed us. So it's another lovely day on driveways everywhere! And it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Avast me hearties ~ there is free loot to be taken...if ye check this link smartly t'treasure map will be yours ~ New treasures await ye on the driveway as well ~ The What's The Weather link was retired and the 2013 Leaf Peeping Link is in it's place below (and here) so let the peeping being (when ye aren't swashbuckling of course). [If you find a good leaf peeping site we don't have please let us know and we'll add it.] There are also some new RIT views (Thanks Haydon!) for your viewing pleasure when ever you take a break in your plundering today ~ So grab a nipperkin of glog, get yer parrots shouldered and with eye patches raised ~ Enjoy t'views

Wednesday September 18th, 2013 ~ Another beautiful day is unfolding around the driveway ~ and just in time for Asteroid 2013 RZ53, which will be buzzing past the Earth this evening when it makes its closest approach on at 6:20 p.m. EDT ~ along with some full Harvest Moon viewing tonight at the same time. Rumor is it will be a great pumpkin-colored Moon rising in the east to help kick off autumn. At sundown (6:25 ish), go outside (if you aren't there already), face east, and enjoy the Harvest Moon ~ and if you get a good picture of it please let us know ~ Today's link o' the day is right here (happily revived from retirement), to find out why... check the google :)

Tuesday September 17th, 2013 ~ Was gray ~ now it's blue skies. Have to love autumn, which will be here this weekend (yay!). Today is the 37th anniversary of the day NASA publicly unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise. The one space shuttle that never got into orbit is now on display on the deck of the Intrepid (which used to have a web cam... you have to go there now to see it (give us a call, we'll go with you!)) Speaking of space... Asteroid 2013 RZ53, discovered last Friday, is a small asteroid that will be whizzing past the Earth on Wednesday night, coming within two-thirds of the distance to the Moon. As we don't have shuttles to watch anymore, we're going to hang out on the ISS web cam site which was not only built with shuttle technology but has a great view, day or night! Enjoy ~

Monday September 16th, 2013 ~ We're back ~ a little later than advertised but back none-the-less. We had a good time at the lake and will get pictures out there as soon as possible. Drivewaycam collapsed after the first day, but is patched up and back up and running bringing you this November like Monday in 10 minute slices all day. Cloud cam is working despite the fact that it looks so gray out there... it is so very gray out there.... Last night they had the first Fall Foliage report on TV so we're trying to get the 2013 Leaf Peeping page together and posted this week too. Meanwhile, don't forget to wear your rabbit ears, while eating birthday cake today, in honor of Marvin P. Middlemark, born this day in 1919. He was inventor of many things including the Rabbit Ear Antenna for TVs, but much more importantly he also invented the water driven potato peeler!! ~ and for that it's at least 2 pieces of (potato) cake all around! Enjoy the views ~

Saturday September 7th, 2013 ~ The driveway cam staff is off for their mostly annual team building (?) at the lake!! (Keuka this year)(and Emily, Hannah, and Greta are joining us again too (yay!!)) It's all off grid this year so there won't be any updates, but driveway cam itself has volunteered to stick around keeping you updated on the driveway doings while we are gone. (keep an eye out for Jim partying) We'll be back next Saturday and back online by Sunday. Hopefully the cameras will play well with the PC all week. The newer cloud cam (check the date link) should be fine, the older (and blurrier) driveway cam sometimes gets confused. But who among us can say they don't as well? :) Have a great week and enjoy the views ~

Friday September 6th, 2013 ~ It's the first Friday of September, and the first Friday of Library Card sign up month ~ so get thee to a Library and sign up to celebrate! Today is take a pilgrim to lunch day as it is the anniversary of the day the pilgrims left Plymouth for our shores. And we are also celebrating the birthday of Ms. Connie (hope it's a good one Connie!) ~ to add to the festivities there will be many trips out and back again today keeping the driveway hopping (it's all relative) ~ enjoy the views ~ :)

Thursday September 5th, 2013 ~ It's day 5 of library card sign up month ~ so get your card today! And, though it's hard to imagine, it was 38 years ago today that Squeaky Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford. Take your card to the library and wander through the 973.925/092 section to read more about old Squeaky (not a slur, just a fact, she's getting ready to turn 65...) and enjoy the views there, as well as around the driveway ~

Wednesday September 4th, 2013 ~ Today, starting at 11:00 AM, you can watch the live departure of a Japanese cargo ship from the International Space Station on NASA TV and right here too ~ Coverage starts at 11:00, departure is scheduled for noon. And while watching those live pictures from space, you may want to pause to remember it was on this day in 1888, in Rochester, New York, that George Eastman received a patent for his new, easy-to-use camera, the Kodak. The 125th anniversary of the very first Kodak moment. :) Take your library card for a walk today and if you don't have a library card... what are you waiting for?

Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 ~ Instead of a Bank Holiday Monday they should just do a Bank Holiday week...it's too confusing starting work on a Tuesday (much less starting back to school (today is the first day of school here)). So we suggest heading off to your local library instead ~ it is day 3 of Library Card Sign-up Month and if you haven't gotten a card yet you need to, while if you have a card it would really like to get you some books! (and maybe stop for coffee or lunch along the way). Tomorrow at noon on NASA TV and right here ~ you can watch the live departure of a Japanese cargo ship from the International Space Station ~ it's been there a month and it's ready to go home. (Coverage starts at 11:00 AM) Enjoy ~

Monday September 2nd, 2013 ~ Happy Labor Day ~ we hope you getting to rest and don't have to labor today. Labor Day was made a national holiday by Congress in 1894 (because they just didn't have enough days off then?) and we thank them for it. Today is also the anniversary of the day, in 1969, America's first ATM made its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. (Sheldon is right, it is the start of the robot wars ~ because today there are well over 1 million ATMs around the world, with a new one added approximately every five minutes!) So take it easy, go take some cash, and enjoy the views ~ and if your library is open today, go get your library card, you'll get much more with it than with your ATM card :)

Sunday September 1st, 2013 ~ We cannot help ourselves ~ we are so excited to be back in the "ber" months!!!! Welcome to September on the driveway ~ temperatures belie the fact that it is now meteorological autumn, but it is and yay! It is also the start of National Library Card Sign Up Month ~ however as it is Sunday, and the middle of a holiday weekend, it is probably okay if you wait a day or two to get your card. In the meantime wander the views from our driveway or yours and Happy September!!!

Saturday August 31st, 2013 ~ Well, despite what the blurb division thinks...yesterday was NOT Wednesday and today really is Saturday. (It's been a weird week) Calendar and time issues are especially embarrassing today as it is the 171st anniversary of the day the U.S. Naval Observatory was authorized by an act of Congress. One of the oldest scientific agencies in the U.S., its primary task then was to care for the Navy's charts, navigational instruments and chronometers, which were calibrated by timing the transit of stars across the meridian. The U.S. Naval Observatory is now, in fact, also charged with the responsibility for precise time determination and management of time dissemination for Drivewaycam International ~ and, as time allows, it is also charged with being the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense, and the standard of time for the entire United States. Hopefully the blurb division will get themselves, their meridian, and their ducks calibrated and lined up soon! Until then, it's time to head off to the views ~

Wednesday August 30th, 2013 ~ Not only is today the penultimate day of August (and you know how we love penultimate anything!) but it is also Linda's birthday!!!!! We wish you the happiest of birthday's Linda from everyone on both sides of the driveway! :) We are still working on the technical issues that have kept drivewaycam under cover the past couple of days (it's been hiding behind a look of no updates...) but we hope it can be convinced to wake up this morning! And since it is also once again National Toasted Marshmallow Day we are hoping someone will make this cake (in honor of Linda of course) and bring it over! Enjoy the views, and really...about that cake... we'll be here all day! :)

Tuesday August 27th, 2013 ~ The blurb division is currently being talked to about their rather lax approach to the words 'morning update'... be warned that the loud explosion you may hear is just that and not a repeat of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa back in 1883 (still the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history). In remembrance of that disaster a look in at a (now) much quieter uninhabited volcanic island in Iceland is in order (and we happen to have one), as well as a look in at what volcanic activity is out and about in the US and around the planet today. (then, of course, there is always the Don't Look site for volcanic information and predictions) However if you are looking for an excuse for some molten lava cake and ice-cream on this 239th day of the year (and/or maybe some reading), it's Theodore Dreiser's birthday, and we know he would approve ~ Enjoy ~

Monday August 26th, 2013 ~ Moving slowly on this rainy, get back to work, last Monday of August (and the last official Monday of summer according to some) ~ so we'll let the rain and Monday play out, in 10 minute increments and remember fondly that it was 93 years ago, on this day in 1920, that the 19th Amendment was formally incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, and women got the vote. Only 19 years (to the day) before America got it's first televised baseball game... a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn... which was broadcast from New York City’s Empire State Building, which had been completed just eight years earlier (or 11 years after women got the vote)(just for a little historic perspective)

Sunday August 25th, 2013 ~ A beautiful late summer weekend continues here on (and around) the driveway ~ and if all this fine weather just makes you want to dance then c'mon c'mon, do the locomotion.... as it was just (?!) 51 years ago today that Little Eva climbed to the top of the charts with her song, and dance, The Loco-Motion. And while dancing ~ a tip of the Birthday conductors cap for Joshua Lionel Cowen born this day in 1880, the inventor of electric model trains who founded the Lionel Corporation in 1901. Before we go, a few railroad views to check out today in Pennsylvania (has an ad, sometimes you can x it close), and at Pikes Peak, as well as in Centerville, CA (looks like such a cute depot). Enjoy the views ~

Saturday August 24th, 2013 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Daveed today! Hope it's a great year for you Bogdan ~ and it looks like it's going to start with an excellent day here. It's also a good day on Pluto as the newspapers, had they been sent via shuttle 7 years ago today when we had a shuttle and when the IAU (Insert loud raspberry here) demoted Pluto from Planet to dwarf planet, wouldn't have arrived yet. We're glad they don't know. (Though it's going to be a bad day when the hypothetical shuttle arrives with the news in just 16 more years, 105 days). Now, if they had been listening to the radio they are already aware of the travesty, but we're hoping they were out that day and didn't hear.

Friday August 23rd, 2013 ~ The penultimate Friday in August is here and with it comes wishes for a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Charlotte ~ we hope it's a wonderful year ahead for you Chuk! And in the spirit of birthdays and how they sometimes make us older... as it is also the 47th anniversary of when the world received its first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon, we thought we'd check out how we looked then and see how we look 46 years and 11 months later when our picture was taken from the vicinity of Saturn (on July 19th) ~ and just like Charlotte... we haven't changed a bit!! (click on the Saturn picture for a larger view in which you will actually see us)

Thursday August 22nd, 2013 ~ Today is the anniversary of the birthday of Ray Bradbury (would have been his 93rd). The Dandelion Wine is chilling, and stories will be read in his honor, including the original Dandelion Wine short story/article. Here are a few others that can be found online ~ There Will Come Soft Rains, A Sound of Thunder, The Pedestrian, The Fog Horn, or All Summer in A Day ~ and if you need some more try The Last Night of The World ~ or there is The Veldt, The Murderer, A Story of Love. As always ... if you're in the neighborhood, c'mon by for some wine and stories here. If you aren't in the neighborhood then by all means (any means?) make a trip to your local library and dive in ~ there is a shelf of his books waiting for you!

Wednesday August 21st, 2013 ~ While we wish Christopher Robin (the real one) and Hawaii both a Happy Birthday and a Happy Statehood (respectively, and certainly respectfully), we'd also like to remind our viewers to mark their calendars because this very day, just 4 years from now, will be the next total solar eclipse visible from North America! More details then but don't forget to write it down now. Okay, back to celebrating birthdays and statehoods! Both can be nicely celebrated with a dish of spumoni on what is (as it turns out) National Spumoni Day! (who knew?) So dish some up and enjoy the views ~ with a look in at Hawaii and what isn't the Hundred Acre Woods, but is a lovely cam anyway.......

Tuesday August 20th, 2013 ~ It is take an alien to lunch day as we remember that it was 37 years ago today that Viking I launched and would eventually become the first spacecraft to successfully land on the surface of Mars. And, while we continue to visit on Mars (yay Curiosity!), we're still hoping some one will come to visit here in response to the invitation we sent out 35 years ago today ~ when it was launched on Voyager II. It is still sending signals from 9467877766.3445 billion miles away (more or less, as of about 10:36 est this morning) (where it is currently in the Heliosheath) and is still going strong. We're really hoping to find an RSVP in the mailbox today, wouldn't even mind if it came postage due.....

Monday August 19th, 2013 ~ While the weekend blurb crew is getting reprimanded for missing yesterday (the camera crew would like to point out they worked on diligently through the day) we move on to Monday ~ and birthday greetings to Ogden Nash and Gene Roddenberry (who boldly took us where no man had gone before) and though we are late in getting our engines revved this morning.... since it is also Orville Wright's birthday, we figure the day will take off soon ~ so put your seats in their full upright position, with your tray tables locked, and enjoy the views ~

Saturday August 17th, 2013 ~ Saturday in the Park.... well, you have to have something to hum while viewing....Today, rumor has it, is the day back in 1859, that the first air mail in the U.S. took off from Lafayette, Indiana, in a balloon. And since it is also the day back in 1978 that the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by balloon was completed, we would like to suggest that you keep your eye on the sky (when not on the views, or via the many views of sky that are here) as anything could drift by. You may even want to get in some balloon watching practice by checking out this link, which is not quite as busy today as it will be, come October 5th. Enjoy the day and the views ~

Friday August 16th, 2013 ~ Thursday seems to have wandered into and out of view without us ~ but we're back to bring you Friday in all it's glory! As it's a Friday not much more needs to be said to spend the day celebrating ~ however since it's also the day back in 1858 that Queen Victoria sent the first official telegraph message across the Atlantic Ocean from London to the US, we say strike up the band and party on! (which they did the day after the message arrived with a 21 gun salute and much church bell ringing to mark the occasion) The message to U.S. President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable and took nearly 17-hrs just to reach Newfoundland. With 99 words, consisting of 509 letters, it averaged about 2-min per letter. Thank goodness data transmission speeds have improved so that we can bring you vital news and information, at a moment's (or 10 moments) notice, of the driveway and even of Newfoundland! ~ Enjoy all the views from around the world with a click of a mouse ~

Wednesday August 14th, 2013 ~ Welcome to Wednesday on the driveway (and in the clouds above the driveway) and to (we hope) a very happy birthday to one of our favorites... Gary Larson who took us to the Far Side (and left some of us there). It is also National Code Talkers Day (as well as the original V-J Day) so in their honor we'll turn the views over to you while we wish Mr. Larson a very ni'dizhchi´iji' anáhoolzhiizhígíí baa shil hózho´; nizhónígo nindoohah ~ and thank the Code Talkers for the only unbroken code in Military History! (as well as end with a look in and around the Navaho Nation)

Tuesday August 12th, 2013 ~ If the numbers 13, 39, or 17 raise any Suspicion, or cause a Frenzy and leave you Spellbound, we'll understand. And we'll help ~ we'll throw you a Rope and drag you back into the Lifeboat as we are Notorious for doing. To start off there is a new trial cam today ~ the view out the opposite of the Rear Window that we've been watching has been retired and is replaced with a cam not of a Family Plot but of a final resting spot visited by many (with thanks to Em for the link) in honor of the resident there ~ it's a perfect addition to our little gathering of views. I Confess when first viewed, I thought it was on the Wrong Man but soon realized beyond a Shadow of a Doubt it was correct. Our Foreign Correspondent got the date wrong and Cheryl and Mike will be at the Cubs game tonight, which is being held a bit North by Northwest of where they usually hang out but you can watch right here. And just in case you haven't guessed.... today is the birthday of Alfred Hitchcock! Enjoy the views and please don't get Vertigo when you check out the cloud cams ~ :)

Monday August 12th, 2013 ~ Today is the birthday of that world famous feline aficionado Erwin Schrödinger, born in 1887 who taught us things are not necessarily black or white, but can be both black and white at the same time (which a lot of people call gray, and which we are pretty sure is called Quantum Gray on the carpet and paint samples left over from the last time the universe was redecorated). So it's zebra cakes all around ~ not only for Erwin but also in memory of 130th anniversary of the day the Quagga became extinct ~ also, Cheryl and Mike are visiting Wrigley Field tonight for a Cubs Game ~ you can look for them here! And don't forget the Perseids peak continues tonight... "You just want to get in a lawn chair or a comfortable chair, face northeast and look up," said Larry Ciupik, senior astronomer with Chicago's Adler Planetarium. (between 10:00 (ish) and dawn). Enjoy ~

Sunday August 11th, 2013 ~ First off it's Happy Birthday to Marty today! Here's to a great year for you Martha!! Secondly, the last day of the PGA is underway here in Rochester at Oak Hill and you can watch on TV of course ~ or ~ on the practice tee web cam right here (at least some of the goings on). If your skies are clear, check out the Perseids Meteor shower which is peaking tonight and tomorrow night and should be excellent! Check out the Aurora cams too (below) as we are being hit with last Thursday's CME (coronal mass ejection) today. Now get out there, or out to the views, and get Sundaying....

