2015's Previously on Previously on Driveway Cam

Thursday, December 31st 2015 ~ Happy Birthday Drew!!!! Hope it's a great day for you and the start of a great year for you (and for us all!) :) The New Year is coming at us at about 1040 mph. It's already zinged through Australia (see pictures below) and is racing on towards each and every one of us. So celebrate Drew's birthday and rock-around-the-clock ~ You can watch it all arrive online of course although it's a lot more convoluted than it used to be. Here is a list of links, many of which take you to other lists...so lots of clicking and waiting but you do get there (just plan ahead!). Here is last year's list that is a little more concise but not all of these links have been checked so be forewarned. Earthcam may be the best bet for online viewing, limited locations but good views. Or you can wander outside your house, at your midnight, and welcome 2016 personally! However the day and night unfolds (we hope all our viewers start out the new year warm, dry and healthy!) ~ enjoy the views and Happy New Year! (Next up is Tokyo as of this posting, and then here is a link for watching Dubai about 5 hrs later) Now it's back to watching 2015 wander down the driveway and into the past ~

Wednesday, December 30th 2015 ~ Faster and faster away this old year passes. Down to 2 days left so get your viewing in while you can! We are currently stuck in the Antarctic ~ not by weather issues but by a deluge of cuteness. If you haven't gone to check out the chicks, you really need to. Meanwhile, we pause for a moment of song (not silence) for all of the distant penguin cousins, the canaries, who worked in the British Mines testing the air prior to this day in 1986, when the BBC reported that the British government planned to replace about 200 canaries, who were still in use in mining pits at that time, with modern electronic gas detectors. And we'll leave you with a quick look at our current favorite flightless waterfowl baby (babies!)!

Tuesday, December 29th 2015 ~ Finally some white stuff out there on the ground! Yay!!!! And it's cold!!!! And it's actually like winter!!!! (sure, by March we may have another tune but right now we are as pleased as punch). Tires become very important these days so a tip of the hat to Charles Goodyear (the company was named after him, he wasn't a part of it), born this very day back in 1800, who was the American inventor who baked rubber mixed with sulphur and discovered the vulcanization process. The very process which helps us on the roads today. (No Virginia, it's not the process to turn us all into Vulcans ~ they are still working on that). So, a toast to Mr. Goodyear! (and a bag of kitty litter in your car to help when your tires can't quite grab the road) :) Let's be careful out there people, and enjoy the lovely snowy (?) views ~

Monday, December 28th 2015 ~ It's a 3 days after Christmas miracle ~ SNOW !!!! It's also the day that London's Westminster Abbey was consecrated in 1065. So party on! If you are in the severe weather areas be careful, stay dry and warm. And now it's on to the first day of the last week of 2015 ~

Sunday, December 27th 2015 ~ A rainy Sunday on the driveway as 2015 works it way out of here ~ hope your weekend is warm and dry at least inside. You can make it snow inside with some online snowflake making, or fold some paper and actually cut out some snowflakes if you are as bereft of snow as we are ~ today is the day back in 1831 that British naturalist Charles Darwin set out from Plymouth, England, on the HMS Beagle on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Which caused our understanding of the earth to evolve ~ who knows what views today may cause? So get out there and explore, survey, and of course penguinate! ** ack!!! penguination update!!! Penguin chick spotted on picture from Christmas Eve!!! YAY!!!! **

Saturday, December 26th 2015 ~ Happy Boxing Day ~ or as it's known on this side of the driveway Happy Napping Day!!! :) Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and now while the pansies and roses are blooming here (they really are!), it's time to dream of snow, graze through the leftovers, nap some more and wander the seasonal views as well as all the rest of them. Speaking of rest, it may be time for another nap! Enjoy ~ December/Seasonal Links ~ Snow Watching ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ Lights Watching ~

Friday, December 25th 2015 ~ We wish you a Merry Christmas ~ God bless the master of your house, And the mistress also, And all the little children, That round your table grow; The cattle in your stable, The dogs at your front door, And all that dwell within your gates, We'll wish you ten times more ~ if you're in the neighborhood we hope you'll stop by. We haven't got a soul cake (love the location of that concert!) ...however we do have cookies a'plenty!

Thursday, December 24th 2015 ~ Still a couple of presents and grocery shopping (ack!) to do this way-too-warm-and-way-too-snowless Christmas Eve. We wish you all the peace and quiet that comes from a fresh snowfall, and all the chaos and fun possible for this day. If you have time check out the seasonal views ~ the Goat is still standing in Sweden, and the lights are shining all over the place. There is snow if you look around, and skating and Christmas fairs and much hot chocolate to drink while watching those links and any or all of the others. And don't forget to track Santa on NORAD ~ so it's off to the day, the Eve, and the views ~ Ho Ho Ho!

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 ~ Here's a surprise ~ we're running late! So it's off to the views with out too much further ado. Found this lovely view of the Rockefeller Center last night! ~ added it to the Lights Link, and added new skating links as well. So heat up that hot chocolate and enjoy the rush, as well as the views of Christmas Fairs, and snow (somewhere!?), and penguins, and whatever else you can find ~

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015 ~ A very happy birthday to Colo ~ the first gorilla born in captivity. She was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio (1956). At age 59, Colo is currently the oldest gorilla living in captivity, and possibly the oldest in the world, since the average age of gorillas in the wild is about 35 (with thanks to The Writer's Almanac). While we don't actually gain a minute of daylight until the 24th, we have quit losing daylight after the solstice and that + Colo's birthday calls for a toast with mulled wine, or maybe some hot chocolate, or peppermint tea, and some christmas cookies and enjoying the snow (where ever we can find it), the skating, the lights, the fairs, and the whole ball of Christmas wax, er um, views!

Monday, December 21st 2015 ~ It's here! We made it!!! The shortest day of the year!! And consequently, the longest night. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Solstice with all best wishes for getting through this long dark night with good spirits (and naked bonfire dancing if needed). The good news is that after 11:48 pm (eastern) on this 12:21:15 the rush into darkness starts to hit the brakes and we start slowling climbing back into the light. So get your viewing in while you can during these abbreviated viewing days (at least here in our hemisphere), embrace the balance and the tilt, and Happy Solsticing!