Saturday August 10th, 2013 ~ As it was this very day a mere 494 years ago today that explorer Ferdinand Magellan set off to sail around the world ~ we highly recommend setting off to sail around the views and visit your favorite port of calls, but more importantly visit some views you haven't before! (here and in person) And don't forget to get outside tonight, if your skies are clear, and check out the Perseids Meteor shower which is peaking this weekend! In the world of meteor showers it doesn't get better than this, and what is a more lovely way to spend a summer night (or pre dawn) than watching comet debris hurtling toward us while luckily burning up before it gets here!!???!! (Rumors of 70+ per hour are being bantered about) ~ Enjoy ~

Friday August 9th, 2013 ~ A rainy Friday morning on the driveway ~ no matter what the weather however, it's hard to dampen a Friday... As it's the 159th anniversary of the publishing of Walden, this rainy day may be the perfect time to settle in and read the book. The rains do dampen the view of the Perseid meteor shower a bit (which is best from about 11:00PM on, northeast sky if you have clear skies) but we're hoping things will clear up as they reach their peak (Best early (early) mornings to look: August 11, 12 and 13). And if you haven't yet added your name to the list of names going with Maven to orbit Mars ~ a rainy day on this planet is the perfect time to sign up your name to go orbit another. We're saving all of you seats next to us on the DVD so sign up now (it's going to be a very fun road trip!). Last words to Mr. Thoreau ~ "The gentle rain which waters my beans and keeps me in the house to-day is not drear and melancholy, but good for me too."

Thursday August 8th, 2013 ~ Let there be light!, the man said, and 25 years ago today (or tonight) there was ~ that's when Wrigley Field finally got lights (first turned on by 91 yr old Cubs fan Harry Grossman) ~ after 74 years of only day games (and 53 years after the first game under the lights was played in the Major Leagues (which was played in Cincinnati with the lights being turned on by FDR in DC!)). The Cubs played the Phillies that first night, though the game was called because of rain. However the Cubs beat the Mets the next night 6-4! Even with the lights.... the Cubs are the only major league team that still plays the majority of its home games during the day. It's always fun to check in on Wrigley Field ~ even tho' today the Cubs, once again playing the Philadelphia Phillies, are in Philly. (game starts at 1:05) ~ Go Cubbies!!!

Wednesday August 7th, 2013 ~ It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, with rumors of rain on it's way. While the rains wander here we're taking a look in at the Peace Bridge, on the 86th anniversary it being dedicated. You can watch the traffic on it live, or you can see the current still view here. (You may even see the rains cross it as some of them are coming from Canada...though we're hoping they get held up in customs). It is also National Lighthouse Day! Which may be a good thing if it gets very rainy ~ if you can't visit a lighthouse today, take some time to check in on our favorite Lighthouses... in Sodus, as well as in Maine, and of course (from the table below) in Nova Scotia and a look at the view from the lighthouse in Charlotte. With a couple new ones to check out in Texas and in California thrown in for good measure. Enjoy ~

Tuesday August 6th, 2013 ~ Running late ~ but had to take time to say Happy Birthday to our raisons d'cake today (not that we ever need a reason for cake (and ice cream) but we do try to come up with one just in case some one asks). So Happy Birthday to Lucille Ball and Isaac Hayes!!! (she'd be 102 and he'd be 71) with lots of cake all around ~ but if you are in the mood for some root beer and ice-cream instead.... It's National Root Beer Float Day (with free root beer floats at your local neighborhood A&W!!!). However you celebrate today ~ enjoy the views ~

Monday August 5th, 2013 ~ On this, the 1st anniversary of Curiosity landing on Mars, and the birthday of Neil Armstrong, and the 79th birthday of Wendell Berry, we are keeping the secondary driveway cam (check the date link above) with it's eye on the sky... it may get back to watching the driveway eventually. But for now we are sticking with poetry, watching the clouds go by, looking for the ISS (passing in some sky space above you too perhaps?), as well as the supply ship on the way there (due in Friday, NASA TV will cover it starting at 6 a.m EDT). Oh, and watching for the Perseids as they increase this week too of course (they peak this weekend) and for Northern Lights as Aurora Season is back (okay, so maybe we will be watching the sky for a while....) Enjoy the views ~ and a very Happy Anniversary to Curiosity! 'Be joyful because it is humanly possible' ~ Wendell Berry

Sunday August 4th, 2013 ~ Quick update as we are running late (there may be a kayak outing coming up shortly) ~ a very Happy Birthday to Percy Bysshe Shelley (who would be 221), Louis Armstrong (who would be 112), and President Obama who is turning 52!. The cam on the date link remains cloud cam (but there are some very pretty clouds to watch) and we hope the weather holds as we (here anyway) head out to Black Creek ~ enjoy the views where ever you are off to today (and don't forget to have some cake and ice cream!) (click picture for the 8:38 view, or click on the date above for the current view!)

Saturday August 3rd, 2013 ~ The new drivewaycam (the one that is attached to the link on the date) has cast its eye skyward and has decided to become a cloud cam....we're working on it. But maybe it's just getting ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower (now underway and expected to peak August 11-12) or maybe it's watching for the Japanese launch of a supply ship to the ISS? The unpiloted cargo craft, named Kounotori, blasts off today and you can watch too on NASA TV or right here, coverage starts at 3:00 PM Eastern, liftoff is at 3:48. Then again, maybe it's looking for climbers in the tree tops (?) since today is International Tree Climbing Day! Be careful out there, if you take your PC climbing with you, enjoying the views from the tree tops.....

Friday August 2nd, 2013 ~ The first of five Fridays in the last month with no R this year is underway ~ and we say YAY!! It is also the 237th anniversary of the official signing of the Declaration of Independence, which also deserves a YAY!! We couldn't find a decent camera to watch in Philadelphia for the occasion (although their traffic cams are quite entertaining), so here is a look in at the Capital today instead (where the soon to be vacationing current Congress is wrapping things up to head for the beaches) (and with any luck they'll all get some rest so they'll quit acting like over-tired toddlers when they get back...) Enjoy the views ~

Thursday August 1st, 2013 ~ Welcome to August on the driveway ~ as it is Herman Melville's birthday we once again ask you report any leviathan (especially white cetacean) sightings on the driveway or anywhere for that matter! And after the sun goes down be sure to look up as August brings us the end of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower as well as the ever popular Perseid Meteor shower (now underway, due to peak August 11-12). Here is a bit more information on watching the Perseids along with a hope for clear skies wherever you are. So sit back and soak in the start of the last month of meteorological summer (easily done here as it's raining) and enjoy the views ~ Hesitate in August. Be shy. Let your toes tremble in their sandals. Anne Sexton

Wednesday July 31st, 2013 ~ Last day of July (how is that possible) is now wandering down the driveway ~ and we'll wander with it when we can. In 1971, Dave Scott wandered the moon in the Lunar Rover becoming the first person to drive on the moon (wish the Apollo 15 lunar module had had a driveway cam). He picked a fine day for it as this date is also Uncommon Instrument Day (don't roll your eyes, there were instruments on the rover (and we're sure he had to fiddle with them (okay, that deserves an eye roll and the staff will be talked to (ed.))) Should you want to know how to fiddle with a Lunar Rover ~ the owners manual (no, really, it's the owners manual!) is right here :) And while reading why not enjoy some Fresh Blueberry Pie on the last day of Blueberry month ~ enjoy the views, the manuals and the pie (all of which are improved with ice-cream of course) ~

Tuesday July 30th, 2013 ~ July is continuing its march down the driveway and out of here ~ but is nice enough to pause on this day to bring us National Cheesecake Day! (Rumor has it that at The Cheesecake Factory you can get any slice of cheesecake at half-price on July 30 ~ don't want to miss that!) Maybe you'll run into Jimmy Hoffa there ~ 1/2 price cheesecake is as good a reason as any (and a better one than most) to come out of hiding ~ and since he was last seen (38 years ago today) at a restaurant... he might just be seen at one again. So keep an eye out for him wherever you wander today ~

Monday July 29th, 2013 ~ NASA is turning 55 today as it was this very day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration! And (as it always is on July 29th) today is also Will It Rain day in Waynesburg, PA. Where it has rained for 113 out of the last 138 July 29ths! Check in to see what happens today, but please... no wagering! Enjoy the views ~

Sunday July 28th, 2013 ~ Had some power issues last night mid storm... trying to get everyone here at Drivewaycam International back up and talking to each other..... in the mean time have a very pleasant Sunday. It is day three of the hunting for rabbits marathon as today is the birthday of Ms. Beatrix Potter. And the damp Blueberry Festival in Ely MN continues as well. There is a plan a foot for some kayaking, with hopes that the rains go away, or maybe just in between the raindrops, but otherwise a lazy day of napping and viewing is in store ~ we'll supply the views, the napping is up to you (don't let us down!) Enjoy ~

Saturday July 27th, 2013 ~ Welcome to Saturday on the driveway ~ lots of goings and coming backs, and comings and going backs today... Em is coming over, Haydon is stopping by, coffees will be fetched, keys will be picked up, errands will be run, rain will fall (we are told) and there may even be a lawn mowing *AND* a kayak washing (it's possible, however we (and our lawyers) do not recommend holding your breath). It's another day for looking for rabbits as it is was on this day in 1940 that Bugs Bunny made his official debut in an animated film short called A Wild Hare (which Warner Brothers has removed from youtube sadly). Happy 73rd Bugs! And we are going to continue to check in on the Blueberry Festival ~ because, well because we can. Enjoy the views ~

Friday July 26th, 2013 ~ Yay!!! It's Friday!!!! If that isn't enough reason to celebrate it's time to send some birthday cards... first one goes to the US Postal System established this very day back in 1775. The second one goes to the FBI founded this very day in 1908, and the third and forth ones go to the Department of Defense and the CIA (be careful how you sign those cards (we want all (both) of our viewers back tomorrow)) which were established this very day back in 1947. Sadly, none of these organizations are very big on webcams (well, they aren't big on public access to their webcams). And as it is also the 62nd (!) anniversary of the premiere of Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland' we are going to be on the lookout today for White Rabbits (that link is live from 9am - 10pm central) ~ if you see one on the driveway, or anywhere else for that matter, please let us know! Speaking of rabbits(?), things are damp, but hopping at the Blueberry Festival ~ as it gets underway this weekend.

Thursday July 25th, 2013 ~ A lovely Thursday is underway on the driveway and we hope where you are too. It's Have A Banana Day as it is the 88th anniversary of the day the jury, in the Scopes Monkey Trial, found John Scopes guilty of teaching evolution which was prohibited by the Butler Act, a Tennessee statue passed earlier that same year (1925). The law remained in effect, by the way, until 1967!??! (Only to be replaced by a new on in 2012). But with the nostalgia these days for the "good old days"(?) there are currently 4 states (we won't name names but their initials are MT,OK,MS,CO) who want to travel back in time too (but not too far back, what with the earth being only 6,00 years old and all). We here at driveway cam are, of course, neutral in the discussion. Can't make up your mind either? Then embrace your inner monkey, real and/or imagined, and have a banana split while reading up on the dinosaur tail skeleton recently found in Mexico. Now we're off to Scotland to look for Nessie, and will check all the other views for any dinosaurs that may feel like wandering their old haunts or just wandering by today ~ Enjoy!

Wednesday July 24th, 2013 ~ It's a quiet Wednesday on the driveway ~ and it's quiet in Ely, Mn today too so check in on the park right before preparations begin for the 2013 Blueberry Festival there this weekend. In honor on the finding/founding of Detroit this day in 1701, when a group of Frenchmen led by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac began to build their fort at the straits (which in French is "d'etroit.") at that location on the river, a look at the river and city from Belle Isle ~ it's a great view and an adjustable camera that rarely has anyone waiting to use so you can move it and look around (in 1 minute increments) as much as you like! Where ever the views take you, enjoy ~ (it's a beautiful day on the Detroit river, click for larger view)

Tuesday July 23rd, 2013 ~ The family picture arrived! See if you can find yourself ~ the proofs are right here and the final portrait is here. We all look mah-vel-ous! Check the 67,982 row back, on the right, for a view of today's anniversary couple, Cheryl and Mike! Of course there are also about 700,000 more of us now who were not here when the picture was taken...and one of those is The Prince of Cambridge! Congratulations to the new parents of the baby who is now 3rd in line to become the King of England (name to be announced). Also not in the picture is today's birthday boy: Raymond Chandler ~ the King of The Metaphor, who has graced many a reader with many gems including some of our favorites ~ "...as easy to spot as a kangaroo in a dinner jacket.", and "the coffee shop smell was strong enough to build a garage on". So have some cake and ice-cream to celebrate it all (just don't get any fingerprints on the photos) and enjoy the views ~

Monday July 22nd, 2013 ~ Happy Monday ~ if that sounds a bit oxymoronic we can fix it. There is a cure for Monday and it simply requires a tasty beverage and a bit of view wandering. Helps every time! The perfect combination is 1 part root-beer float and 2 parts views but you can figure out the details that work best for you. And it's a good day for cures as it is the 125th birthday of the man, Selman Waksman, who gave us the word 'antibiotic'. It is also the 191st birthday of the man who figured out there is no cure for family and what the Laws of Heredity are...George Mendel and his garden peas confirmed at last that we can run, but we cannot hide from genetics. Best of all, today is the 87th anniversary of the day Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field that had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet! Now there's a cure for a Monday morning. :) Happy viewing ~

Sunday July 21st, 2013 ~ Hope all you flamingo flingers are re-cooperating after the Fabulous Flamingo Fling yesterday ~ it's going to be a quiet day here on the driveway and it's surrounding areas so hopefully we won't disturb you. While we are all taking it easy a little reminder that it is National Ice Cream Day today! (as well as being National Ice Cream Month...) so 2 scoops all around and enjoy the views ~

Saturday July 20th, 2013 ~ A nasty storm last night took out (temporarily) the pc and Driveway Cam but they are both working on getting back on their... feet? It was 44 years ago today that Neil Armstrong took a small step for a man and a giant leap for mankind as he planted his 2 feet on the moon for the very first time. It was 10:56 p.m. EDT, and 240,000 miles from Earth, when he became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Of the 12 men who have walked on the moon, only 8 are still alive and the youngest of them is 77. I wonder if we'll back to space, or to another planet, or back to the moon before there are no moon walkers left here or in the ghost towns on the moon.... but for now we're celebrating the Walk On the Moon, with one of our favorites, a little Walk The Moon dance! Enjoy the views locally and of the moon ~

Friday July 19th, 2013 ~ Did you hear that this morning? The loud SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!!??? That was the sound of Lexi turning 8!!! Happy Birthday Lexi!!!! We all hope it's a most wonderful day for you and the start of a most remarkable year!!!! In other news, not that any news can match that, today, at least around here, is (they say) going to be the hottest day of the week. As Emily pointed out they said that about yesterday too.... and while it is also the birthday of Degas may we suggest that if you celebrate do so pool side or in a sprinkler or maybe even wandering through an air conditioned museum? Mostly we suggest it is an excellent day to stay cool however you can, find shade somewhere ~ a veranda? a porch swing? a comfy tree? a lake? ~ and with a pitcher of some ice cold ice tea (and some birthday cake of course!) ~ Enjoy the views ~ (oh and if you do head to the beach, take a bigger umbrella than the one recommended by Edgar (click picture for larger view))

Thursday July 18th, 2013 ~ The 90's continue today ~ almost everywhere. Even in birthdays ~ as today is not only International Mandela Day, it is also Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. And it is the 92nd birthday of John Glenn, first American Astronaut to orbit the earth in 1962. Beyond the 90's we do not want the temperature to travel, however, today is the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Red Skelton! So cake and ice-cream and good wishes all around. And since it's so hot may we suggest an ice-cream cake (or 2?).....

Wednesday July 17th, 2013 ~ A very Happy Anniversary to Aunt Joyce and Roger today! And a very "Keep Cool" to all ~ as the temperatures climb, driveway cam is searching high and low for some relief for it's viewers ~ From the North Pole all the way down to Antarctica we bring you views of ice breaking up (tis the season, even in Barrow!) to ice going round and round (tis always the season) there are spots with cooler temperatures than where you are just waiting to be viewed (along with all the usual suspects below) ~ and any summer day is always the right day for making ice-cream ~ and making it in baggies you'll get sooooo cold you'll need to wear gloves! (really, don't forget the gloves (and always double bag)) ~ Enjoy!