Sunday, December 20th 2015 ~ Some beautiful sunshine on this 2nd shortest day of the year! So get your viewing in while you can because the 2nd longest night of the year is coming. As we plunge into the Solstice tomorrow today we'll reflect on the fact that we still have shopping to do just as we did 212 years ago (some things never change) when the Louisiana Purchase was completed for $15 million (our Christmas lists were shorter then, but we still liked a bargain), which was roughly three cents an acre for the land that spanned from Montana to the port of New Orleans and doubled the size of the United States. If your running around is done ~ enjoy some peppermint tea, some penguins, and some particularly Christmas-y/Winter panoramas ~

Saturday, December 19th 2015 ~ Loved the new Star Wars movie! An excellent start to a weekend that will have us all jumping to light speed ~ more cookies this afternoon, c'mon by if you are in the neighborhood, with much running around before and after.... starting .... NOW! (enjoy the views)

Thursday, December 17th 2015 ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAYDON!!!! Hope it's a great day and the start of a most remarkable year for you! :) Today is also the day that Beethoven was baptized and as we don't know his exact birth date we'll use today (and so will google (their doodle today is excellent!!)) It's also the day that classic story "A Christmas Carol" was first published and the day that the Wright brothers gave us wings ~ So celebrate today no matter what you do and no matter what views you roam... there are penguins to watch, there is snow somewhere to watch, and there are Christmas Fairs for a fare-thee-well ~ Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16th 2015 ~ Busy day today as it is the birthday of Arthur C. Clarke, the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, and, most importantly, it is the day that Lydia graduates from Bellarmine University! We wish we could be there ~ but the good news is that we can all watch even if we can't attend! The graduation starts at 6:00PM (eastern) and can be viewed online at this link. We'll be waving Lydia! So it's pinkies up and a toast with that tea for the science in fact (salt water doesn't make very good tea but brews a strong attitude), and fiction (think how close we now are to HAL...) and in the degree Ms. Lydia earned! (Bachelor of Arts and Science (with an Emphasis in Biology)) Enjoy ~ and Congratulations Lydia!

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 ~ On this day in 1791, Virginia became the last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first ten amendments to the Constitution law and completing the revolutionary reforms begun by the Declaration of Independence. The Bill of Rights guarantee the freedom of the press, right to bear arms, freedom of religion, the right to trial by jury, and other basic rights. [And were never intended to be just sound bite justifications pulled out for the rantings of people running for office who don't seem to value the constitution anyway. (the opinions of the blurb division do not necessarily always reflect the opinions of drivewaycam, even tho' often they do) :) ] And while we aren't pointing fingers or leaning left or right we would like to note it was this day in 2001 that the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after a team of experts spent 11 years and $27 million to fortify the tower ~ without eliminating its famous lean! (you won't see leaning here either but it's a nice view anyway) ~ Enjoy the 349th day of the year and the views ~

Monday, December 14th 2015 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ADAM today!!!! We hope it's a great day followed by a wonderful year ahead for him!!! To celebrate we are posting the Seasonal Links today!!!! You can get your fill of watching snow fall (just not on the driveway so far), fairs happen (we do love the fairs), Ice Skating, Lights to watch and all the other links (like the Christmas Goat!) using these links ~ which will be under the driveway pictures for the duration. And help us by keeping your fingers crossed that we get out of the 60's temperature wise and on to some real winter weather (AND SNOW PLEASE!!!) soon. Thanks, and enjoy the views ~

Sunday, December 13th 2015 ~ The oldest branch of the country's military was formed on this date in Salem, Massachusetts... in 1636! So Happy Birthday to .... The United States Army National Guard!!! (139 years older than the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps; 289 years older Dick Van Dyke (it is his birthday today); and 311 years older than the Air Force!) It is also the 95th anniversary of the first U.S. measurement of the size of a fixed star. Made on Betelgeuse, the bright red star in the right shoulder of Orion, it was found to be 260 million miles in diameter ~ 150 times greater than the Sun. So to celebrate, the Geminid Meteor Shower will be lighting up the sky with "shooting stars" (100-150 per hr) Sunday night starting at around 9 or 10 p.m. Which means ~ get out side and look up! If it's cloudy then check out the Geminids lighting up a monitor near you (thank you Slooh!!!) Enjoy ~

Saturday, December 12th 2015 ~ Happy 12-12 to all ~ it's always nice when the US and most of the rest of the world all think it is the same day. :) It's also a good day for letting your voice be heard as it is the 152nd birthday of Edvard Munch, as well as the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra ~ if you are looking for a soundtrack to your viewing today may we suggest Sinatra over Munch? (no offense Edvard, we are just partial to Frank) Enjoy ~

Friday, December 11th 2015 ~ Today is International Mountain Day ~ and luckily we have mountains to view for a fare-thee-well. Check out the table below for a wide range of mountains to peruse today as well as checking out some of these sites: The Matterhorn, or out in Vail, or Lone Mountain. Happy view-hiking!

Thursday, December 10th 2015 ~ One of our favorite days of the year as it is not only the birthday of Emily Dickinson ~ but it is the 114th anniversary of the very first Nobel Prizes being awarded and the 2015 prizes are being awarded today in Stockholm. Bonus ~ we can watch! The ceremony is being shown live via webcast here (on now). So settle in, enjoy the show and the views ~ last words to Emily ~ Forever is composed of nows ~ Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, December 9th 2015 ~ Working on getting the seasonal views up, the weather has us confused (60's this weekend?!?) and we're just slow but they'll be up and ready sometime this week (really!). In the meantime, it's the birthday of the woman who has kept some of us here at drivewaycam employed lo these 10,000 years ~ Grace Hopper ~ It is also the day back in 1854 that the famous (knitting) poem ~ “The Charge of the Light Brigade” ~ was first published. So whether you are coding or charging or knitting along with the views today... enjoy ~

Tuesday, December 8th 2015 ~ Today is James Thurber's birthday. He would be 121 if he had stayed ~ but duty called. It is therefore the perfect day to check in with Columbus and check out some of his writing and drawings. Enjoy the readings and the views ~

Monday, December 7th 2015 ~ Ali is now in Toronto ~ having a marvelous time we are sure! You can look for her here and we will keep you posted as we hear of her travels. Meanwhile here on the driveway... it is the anniversary of the day the Apollo 17 crew took the picture known as The Blue Marble, this very day back in 1972. It's a beautiful sort of selfie. :) Today is also the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor camera is no longer in use but there is this view of the shoreline of Oahu to watch. A look at the current view of our blue marble from space and then it's on to the rest of views ~ Enjoy!

Sunday, December 6th 2015 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Christopher today!!! We hope it's a great day for you Chris and the first day of a great year ahead. We are having spectacular sunshine in your honor today ~ as we celebrate the day back in 1884 that in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, and completed the construction of the Washington monument. Ali is headed north of the border today as she continues her travels to Toronto ~ we wish her happy and safe travels (and wish we were going too) and hope she can come back to visit again soon. And now, it's on to traveling by views, at least for now ~

Saturday, December 5th 2015 ~ Where did the week go? We are sad to say that today is Ali's last day visiting with us, but we are happy for her that her adventure continues as she is then off to Toronto! Today is also the day back in 1945 that six aircraft and 27 men vanished in the Bermuda Triangle. So keep an eye out, and if they show up on the driveway... let us know!!!

Friday, December 4th 2015 ~ We are off to Niagara Falls today ~ sorry you all can't join us! You can watch for us here (!). And be sure to check in with Chicago today too as it is the day the first permanent resident of Chicago built a log cabin there back in 1657 and founded the city. Thanks to Father Jacques Marquette for settling there, and it's on to the views ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Amy this lovely morning!! Hope it's a great day and the start of a wonderful year for you Amy!! Today is also the birthday of New York's La Guardia Airport which opened on this date in 1939. In Amy's honor (a the memories of a lovely weekend in New York, and hopes for another visit there soon), and in honor of La Guardia we'll watch some air traffic there in between the other views and sight seeing with Ali ~ enjoy!

Tuesday, December 1st 2015 ~ The final "ber" month has begun ~ snow and other seasonal links will be posted soon (really). In other news... Ali is here! There will be much coming and going on the driveway as we show her the sights. All of the other sites will be available as well as usual. :) Today is the day that twelve nations, including the United States and the Soviet Union, signed the Antarctica Treaty, which bans military activity and weapons testing on that continent back in 1959. So it's off to Antarctica to watch the penguins celebrate now (which they do by nesting this time of year) and then it's off to December ~ enjoy ~

Monday, November 30th 2015 ~ The last day of November is here ~ how did that happen? And just as December is working its way to visit and will arrive at midnight... so will Alexandra!!! We can't wait!!! They are celebrating in Sweden with the Christmas Goat just up this weekend (how long will it last?) For more celebrations today, it is the birthday of Mark Twain ~ born in 1835 on this very day. And so while visiting the penguins, and watching weather and traffic and whatever other views you wander today, make a stop at Calaveras County to look for jumping frogs. Let us know if you find any ~

Sunday, November 29th 2015 ~ It's that fabulous day of the year (#333 as it turns out, a palindrome not only in base 10, but in base 8 as well (515)!), plus it's National Square Dancing Day, it's the 43rd anniversary of the day the Atari Corporation announced Pong, and, bonus 2-fer day... It's the birthday of both Cheryl and Mary Quinn!!!!! So many many happy returns of the day to our birthday girls and to all enjoy the views as you Allemande Right and Left through the day ~

Saturday, November 28th 2015 ~ November is really starting to race it's way out of here, but with a couple of viewing days left we'll head out to the Pacific where this very day, back in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan entered the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic. It's also (rumor has it) a day to raise a toast (or a piece of pie, pumpkin if there is any left) to William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway who are (or would be) celebrating their 433rd (!) wedding anniversary today. (Does anyone know what the gift is for 433?) Enjoy ~

Friday, November 27th 2015 ~ Why would anyone go shopping when there are leftover turkey sandwiches to eat? If you are out there ~ good luck with your bargain hunting. For the rest of us, enjoy the views, put your feet up, and take a nap after those leftovers!

Thursday, November 26th 2015 ~ A very Happy and Delicious Thanksgiving to all. It was on this day in 1864, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson sent Alice Liddell a handwritten manuscript called Alice's Adventures Underground as an early Christmas present. Published a year later it's a great book to read after stuffing yourself (on stuffing perhaps) to the point where you might not be able to follow the white rabbit! Enjoy the day in all of its various locations and manifestations ~ oh and if you are in the neighborhood stop by for some pie!

Wednesday, November 25th 2015 ~ Welcome to The Belly of the Beast Day (aka grocery shopping the day before Thanksgiving) on the driveway. Lots of sunshine today to make that less of an ordeal. It's also Can't Build A Better Mousetrap Day ~ unless you think you can build one better than Agatha Christie's Mousetrap which debuted this very day back in 1952 and is still running! It hit its 25,000 (!!!) performance back in November of 2011 and to date over 10 million people have seen the play. We are not one of those millions, but hope to be. Anyone up for a road trip?!? Enjoy the running around today through the maze of the grocery stores and avoid any traps you might find (unless of course you happen to have tickets for tonight's performance in which case ...) Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, November 24th 2015 ~ A little more snow today (insert YAY here) before it all starts melting away for the weekend ~ Today is the 328th day of the year, a lovely day as 328 is the sum of the first fifteen primes (we wouldn't, couldn't, make this stuff up) and we've learned it's a tau-number (?) as it is divisible by the number of divisors it has? Go figure! No really, go figure and show your work. :) Speaking of showing your work, today is the day back in 1859 that The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, by Darwin, was published. And the day (coincidentally) in 1974, that a team of archaeologists working in Ethiopia discovered the remnants of an ancient skeleton that became a vital missing piece in the puzzle of how humans came to be. Google did a doodle for Lucy which is also then for Darwin and for us all ~ keep evolving people (especially you Cole, it is your birthday after all, and almost time for you to catch up to the rest of us!) and enjoy the views ~

Monday, November 23rd 2015 ~ YAY!!!!!!!!!!! (for those of you not familiar with driveway cam that is the "IT SNOWED!!!!!" cheer)(sounds almost identical to the "IT'S SNOWING" cheer heard last night around these parts) Great day all around because it was on this day in 1936, Life magazine began publication, and, it's Fibonacci Day (1123)! Throw in that it is also Dr. Who Day (or the Day of the Doctor) and there will be celebrating all around. Now it's off to the views and or off to make some foot (or wing!) prints in the snow ~ after you click on the image below (thanks em!).... Enjoy!