Tuesday July 16th, 2013 ~ The All Star Game is tonight ~ for those of you who are interested (and it's tonight even if you aren't!) Meanwhile out in all the stars (sort of), it is the 44th Anniversary of the liftoff of Apollo 11 on it's way to the moon and while not heading towards the moon there is a space walk happening.....now (well, the walk (EVA 23) is scheduled to start at 8:10AM, but you can start watching now). Coverage is on NASA TV and here on the driveway. It is going to be Chris Cassidy of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency again, and it's about a 6 1/2 hr mission. Another reminder as well to check in on the ISS webcam now and again anytime right here (or in its usual spot in the table below). Since it is too hot to be running around outside, find some shade, settle in, and enjoy the views ~

Monday July 15th, 2013 ~ As the dogs of summer take up their barking again (i.e., temperatures in the 90's are due up) we are a wee bit worried as it's St. Swithin's Day and legend has it that whatever weather happens today, happens for the next 40 days as well....'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain, St. Swithin's day if thou be fair, For forty days 'twill rain na mair'. Don't know if St. Swithin repeats temperatures for the next 40 days or not too but we are hoping for: not. Today is also the birthday of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, born in Leiden on July 15, 1606, the son of a miller and a painter of some renown so we thought looking in at some of his work as well as at some of the weather around Rembrandt, Iowa was a good idea ~ stay out of the heat and enjoy the views ~

Sunday July 14th, 2013 ~ Sorry we're late with the camera and the blurb ~ we were all out storming any bastille we could find to celebrate Bastille Day. But we are back now, and it's time to settle in for a little baseball as the season finishes up the first half of the season and heads into the All Star Break. It's a hot and lazy summer afternoon, just screaming for ice tea, some shade and a game on the radio ~ enjoy! (fireworks at the Eiffel Tower tonight(that's their tonight of course))

Saturday July 13th, 2013 ~ It's a picture perfect day for ... well for taking pictures (it is the birthday of George Eastman), for pondering ponds (it is also the birthday of Henry David Thoreau), and for poetry (it was on this day, in 1798, that William Wordsworth wrote one of drivewaycam's favorite poems, Tintern Abbey). It's also a pitch perfect day (!) for hunting for phog, er um fog that is, and maybe get to get to use the "telephone" which was what the device was called demonstrated this day in 1844. Captain J.N. Taylor of the Royal Navy demonstrated the first fog horn, then called a telephone ~ meaning 'far-signaling, an instrument for signaling by loud sounds or notes'. Whatever your penchant for perusal today, enjoy the panorama of the perspective from the driveway ~

Friday July 12th, 2013 ~ It's Friday ~ we're running behind ~ and technical issues abound. But we are working on them, the views are there, and the weekend is coming so ~ Enjoy! :)

Thursday July 11th, 2013 ~ According to the folks at Pat's Blog ~ "...today's date, 7/11/13, is sequence of consecutive primes, and the only such date this year". So YAY! Throw in that it's the anniversary of the day the current Big Ben was first heard ringing and it's clearly a day for celebrating. Or for grabbing some ice-tea and a shady (and/or dry) spot and enjoying the views ~

Wednesday July 10th, 2013 ~ As we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the week, alternating between beginning of the week and end of the week, we also find ourselves alternating between celebrating the birthday of Nikola Tesla (in 1856), the ride of Lady Godiva (on this date in 1040 we are told), and the building of the 1st concrete-paved street (in 1892) in Bellefontaine, Ohio (which is sort of 1/2 way between Columbus and Wapakoneta and an interesting choice for the first ever concrete street...but we digress). So, we'll randomly pick one to highlight ~ and send you directly to Niagara Falls for a look in at all that power, and let you ponder where that current may take you, and or any of the currents, on any rivers, you may happen to view on this hopefully lazy (and maybe rainy), summer day ~

Tuesday July 9th, 2013 ~ The workday is underway out in space (if only that were true of the Blurb Division!)(thanks for the reminder Pebble) and Chris Cassidy of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are out making repairs and adjustments to the ISS which you can watch live on NASA TV or right here. And don't forget to check in on the ISS webcam now and again anytime right here (or in its usual spot in the table below).

Monday July 8th, 2013 ~ It's going to be one of those days that just bubbles up and over the top of the driveway (even as the rains pour down), we can just tell ~ as it is not only the birthday of John Styth Pemberton, born in 1831, the American pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola, it is also the birthday of Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Count von Zeppelin born in 1838, the German inventor, engineer and aviation pioneer who built the first rigid dirigible airships, named Zeppelins. So cake all around. And even more cake for the 66th anniversary of the UFO crash in Roswell (not that there was one our Official Government Version Division tells us) and if you can't get out there to look around you can almost get there and look around here. On your way there, be sure to try out today's Google Doodle (it's a doozie). Our own aliens will be walking in space tomorrow and NASA TV will cover it live starting at 7:00 AM (eastern) the walk us scheduled to begin at 8:10 and should last about 6 1/2 hrs. Enjoy the Monday views ~

Sunday July 7th, 2013 ~ Today is the birthday of Dr. John H. Watson, born (we are told) back in 1852 ~ he is best known as being Sherlock Holmes assistant. So have some cake and ice-cream while trying to deduce the solution to The Mysterious Case of the Unanswered Quiz. The Red Wings are at home today which always makes for good viewing (game starts at 1:05). Watching or listening to a ballgame, on a lazy Sunday, is the best thing since sliced bread ~ which, as happenstance would have it, was sold for the first time this very day in 1928. So have a sandwich along with that cake and ice-cream (or better yet, a large scoop of ice-cream ON some cinnamon toast?? yum...) and enjoy the views ~

Saturday July 6th, 2013 ~ Don't put the stars and stripes away just yet as we wish a very Happy Birthday to today's star ~ Mark! Hope it's a good one for you Mark and that the year ahead is excellent ~ this is certainly a day when stars have collided in the past (well, not literally (that we know of)) as it was on Mark's 2nd birthday that Paul McCartney met John Lennon for the first time, at a church dance in Liverpool. And it was 22 years (to the day) before Mark was born that the very first All Star Game was played ~ originally just meant to be a one time game called the Game of the Century, this year's match up will be held on July 16th (teams will be announced today at 6:30 (on FOX)) and hopefully the American League will win, just as they did at the first game (4-2) ~ And as for colliding, it's also International Cherry Pit Spitting Day ~ last years winning spit was 40 feet (!!), but the longest spit on record was in 2003 and reached 93 ft 5 1.2 inches!??!! So let's be careful out there people...

Friday July 5th, 2013 ~ We're here (or maybe we're there?) at the farthest we will be from the sun all year! And not that we'll notice, but while we are at "aphelion" the sun appears 1.7% smaller in the sky and global solar heating is actually 3.5% less than the yearly average. Good to know (?), but we still recommend finding some shade and planting yourself (and your computer of course, wouldn't want to miss any views). We highly recommned checking in on some rivers and/or lakes to help you cool off unless you have a nice river or lake nearby for some non virtual viewing (and splashing about)(although even virtual splashing can be highly entertaining at times too)! Enjoy ~

Thursday July 4th, 2013 ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!!!!!!!!!!! ~ Hope it's a most wonderful day for you and the start of an excellent year!! And to the rest of us... Ellie is turning 16 so it's time to pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and get off the roads as there will soon be another new driver out there!!! :) And a very Happy Birthday to America as well. Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July. Enjoy the parades, the food, and the fireworks as we turn 237 (we don't look a day over 236, by any standards!). Be safe and enjoy the views ~ some of which are at the Statue of Liberty which is reopening today! (other cams for watching fireworks can be found here ~ and on many of the usual views should your weather keep you from having local fireworks) ~

Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 ~ The Dog Days are here ~ The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. These are the days of the year with the least rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere (the areas under flash flood warning, and expecting storms the next few days may disagree). The start of the dog days, back in 1841, was the day when Pluto (the planet, not the dog) was first noticed as an possible planet by the irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus ~ and 170 years later, to the day, the Hubble Telescope discovered the 4th moon of Pluto ~ whose name is Kerberos, which is greek for the Hound of Hades and which seems like the perfect place to turn the dog day views over to you... Enjoy ~

Tuesday July 2nd, 2013 ~ Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan (and their plane) disappeared 76 years ago today, somewhere over the Pacific, on their way to Howland Island, a tiny island in the center of the Pacific Ocean ~ just 2,227 nautical miles away from the start of that leg of their trip, in Lae, New Guinea. Uninhabited, and since 1974, the island where they were to land and refuel is part of the Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge. We hope each year she and Fred will wander into view somewhere on the globe (okay, sure, we always hope it will be the driveway...it could happen) so today ~ keep a lookout while traveling the views and help out with the Search For Amelia.

Monday July 1st, 2013 ~ Bunny, Bunny, Bunny ~ and a Happy July to one and all. It is day 182 of the year and the first of 5 Mondays we will have this July ~ It is also send a letter to a friend day as it was this day in 1847 that the US Postal Service issued its very first postage stamps (for 5 and 10 cents ~ so postage has only gone up 41 cents in 166 years!) *AND* it was just 50 years ago (!), this very day in 1963, that the ZIP code was introduced! (ZIP codes, by the by, start with zero in the Northeast and get bigger as one moves south and west. There are more than 42,000 ZIP codes in the United States). We'll stop now so there is plenty of time to send a note, a card, or a letter to someone while you are enjoying the views of a couple of Post Offices (one in Colorado, and the main post office in NYC (middle building on the right)) ~

Sunday June 30th, 2013 ~ It's been a busy weekend ~ the camera kept up but the blurb division did not (heads will roll) ~ but we press onward and on this Sunday morning June is leaving us in its wake. Sadly, our visitors, taking a cue from Margaret Mitchell's novel published 77 years ago today, are now Gone With The Wind, and on their way back to Kentucky! Before your opportunity to fly your name to Mars is gone as well, you need to get out there (well, get out here really) and register your name! Tomorrow may be another day, but it will be too late to get on board! Enjoy the last day of June and all of the views that come with it (?!) ~ :)

Friday June 28th, 2013 ~ The visiting car on the driveway today is Amy's and is here while Haydon, Amy, and Lindsey, spend a couple of days abode shopping for the fall semester ~ There will be many trips out and back, (amid the rains that have finally showed up), for the last Friday of the month (we were worried this wouldn't end up being one of the wettest Junes in history). In other news of the day, it's pinkies up in honor of Victoria’s coronation in Westminster Abbey which began her record setting reign, 175 years ago today (on the then 291st birthday (today he turns 466) of Henry VIII ~ her 13th great uncle ~ we think that's the branch on their family tree anyway)). But enough news ~ the time has come for the views, so we turn the reins of the day over to you ~ Enjoy!

Thursday June 27th, 2013 ~ A lovely (so far anyway, we're ignoring the 3+ inches of rain that rumor has it is going to fall during the next 24 hrs or so) Thursday morning on the driveway ~ while out west, places like Las Vegas are looking at 115+ as their temperatures today (something the driveway hopes to never see)(it's 4AM out there as we type and already it's 90), and most other areas of the country are under various heat and/or flood warnings as well. All of which makes this a perfect day for wandering, virtually, and taking in the waning June views. As well as taking in some shade, some ice tea, and some shelter from whatever your weather issues may be. Let's be careful out there people ~

Wednesday June 26th, 2013 ~ It's a very big day for stripes as we wish a very Happy Birthday to the Captain of the New York Yankees ~ Derek Jeter ~ He was born the very same day in 1974 as the first Universal Product Code (on a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Gum, which was wearing stripes a few years before Mr. Jeter would) was scanned at a supermarket cash register at Marsh's Supermarket in Troy, Ohio (a test facility for the new technology)! On the un-striped side of the driveway, it is also the day, in Iceland where every year at noon, according to Jules Verne in describing ancient Icelandic legend, the tip of the shadow of Mount Scartaris points to the secret entrance of "Centre Earth", in which dwell giant humanlike creatures and prehistoric monsters. Now that would be a view....

Tuesday June 25th, 2013 ~ As summer continues getting up to speed, June is slowly winding down and so is the nesting season ~ although there is still a falcon chick to watch in Rochester and some lovely views of empty nests all over the place (stork's nest one is still visited (by storks) frequently too). It was 63 years ago today that the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) wound up televising the one-hour premiere of commercial color television with a program named, Premiere. And in other firsts, rumor has it that today is the day, back in 1630, that the fork was introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop (which would make winding spaghetti, when it got here years later, so much easier). And while the blurb is now done, we do recommend a brief stop at the perfect costal view for the day ~ "I know that if odour were visible as colour is, I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds" ~ Robert Seymour Bridges

Monday June 24th, 2013 ~ The last week of June has arrived, quietly while we were all out Moon Dancing, but it's here none the less ~ and with it comes some housekeeping. This is the last full week to get your votes in for the All Star Game. Voting ends July 4th but don't put it off ~ vote early, vote often! This is also the last week to send in your name to orbit Mars. We hope all of our viewers will join us on the trip (we're saving seats next to us on the DVD, for all of you) ~ and that a few of you (if not all of you) will enter a Haiku for the contest ~ details are here. Think of how much fun our names will have all together on that road trip! "It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL!" ~ Herbert H. Paper, in Cincinnati Enquirer, 2 April 1989

Sunday June 23rd, 2013 ~ It's SUPER FULL MOON Sunday. And if your skies are going to be as cloudy as ours are rumored to be this evening... don't worry, be happy, our friends at SLOOH are doing a free, live webcast Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. It's also Midsummer Night's Eve! Aka ~ St. John's Eve. [St. John is the patron saint of beekeepers] Celebrated all over the world, in Sweden, Finland and Estonia, Midsummer's Eve is huge, (as well as in New Orleans where Voodoo Head Washings will begin at 7:00 p.m., on the Magnolia Foot Bridge over Bayou St John in honor of Marie Laveau. The event, led by Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman, is open to the public and free of charge ~ if you go please send pictures!) So let the romping about (or just the reading?) begin, but let's be careful out there while romping so as not to be spirited away by the fairies ~ "Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;" ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday June 22nd, 2013 ~ Not only are we getting insomniac viewing from the midnight sun these days... this weekend is the weekend of the SUPER FULL MOON! This full moon occurs 32 minutes after the moon reaches perigee on Sunday ~ the closest point to Earth in its orbit around Earth ~ so will appear SUPER all weekend. Don't worry if it's cloudy, our friends at SLOOH are doing a free, live webcast Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. In other sky news it was this very day back in 1675 that Charles II created, by Royal Warrant, the Royal Greenwich Observatory (thanks Chuck!) and this same day, a mere 303 years later, at another observatory, that evidence of the first moon of Pluto was discovered by astronomer James W. Christy of the Naval Observatory, in Flagstaff, Ariz. So enjoy the views here and of the super Strawberry or Rose Moon this weekend. "Oh, the summer night ~ Has a smile of light ~ And she sits on a sapphire throne." ~ Barry Cornwall

Friday June 21st, 2013 ~ It came while we were sleeping, but it is here none the less ~ it's the Summer Solstice!!! The days just won't get longer than today so grab a comfy chair and settle in for some extended viewing! As you'll notice at the "Where is it daylight?" link... there is lots of daylight all over the place. Especially way up north where there is happy insomniac's viewing almost anywhere you look ~ try Aurora Cam 2 or Cam 5, as well as any of the many Alaskan views; a few of our favorites being Fairbanks or the no place like Nome view and a new favorite cloud, midnight sun, aurora cam we just found there, right here!. And don't forget to visit Iceland, here ~ and/or here ~ where it is bright enough to watch 24 hrs a day. If you need to give your retinas a rest, check in on the now vacant penguins hangout ~ Go grab your sunglasses, embrace the tilt, and let the summer viewing begin ~ Enjoy ~ "The summer night is like a perfection of thought" ~ Wallace Stevens

Thursday June 20th, 2013 ~ The Solstice is coming ~ if you are up at 1:04 AM (eastern, tomorrow morning) you can wave hello ~ meanwhile the last day of spring is playing about the driveway, and all the views, all day for your viewing pleasure. And with 15 hrs and 23 minutes of daylight there is much viewing that can be done today. It is also Dump the Pump Day so in support of public transportation we bring you: A bus stop (for Bus line 15) in Liberec, Czech Republic; as well as a bus station in Prague; along with a live look at a bus terminal in Norway; and, last but certainly not least, a bus station in Germany; (not finding many live public transportation views here in the US, might be a reason to get out there and dump the pump in your area)(or write letters recommending webcams on the local public transportation...) Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday June 19th, 2013 ~ It's Birthday Quiz Day !!! Today is a mix and match quiz ~ of today's birthday folks someone is a) turning 65 (Congratulations!!! and Happy Birthday!!) and someone is b) turning 32 (Congratulations!!! and Happy Birthday to you too!!) and someone is c) turning 72, and doesn't look a day older than they did in 1941 when they were 1/2 inch in diameter and weighed .0025 ounces and were shot out of the barrel of a puffing gun at high temperature for the very first time? (just as they still are!) (Congratulations!!! and, well, wow!?!) Okay can you match up our birthday celebrities with their description? 1) James 2) Karen 3) Cheerios. While you are working on it we suggest a 21 puffing gun salute to all of them ~ Hope it's a great day for you Karen and James ~ and the start of a wonderful year ~ hover here for quiz answer :)

Tuesday June 18th, 2013 ~ Be sure to check out this link because if you aren't already humming that tune today you should be ~ it was 201 years ago today that America's 2nd War of Independence (aka The War of 1812) began. And for those of you who like your historical music unabridged try here. Meanwhile, a look at where some of the fighting (and canon fire) took place... here... (well, okay, maybe not right there, but certainly there abouts) ~ And, absolutely right here, in one of the favorite spots of most driveway visitors, where the battle happened 200 years ago tomorrow! Enjoy the views, and/or come visit ~

Monday June 17th, 2013 ~ It is the 168th day of the year already and we are quickly wending our way towards the Solstice (this Friday at aprox 1:04 AM (est). So, why not celebrate the birthday of Igor Stravinsky today who wrote the Rite of Spring, 100 years ago, as spring continues wending it's way out of here. (while having your cake and ice cream be sure to check out the videos on this site, they are mesmerizing and very cool!) It is also the 128th anniversary of the arrival of the Statue of Liberty, in pieces, to New York Harbor. Sandy knocked out the webcams there but the hope is they'll be up by the 4th of July (fingers crossed). Speaking of wending, be careful on any steps you use today as it is also the birthday of M.C. Escher and who knows where you might end up once you get to the top (bottom?) of the staircase. Enjoy ~

Sunday June 16th, 2013 ~ A very Happy Father's Day to all fathers past, present, and future ~ and a very Happy Birthday to Uncle Ed!!!!! We hope it's the start of a great year for you Uncle Ed! It's also Bloomsday for all you Ulysses fans out there so we of course need to check in on our favorite pub in Dublin: O'Shea's, where no doubt pints are being raised to, and by, Fathers, as well as to, and by, people celebrating their birthdays, and we are sure there is some reading of Ulysses going on. (google it, there might be a reading near you too...). Enjoy the views ~

Saturday June 15th, 2013 ~ It's take a Serf to Lunch Day on this, the 798th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Okay maybe it's take a Baron to lunch since the document was essentially a peace treaty between King John and his barons, which guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation's laws. It made the king subject to laws, began the right to a trial by jury, and started changing the K in the title to k. But speaking of surfs ~ there isn't one in the Erie Canal and so that's where we are taking the kayaks this morning. Here are 2 views of the canal, not that we'll be at either one, but we will be between them ~ somewhere between this point in the west, and this one in the east. Enjoy the views ~

Friday June 14th, 2013 ~ A very Happy Flag Day to all ~ it was 236 years ago today that the Second Continental Congress approved the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. Today is also the day that an American president was first heard on radio, back in 1922, when WEAR in Baltimore broadcast Warren G Harding's speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry. Throw in that it was this day in 1834, that the first U.S. invention of sandpaper was covered by four patents issued to Isaac Fisher, Jr., and it's a grate day all around ~ okay, we'll stop now. Enjoy the views ~

Thursday June 13th, 2013 ~ Hope all of our viewers and viewees ~ those that are in the "Really????" weather locations ~ are, and have been, hanging on to their hats. It's raining here again but most of the wild weather has gone to the south of us. So, hang on and hang in there ~ the weekend is coming and calmer weather with it..... And who know who or what else may be coming over this weekend ~ as we are still waiting to hear from anyone we invited over on Pioneer 10; which became the first man-made object to leave our Solar System this very day in 1983. Launched over 40 years ago, for the last 30 years now it's been letting neighboring systems know we're here and we'd love to get together ~ although we last heard from Pioneer in 2003 from 7.6 billion miles from Earth... maybe there will be something in today's mail? Enjoy watching all the weather on the views (but get to the basement when you have to!)