Sunday, November 22nd 2015 ~ A late start but better late than never (eh blub division?.. see yesterday for reference... oh wait, you can't because there was no blurb!)(heads will roll) ~ on a beautiful Sunday so far. We are hoping for some of the snow that so many others are getting. Watch the driveway to see if we get any non-bipedal flakes at all. On Friday we were watching the ISS. Here is another excellent link of them watching us ~ warning, it's addictive ~ And as morbid as the existence of this cam is, what's even stranger is watching the groups of people that have been getting their picture taken in the plaza this morning.... there are a lot of strange views out there. (but soon the snow watching links will be back for some winter watching when you need a break from other oddities) ~ A look at the blizzard in Russell KY before we head out to the views ~

Friday, November 20th 2015 ~ Had a power outage this side of the driveway (both in the blurb division and on the grid) yesterday ~ with luck everyone/thing will come back online today.... because.... it's the birthday of Edwin Powell Hubble who, with the help of the telescope bearing his name, has given us incredible views of our universe. And who let us know that as far as us being a galaxy (aka the Milky Way)... we are not alone! ... and because this very day in 1998, the first module of the International Space Station was launched on a Russian Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. (you can check in on them here (and see how many of "them" there are out there right here! (thanks Haydon!))) .... and because today is the 68th wedding anniversary of Elizabeth and Phillip. Also, because the first penguin egg was spotted yesterday!!! And we want to see them for ourselves!!!! Enjoy ~

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 ~ The Leonids are still here and peak tonight for North American viewers ~ tonight after midnight, and before dawn if the weather permits, just get outside, hit the ground, and look up ~ additional viewing details here. Did watch a bit on Slooh last night, see pictures below. It's also a good day for birthdays as it is the birthday of Margaret Atwood, who is 11 years younger than birthday rodent Mickey Mouse, who is 5 years younger than Alan Shepard! (one of those facts that just amazes us for some reason... America's first man in space was 5 years older than Mickey Mouse...) We are running late but a quick nod to the (powerful) American and Canadian Railroad companies who this day (exactly at noon) in 1883 begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. And before noon gets here sans blurb ~ we're off ~ enjoy!

Tuesday, November 17th 2015 ~ The Elizabethan Age started 457 years ago today when the (then) 25 year old Elizabeth became queen and little did the world know what wonders were about to begin. To celebrate ~ a toast (ELIZABETH!), and, the Leonids are here! They peak tonight and tomorrow night with the best viewing for North American viewers tomorrow night ~ but even tonight after midnight, and before dawn if the weather permits, just get outside, hit the ground, and look up ~ more viewing details here. If your weather doesn't cooperate you can watch online tonight courtesy of our friends at Slooh ~ show starts at 8:00 PM Eastern. And you can always listen to the meteor shower on spacerweatheradio.com. Be sure to take a blanket or 3 with you, and pack some hot chocolate and snacks and head on out (or head on-line, blankets and hot chocolate work there just as well.) ~ Enjoy!

Monday, November 16th 2015 ~ A good day for openings as it was this very day in 1959 that Sound Of Music premiered on Broadway, and in 2001 that the first Harry Potter movie opened! There are storm clouds opening up (and they are filled with snow) out west ~ any of the cameras that are out that way are good to watch in a snowstorm. Denver (and surrounding areas) is under a blizzard warning, and there are gale warnings and advisories on all the coasts ~ all in all a good day for armchair travels in those areas and viewing everywhere. The traffic cams are a good place to start to wander (and safe because you don't need to be in a car to be on the roads! (The collision rate for drivewaycam viewers is very low (and is the lowest for the National average of online fender benders!)(a record we are proud of even if we did make it up))).

Sunday, November 15th 2015 ~ Midway through National Epilepsy Awareness Month ~ seems like it just got started ~ maybe the 1.4 billion Chinese are all running in the same direction again and we're spinning faster (okay maybe not, but it's a theory we've enjoyed for decades). Don't worry about that, however, when you have worries I know a place where all the noise and the hurry seems to help ~ check the Downtowns Views (it's Petula's birthday after all). And check here for your humming or singing pleasure... It's not downtown but it was 209 years ago today that Zebulon Pike first saw Pike's Peak (as it came to be known), so be sure to drop by there today too ~

Saturday, November 14th 2015 ~ Some days there are no explanations ~ but there is comfort in familiar things (click on the picture there to enlarge it). So in honor of the familiar, a reminder that it was this day 164 years ago that Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, was published, and then a look in at some white whales. It is the day 46 years ago that Apollo 12 lifted off to become the 2nd manned mission to the moon, and it is the birthday of Aaron Copeland. It is also the day that Alexandra is heading across the pond to visit! Safe travels to all today as we wander our views ~

Friday, November 13th 2015 ~ Welcome to 11/13/15 on the driveway! Not only is it Friday the 13th (!!) ~ it is also the 6th and last time this century (!!) we'll have a consecutively odd dates day (thanks for the tip Em) **AND** we had space junk hurtling towards us (hit near Sri Lanka around 1:20 (am) ET today) (!!!). So it's back under the bed (forget just the covers) and here's to watching the views from there. You can watch the re-run of the space junk arrival on Slooh , as whatever it is collided with, and then burned up in, the atmosphere. Right ~ aluminum foil hats on (it's not the only thing hurtling towards us, slide to the bottom of the Don't Look page), and it's off to the views ~ lets be careful out there people!

Thursday November 12th 2015 ~ Birthday boy ~ John William Strutt, might have trouble coming up with his (now called) Rayleigh scattering phenomenon here today ~ as we are looking at 90-100% covered sky. However check out the alerts/warning weather map to determine your best chances for some interesting weather viewing elsewhere ~ or just to see if you should stay inside today with some hot chocolate to go along with those views ~ For some daytime star viewing, Daniel Radcliffe gets his Hollywood Star today and you can watch here (11:30 am Pacific). An additional, tho' abbreviated, Hppy Brthdy to DeWitt Wallace, the founder of Reader's Digest and it's off to the views ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday November 11th 2015 ~ Thank you to all Veterans, of all wars. We hope the rest of us can take time today to find time, money, or energy, to donate to, and/or discover ways to help, either the VA or through local Disabled American Veterans organizations.

Tuesday November 10th 2015 ~ We are dazed and confused because the blurb division missed yesterday and are in a spin today because it's the birthday of Neil Gaiman (1960), Sesame Street (1969), the US Marine Corps (1775) ~ oorah ~ and Martin Luther (1483) and they still have no idea how to celebrate that combo. So beyond mentioning it, they won't. It is also the day back in 1975 that the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior in one of those November Gales. There are Gale Watches out on most of the Great Lakes today, although Lake Superior isn't all that involved this time. To watch it, and the other lakes check out the views of the north coast here. And just because, you'll want to check out this video as well.

Sunday November 8th 2015 ~ Oops, more than a little late ~ well, we'll blame it on the weather. They are under a winter storm advisory in Alaska (where it is still morning...) and that always gets the blurb division verklempt. There are also winter advisories out in Montana, Nevada, and California. Check out the traffic cams, and here is a nice one to check in on Anchorage and one for Denali too. Enjoy ~

Saturday November 7th 2015 ~ Welcome to Saturday on the driveway ~ we're celebrating the birthdays of Albert Camus and Joni Mitchell today. Unlikely to ever have been, or be, a couple, but as they were both born on National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day we'll suggest 1 cake for the 2 of them. Some cake, with some Joni playing in the background while you read some Camus.... Sounds completely absurd (Camus would have loved it!). Of course it's also Marie Curie's birthday so if you want to make Yellowcake with Dark Chocolate Almond icing that works too! And it's so good you'll glow ~ Enjoy the views ~

Friday November 6th 2015 ~ First Friday of November is upon us (and upon the driveway) and brings with it a change in weather they say (our 70+ degree days are going to be blowing out of town later today) as well as the birthday of John Philip Sousa (in 1854) and the day Teddy Roosevelt left for Panama becoming the first American President to make an official visit outside of the continental U.S. (in 1906). It's also National Nachos Day, so make some to take with you as you march off and make your way to Panama or any of the other views ~ Enjoy!

Thursday November 5th 2015 ~ Here we are at the 5th of November, which, if you remember, remember ~ is the day of gunpowder, treason, and plots! And we here at drivewaycam also see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. :) You can play a gunpowder plot game here. Or you can check in on a camera 5 miles from Gunpowder Ridge, MD, or any of these in the area which are also entertaining ~ Be careful with the bonfires tonight, and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday November 4th 2015 ~ Now that elections are over we can get down to the business of November ~ it is National Epilepsy Awareness Month ~ and to see how you can particiate in that, and we hope that you will, check out their site. This particular day in November is the birthday of Ruth Mosko Handler, who co-founded the Mattel company and who created the Barbie Doll (in 1959), and Ken, a boy doll (1961), named after her children. And coincidentally (or not) it is also the birthday of Benjamin F. Goodrich, who founded the B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. Wonder what companies will be started by any of the approximately 367,200 people who will be born today...Something to ponder while you wander the views ~ including the view of the coming population explosion in Antarctica! Enjoy ~

Tuesday November 3rd 2015 ~ If you haven't voted yet.... stop looking at the views and go do it. The view of the inside of your voting booth (if you are still lucky enough to have booths) or the view of your ballot (if you aren't) is the best view to be taking in right now. Don't worry, we'll wait, and be here when you get back ~ "Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Monday November 2nd 2015 ~ A quick Happy Birthday to Daniel Boone on this lovely sunny autumn day ~ and then it's off to the views because we are running oh so very late. Before we go, a quick stop in for a look at Reading, Pennsylania near where Daniel was born. And now... it's off to the views ~ Enjoy!

Sunday November 1st 2015 ~ And just that fast, even with an extra hour of sleep, it's All Saints Day on the driveway ~ It was this very day in 1512 that Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were displayed for the first time. Failing to make Pope Julius II understand that he was a sculptor, and not really a painter, it took him four years to complete the paintings that decorate the ceiling. Makes it a perfect day to look at them closely, and while they still haven't installed a ceiling cam there, we do have this wonderful set of pages which is almost better at least for getting up close and seeing it from Michelangelo's view point. Enjoy munching on your bag of treats today, wandering on the ceiling, and all the views of November as it rolls into town ~

Saturday October 31st 2015 ~

BOO !!!!

Friday October 30th 2015 ~ While it was 77 years ago tonight that Orson Welles caused a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” ~ This Day in History says "Perhaps as many as a million radio listeners believed that a real Martian invasion was underway. Panic broke out across the country. In New Jersey, terrified civilians jammed highways seeking to escape the alien marauders. People begged police for gas masks to save them from the toxic gas and asked electric companies to turn off the power so that the Martians wouldn’t see their lights." ~ what is scaring the be-jee-bees out of drivewaycam is that there are still no pumpkins (aka Jack-o-lanterns) to protect us on this all hallows eve eve. Fingers crossed that pumpkins happen tonight!

Thursday October 29th 2015 ~ The Internet, defined as a remote connection between two computers, was first achieved on October 29, 1969 or so we are told ~ you can thank, or want to slap, Leonard Kleinrock, Charley Kline and Bill Duvall and the US Department of Defense who funded their research, provided the 'network' and probably wonders why on many many days. It's also National Cat Day (which makes sense given 99% of the internet seems to be devoted to cats) so let your cat play on your computer today (well at least with the mouse!)(eye roll here)and get out there and wander the legacy of ARPANET. First message ever sent via the Internet? "L O" (they were going for "login" they say but the connection crashed! Of course they may have been trying to send the first LOL given what they were working on unleashing) :) ~ Johnny was an early embracer of the swipe technology over using the mouse....