Wednesday June 12th, 2013 ~ So glad it is the middle of the week and that we are turning the corner towards the weekend...... speaking of turning ~ George H Bush is turning 89 today, and politics aside ~ it's time to Sock it to the President! From that website: "The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will celebrate the 89th Birthday of its' namesake, George Bush, 41st President of the United States, by wearing exuberant socks this Wednesday, June 12. The Foundation encourages others to join us in this celebration of the President's 89th Birthday and post photos of your socks online." Hard to resist............so what are you waiting for? Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday June 11th, 2013 ~ 243 years ago today Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, ran into, and thereby "discovered" (replace those with air quotes), the Great Barrier Reef ~ so we're taking a look at it (because we can). You can watch excursions to the reef live starting at 7:00 PM (eastern) through 3:00 AM (the Barrier Reef tends to stay about 14 hrs from here) ~ they are live other times as well but they also show video there even when they aren't. Live snorkeling at the reef begins around 11 PM (eastern). And check these other views anytime too. Today's birthday boy co-invented the aqualung, back in the 40's, which could be useful around the reef too.... so cake and ice-cream for Jacques-Yves Cousteau, as well as the Reef! (and if you figure out how to make either this cake, or these cupcakes, let us know, we'll be right there!)

Monday June 10th, 2013 ~ Monday! Monday! Get yer Monday here ~ Welcome to Monday on the driveway ~ as a brand new week, the 2nd one in June already, gets underway we take a moment to remember that it was this very day back in 1966 (which was so long ago it was a Friday) that the Mamas and Papas won a gold record for "Monday, Monday". And while you are humming that song (now firmly etched in your brain for the rest of the day)(no, no, don't thank us, we're happy to have helped?) you can check in on a brand new SkyScraper (for Skyscraper Month) being built in Tel Aviv, Israel. It loads slowly but it's a great angle ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday June 9th, 2013 ~ Driveway cam did manage to get up and get going ~ but the blurb division took the day off and hid in the kayak that was taken down to Hemlock early morning...they were severely reprimanded and will be back, on duty, tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, it's a beautiful day on the driveway, hope you enjoyed the views today and will enjoy the rest of them this evening! Sun doesn't set until 8:48 (round these parts) so eek out every one of the 15h 18m of viewing there is ~ Enjoy ~ (driveway cam will stay updating until 9:00PM (the camera on the date link runs all night if you just can't watch enough dark))

Saturday June 8th, 2013 ~ That's right ~ it's still raining.... But that's okay because, well, mostly because there isn't anything we can do about it anyway. If you are in Russell Ky (or nearby) stop by their Railroad Days celebration. They have everything from live music to bubbles full of ants!?? (see picture below). They even have a streaming web cam on some the festivities (not sure of the hours it's on, it started yesterday at 5:PM) ~ check in on that here (click on the ustream box on the right of page of that link). And you may also want to celebrate the silo today, as it is the birthday of Franklin Hiram King ~ the world's first professor of agricultural physics! He changed our landscape views forever when he invented the cylindrical silo to reduce waste of grain stuck rotting in corners ~ haven't found a webcam in a silo but here is a live view from Old Silo Estates in Missouri. :) click on picture for larger view of the aunt trapped in this bubble ~ hint, her first initial stands for Cheryl. Which is good because she isn't able to stand at all!

Friday June 7th, 2013 ~ It was 100 years ago today that Hudson Stuck (another name we love) lead the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet. So in honor of Sky Scraper month we'll check in with Mt. McKinley to catch a view, or two, of it's sky scraping! (View 1 and View 2) As well as a check in at a few other sky scrapers, The Matterhorn (14,692 ft, in Switzerland) ~ as well as The Eiger (13,020 ft, also in Switzerland). And with plenty of other Mountains in the table below, along with a couple of new views of Longs Peak (14,259 ft) and of Alpine Visitor Center (11,796 ft) (both in the Rocky Mountains) you can sit back and enjoy the views of the sky from the tops of the world ~

Thursday June 6th, 2013 ~ A thunderstorm is prancing about and rain is falling, as are the pieces of the puzzle today on the 29th anniversary of the release of Tetris! The addicting game can be played online here. If you don't have a tetris monkey on your back already...play with caution ~ the tetris effect is out there waiting! You can get your mind off it (maybe) by going to a drive-in tonight in honor of the 80th anniversary of the first drive-in movie theater opened, in Camden, New Jersey. However, today, most importantly, is the 69th anniversary of D-Day ~ and we turn the views over to you with a look in at a WWII memorial here, and a look in at the Normandy American Cemetery here (live until 12:30pm Eastern) ~

Wednesday June 5th, 2013 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Chase!!! He is turning the wonderful age of 3 today ~ Hope it's an exciting day for him and the start of a most delightful year ~ It's a good sort of day for 3's as we raise 3 Hips and a Hoo-Ray for Queen Elizabeth II ~ coronated 60 years ago today! While on the "we love a good computer story" side of the driveway, it was this day, in 1833, that Ada Lovelace, writer of the first computer program, (and daughter of Lord Byron, and wife of the Baron of Ockham (ancestor of 14th century Baron of Occam, of Occam’s Razor fame)), first met Charles Babbage, creator, along with Ada's help, of the first "analytical engine" (a computing device) ~ Skyscraper month joins in with a look at the 3rd tallest building in the US (the unfortunately named Trump Tower in Chicago, on the right), which also contains the 2nd tallest building in the US, the Sears Tower (on the left).

Tuesday June 4th, 2013 ~ It's a beautiful day on the driveway, clear skies abound ~ and while they do, (and for no apparent reason other than we can) for Skyscraper month today we're going to thread our way from one side of the continent to the other by taking a look at the needle form of skyscraping. Here is a live look in at the CN Tower in Toronto, as well as a live look at The Space Needle in Seattle ~ and ~ a live look from the Space Needle (you may have to click on the Live Video tab when you get to the page). Enjoy the views ~

Monday June 3rd, 2013 ~ A quiet Monday on the driveway ~ getting back to work after the weekend may mean you are sitting at a desk in a skyscraper...not that we are, but you might be! And since June is Skyscraper Month we thought we'd take a look at the current 10 tallest buildings in the world. We'll poke around the old inter-web and find links for tall buildings all month but today why not take a look in at the World Trade Center in NYC this morning. You can also see it here ~ and if the heights are too much for you, don't watch this video, but gaze instead upon the driveway, a mere 12 (or so), non nosebleed, non dizzying, feet down)

Saturday June 1st, 2013 ~ And somehow, in the blink of an eye, it's June! There will be busting out all over as we move forward ~ you'll catch it all on the driveway and it's environs. But now... it's off to Canadice lake and the first kayaking of the season ~ no cameras there but there are lake cameras everywhere (and links here as well as all over the driveway) so enjoy the views ~

Friday May 31st, 2013 ~ It is the last day of May, and the 5th Friday of the month (it's the 2nd time so far this year we've had a month with 5 Fridays ~ and there are 2 more ahead (in August and November) so mark your calendars! (oh wait, your calendars already know)) And for those of you into factorials ~ today is the 151st day of the year and it's 5/31....and 5!+ 31 = 151 :) (with thanks to Pat's Blog). For those of you into factoids ~ today is not the birthday of Ms. Pat of Avon, but today is the 154th anniversary of the day that Big Ben first rang out in London! But mostly today is get out your aluminum hat day (that's al-u-min-ium to Ben) as at 4:59PM (eastern)(or 8:59 on Ben) this afternoon we are being visited by an asteroid, 1998 QE2, ...and it's moon! You can watch it right here. Be sure to wave as it goes by (won't be this close again for a couple hundred years). Check out 'the google' for another (not) birthday doodle and enjoy the views ~

Thursday May 30th, 2013 ~ Back in 1922 on this day the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated (by former president, and then chief justice of the Supreme Court, William Howard Taft) ~ you can go see it today in person, or, you can travel via the driveway and check in on it right here whenever you want. Turns out it's an excellent day for alternate forms of travel as it's the 79th birthday of Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov, the first person to ever walk in space, it's the 54th anniversary of the first flight (?) of the SR.N1, or the first craft to ever hover it's way around, and, it's the 10th anniversary of the last flight of the Air France Concorde SST from Paris to DC. So, however you get to wherever you are going today ~ enjoy the views.

Wednesday May 29th, 2013 ~ It's Happy Birthday Brannaman Day!!!!!!! Hope it's a great day for you and the start of an excellent year. :) For the rest of us then, it's ice cream, and cake, and the views ~ what could be better?

Tuesday May 28th, 2013 ~ Okay people, put the grills away (and the lawn jarts) ~ it's Tuesday and time to get back to work! (Besides, we're pretty sure the lawn jarts are still illegal and starting off the week, even a short week, in jail is no fun.....) If you're less than thrilled about going to work today, it might help to think about Baker and Able ~ 2 monkeys who showed up for work this day back in 1959 and were then shot into space! (sort of makes your day look a little better eh?) Luckily, they became the first US animals (besides fruit flies) to survive the trip. We thank them, and return you to your regular viewing ~

Monday May 27th, 2013 ~ Happy Memorial Day ~ wear your Poppy proudly! Bake a Rosemary cake and enjoy the views ~

Sunday May 26th, 2013 ~ Driveway Cam decided not to wait for the blurb division (good move) and got started on it's own this morning.....and since the blurb division slept in it was decided to pick a new view for them which just happens to be of a Clock ~ this one is in Prague where it appears to be a rainy day. Have a good time today and enjoy the views ~

Saturday May 25th, 2013 ~ It's here ~ the so-called first weekend of Summer ~ grills ready? ice tea made? verandas swept? summer reading stacked up? Then viewers ~ Start Your Weekend! A couple of other things that started this very day include Goofy starting his career, 81 years ago, in Mickey's Revue; President John F. Kennedy started our travels to the moon 52 years ago by setting a goal to get there (and back) before the decade ended; and Babe Ruth started a record that would last 40 years on this day 78 years ago by hitting his 714th (and last!) home run in a game where he hit 3 home runs, drove in 6 runs... and they still lost!? Whatever you start today, we hope you start the day enjoying the views ~

Friday May 24th, 2013 ~ It's one of those Red Letter Days ~ and today those red letters are spelling out "HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM" Hope that day 23,011 of your adventures is a good one, and a great start to the next 365 days (and beyond!!). The letters are also spelling out "Welcome Home Bob" ~ hope you are feeling tip-top in no time at all! One more look at the letters to see they are saying ~ it's the start of a long weekend so enjoy the unofficial kick-off of summer (which we are celebrating with an outside temperature of 39) and most of all, Enjoy the views ~

Thursday May 23rd, 2013 ~ It's Thursday and we are rolling into a long weekend after today ~ but until we are after today... A visit to the New York Public Library is in order on this it's 102nd birthday. If you can't get there you can check out your local library to look up things like: Bifocals (first invented (well, the invention was documented) this day by Benjamin Franklin)(973.3092), books by Margaret Wise Brown (who invented (okay, wrote) Good Night Moon and whose birthday is today)(j448 BRO), the great State of Carolina (which became our 8th state today back in 1788)(r975.7 R178h v.1 v. 1), and Keith Campbell (who is the father of (okay, who invented) Dolly the cloned sheep and whose birthday is also today)(YA 174.25 CLO). Good day to take a look in at lots of great views of South Carolina, here and on the East Coast Waves link with 2 favorites here and here ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday May 22nd, 2013 ~ A Hap-hap-happy Birthday to Roger turning 80!!!!! today in Atlanta! Hope it's a wonderful day and year ahead for you Roger! So let's all sit back, put our feet up, and enjoy the day ~ which we can do easily in a recliner ~ and how perfect that coincidentally the first US patent for a recliner, patent #2100, was awarded to Henry Kennedy this very day in 1841. Warning ~ be sure the cake and ice-cream is in reach before you settle into any chair ~

Tuesday May 21st, 2013 ~ Some rain is due in on the driveway ~ if you are in any of the storm areas stay in, check out the views, and be safe ~ but if you aren't, and if rainy days get you down (even when they aren't Mondays) why not go out for a pint? A pint for the Red Cross that is. Founded 132 years ago today by Clara Barton ~ they can always use your blood and/or any donation you'd like to give. They can certainly use the donations and they are even open when it rains....

Monday May 20th, 2013 ~ A proven fact: wearing jeans leads to wild and risky behavior. Evidence: it was this very day, in 1873, that Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss got the patent for work pants reinforced with rivets (aka Blue Jeans) and just 26 years later, to the day mind you, the very first speeding ticket was given out to, a cabby in Manhattan! Jacob German was stopped and arrested for driving at the dangerous speed of 12mph on Lexington Avenue. Much of the arrest report has disappeared, but we're pretty sure if we could read it, it would say he was wearing jeans! Coincidence? Not likely! ~ Show of hands... how many of you are wearing those gateway pantaloons right now? Let's be careful out there people ~ it's a Monday morning in a blue jeaned world.

Sunday May 19th, 2013 ~ You may find yourself talking 'bout your g-g-generation today ~ which makes sense because it's the 48th (!) anniversary of the day that Pete Townshend wrote that song, on the occasion of his (then) 20th birthday. And while we're not trying to cause a b-big s-s-sensation, that means cake and ice-cream since he's turning 68 (!) today. Going back a few more g-g-generations you'll find the things they do look awful c-c-cold as it's also the 477th anniversary of the day Anne Boleyn lost her head (after Henry had lost first his heart to her and then his mind). She was only 35, which means, she died before she got old.... Okay we'll stop. We know we shouldn't have even gotten started and so we'll just f-fade awayyy ~ and let you get to the views.

Saturday May 18th, 2013 ~ Running late (and oh so slowly) so ~ we wish you a Merry Saturday and a Happy Weekend!

Friday May 17th, 2013 ~ Today is not only Drew and Allison's 10th (!??!) anniversary ~ it's also Antikythera Mechanism Day ~ said mechanism being, so far, the earliest known (2nd century BC) beginnings of Driveway Cam in the form of the world's oldest known computer which was found this day in 1902 ~ AND ~ it's World Telecommunication and Information Society Day! (the said purpose of which is "to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide." ) Having said all that, we'd like to raise your awareness of a new view of Yosemite Falls to check out on this lovely Friday ~ so, its to the views! And across the divide......

Thursday May 16th, 2013 ~ A little spring cleaning ~ the deck of the intrepid cam seems to have been removed, so the link was retired. And the ice skating and winter seasonal links were moved to the retired links page as well. The ISS cam now has it's own spot (where the Intrepid Cam used to be) and there is a New Trial Link for your viewing consideration! And while viewing, in honor of the 147th anniversary today of the invention of Root Beer by Charles Elmer Hires, why not enjoy a delicious root beer float! (don't forget to freeze the mugs first)

Wednesday May 15th, 2013 ~ All good thoughts and best wishes to Bob for a speedy recovery, from all of drivewaycam's viewers and viewees!!!

Tuesday May 14th, 2013 ~ The ISS mission #35 crew got back safely last night. As they begin to get their land legs back, we're going to celebrate the 40th (!) anniversary of the day the we launched "Skylab One," the first U.S. manned space station. Exploring closer to home (in space not time that is), it was 209 years ago today that the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the "Corps of Discovery", begin their mission heading up the Missouri River. Here is a live look not too far from where they started, (of the Fox River tho') and a look in at Lewis and Clark Lake much further on their trip (Nebraska/SD) because it's a nice view. You can wander the Missouri River too ~ along with all the other views. Enjoy ~

Monday May 13th, 2013 ~ It's all space ~ all day today. First up there is the first ISS (or space even) Music Video to watch if you haven't seen it yet. And then NASA TV is broadcasting the departure from the ISS ~ which includes ~ 3:30 p.m. -- Farewells and hatch closure (hatch closure scheduled at 3:50 p.m.) 6:45 p.m. -- Undocking (undocking scheduled at 7:08 p.m.) 9:15 p.m. -- Deorbit burn and landing (deorbit burn scheduled at 9:37 p.m., landing scheduled at 10:31 p.m.). And of course you can always check in on (and listen in on) the ISS via our current trial link (always worth a visit), find it overhead in your area here, and/or find out where it is at this moment... here. Safe travels on your way back home Major Tom and all! Enjoy the views ~

Sunday May 12th, 2013 ~ A very Happy Mother's Day out there to all the mothers, irrespective of their dna or even gender, who come into all of our lives by birth, by friendship, by luck, by chance encounter, or by grace ~ with many thanks for all the gifts they bring. :)

Saturday May 11th, 2013 ~ The Lilac Festival continues (a bit damp but lovely none the less) ~ crowds may be down today so grab your brolly and get out to Highland Park to take in all the sights and smells! The scent of Lilacs really is in the air ~ and today is the 155th birthday of Minnesota!! And from 50 States we learn that it was from Minnesota that we got the stapler, water skis, roller blades, and rice cakes (?), along with Scotch tape, Bisquick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Spam. There are a lot of Minnesota cams we like, but some of our favorites include: Rochester (!), and, Ely's Bear Center (wait through the commercial...) (Ely is also home to the blueberry arts festival we watch each July) with more to chose from here ~ although not all of these work, they are fun to wander. So celebrate today by smelling a lilac where and when you can, as well as by taking a virtual pilgrimage to all things Minnesota ~ when you aren't checking out your favorite views of course.