Wednesday October 28th 2015 ~ Since it was on this day in 1886 that the Statue of Liberty was officially unveiled and opened to the public we'll check in on her and then head on out because (surprise, surprise) we are running late again. By the way, it was also this day, just 33 years later, that Congress overrode a presidential veto to pass the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Do we think the 2 events are related? We do not. Others may disagree, but germane to nothing, one was repealed, and one is still standing. Enjoy the views ~ :)

Tuesday October 27th 2015 ~ Late again. First and foremost ~ Happy Birthday Bob!!! Hope it's the start of a great year!!!! And then...it's off to the views which are spectacular all over the place, and ... there are penguins! ~ enjoy ~

Monday October 26th 2015 ~ Last Week of October is underway, we're just not sure how that is possible. It was this very day back in 1825 that the Erie Canal (our favorite canal in these parts) was opened and travel got underway on it. Work had begun on “Clinton’s Ditch” in August 1823 and on October 26th ~ just 2 years later ~ Governor Clinton left Buffalo on a canal boat to travel the 425 mile Erie Canal (with it's 83 locks) to New York City. Cannons were arranged along the length of the canal and the river, each within hearing distance of the next cannon. As the governor began his trip, the first cannon was fired, signaling the next to fire. Within 81 minutes(!!), the word was relayed to New York ~ it was the fastest communication the world had ever known. Almost twice as fast as the blurb division most days! Enjoy the views ~ of the canal at Tonawanda, or at Fairport, and everywhere else ~

Saturday October 24th 2015 ~ The weekend before Halloween is upon us ~ certainly (hopefully) time to get some pumpkins, have some cider, munch some candy corn and maybe a donut or two! The Pumpkin Festival in Circleville Ohio continues and has many cameras to check out. And there is still time for practicing turning pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns here and/or here. However you enjoy the sites and sounds of the day try not to bang your shins on any of the things that go bump in the night (or day for that matter)!

Friday October 23rd 2015 ~ A very Happy Mole Day to all you chemists (and moles) out there! And a very happy Friday to us all ~ As we head into the weekend before Halloween in the spirit of the season, Circleville Ohio is in the midst of their Pumpkin Festival, which we can watch if not attend. (it's hopping there, well into the night)(and the cameras run 24 hrs a day). And we will all keep a watch on Patricia as we hope everyone in the path of it finds their way to safety, with luck it will lose strength as fast as it gained it.

Thursday October 22nd 2015 ~ Running late, so just a quick reminder of online jack-o-lanterning at either our old favorite site, or at the new one we found; and of candy voting ~ Reese's or Kit-Kat or Snickers or Milky Way or 100,000 Grand or Butterfingers or All of the Previous...and more!; as well as a reminder to take some time to leaf peep while wandering the rest of the views ~ enjoy!

Wednesday October 21st 2015 ~ Thomas Edison had a light bulb go off over his head (!) this very day back in 1879 (we are told), as it was this day that he finally struck upon the idea for a workable electric light! Perfect pre-timing on Edison's part because it turned out that a few years later, in 1914 on this same day Martin Gardner would be born and eventually Celebration of the Mind Day would be created in his honor, and here we are ~ so dust off your lobes and celebrate after a quick look in at Longest Burning Light bulb in History *AND* a stop off for a new quiz (!) ~ you'll be glad you did ~ Enjoy ~

Tuesday October 20th 2015 ~ If you are feeling like you want to flop back into bed today we understand completely. It is after all the day back in 1968 that Oregonian Dick Fosbury, who had debuted his unique jumping style known as the “Fosbury Flop”, won the Olympic gold metal with his 7 feet 4 1/4 inch jump at the Mexico City Games. Though it was believed the flop would wipe out a generation of high jumpers with broken necks, since 1980 no one using any other technique has ever held the world record! In other Oregonian news, this is the day back in 1846 that the Oregon Territory was divided when the 49th parallel was extended to the coast, and our northern boundary was set. Speaking of Oh Canada ~ GO BLUEJAYS!!!!! (oh and GO CUBS TOO!!!!)

Monday October 19th 2015 ~ Still no pumpkins on the driveway ~ that has to be remedied, soon. Still practicing our jack-o-lanterns at our old favorite site, as well as at a new one we found. Also still polling on the favorite halloween candy question ~ click on your favorite(s) and vote here for: Reese's or Kit-Kat or Snickers or Milky Way or 100,000 Grand or Butterfingers or All of the Previous...and more!. Still time to leaf peep as well (it's getting quite good out there) ~ so no more stillness! With all the Pomp and Circumstance available (it's the 114th anniversary of the premier of Edward Elgar's March after all) it's on to the views ~

Sunday October 18th 2015 ~ Toasts all around today ~ first, and maybe foremost ~ to the pop-up toaster! Which was patented (Patent: 1394450 (US)) today by Charles Strite back in 1921. And with that we can toast the 164th anniversary of the publication of Moby Dick (while eating your toast you can read all 212,758 words right here; also a toast (or 586,412 toasts, one for each acre) to the 148th anniversary of the day the U.S. formally took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. (you can look for white whales and check some of those acres out here) Then of course, before we run out of bread ~ a toast to PattiBeth and Mark on their anniversary (25th is it?) and to Dieter who is getting older today! Enjoy, and pass the jam ~

Saturday October 17th 2015 ~ A very happy Sweetest Day to all as well as a very Merry National Pasta Day! Want to combine the 2 (!? who wouldn't??) check out the recipes here (we are wanting to try the Chocolate Pasta Pie.... just saying if you try it first, invite us over!) Enjoy the views and the wonderful leaf peepingingness of the season ~ with a side of pie of course.

Friday October 16th 2015 ~ Heading to the pumpkin patch today ~ so there may be pumpkins in the driveway's future. Good time to start practicing carving them.... practice site 1, and the ever popular practice site 2; as well as time to start voting for your favorite trick or treats ~ Butterfingers or Snickers or Reese's or Milky Way or 100,000 Grand or Kit-Kat or All of the Previous...and more!. It is also National Feral Cat Day once again ~ so take a feral cat to lunch, and to the pumpkin patch if it wants to go. Enjoy ~

Thursday October 15th 2015 ~ October is running away too quickly! It's already the middle of the month and we've yet to get our pumpkins or read any Bradbury. Time to s l o w it down.... so make some hot cider, or your favorite pumpkin flavored drink, grab a book of Bradbury, settle into your favorite chair or pumpkin patch, pull the shades or pull the blankets over your head and let the shivers begin ~ to really slow it down you can watch Pumpkin Vine, Wyoming, but don't forget to interject a side of Bradbury now and then ~ Enjoy