Friday May 10th, 2013 ~ Running late ~ the Lilac Festival starts today! Which can only mean .... rains are due in for the weekend. Hopefully the showers will be light and very intermittent. If you are in the area c'mon down to stop and smell the Lilacs. If you aren't in town, get out and find a lilac bloom near you to sniff! :) Enjoy ~

Thursday May 9th, 2013 ~ If you find yourself wanting to fly away today don't be surprised ~ it's the anniversary of the first transatlantic flight to the US by the Hindenburg ~ arriving in Lakehurst NJ, back in 1936, just 61 hrs and 38 minutes (!) after it left Germany. (okay, that camera is about 5 miles from Lakehurst but it's the closest we could find) Today is also the anniversary of the first flight over the North Pole by Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett, in 1926. And it is also the birthday of J.M. Barrie who had Peter Pan flying all over the place (with a little help from some fairy dust and "lovely wonderful thoughts") [sadly all the traffic cams around the port authority terminal in NYC, where the Peter Pan buses arrive and depart...are being serviced, but you can still get to Never Never Land here]. Enjoy flying from one view to the next ~

Wednesday May 8th, 2013 ~ It is supposed to rain today ~ which is good because we need it but we've gotten spoiled by all the sunshine 'round these parts. Luckily right now it's just that sunshine raining down on us. Many happy returns of the day to Sir David Attenborough ~ he is turning 87 today! If we had a lyre bird we would have it join us in a chorus or two of Happy Birthday. Today is also the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for an automobile which was filed by George Baldwin Selden of Rochester, N.Y. on this date in 1879! The patent (No. 549,160) was issued two decades later, on 5 Nov 1898, and began quite the legal battle with Henry Ford... Be sure to check out the witness signatures on the diagram pages in the patent application ~ while you are checking out the views of course ~

Tuesday May 7th, 2013 ~ With "the year's at the spring" and "the day's at the morn" we turn the day over to poetry and music as it's the birthdays of Robert Browning, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Johannes Brahms. Of course we also turn it over to the views ~ enjoy wandering them (with some cake and ice cream of course!) Oh, and if you find a snail on a thorn ~ please let us know! .

Monday May 6th, 2013 ~ The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower brings us visitors from Halley's Comet tonight! (the part of tonight that is actually from 2AM to pre dawn tomorrow) Look to the East. And if you happen to find a worm hole in time while you're out there looking, look to the past ~ back to 1954 when, in Oxford, England, 25-year-old medical student Roger Bannister cracks track and field's most notorious barrier: the four-minute mile. He won the mile race with a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. For now however, it's look to the driveway (and the tree in bloom!)

Sunday May 5th, 2013 ~ The julep haze kept driveway cam from getting an early start ~ but the rest of the day is now playing out and rolling on down the driveway as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo!!! And part of that celebration is also for America's first astronaut in space, Alan Bartlett Shepherd, Jr., who made a 15 minute sub-orbital flight this day back in 1961. His flight reached an altitude of 115 miles, during which he experienced about five minutes of "weightlessness." He was launched in the 2,000-lb. capsule Freedom 7 from Cape Canaveral ~ The flight travelled 302 miles at a speed relative to the ground of of 4,500 mph. (info from today in history) What's launching next? You can find out here ~ in between views of course. Enjoy!

Saturday May 4th, 2013 ~ A very Happy KY Derby Day to all ~ much running around on the driveway and beyond today as the 'fastest 2 minutes in sports' approaches. If you are in the neighborhood around 3:00 ~ c'mon over and join us for a Julep or three. Meanwhile it's time to finally pick a favorite and hope for the best. The Paddock Cam hasn't been working but it's almost wall to wall coverage if you have cable, and certainly post to post coverage even if you don't. (Starts at 4 on NBC, the race is just after 6). So get out and enjoy the roses today ~ and all the views too! And May the 4th be with your Derby Picks! (don't roll your eyes, you knew we were going to sneak that in at some point) (and for goodness sake send us some tips because we don't have a horse in the race yet!!!)

Friday May 3rd, 2013 ~ Technical difficulties and a memory like a sieve have caused a bit of a delay in fixing the camera and posting the blurb (thanks for the heads up Pebble!) but......better late than never? It's a beautiful day on the driveway, and on the calendar what with it being day 123 of the year. It's also a good day to figure out what horses you want in tomorrow's Ky Derby when 1-2-3 will take on a whole new 'beauty'. And if you like playing the numbers (along with the ponies), a bit of Derby trivia ~ no horse from post position 17 has ever won. The horse in that "maybe the time has come" spot tomorrow: Will Take Charge (currently at 20:1). Okay, we're off ~ to find some ginkgo biloba (now that would be a good name for a horse!)

Thursday May 2nd, 2013 ~ "Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933.... ... Loch Ness, located in the Scottish Highlands, has the largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain; the body of water reaches a depth of nearly 800 feet and a length of about 23 miles. Scholars of the Loch Ness Monster find a dozen references to "Nessie" in Scottish history, dating back to around A.D. 500, when local Picts carved a strange aquatic creature into standing stones near Loch Ness." (from this day in history) That's right ~ it's Nessie Day on the driveway ~ can't go Nessie Spotting in person, but we'll be checking all day to see if she surfaces today (fingers crossed!!!) and hope you'll check in at the Loch too ~

Wednesday May 1st, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday Hannah!!!! Hope it's a lovely day out there in Vegas! And that it's the start of a great year for you!!! :) Meanwhile, for those of us not in Vegas, it's a lovely day for viewing ~ there are chicks all over the place, it's the anniversary of the day the Empire State Building opened to the public back in 1931 (we wish their camera would come back, tho' that view is nice and it's sometimes here as well), and spring is still gerspronging (given that, the snow watching links have been retired, even though the snow has not (check out the winter weather advisories!) so we've added more of the soon-to-be-blooming tree in the driveway view. However you spend this May Day we hope you enjoy the sites! (well, and the views too of course!!)

Tuesday April 30th, 2013 ~ A little more yard work ~ though most of it in the back ~ will grace the camera today as April gives up the ghost to wander on down the driveway and out of here...you can track it's departure, from here to gone, by wandering west with it via the views. Enjoy and Bon Voyage April!

Monday April 29th, 2013 ~ If the weather cooperates here (always unlikely but we always hope), there will be yard work aplenty to watch ~ in the meantime a rousing and syncopated Happy Birthday to the man who said, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing": Duke Ellington, born this date, in Washington, D.C., in 1899. Couldn't find a jazz cam but we did find some swing cams ~ from Scotland, to Fore of the many of them across the US: in CA, FL, CA, and WA. Keep your elbow in and enjoy the views ~

Sunday April 28th, 2013 ~ This very day, right now even, Earth is passing between Saturn and the sun. This is called an opposition of Saturn, and Saturn will be opposite the sun, and visible all night long for the next few weeks(!) which makes for great viewing. The ringed planet, which is glowing about twice as brightly as a 1st-magnitude star, can be seen without a telescope, but if you have one, or know someone who does... even small telescopes will show Saturn's icy rings in crisp detail. Today is the closest encounter we'll have with Saturn for a while, a mere 1.3 billion km apart. So get out there, look in the eastern sky and wave as we sail past each other...it rises at sunset, soars almost overhead at midnight, and stays up all night long. If clouds get in your way tonight, or you can't find a telescope to borrow, don't worry ~ Saturn will be out there for viewing for weeks...and tonight Slooh.com is hosting an online show with live images of Saturn at opposition! It'll be perfectly timed for viewers in the USA as the show starts at 6:30PM PDT (9:30PM EDT). Until the sun sets, by all means, enjoy the rest of the views too ~

Saturday April 27th, 2013 ~ It's a big day on the driveway (and, well, EVERYWHERE) because, despite some discussion(!) as to the actual year..., today is the day (according to the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler) that the universe was founded (!) back in 4977 B.C.!! Okay, sure, he may have gotten the year wrong. Some folks, most likely the majority of people in the 20th (and beyond) century, think it might have been 13.7 billion years ago, not 6990 years ago ~ but why quibble? No one has ever disputed the day and we are looking fine no matter how old we are! And while on a quantum level it is all of our birthdays today, it is also specifically the birthday of Samuel Morse. He would be (drum roll please ~ dit dit dah dah dah dit dit dah dah dah dit dit dah dah dah.....) 222 today were he to have stuck around! We hope you'll stick around today and enjoy the views ~ .... .- .--. .--. -.-- / -... .. .-. - .... -.. .- -.-- / ... .- -- ..- . .-..

Friday April 26th, 2013 ~ The camera PC is running okay but the blub PC has decided to wander in, and out, and off and ... we are working on attaching an ankle monitor to it so we can find it should it make a break for it again but until then... very quickly while we can...today's blurb. If your weather cooperates get out and visit a park today for the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted. And if you are in KY get over to Oldham County HS to see Brannaman in their production of Legally Blond! (wish we could be there!!!) ~ have an excellent weekend, and enjoy the views!

Thursday April 25th, 2013 ~ The sun is up here on the driveway ~ hopefully it's up and getting things warmed up in the central states where frost advisories and freeze warnings abound. (not to mention the midwest flooding that is abounding over the river banks too!) You may want to tune in on a radio today in honor of the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi, and with any luck you'll find a station playing Happy Birthday for Mike in Georgia. Hope in your part of the weather map it's a great day for you Mike! :) Unrelated (really!) but today's strange historic note is that it was this day back in 1792, in Paris, that the guillotine was used for the first time on a human, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier. It is said the crowd was not satisfied because "it happened too fast" ~ They dispersed with disappointment, wanting the gallows back, with more spectacle...... Not much else to say but stay warm, keep your feet dry, don't stick your neck out, and enjoy the views ~ (and why not include a look in at Atlanta, in Mike's honor, here, or here)

Wednesday April 24th, 2013 ~ Today's raison d'cake (not that cake in and of itself isn't reason enough) is to wish a very Happy Birthday to Allison! With hope for a great year ahead for her, and perhaps a side of ice-cream. We also want to celebrate the Hubble Telescope launched on her birthday (but 10 years after she was launched on her birthday) and cake is good for that too (just wash your hands before you use the telescope so you don't get icing on the lens...with no more shuttles to go clean it up we have to be very careful) Enjoy all the amazing views near, or far ~

Tuesday April 23rd, 2013 ~ Find a cake, put 449 candles in it, and wish the Bard a very Happy Birthday ~ and why not take a look in at Stratford and upon it's river, Avon too (it's a lovely day there). But first, click here for an odd fact we recently learned about Shakespeare and then it's off to the views ~ but remember.... "Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent." ~ Shakespeare

Monday April 22nd, 2013 ~ Today is Earth Day ~ and, according to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is celebrated by a billion people, making it the world's largest secular holiday. So celebrate! There are views in the table below, and beyond, of almost anywhere on earth you'd like to look ~ this is quite the amazing planet we find ourselves on, no matter how you view it. So get out there and look around, and if you can't get out, you can wander from inside, with us. Besides all of the many views of trees you'll find (there are trees on almost all of our views come to think of it) here are some old and maybe some new favorite tree views in New Hampshire, and in Washington D.C, and in Alabama, and in California, and in Pennsylvania, and in the rain forest ~ enjoy the views ~

Sunday April 21st, 2013 ~ It's pints all around (with pinkies up) for the 87th birthday of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, or Queen Elizabeth II. And so a toast to a very Happy Birthday Your Majesty, from all your friends on both sides of the driveway ~ "THE QUEEN" ~ and some views of London today too ~ the London Marathon is currently underway, well is actually over for many, but there are still some runners out there, you may see them on the Tower Bridge. The sun is out on the driveway so heres hoping that means clear skies to see some meteors as the shower peaks overnight, and for watching the space station go by overhead (and generally just because we like clear skies). Enjoy ~

Saturday April 20th, 2013 ~ One of the biggest mysteries these days is the weather...what will it be...will it have anything to do with the forecast (that one isn't a mystery, the answer is no, at least around here)...will it stay the same season for more than 4 hours... so we like to check out the weather around the bird's nests, and all the views, and then curl up, especially on a Saturday, with a good book ~ most times also a mystery ~ like the very first detective story ever published, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which came out this very day back in 1841. Per Writer's Almanac: Edgar Allan Poe created mystery's first fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin. The story introduced many of the elements of mysteries that are still popular today: the genius detective, the not-so-smart sidekick, the plodding policeman, and the use of the red herring to lead readers off the track. Whether you go looking for clues, looking for clouds or just tracking herring (blueback as opposed to red in this case) Enjoy the views ~

Friday April 19th, 2013 ~ Despite what it said here yesterday there were not 2 Wednesdays this week which means.... Today is Friday! Yay! And, bonus, we are in the midst of The Lyrid meteor shower which got active April 16 and will stay that way through April 25, with an expected peak the morning of April 22. [Interestingly, we started passing through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher on the day of Margaret Thatcher's funeral, but we digress...] the Lyrids are so named because they seem to emanate from a point in the constellation Lyra, which unfortunatly rises in the east rather late – around 10:30 p.m. local time. This year the bright waxing gibbous moon is up then too. That makes the best time for viewing after moonset, or around 4 a.m., and before sunrise, around 5 a.m. So, you’ll have one good hour. But don't let that stop you from planning on hanging out and watching for meteors ~ any time after 10:30 the next few nights ~

Wednesday April 18th, 2013 ~ Today is the 243rd anniversary of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere so if you find yourself wanting to run around yelling The British are Coming! just go with it ~ mind you, results are questionable due to varying acceptance levels of the British these days, as well as local noise tolerance ~ so understand that you may be asked to quiet down (noise restriction regulations vary by locale, know yours before you yell) ~ or at the very least asked to run around in a different area. Given the 17 year cicadas are coming to the east coast shortly, you may try yelling that as well. Whatever you find to shout about today ~ enjoy!

Wednesday April 17th, 2013 ~ As it is National Poetry Month, and as it is the day (back in 1397) that rumor has it Chaucer first recited his Canterbury Tales (for the court of Richard II), and since Aprill, with his shoures soote has certainly The droghte of March perced to the roote ~ we figure a check in outside Canterbury is in order. (seems to still be shoureing there...) And if you just can't wrap your head (or hands) around poetry, grab a bat to celebrate the birthday of Alexander Cartwright ~ also known as the father of baseball ~ (but please do not get confused and grab the kind of bat that we are celebrating because it's Bat Appreciation Day! :)

Tuesday April 16th, 2013 ~ It's take a library worker to lunch day as it's National Library Workers Day!, here in National Library Week as we are ~ It's also the birthday of Charlie Chaplin should you want to take a Library Worker to a silent film, and it's the 101st anniversary of the first female pilot flying across the English Channel (it was Harriet Quimby and besides having one of the best names ever she was also the first American woman to get a pilot's license) should you want to take them to lunch near there. Given that it's also Wilbur Wright's birthday maybe it's really Take a Library Worker to a Movie, and Dinner, On a Plane... and Near the English Channel Day?!! (we're liking this day more and more) Enjoy! (and send us a postcard!)

Monday April 15th, 2013 ~ After a weekend off (not sure but driveway cam may have been working on it's taxes) we're back ~ and so is the driveway ~ along with all the other views you may not get to look at today if you haven't gotten your taxes done. The internet, which along with videos of talking cats and an increase in political babble, has given rise to a lunatic fringe (we can say that, we're a live shot of a driveway for goodness sake) and has taken away many fun perks of a non-connected society, may have taken away one more pleasure by possibly eliminating the filing-till-midnight party at your local Post Office. Many Post Offices are no longer staying open late on filing day thus eliminating the amusing, highly entertaining, and, at least here in Rochester, party like atmosphere of the Midnight Line of Filers ~ so check (early) before you decide to head on down to the mail box at midnight! However, we can celebrate anyway because it's also Leonardo DaVinci's birthday ~ so put your party hats on and meet us at the post office!

Friday April 12th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday Pebble!!!! Hope it's the start of a great year for you and a most lovely day!!! With the large font (to enable Pebble to read it) we only have room for those birthday wishes and a link to the cherry blossoms (where it's raining) as we wish everyone a lovely weekend (we're still doing April showers here too, but at least today it isn't freezing rain!) Great day and great views all around ~

Thursday April 11th, 2013 ~ Lots of overcast still falling on the driveway ~ which is greening up the grass and encouraging the tulips so we don't mind at all. It is NOT raining in DC (where it was 91 yesterday!) and the Cherry Blossoms are just waiting to show off to anyone who will look. Can't get down there? Not a problem, you can check in here. They are beautiful! May want to check in soon as the return of cicadas is almost upon us ~ After hanging around underground for 17 years, billions of the flying bugs are due to sweep over the East Coast, begining in late April or early May. Some observers have already reported the first signs of the emergence. Today is also the day back in 1970 that Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. (If you are one of those folks who have evidence the mission was aborted because of a sound stage problem please, oh please let us know!) Whatever your views ~ enjoy

Wednesday April 10th, 2013 ~ An overcast day on the driveway ~ which means it's good viewing elsewhere on this Take A Puppy To Lunch Day, celebrating the 147th anniversary of the founding of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh. If you don't have a puppy to take to lunch you can always check in and watch some puppies here, and here, and here. Today is also the 101st anniversary of the day the luxury liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. However, here is a much happier look in at the view from The Queen Elizabeth ~ currently at sea (with no icebergs to worry about at all) on their way to Portugal... we wish we were too.....