Wednesday October 14th 2015 ~ It's happy happy birthday birthday to e.e. cummings today ~ and listen to this ~ it's also the 68th anniversary of the day Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound... AS WELL AS... the 3rd anniversary of the day Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier without the protection or propulsion of a vehicle having jumped from a capsule attached to a helium balloon approximately 24 miles straight up. (we're still wondering why)(if you know, do tell). We're going back to reading and listening to poetry before the entire day rushes by (in it's 10 minute increments). Enjoy the sites and sounds of the day ~

Tuesday October 13th 2015 ~ The blurb division took yesterday off (and almost took today off as well, but we found them and dragged them back) but hope you enjoyed watching food trucks at Harvard for an extra day. The trucks in the driveway yesterday here were food trucks of a sort too as the stove, microwave, and oven were delivered and installed ~ finally! (yay!! it's only been since July). Today is the anniversary of the debut of the movie Harvey back in 1950 so we are going to be looking for pookas and/or rabbits in all of the views, all day. Hope you'll join us. And if you see one on the driveway (or anywhere) Please Oh Please let us know!!! Enjoy ~

at long last....

Sunday October 11th 2015 ~ You may be out on the road this weekend ~ good day for it as it's a great day for all manner of transportation (?). It was this day in 1811 that the first steam-powered ferryboat (the Juliana) began operation (between NYC and Hoboken), it's the day back in 1968 that the first manned Apollo mission was launched for it's 11 day orbiting mission (Apollo 7) ~ and it's National Food Truck Day!. It's also the birthday of Henry John Heinz and therefore his '57 Varieties' as well (Food truck food wouldn't be the same without him!). Here is a webcam of a parking lot where the food trucks park when they are there ~ don't know the trucks schedules, they may not come on Sundays, just have to keep checking (along with us). You can also watch food trucks at Harvard (!), where you can check the schedule (we do not make this up) Enjoy ~

Saturday October 10th 2015 ~ Happy Squidturday!!?! It's the weekend! And a long weekend for many ~ Speaking of squids (?) Squidturday is in honor of Day 3 of Cephalopod Awareness Days which is also Squid and Cuttlefish Day ~ interestingly, squid communicate by flashing each other. [note demanded by legal department: while we appreciate various forms of communication we do not recommend honoring these Cephalopods by mimicking their behavior!][drivewaycam's defense fund just isn't large enough for the fallout if we didn't add that note!] Hope it's a lovely day full of lovely views for everyone ~

Friday October 9th 2015 ~ It's a rainy Friday washing down the driveway today. A good day to stay in to wander the views and read and nap (yes, those are the recurring themes on this side of the driveway) ~ It's International Egg Day (don't know if that means eat only international eggs or....) It is also day 2 of Cephalopod Week which means it's Nautilus Night, a time for all the lesser-known extant cephalopods. And last but not least it's was on this day in 1888 that the Washington Monument was opened to the public ~ we hope Hannah and Dan say howdy to it on their trip to DC!!! We'll close with a look from the monument ~ enjoy the views ~

Thursday October 8th 2015 ~ We're late, we're late (we're late, we're late, we're late, we're late, we're late, we're late) for a very important date ~ it's International Octopus Day ~ as Day 1 of International Cephalopod Awareness Days gets underway ~ So here's to all of you 8 armed viewers (and viewees) out there. There are a couple of great Octopus Cams out west (so give them time to wake up (with 8 arms to hit the snooze alarm it could take a while (try 9AM PST))), one in Seattle ~ click here ~ as well as one in Oregon ~ click here and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday October 7th 2015 ~ We do not know where Tuesday went (if you find it would you please return it to the driveway? we'll pay postage) but today is Wednesday and we are getting ready for the Draconid Meteor Shower to peak (Thursday night and Friday morning). Get your naps in today because this shower is best in the wee hours of the morning. So head outside after midnight, get comfortable, and look towards the northwest. (weather permitting). While you wait, or in between naps, don't forget to do some leaf peeping (real or virtual) and don't forget to stop by Antarctica to look for penguins. Also, it is International Walk to School Day so keep an eye out for school kids celebrating that by... you know, walking to school (it could happen). Enjoy ~

Monday October 5th 2015 ~ It's the first Monday in October which means, and has meant since 1917 ~ Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! The Justices Are Back! The Supreme Court session gets underway today. Things to watch for out of the court are varied. And always interesting. The Court has a blog (!) you can follow, right here. Show of hands.... there are 8 Associate Justices and 1 Chief Justice ~ who can name them? (we only got 6 associates and the chief, without googling, but with much head scratching and deliberation). If you aren't wanting to follow the court, you can always check in on the penguins (who are also back)(though not in evidence every day yet) and/or do some leaf peeping (legal in all 50 states!) ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday October 4th 2015 ~ The last day of the regular MLB season is upon us, and what a season it's been! The Yankees are still trying to win home field advantage for the wild card game. A win today by them, or a loss by Houston would be excellent (but none of the staff at drivewaycam international are holding their breath). Yankee game starts at 3:00 ~ the schedule for all of the final games is here. Today is the day of the first formal run of the Orient Express back in 1883 ~ no longer in service sadly or we'd set up a road trip! Today is also the birthday of Edward L. Stratemeyer (aka Carolyn Keene to his friends, among many other AKAs) who brought us Nancy Drew (the Hardy Boys and the Bobbsey Twins among many others). Cake in his honor is called for and a look in at a River in Illinios, in honor of Nancy Drew's home in River Heights Il. Enjoy ~ and GO YANKEES!