Tuesday April 9th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday Kathy T !!! Hope it's the start of a wonderful year for you and a lovely day to boot ~ and thanks to you (and your double nickels today) for providing us with a reason to have cake and ice-cream!!!. We'd also like to thank Pebble for sending us a new nest link ~ Falcons in Louisville that have just hatched!! Right here, and, on the nest page too. More cake all around for the first falcon chicks of the season. With a bit more cake for some firsts from todays past... America's first tax-supported public library opened this day in 1833 in Peterborough NH... in 1953 the first 3D motion picture produced and released by a major company was shown... NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts on this day in 1959... and in 1967 the first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight ~ if all that doesn't call for at least your first piece of cake of the day, we don't know what does. And check this listing for ISS sighting possibilities ~ it's passing over many of our viewers heads these days ~ Enjoy!

Monday April 8th, 2013 ~ Sunday slid on down the driveway despite the fact that both the camera department and the blurb department were no-shows for the day. However, we are back up and running on this, the 2nd Monday in April. If you haven't gotten around to checking in on the nests this season ~ today would be an excellent day for that (there are eagle chicks (!)). As well as an excellent day for checking in on the tulips and cherry blossoms! (this view changes, streams, and is pretty spectacular) Whatever you check in on ~ enjoy the views!

Saturday April 6th, 2013 ~ It's a beautiful Saturday morning and it's Home Opening Day for the Rochester Red Wings! We'll be there ~ you can be there too. Click on Opus above to get there via the Watching Rochester Links or just click here (we'll save you the extra 2 clicks). Hope everyone enjoys the first Saturday in April and good luck to all 4 teams in the Final Four tonight (although really we mean good luck to Syracuse, let's be honest) ~

Friday April 5th, 2013 ~ The partying and jockeying of cars in the driveway continues ~ and so does the sunshine! It's the birthday of Joseph Sobek who is the American inventor of racquetball (Brannaman and Haydon celebrated yesterday with a game or two) and it is the birthday of philosopher Thomas Hobbes without whom we would have never gotten to the philosophy of Calvin and Hobbes...So, Happy Birthday and thanks to Thomas (and Joseph), and in parting, some of the wisdom of Hobbes and his friend Calvin: "We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are". Have some cake today and enjoy..............

Thursday April 4th, 2013 ~ Eagle eyed viewers may have noticed that Haydon's car visited the driveway yesterday, and will be back, now and again, here and there, joining Amy's car on the driveway again today! There will be comings and goings all day long so make some popcorn and settle in. Bonus points for catching Amy, Brannaman, and Haydon, on camera all at the same time :) And if you have the sudden urge to wave a flag (a busy day on the driveway can do that to you) don't fight it because it was this very day, in 1818, that Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state. Of course it's also the day that the book Nineteen Eighty-Four begins ~ but we'll leave you to your own devices to make of that what you will.

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 ~ Yep, the flurries linger on, as the Red Wings arrive in town to warm up (?) for Saturday's home opening game! And Amy and Brannaman are also (or will be soon) wending their way up for a visit (YAY!) You can follow them on the traffic cams (if you can catch them) and then watch as they grace the driveway over the next few day. :) Be sure to have some cake today for the man who came up with Gotham as a nickname for NYC and who helped raise napping as an art form ~ but don't lose your head, or all of the day, reading the stories of birthday boy Washington Irving, as tempting as that is on this cold day, for there are views awaiting ~ Enjoy!

Tuesday April 2nd, 2013 ~ A little more snow to brighten up the morning (?). Today we are on the lookout for mermaids, emperors and ugly ducklings to wander past the driveway as it is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen (he would be turning 208 today if only he could). However, of his six novels and several travel books, thirty-five plays and a hundred and seventy-five fairy tales ~ we think that the 2 characters that are most likely to wander past today are The Snow Queen and The Little Match Girl! Stay warm, enjoy some baseball (?) and enjoy the views ~ and if the snow is too much for you, check out the chicks just hatching in the incubator :)

Monday April 1st, 2013 ~ We were going to do an April Phools posting ~ but Mother Nature beat us to it ~ yep, that's snow falling out there on the driveway. Hope everyone had a good Easter weekend and is ready to take the new month on with a slight chocolate buzz to get things rolling. Meanwhile... here's to snow, and tulips, and whatever else spring wants to throw at us! Because, snow or not ~ it's Major League Baseball's Opening Day!!! And we're ready...even as we clutch our hot chocolate ~

Sunday March 31st, 2013 ~ A very Happy Easter (and Passover) ~ we hope your baskets are filled with chocolate! (if not...remember that all the drugstores etc will have their Easter candy on sale tomorrow (!!)) Cheryl and Mike are on their way home this morning and should have already left NY, NJ, and PA on their way to Delaware, Baltimore, and DC before continuing West, to Ashland. You can check to see where they are here and check to see some of what they saw here. Today, back in 1918, Daylight Savings Time went into effect for the first time, thanks in no small part to Benjamin Franklin who came up with the oil/candle saving idea back in 1784 (congress, it seems, has ALWAYS worked slowly)(probably a good thing). It's the perfect day to check the nests, to find out who are the last 2 teams in the Final Four, and to enjoy the views ~

Saturday March 30th, 2013 ~ And then there were eight... highly amused by the Louisville Duke match up to happen and looking forward to seeing who ends up in the Final Four. Today is a beautiful day on the driveway ~ hope it is where you are too. If not, there are lots of views for what ever weather you seek. And as we wish Vincent van Gogh a very happy birthday we remember that it was on his 4th birthday, 146 years ago today, that we bought the 586,412 square miles from Russia (at 2 cents an acre) that is Alaska! (there just don't seem to be sales like that anymore). So check in on them, as we are wont to do on this day, from Anchorage, to Barrow and everywhere in between. Don't forget to check in on those just hatched chicks (tis the season after all), and on Cheryl and Mike in the Big Apple too. Enjoy ~

Friday March 29th, 2013 ~ Good Friday Morning to all ~ and to the 4 of the Elite 8 who are resting comfortably waiting to hear who is going to join them ~ It's a bit grey here on the driveway but the sun is shining out there (check the beach views), and there are chicks hatching (even as we type!!!!) in Nebraska (the other nests are a bit quieter this morning)(although there are 4 eggs now at Columbus so it's getting busy out there). And while the chicks make their debut, today is also the 218th anniversary of Beethoven's first public performance as a pianist as he, and his Piano Concerto #2, debuted at Vienna's Burgtheater. Kudos all around!

Thursday March 28th, 2013 ~ They made it ~ and so Cheryl and Mike are now loose in the Big Apple! (we'll add any pictures we get to their collection) Fitting somehow that the Madness starts up again this evening.... We mentioned cherry blossom webcams yesterday ~ and here is a lovely view (that is working) ~ blooms are not yet at peak but they will be soon! And of course one of our favorites, the air quality view of the area, is always nice too. Enjoy ~

Wednesday March 27th, 2013 ~ As this is being typed, Cheryl and Mike are pulling into the Charlestown WVA train station aboard The Cardinal bound for New York City! We are green with envy and wish we could at the very least catch the train on cameras ~ but you can check on their progress (sort of) via the schedule and day dream about getting to watch the world go by from inside the train ~ From the driveway here is the view of Charleston, and they are due in to Washington DC around 6:00 to a view something like this. They may even get to see some cherry blossoms as the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway in DC., and the City in Bloom lights get turned on tonight so with any luck they'll catch some of those views ~ Blossom cams posted tomorrow hopefully ~ Now if we could just find a sound file of the clickity-clack.... Oh! pictures FROM the train (Thanks Cheryl!), we'll add to them as they come in :)

Tuesday March 26th, 2013 ~ The Dragon left the ISS successfully today and is due to splash down in the Pacific at... 12:34 p.m. EDT (!). We didn't see it here, but we looked it up online (by going to The Google) which was made possible by one of today's birthday boys Larry Page ~ cofounder of GOOGLE ~ who is turning 40 today!?! Thanks Larry! Enjoy the views and the google ~

Monday March 25th, 2013 ~ A little break from the Madness ~ time to collect ourselves and sweep up our brackets. Which is good because it's already a busy day...after your Våffeldagen waffles be sure to get to a comfortable spot for some Tolkien reading on this lovely Tolkien Reading Day ~ if you leave any leftover waffles (yeah, we don't know what those are either) out it may attract some hobbits... you never know... The theme this year is Tolkien Landscapes. There are many views here that would suffice ~ 1 of our favorites for this day is this Hobbit Gathering Spot I, and here is a lesser known passage for adventuring Hobbits on their way to the Green Dragon Inn (as well as for hobbits on the hunt for waffles), Gathering Spot B. Just outside Tuckborough we found a new webcam for hobbit spotting. And, if you are up at 4AM tomorrow you can do some Dragon Spotting on NASA TV as they are covering Dragon's departure from the ISS (see the trial link in case you haven't) on it's way home. Whatever the views today ~ enjoy ~

Sunday March 24th, 2013 ~ The weekend drivewaycam crew is having a time of it this weekend....not only are they late with the blurb but they forgot to turn off the camera last night so no new first picture of the day... it's so hard to get good help. Only 8 more games today to set up the Sweet 16 ~ wondering how many of those 1,238 perfect brackets that existed via ESPN online on Friday are still "perfect"? (If you find out, please let us know!) It's been a roller coaster of a tournament with all sorts of teams disappearing as if Harry Houdini himself was waving a wand (which just might be the case, since it's his birthday) and speaking of roller coasters, given it's Lawrence Ferlinghetti's birthday too why not take a moment to take a look at Coney Island. Alright, now it's on to the rest of Sunday, the rest of the weekend and the rest of the views ~ Enjoy

Saturday March 23rd, 2013 ~ Don't worry, nothing is wrong, we're OK, just running really late today! We can be okay too because it was this day back in 1839 that the initials "O.K." were first published in the Boston Morning Post and thereby entered the vernacular ~ what isn't okay is our bracket.... Show of hands ~ did anyone, anywhere, have LaSalle playing Ole Miss????? What a spectacular tournament so far. Not for anyone's bracket we're guessing but at least there will be lots of confetti ready for the winner ~ And now, back to our regularly scheduled and oh so late daily viewing ~ From USAToday, yesterday: "More than eight million people with Internet access – including President Obama – entered a bracket in ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge. After just one full day of games, only 1,238 perfect brackets remain." (!)

Friday March 22nd, 2013 ~ Some brackets and some snow fell last night! One continues this morning; the other may start up again around 12:15 ~ What's not to love about March?!? And....it's Friday!!!!! A tip (but not off) of the hat today to taxes that ultimately cost more than the revenue they raise, as we salute the 248th anniversary of the Stamp Act being imposed on the American colonies ~ though Parliament ultimately repealed the tax, the fact that they imposed it at all ended up costing them more than they planned. For your viewing plans today (we would never impose basketball on you if you aren't a fan).... all the views are out there, many based on your recommendations (no view-ation without representation here!), and the nests are always fun to check out (even in between games). Enjoy ~

Thursday March 21st, 2013 ~ There is music in the air today for the birthday of Ms. Lydia!!! Hope it's a fabulous day Lydia ~ and the start of a fabulous year!!! So, to the rest of our viewer(s) ~ when you aren't watching Madness ~ raise your voices (and feet?) in a few choruses of Happy Birthday!!! (and enjoy the views ~ )

Wednesday March 20th, 2013 ~ Be careful while you are gespronging today, along with Spring, which has now sprung (!) (The time of the equinox marks when the center of the sun shines down right on the equator). And speaking of time we know it really is relative thanks to Einstein who published his theory (not Anne's) on the subject just 97 years ago today. (it was a lot more absolute before he pointed out it can bend). It may be too soon to gather rosebuds but certainly you can put all your (daylight) eggs (on end of course) in the spring basket as the days, which in these parts are already over 12 hrs long, are more than ready to continue their headlong rush into grabbing up more and more of the night sky. Enjoy the equinox ~ and whatever side of the space/time continuum(!?) you may happen upon today ~ :)

Tuesday March 19th, 2013 ~ And so it begins ~ March Madness gets underway today at 6:40 PM when the NC A&T Aggies face off against the Liberty Flames (followed by the St. Mary's Gaels against the Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders at 9:10). If you haven't gotten your brackets filled out yet... what are you waiting for? If by chance you are waiting for the swallows to return to Capistrano you're in luck ~ they are due back today! And, as always, should they arrive by train... we have a front row seat for you. So get guessing, enjoy watching for the swallows, and let the games begin! (also beginning tomorrow morning, before driveway cam will be up we're sure, is spring! The equinox occurs at 7:02 a.m. (eastern) so if you are up take a deep breath and enjoy the balance. More tomorrow)

Monday March 18th, 2013 ~ It must be spring ~ the brackets are out!!! (no daffodils out yet, here anyway, thou' there are some in KY we hear)(there are also some in the Greenhouse if you don't have any to look at either). The Madness will soon begin! Meanwhile, in nest news ~ there are 2 falcon eggs in Cleveland, and chicks in the incubator in Nebraska (who are up and busy busy busy already this morning). As the week gets underway, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the views ~

Sunday March 17th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday Mike!!!! Hope it's the start of a great year for you! And Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. We seem to be a wearing 'o the white today, instead of the green, which is okay by us. One of the best things about St. Patrick's Day, besides the corned beef and cabbage (if you are making some please give us a call....), and whatever the weather might be, is stopping in to view the happenings at our favorite Pub in Dublin...O'Shea's. It is the place to be (or at the very least, to see), as you never know what will wander by the camera. :) So, Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona! Sheachaint ar an Bhlarna lá atá inniu ann and bain sult as na tuairimí a ~ (hover here if your Irish is a bit rusty)

Saturday March 16th, 2013 ~ A very late start to the day, at least for driveway cam, however the views are all ready for you. Check out SpaceWeather.com for information on a solar storm that may provide a whole lot of us some auroras to watch! Hope you get to view them live, but if not, don't forget to check out the aurora cam links (right below the driveway pictures and above the table of links). Enjoy the views ~

Friday March 15th, 2013 ~ The Ides of March are once again upon us ~ so much beware-ing will be, or should be (especially is your name is Julius), happening all over the place today. It's also Friday which is a good thing. Overcast on the driveway, however, there is sun out there (you just have to look for it... try Vermont if you don't find it anywhere else... and in some cases just wait for it since it's not up yet in many places). We'd also like to check in with our 23rd state Maine, which became our 23rd state a mere 193 years ago today. You can catch many views of Maine here from the driveway, a couple of our favorites are here and here with more on our East Coast links and the Snow Watching links. Enjoy the day and the views ~

Thursday March 14th, 2013 ~ Yay!!!! It's PI day!!!! A very Happy 3.14 to all! We like to celebrate it, and Enistein's birthday (also today), with pie ~ of course ~ We have it on (relatively) good authority that Alberts's favorite pie was gooseberry! So have a piece, or three today and embrace the fact that the ratio of your circumference to your diameter won't change no matter how many pieces of pie you have! And don't forget to check out some live PIE views as well ~ Enjoy!

Wednesday March 13th, 2013 ~ Welcome to the 83rd anniversary of the day Clyde Tombaugh sent a telegram to the Harvard College Observatory to let them know he had discovered a planet - which would later be named Pluto and which was found just as today's birthday boy Percival Lowell predicted it would be and who initiated the search that ended in its discovery. We still don't have a webcam on Pluto however we have several links to watch those who are able to watch Pluto whenever they want. Wall to wall sunshine on the driveway to start the day but somehow all that energy is only getting it up to 34 at the moment with not much hope of it getting warmer ~ so wear your sweaters while viewing today, instead of your sunscreen, but don't forget your shades!

Tuesday March 12th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday to Jack Kerouac and all you disembodied poets out there ~ if you find yourself on the road today you'll want to stop to enjoy the views and to wish a Happy Birthday to the Girl Scouts, and James Taylor too. This very day back in 1923, one year AFTER Mr. Kerouac was born, the first motion picture with a sound-on-film track was demonstrated at a press conference ~ the Phonofilm ~ developed by Dr. Lee De Forest (and just to get things in perspective ~ it was later that same year that Charlie (of Miller fame) and Grandma Scorse were born). Meanwhile, on the driveway, most of the snow is gone, as the temperatures once again take a dive (but it's looking pretty snowy for the eagles in Colorado)(they aren't the only ones dealing with some snow). Ah March.... wherever the road takes you today enjoy the sights (and sounds!)

Monday March 11th, 2013 ~ Racing towards pi day ~ we find ourselves on the birthday of Douglas Adams. Somewhere he is turning 61, we just wish it was here with us. If you haven't checked out the Google yet today, please do. If you haven't checked out any of Adams' writings in a while, now is your chance. So grab a towel, and enjoy the views around the Universe! We'll meet you at the restaurant at the end of the universe to recap the day. See you there ~ "Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space." ~ Douglas Adams

Sunday March 10th, 2013 ~ Temperatures are soaring into the high 50's here on the driveway so much melting should ensue (always good viewing). It was this day back in 1849 that Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for moving boats through shallow water (though maybe not as shallow as melt water on a driveway), which he was awarded (#6469) and he is still the only President to have a patent, it is also the day back in 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call (to Thomas Watson ~ of which there are many to choose from today if you are into historical reenactments)(many who live in towns with Creek, Lake or River in their names - not sure why but we happened to notice that). And for no reason other than we like it, a view today of a lovely bridge in Scotland, along with the lovely river flowing under it ~ enjoy it and all the views ~

Saturday March 9th, 2013 ~ As we spring ahead this evening we lose an hour but we gain some sunlight? (never made sense to me either) In any case, enjoy the 24 hrs of viewing today as there are only 23 tomorrow!?! Tonight at sunset don't forget to check out (low in the west) the comet passing by, and today you can (finally) check out the nest links! Still a lot of snow to view so the nests are sharing space in the table below with the snow links. There is a brand new trial link ~ (the puppies are on the retired page for now until the table gets sorted out at which time they will be back on the main page!) And as you enjoy the views today be sure to wish Barbie and Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin a happy 54th and 79th birthday (respectively) a more unlikely combo would be hard to find....but any reason for 2 pieces of cake works for us ~ Enjoy ~

Friday March 8th, 2013 ~ Happy International Women's Day to all ~ we are back watching the driveway after a lovely week of watching palm trees, alligators, and some baseball on the side. We got back just in time however as there are only 6 days left until Pi Day, there is another asteroid the size of a football field hurtling towards us this weekend (which you can watch online (!) starting at 2:00 this afternoon right here), there is a comet passing by that finally becomes visible to our hemisphere early next week and there are nests to observe as spring creeps closer day by day! The blurb division and the Department of Birds Nest Links will be working overtime to get caught up, to get the 2013 nest link out there, and to keep you up to date, on viewing everywhere. So sit back, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday March 7th, 2013 ~ We'er baaack. :) None of the cameras and PC's here, or in Florida, played well together this trip, however, we will try to get a few pictures posted at some point. Right now the drivewaycam PC is being rebooted, the blurb is soon to be pushed out there, and life returns somewhat to normal (or at least takes baby steps towards it). Hope you all had a good week ~ the blurb division did, especially as the Yankees beat the Red Sox (may be the only game they win this season but they won!) and a good time was had by all. Right now, a good nap is going to be had by some.

Thursday February 28th, 2013 ~ The entire blurb division is off to do some scouting at spring training. They may or may not be able to get online with updates...we'll keep the cameras running here (as long as they and the PC continue to play well together) so you can keep up to date on the weather and Jim's partying. Enjoy all the views of the end of February and the first week in March ~ and we (well, okay, you know them, so you know the blurb division needs a chaperone) will update and/or post pictures as we can. You can follow spring training games at MLB.COM. Enjoy!

Wednesday February 27th, 2013 ~ With the number of storms running around there has been a decided lack of sun for many of our viewers (and viewees) so in honor of birthday boy Bernard Lyot (he invented the coronagraph to let us see the solar corona without having to wait for an eclipse) ~ let us put on our sunglasses and check out what old Sol is doing ~ If you get a headache from looking at the day star (not directly people, never directly) you can take an aspirin, luckily patented (U.S. Patent No. 644,077) this very day back in 1900. We are having snow, and rain, and snow on the driveway this morning for your viewing pleasure ~ but we may just leave our sunglasses on all day anyway! Enjoy the views and last words to another birthday boy ~ "Lord, how the day passes! It is like a life, so quickly when we don't watch it, and so slowly if we do." ~ John Steinbeck

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 ~ In just a hop, skip and a jump from now February will be over ~ but for now we have the entire antepenultimate day of the month waiting to be viewed. Better pour another cup of regular and save the decaf for later! It was this very day that two national parks were established in the United States 10 years apart ~ the Grand Canyon in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929. They are looking good at 94 and 84 respectively. Also looking good today, and so also good for a look, are some of the nests. Still haven't gotten the nests link updated yet, however, there are 2 eggs at the eagles nest in WVa, 1 egg in the snow covered eagles nest in CO, and now 3 (!) eggs at the slightly snowed in owls nest in CO. But enough of that, it's time, right now, to jump (no leaping) to the views ~ Enjoy ~

Monday, February 25th, 2013 ~ The wanna-be driveway cam is still auditioning, but has made its way to a semi-permanent link on the date (above). It will be there until the various kinks get worked out (which we hope will be soon). Tonight is the full Snow Moon ~ and it's the season for Moon Halos, and the brighter the moon, the brighter the halo, so get out there tonight and take a look. For more information check out spaceweather.com, and up or down, enjoy the views ~

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 ~ The blurb division called in 'under the weather' today ~ so no blurb, but lots of weather, on the driveway and all over the place ~ Enjoy!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 ~ Last Saturday! Get yer Last Saturday of the Month here ~ a late start, but here, in 10 minute increments, (by our usual camera and our wanna be driveway cam) is the last Saturday of February for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy ~

Friday, February 22nd, 2013 ~ It's Friday, there are snow storms bounding about the Midwest (and heading east), and it is the birthdays of Edward Gorey and George Washington! So find a sofa to recline on (best it not be curious) while you enjoy taking in the views ~ and for birthday cake may we suggest a Sweet Potato Pecan Coconut Cake? Forget it, we can't, we don't like coconut and we say "leave it out of the cake!", even if mashed sweet potatoes with coconut is rumored to be one of Washington's favorites... Be careful out there what ever your weather, and enjoy the views where ever you find them. ~ especially the one from the still auditioning new drivewaycam ~

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday Aunt Joyce!!!! ~ We are having a Snow Flake parade today in your honor!!! We hope you have a most wonderful day and that this is the start of a great year for you. :) We hope everyone has a good day in fact, enjoying the views of snow here (yay!!!), and views of puppies (always a good time) ~ if you haven't tried out the trial site yet, you should. Other puppy links are here, here, and, here ~ but they come with a warning: Be careful! These are severely addictive links!!! (some soon to be puppies are here should you find yourself with the need for more)(trust us, you will!) ~ ps ~ the new camera view is here until it gets sorted out ~

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 ~ The new hardware and the old hardware are not happy sharing the same motherboard and much fighting has ensued.... the PC has been wounded in several of the skirmishes and so pictures will be while and when we can, from both the old and the new cams ~ stupid turf wars. Anyway, the current new picture remains here, while the slightly blurry but ever plucky (?) old driveway cam pictures are where they have always been ~

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday to the man who would help us realize that the universe does not revolve around us (can that be right?) Hope where ever Nicolas Copernicus is, it's a good day...It is also the birthday of Charles de L'Écluse (1526) who was the French botanist who introduced the tulip to Holland ~ so some views of other markets in Holland where we might just have seen someone buying some tulips if only we had been up and watching many hours ago! ~ here, and/or here, and, well this is less of a market and more of a nice view, here. Still working on the new camera but you can see the current still picture here.

Monday, February 18th, 2013 ~ A new week ~ a new drivewaycam camera. We're trying out a new camera...some problems kicking about: can't get the date actually "on" the picture (but it shows up on the live/streaming view), can't save multiple pictures at the moment so no first picture of the day and no "earlier shots" of the driveway... however the picture is much clearer, and dark isn't quite as dark as it was (!). So here, for your viewing pleasure, and it's official trial run, is a new view of the driveway... in 10 minute static slices, *and* streaming, with all the action as it happens with a click right here! (if you are up for the excitement that is (please check with your doctor before starting any new viewing activities)) ~ Enjoy the views (and let us know what you think) 11:00 Oops Update = technical difficulties = back to the regularly scheduled webcam..... 12:00 Update = static picture from new cam is back...you can see it here.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013 ~ A **VERY** Happy 80th (!!!) Anniversary to Ms. Blondie Boopadoop and Mr. Dagwood Bumstead who were married this day back in 1933. Still appearing world wide they don't look as if they've aged a day! To celebrate we are getting some snow (Yay!), but for those of you who aren't as enamored of snow (we've heard rumors, we just don't believe them (how can you not like snow?)) take heart, the storks are wandering back, the eagles are back in Colorado, in West Virginia, as well as in Iowa [well, there was one on the branch when we first looked :( ] and there is even an egg at one of the owl nests! Which means very soon the nesting cams page will be back too if we can get the drivewaycam birders off their duffs and on to coding ~ meanwhile, enjoy the snow (while it lasts) and all the views ~ (click on pictures for larger views) and click here for test pictures from new driveway camera being tested or here (userid=drivewaycam, there is no password)

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 ~ A quiet day on the driveway complete with snow, to make it even quieter ~ a couple of trips out and back (grid willing) and maybe a new soup recipe are in the works, but not much else. If you are looking for more snow to watch, check out the heavy snow areas on the map for the best viewing opportunities. If the white stuff you want to look at on the ground is sand, there are plenty of views of that as well (although, seems it's only 49 in Panama City this morning, so keep your sweaters and shawls handy). The penultimate Saturday in February (already!?) may just be the perfect day to curl up with a book, and your monitor, and enjoy the views ~

Friday, February 15th, 2013 ~ This afternoon we will be having a close encounter with object 2012 DA 14, which is an asteroid about 160 ft in diameter. It is the closest fly-by of an asteroid yet in 2013, as it will hurtle by just about 17,000 miles from the Earth’s surface! 2012 DA 14 will be passing by at 2:25 p.m. Eastern time, and in parts of the world where it is night, it will be visible through a backyard telescope. If you are not sure if it's going to be visible for you, and you can't tell if 2:25 is daylight or not in your neighborhood... check here. Luckily, NASA is going to be covering the event for us ~ and you can watch online at any, or all, of these 3 links: link one, link two, link three. No matter what impression the Don't Look link might lead you to...we're not in any danger, but we do recommend wearing an aluminum foil hat when watching for the asteroid (it won't protect you, from anything, but it's a lot of fun to wear) ~ Enjoy the views and duck if necessary!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 ~ Happy Valentine's Day ~ enjoy the views ~ :)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 ~ A very slow day on the driveway today, although one that has 2 minutes and 42 seconds more viewing time than yesterday! Enjoy wandering the views in the extra daylight ~ but be sure to get back by nightfall! You can quickly find out when that is in your area thanks in no small way to the world's first electronic digital computer, ENIAC (the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator) which was first demonstrated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, at the University of Pennsylvania, by the late John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert this day in 1946. Filling a room 30 by 50 feet it started us down this path ~ do you think Mauchly and Eckert imagined then that the path would lead to the driveway? (or to the proliferation of youtube cat videos?). Our guess is they didn't or they might have pulled the plug! :)

Fat Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 ~ A very Happy Mardi Gras to one and all ~ and a Happy Birthday to Abe! The last parade (and always a good one) is today at 10 (central), so it's time to put on your masks, boil up some crawfish and head on down to Bourbon Street ~ Enjoy the views ~

Monday, February 11th, 2013 ~ There is one less teenager in the family today as Jessie turns 20!!!! (is that possible?) A very Happy Birthday Jessie ~ hope it's the start of a most wonderful year for you!!!! Closest webcam to Jessie we've found so far is about 20 miles from her at Stanford, KY, so that will have to do for now. (if anyone knows of a closer one, let us know). More blizzard viewing in the plains (check out the Dakotas and Minneapolis etc), while it's a quiet melty day here on the driveway. If you get the chance today, recline a little as it is the 85th anniversary of the invention of the La-Z-Boy. Ed Shoemaker, and his cousin Edward Knabusch, designed the first La-Z-Boy, which was a was a comfortable wood slat porch chair then. Relax, and have some cake and ice-cream in Jessie's honor while you are catching the penultimate day of parades in New Orleans ~ Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, February 10th, 2013 ~ Hope you brought your sunglasses because the Year of the Snake is starting out BRIGHT and SHINY!!!! All of the snow out there is currently making the views here sublime, which makes sense because with all the endothermic goings-on out there today ~ besides the fusion [melting, as of snow], we may have sublimation [going from a solid to a gas without stopping at the liquid phase] too! ~ so be careful out there. All the snow is a nice touch too for the birthday today of the man who wrote Doctor Zhivago ~ Boris Pasternak. (might be a good day to finally watch the movie Pebble!) Apart from all the great snow viewing all over the place, there are 4 parades today too (starting at 11:00AM central) in New Orleans, along with any of the other non-snow views just waiting to spend the day with you if you need a break from watching snow melt on the driveway for some reason... :) Shades on, feet up, and Enjoy the views ~

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 ~ The blizzard along the east coast continues to provide interesting viewing, the driveway is once again bedecked in snow, and today is the 143rd anniversary of the establishment of the US National Weather Service ~ so get out there and watch some weather today. Sadly, today is the last day of the Year of the Dragon ~ with the Year of the Snake slithering on stage tomorrow, we must bid a fond farewell to the daily dragon...We have enjoyed it and hope you have too, and we're going to miss it, but meet us back here February 10, 2024 for the next one! (we have a lot of dragon pictures we didn't get to use this year!)

Friday, February 8th, 2013 ~ It started snowing here around 9 ~ welcome to Friday and your front row seat to the driveway, and in fact to all of the views, without having to get out in the cold or snow. (which is only a good thing if you don't like cold and snow, but I digress). Check the links yesterday for the Boston area, check the traffic links, any of our random links below, the usual snow watching links, the East Coast Waves are fun to check out, as are the weatherbug cameras (pick an area to watch by zip code), and besides the NY City traffic cams (always good), here is another great view there as well. If you are out and about in the various storms, be careful, it could be tricky getting around ~ if you can stay in, just make a pot of tea or hot chocolate, pull up the blankets, and enjoy the parades in New Orleans and all the views everywhere ~ bonus! there may even be a driveway plowing, or two(!), if the forecast is correct ~

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 ~ There are winter storm warnings in the rockies, rumors of a nor'easter visiting the east coast this weekend, with much snow across Michigan and the Great Lakes too ~ although the rumor here locally is only "shovelable" snow (hasn't even reached "plowable" in the forecast yet, still, our fingers remain crossed). Meanwhile up the coast and especially from Boston to Maine all sorts of predictions are prancing about. No matter what the totals end up being, the viewing should be good so gather your blankets, your slippers, your favorite tea and get ready to settle in for some viewing ~ there are the coastal views, the traffic cams, and some Boston area links here that could be excellent for snow watching ~ more tomorrow ~ But for today ~ more great parades in New Orleans, and a look in at the view the Beatles left behind when they arrived in the US for the first time 49 (!!!!) years ago today ~ (there is a streaming link too). Enjoy ~

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 ~ Four great reasons for cake this morning (besides the ever present overarching reason of "because it exists") ~ it is the birthdays of Mary Douglas Leakey (whose discovery of a 1.75 million year-old hominid skull helped us all learn about our origins)(check out Google) ~ of Babe Ruth (whose 714 homeruns record stood from 1935 until Mr. Aaron topped it in 1974) ~ and of Joseph Priestley (discoverer of oxygen (thank goodness or we'd still be holding our breath!)) And a little look in at New York Harbor this morning, to see who might be starting out on a voyage just as the SS Maasdam did 48 years ago today (good grief!) when it headed out to take some passengers to visit Elizabeth II's realm on the then 13th (today is her 61st) anniversary of becoming Queen. Long(er) may she reign! ~ Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 ~ It's Don't Worry Be Happy Day on the driveway ~ we have had some snow fall (and it's still falling on and off), it's free Short Stack of Pancake Day at I-Hop (!), it's free Pizza Slider Day at Pizza Hut (from 4-7) (we don't know what a pizza slider is so this may or may not be a part of DWBH day (let us know if you try one, we'll decide then)) and it's still 27 years (to the day) before we know if the near-Earth asteroid 2011 AG5, which currently only has an impact probability of 1 in 625, hits or not! So, put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the views ~

Monday, February 4th, 2013 ~ A little bit of snow overnight, making this "Check in on Clyde Day" very bright here on the driveway ~ as it is the birthday of Clyde Tombaugh (who discovered the always-round-here-it-is-a planet Pluto), we like to check in on his progress as he makes his way to Pluto! With only 889 days left before his closest encounter with Pluto (on 7/14/15), it's almost time to start planning for the event, so mark your calendars if they aren't already marked and SAVE THE DATE! To see where he is now, check out this map as he continues towards the orbit of Neptune.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 ~ Today is a Very Super Day ~ because ~ it's Emily's Birthday!!!!! Many, many Happy Returns Em!!!! How old is she? You may well ask... Well without coming right out and saying, we will say that among the infinity of integers, there are only six that can not be formed by the addition of distinct triangular numbers. The largest of these is the age Emily is obtaining today. Her age is also the atomic number of arsenic, the smallest odd repdigit that is not a prime number, it is the name of a song by The Smashing Pumpkins, the 8th composite number to descend into the prime number 3, and is a semiprime number with both its prime factors being Gaussian primes, as well as being a Blum integer, a Størmer number, and, the code for international direct-dial phone calls to France!!!! So now you know. And if you don't, here is one more hint ~ she is 1 less than the number of the day of the year it is today :) Hope it's a wonderful day and a wonderful year ahead for you Em, and for all of us ~ Enjoy ~

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 ~ It's official (?!) ~ Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow so winter will be making an early, though perhaps not terribly graceful, exit, and spring will be making an early arrival.... but not today. There is still snow out and about. Not much falling here of course, but maybe where you live? Considering that as of this morning 46% of the United States is still covered in snow you might as well enjoy the snowy views while you can, and if winter has already been too long for you (?) check out the tulips blooming in the greenhouse while you raise a toast to Phil. (with a small reminder that Pete has had a 39% accuracy rate regarding his early spring/late winter forecasts so far)(we're just saying) ~ Stay warm and Enjoy the views ~

Friday, February 1st, 2013 ~ It's February, it's Friday, it's Freezing and it Snowed (and is still snowing), it's Fabulous ~ to celebrate, New Orleans is having a parade (or 2), I-90 is having a snow-based ticker-tape parade (interesting viewing in Cleveland right now (around I-90 and I-271), Erie, and beyond (in both directions could be interesting too)) and in fact, on a whole lot of views there is snow (with deer and turkeys!?) :) It is also National Wear Red Day in honor of Woman's Heart Health so bundle up in your warmest, reddest sweaters/hats/scarves/blankets/etc, stay in when you can, be careful if you go out, and enjoy the views (they are good for your heart) ~

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 ~ Well we aren't going to have January to kick around much longer ~ the last day of the first month in the year of the Independence of the United States of America Two Hundred and Thirty Seven is upon us (and upon the driveway). Today is the day back in 1865 that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was passed and started on its road to ratification. It is also the birthday of baseball legend Jackie Robinson (check out google) and of friend Ann (of the KY Ann's) and we wish her a very happy year ahead! It's a beautiful day in Antarctica (the penguin chicks are getting very big). And it's a snow covered afternoon in Northern Finland, with a little traffic on the roads to watch. (slightly more than the penguin traffic, slightly less than almost anywhere else) ~ lots to check out no matter where you look today. Enjoy ~

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 ~ The weather is crazy so we say, as long as you aren't in the swatch of Tornado Watches and Warnings, and maybe too as long as you aren't in the blizzard and zero visibility areas, ignore it and celebrate Take Your Mouse To Lunch Day in honor of the birthday of Doug Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse (the mouse was developed in the 60's but will officially turn 44 (!!!) later this year on the anniversary of it being patented) ~ Given that it is also the day back in 1933 that the first episode of the 'Lone Ranger' radio program was broadcast in Detroit ~ you may want to take your mouse to lunch on your trusty steed Silver (or whatever you call your trusty steed). However you get to lunch today we hope you, and your mouse, enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 ~ It is National Puzzle Day here on the driveway ~ and where you are too if you click the picture ~ :) (if you see the completed picture when you get to the puzzle page ... click on the gear symbol on the lower left)

Monday, January 28th, 2013 ~ Snow! ~ The flakes are too big for it to last long but it is pretty and sort of makes up for it being Monday. What also makes up for it is the fact that (according to Writer's Almanac) it "was on this day in 1754 that the word "serendipity" was first coined. Defined by Merriam-Webster as "the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for", it was recently listed by a U.K. translation company as one of the English language's 10 most difficult words to translate. Other words to make their list include plenipotentiary, gobbledegook, poppycock, whimsy, spam, and kitsch." Today is also the day in 1934 that the 1st U.S. ski tow rope began operation, in Woodstock Vermont. And while we couldn't find a tow-rope cam we do have some lovely views that should give you a lift in ~ Vermont, NY, Utah, Germany and Bulgaria ~ We hope you find what you are not looking for today no matter where you look ~

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 ~ With much of the country getting rained upon by snow, ice, and, well, rain ~ it's probably a good day to stay in and look for white rabbits bounding across the driveway as they are wont to do on this day each year in honor of Lewis Carroll's birthday. If you don't see any on the driveway you can always check here (well between 9AM and 10PM central anyway). In between looking for rabbits don't forget to check out the 2 parades today ~ hopefully they have worked out their 'technical difficulties' so we can watch both the Carrollton parade at Noon, and the King Arthur parade at 1:15 ~ if you are just going to hang out on the driveway we suggest bringing your sunglasses as we are being rained upon by sunshine ~ Enjoy the views ~

Saturday, January 26th, 2013 ~ If the weather is keeping you inside, just take a trip to New Orleans and catch some Mardi Gras fever watching any (or all) of the 4 parades today (1 p.m.-Pontchartrain; 2 p.m.-Choctaw; 6 p.m.-Sparta; and 6:45 p.m.-Pygmalion). While you don't have to fly to get there, it was 102 years ago today Glenn Curtiss piloted the first hydroplane flight at San Diego, California. With a successful take-off from, and landing on, water he rose six feet and flew about two or three hundred yards in his plane the Flying Fish. (not as far, or as fast as most wild turkeys can fly...) Speaking of which, it was 229 years ago today that Benjamin Franklin wrote to his daughter that the turkey would have made a better national bird than the bald eagle, which had taken Congress 6 (!) *years* to choose as our emblem. (and you thought our congress was slow). But we're not sure if his letter was about the emblem, or the congress... :) Enjoy the views ~

Friday, January 25th, 2013 ~ It's Friday ~ there is snow on the ground ~ so let's have a parade! Okay, well let's watch some parades anyway ~ that's right it is Parade Season again in New Orleans! The Mardi Gras Parades Schedule is right here, and the parades can be watched right here (from your own curb side seat!)(there is also a schedule of parades on that page). You can enjoy all of the sights and most of the atmosphere, but you'll have to bring your own beads. (we're hoping one of these days there will be a "catch beads" adaptor for parade cam). Enjoy all the views in New Orleans, and all over the place, and party on ~

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 ~ YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grab some hot chocolate and enjoy the views. You could also at some point (a point where you don't have to go out any more and/or it's after noon (somewhere)) grab a beer as canned beer made its debut on this day in 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger's Finest Beer and Krueger's Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. They gave it 2, slightly wobbly, thumbs up (using only 1 hand!). Even if you don't drink it, you should keep a can around in case you get lost in the woods....? But today is really more of a 'hot chocolate and enjoy the views' day because who knows how long this beautiful snow will stick around?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday Patti Beth!!! Hope it's a wonderful day for you and the start of a great year!! We got a little bit of snow on the driveway overnight just for you ~ and are getting a little bit more as icing on the cake! :) Sorry all of you aren't here to enjoy it with us ~ However, if you are celebrating National Pie Day today, with some home-made pie (or store bought, as we are equal opportunity pie-ers here)...give us a call and we'll figure out how to get there to enjoy it with you!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 ~ Rumors of snow exist, if we get some you'll know almost as soon as we do! There are reports of LOTS of snow all around us so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we get a few flakes..... while we are waiting to hear from the snow just a note that it was 10 years ago that we last heard from Pioneer 10 ~ designed for a 21-month mission, it lasted more than 30 years after it's launch on March 2, 1972! At last contact, Pioneer 10 was 7.6 billion miles from Earth, or 82 times the nominal distance between the Sun and the Earth. At that distance, it takes more than 11 hours and 20 minutes for the radio signal, traveling at the speed of light, to reach the Earth (about the same amount of time it is taking to travel on the thruway today in some spots!)... hope where ever it is now, it's enjoying the views ~

Monday, January 21st, 2013 ~ Happy Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Jr Day ~ D.C is the place to watch today on your TV of course (if you aren't there in person) or via the traffic cams there for a whole different viewpoint. There was quite a view 541 years ago today when the great daylight comet of 1472 passed within 10.5 million km of earth (this March we have the opportunity possibly to see a great sun diving comet, along with the possibility of our own daylight comet later in the year). The arctic is visiting much of the US (and much of the planet), so bundle up, be careful out there, and enjoy the views ~ "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 20th, 2013 ~ We're thinking between the weather (see yesterday's links), and watching traffic cams in DC as the public inauguration ceremony prep continues, along with seeing what might blow past the driveway in the 40-50 mile an hour winds we're having, your viewing is pretty much lined up for the day! If you haven't checked in on the penguin chicks lately be sure to take a hop down to Antarctica, they are too cute for words (even a thousand of 'em) ~ Hang on to your hats, as well as everything else, and enjoy the views as the day races on down the driveway ~

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 ~ With blizzard warnings in North Dakota, winter advisory warnings in Minnesota, gale warnings on the great lakes, and lake effect warnings to go with the gales (as well as falling temperatures all over the place) it's the perfect day to stay inside and wander the links. And/or stay in and read some Edgar Allen Poe, as it's his birthday and he would love to spend the day with you ~ Check out the snow watching links for the snow bound areas, and in particular the Northwoods cameras, as well as all the traffic links and any other links you care to wander. No need to keep too close an eye on the driveway as we are, once again, NOT in the 'getting snow' area today ~ let's hope that doesn't imply we'll have snow nevermore.....

Friday, January 18th, 2013 ~ We discovered a little bit of snow had fallen over night, and today is good day for discovering as it was back in 1778 on this date that the English explorer Captain James Cook became the first European to 'discover' the Hawaiian Islands, (the yang of that discovery yin is it's also the day in 1912 Robert Falcon Scott arrived at the South Pole, after a two-month ordeal, to discover, unfortunately, that Roald Amundsen, had preceded him there by a month.) Meanwhile, on the birthday side of the street ~ the 100-Acre Woods, along with Winnie the Pooh and all his friends, became possible on this day in 1882 when Alan Alexander (A.A. to his friends) Milne was born! So celebrate today with some warm cake and cold ice-cream while discovering the views above (it will be daylight in Hawaii soon), and all over ~ Enjoy ~

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 ~ A happy 307th birthday today to one Mr. Benjamin Franklin (who unfortunately can't join us today) ~ we'll raise a pint in his honor which is something we couldn't do for his 214th birthday as it was this day in 1920 that the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) went into effect, which made the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor illegal. If you are looking for snow you'll have to check Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia... the traffic cams are always a good place to start .... And for goodness sake, no matter what the weather stay off the roads if you've been "honoring" Mr. Franklin! :)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 ~ Great glory in the morning it's Appreciate a Dragon Day! How perfect is that? Established to boost children's literacy by encouraging them to read it's a perfect combination of reading and dragons! So get out there and encourage some reading about dragons ~ and for all you older kids try some of these for reading and 'preciating. And (not that we need more) winter is returning to our side of the map (the west shouldn't get all the fun) so let's be careful out there people....and if you are stuck inside because of bad roads you can enjoy the winter traffic via traffic cams, and/or enjoy a quick game over at Google (hint: clear the ice before you run out of gas), along with all the other views ~

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 ~ Oops - caught the driveway cam folks napping (mostly you caught them in a fog)(same things some daze)(thanks Pebble!). Pinkies up, and toast all around today for Queen Elizabeth I, on the 454th anniversary of her coronation. ELIZABETH! Wish we were in England to have a pint in her honor ~ not sure if it was foggy there 454 years ago or not. Have to look that up, meanwhile, back to napping, and fogging, and enjoying the views ~ (the fog has almost cleared in San Francisco, maybe it will here internally too?) You'll find other foggy areas for viewing here (and if you happen to see our brain in one of the views please let us know!)

Monday, January 14th, 2013 ~ Monday, Monday ~ get yer Monday here... Hope the 2nd Monday of the year is a good one for you. When/if you take a break from viewing, you may want to Dress Your Pet (as it's National Dress Your Pet Day!?) Of course, depending on your pet, you may want to just keep on viewing ~ especially here: a tortoise frequently dressed with a webcam that is always entertaining ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 ~ 26 degrees above normal yesterday, which was a record high, and we are heading the same way (if not more) today (it's already 25 degrees above normal and it's only 11:AM). Not much to do but enjoy not wearing coats I guess, but some of us will be very happy when winter swings by for another visit next week (hopefully). The other thing you won't need today, at least around here, is to get buried under your bedspreads... which is a shame because it was this day back in 1863, that the first U.S. patent for a chenille manufacturing machine was issued to William Canter of New York City, who made the first such machine in the U.S. (No. 37,415) Today is also the day back in 1610 that Galileo discovered a fourth moon (Callisto) of Jupiter. Haven't found a webcam there (yet) but you can always check in on our moon, right here, right now. So peel off those sweaters and coats, break out the shorts (?) and enjoy the tropical views ~

Saturday, January 12th, 2013 ~ Yep, that's grass showing up on driveway cam.... the melting fairies were really busy last night and will continue their winter deconstruction this weekend dragging (some of) us kicking and screaming into the 60's by tomorrow. Seeing what has been hidden from view is right up today's alley (every day should have one) as it was this date back in 1896, we are told, that the first X-Ray photo was taken in the U.S ~ by Dr. Henry Smith. A few things have disappeared from view on this day too (much like our snow is doing) back in 1583, when Holland switched to the Gregorian calendar and the day after the first day of the year was suddenly the 12th day of the year. (quite possibly more a case of a severe national hangover (they were outrageous partiers in those days, especially on New Years) but they switched calendars anyway to cover up the blackout) You can keep an eye on a much quieter Holland here along with all the others views today, to see what you can uncover ~

Friday, January 11th, 2013 ~ Rain is due on the driveway today ~ best watched with a cup of hot tea ~ and another cup should be raised for the Grand Canyon, as it was 105 years ago today that President Teddy Roosevelt redesignated the Grand Canyon preserve as a U.S. National Monument. There is still a lot of snow out west for viewing as well (some even forecasted for the Canyon) ~ so might as well make a pot of tea and settle in. Enjoy the views ~ Here are 3 more views of the Grand Canyon that may or may not be working, and may or may not be the same views for that matter ~ they were all dark when we checked them out.... (one), (two), (three) ( 1:10 update ~ well, of those 3, the first one isn't working and the other 2 are of the same shot! sorry about that, still it's a lovely view ! )

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 ~ A quiet day on the driveway ~ you can almost hear the snow melt....meanwhile out west there are blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings a'plenty so check out the views in the northern Plains states and around, and with the gale warnings along the North East, and entire West, coasts there should be some good wave viewing possibilities. If you are in those areas be careful and enjoy the views from inside!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 ~ The January thaw gets a little more serious today as our temperatures head to the 40's ~ the up and down temperatures tend to spread colds like wildfire which is probably why (?!) on this day in 1894 the "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" was released in movie theaters. And if the thought of cold germs racing about (especially in movie theaters) isn't shocking enough for you, please note that it is National Static Electricity Day ~ so put on some socks, schooch your feet around on the carpet and celebrate! (the legal department wishes to point out that this form of celebration in areas prone to gas leaks is NOT recommended) :)

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday to 2 guys who rocked the universe, although in slightly different ways.... Stephen Hawking and Elvis Presley. So in their honor, and for your viewing enjoyment today: a rock, while today rolls on down the driveway ~ (a view that may just make it to our permanent collection!) Enjoy ~

Monday, January 7th, 2013 ~ Last first day of the week for the year is here today with the first Monday in 2013. And you can watch it roll on down the driveway along with some of the snow as temperatures and the jet stream begin their rise. It's also the day, back in 1887, that Thomas Stevens became the first person to circle the world by bicycle! (no, didn't pedal across the Pacfic (although that would have been something to see!), he arrived this day by steamer to San Francisco after pedaling around from Liverpool to Japan. Might want to take a quick viewing lap of the globe in his honor (bicycle and goggles not required)(but are always fun to have while viewing). And it is the birthday of a favorite here, Nicholson Baker, so if you wander into your library today be sure to check out his writings, and especially The Mezzannine and Room Temperature (oldies but very goodies). Enjoy today's rotation and of course, the views ~

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 ~ Happy Birthdays today to Carl Sandburg and Joan of Arc ~ having cake and ice-cream with them would certainly be an interesting and no doubt enlightening time wouldn't it? ~ but it is also Epiphany, the day some say that the gold, frankincense, and myrrh arrived and certainly, here behind the driveway, the day the process of putting Christmas away for another year begins. The good news is there really is some enlightenment for all of us with the extra minute of daylight we get today (another excellent gift) as the sun wanders back and the days continue their slow march of getting longer. So have a radiant day however you spend it and if you'd like to come help pack up the decorations.... please do! :)

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 ~ A very good afternoon on this not so sunny but still bright Twelfth Night. It's the eve of Epiphany, the official end of the Christmas holiday season, and the day on which many people take down their Christmas decorations or risk bad luck for the coming year. (from the Writer's Almanac). The jet stream is getting ready to head north bringing us waves of snow melting warmth so enjoy the snow while it's here, it's days, like the decoration's, are numbered. And as it turns out today is National Bird Day ~ so watching some snow birds seems to be in order. With luck you'll find them here and here ~ Enjoy ~

Friday, January 4th, 2013 ~ First Friday of the New Year is rolling down the driveway just for you ~ we're running behind (how does that happen so early (in the day and in the year? ack)) so, without further delay, it's off to the views ~ which today need to include the penguins ~ there are chicks!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 ~ It's take a Hobbit to 2nd Breakfast Day in honor of the 121st birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien ~ or, at the very least, it's have a 2nd breakfast while reading The Hobbit Day. It's also the day back in 1871 that oleomargarine was patented (U.S. Patent No. 110,626) by Henry Bradley in Binghamton, NY (though we are pretty sure that hobbits favor butter). So as the first Thursday of the year gets underway, a toast, (with butter!(?)) to all things seen and unseen in this world. For a glimpse of some of the seen...and maybe some of the unseen... check out all the views ~ and with any luck you may see a Hobbit either on the driveway (it could happen) or even here ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 ~ Okay, the party is over ~ back to work! And while trying, somehow, to make the mental transition from "off work" all the way over to "at work" ~ have we got a bridge for you! Today is the 142nd anniversary of the day construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge to cross the East River in New York, with a single span, a breadth of 1,600 feet navigable water. It would take 13 years to complete what was then regarded as the greatest engineering feat, and it is still in service today, and remains the world's only stone-towered, steel cabled bridge. It's also the 170th anniversary of the first wire suspension bridge being opened to traffic in Fairmount, Pennsylvania, so it's been a day of bridging gaps for centuries. Throw in that it is the birthday of Isaac Asimov too, and, in between watching the Brooklyn Bridge and all the other views, you may want to read a little as well ~ Enjoy

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 ~ A very Happy New Year as 2013 gets underway ~ a brand new year of views are out there waiting (still waiting on the penguin chicks too). We're starting the year out enjoying the snow on the driveway and anywhere else we can find it. We hope last night isn't too much of a blur and that you enjoy day one of the year, relaxing as the holidays wind down just a bit, and wandering the views ~

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