Friday October 2nd 2015 ~ If you are in the path of hurricane Joaquin and or its rains ~ be safe this weekend. If you are stuck inside because of weather you can always wander the views looking for penguins (because they are back!), or just watching the weather other places. It is also the penultimate day of Banned Book Week ~ so if you haven't read a banned book recently... now is the time. And for you insomniacs out there ~ Brannaman is part of a fund raising marathon this weekend for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Kosair Children's Hospital in particular, and you can donate (!), as well as watch them play dungeons and dragons for 24 hrs (!) from 6 PM today to 6 PM Saturday ~ Brannaman will be playing from midnight tonight to noon tomorrow! Happy Friday ~

Thursday October 1st 2015 ~ Welcome to October on the driveway!!! First up ~ the penquins are back!!!!! Seen by others on the 27th, seen by drivewaycam on the 29th, it's time for you to go see them! And, in honor of October, the Leaf Peeping link is back, here and in the table below for the season. Peep away! It's also new countertop day behind the driveway and if you can't get enough construction excitement with that, check out coy cam (it's hopping there too!). Enjoy the day, the return of October, and of course, the views ~

Wednesday September 30th 2015 ~ The last day of September fills the driveway with rain and melancholy. However, tomorrow will be October (!) and will bring new countertops and some new appliances to the kitchen directly behind the driveway. It also will bring THE MARTIAN ~ and we are having a hard time waiting for all of those!!! So while we bid farewell to one of our favorites (September/ Library Card Sign Up Month) ~ we'll think about getting to the library today and/or curling up with a good book. Enjoy the views ~

'In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still, and absorbed' ~ Germaine Greer

Tuesday September 29th 2015 ~ We are rapidly running out of September ~ which means we are rapidly running out of Library Card Sign Up Month ~ have you gotten yours yet? While you are at your library getting (or using your card), check out Miguel de Cervantes who is celebrating his 458th birthday today. And for a little background while reading Don Quixote... some windmills to view (or to tilt with, your choice). This great view of some in the Netherlands, as well as a lovely view of one in Iowa. Enjoy ~

'Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination' ~ Sidney Sheldon

Sunday September 27th 2015 ~ Tonight's the night! There's a full moon on the rise ~ and it's also a Blood Moon *AND* it is a Super Moon **AND** there is a total Lunar Eclipse happening too!!! Pop some corn, pack up the babies, grab the old ladies and everyone head out to watch. Next time we get to see all 3 is 2033 (mark your calendars, meet us here). If it's overcast where you are and you can't get outside to watch you can watch online at 2 of our "show us the sky" favorites ~ Slooh Telescope (coverage starts at 8:00 pm eastern) and the Coca Cola Space Center (where coverage starts at 7:45 pm eastern which is, delightfully, 23:45 UTC!) The eclipse starts at 9:07 pm eastern, the total phase starts at 10:11 pm, will hit its darkest point at 10:47 pm (all times eastern unless noted). Should be lovely viewing! (in honor of Karen and Bob's 40th! (is that right?) anniversary) Enjoy the show ~

'Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high' ~ Arnold Lobel

Saturday September 26th 2015 ~ The last Saturday in Library Card Sign Up Month is upon us. Run (or drive, that works too) don't walk to your nearest library and get (or use) your card! And while you're there, check out some Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known as T.S. Eliot, as it is his birthday (he'd be 127) ~ we'd like to be able to wish him Happy Birthday in each of the 225 indigenous languages of Europe, especially given today is European Day of Languages, but so far, we are falling short (by about 200...). Today is also a good day to catch up on some sleep because the Full Moon (also the Blood Moon AND the Lunar Eclipse) is tomorrow so you'll need your rest! Enjoy the day whatever you do, and however and where ever you celebrate it ~ (below is the Vennesla Library and Culture House located in Vennesla, Norway)

'The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man' ~ T.S. Eliot

Friday September 25th 2015 ~ 2 excellent reasons to go get your library card today (if you haven't already!) Today is the birthday of the man who showed us Where the Sidewalk Ends, as well as that of the man who introduced us to The Reivers. It is also the 226th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, passed by the first Congress ~ 12 amendments to the Constitution designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens ~ this very day. So enjoy your rights to read ~ the Constitution, as well as both of the books mentioned, are in your library along with thousands others just waiting to be opened! Enjoy the day and the views ~

'When I... discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day' ~ Jean Fritz

Thursday September 24th 2015 ~ Seymour seems to have grown beyond the eye of driveway cam ~ That's all we're going to say about that, period. Except if we could just interject an exclamation: It was a narrow escape for us all! We'd question the motive of the plant but that would require getting up close to it and we'd rather not. We're afraid we'd have to dash away and (parenthetically speaking) dashing isn't our strong suit. While there is an eclipse of the moon coming up soon, for those of you who think that an ellipsis is when the moon moves in front of the sun we suggest you brush up on your punctuation, quickly, as it is National Punctuation Day! Need to know how to celebrate? Check here. Or head to your library, get your card if you haven't already, and read up on all the punctuations marks out there waiting to be used!

'Without question, reading has been the foundation of whatever success I've had in my life' ~ Hugh McColl, Jr.

Wednesday September 23rd 2015 ~ It's here ~ Autumn! Nothing like an equinox to start out the day. We were saddened by the news that Yogi had to leave ~ what an amazing person he was (and what a ball player!) but the season goes on (in baseball and elsewhere) This equinox besides bringing autumn also brings the birthday of Kublai Kahn who would be clocking in at 800 today if only he could. As the library is still celebrating Library Card Sign Up Month you can head on over to your library to get, or use, your card to read more about Yogi and Kublai ~ autumn and the driveway will be here when you get back....

'For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond.....They frenzy forth....Such are the autumn people.' ~ Ray Bradbury

Tuesday September 22nd 2015 ~ The last official day of summer is upon us. Use it wisely ~ we'll be using it to try to escape the sweet potato vine that is over taking drivewaycam. Note, there is no wind around the plant ~ it's been moving itself (we're afraid to go near it so it hasn't been us), or just growing so fast it's caught on camera! The implications are a bit alarming. Today is the anniversary of the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation (in 1862), the day the Congress approved legislation for the Peace Corps (1961) ~ AND ~ the first publication of the National Geographic Magazine (1888). Whatever you read (proclamations or magazines) Get the last of your summer reading in while you can, because as of 4:22 AM tomorrow (at least here on the driveway, you can find the time of your equinox here) it will be autumn, and reading will take on a whole new light ~

'One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by' ~ Jeannette Walls

Monday September 21st 2015 ~ As we continue our fall into autumn we're taking some time to go visit the penguins! Haven't seen any back yet, but they are due in so keep checking. More penguins today as it is the birthday of Sir Allen Lane, who founded Penguin books (a name and symbol both "dignified but flippant" he said). Such a great idea ~ inexpensive paperbacks he felt "would effectively democratize literature" (and give us all reading choices when traveling as the idea came to him while waiting for a train and noticing he had nothing to read). Today is also the day Virginia learned that Yes, there is a Santa Claus back in 1897, via the New York Sun. You can use your library card today to get a Penguin book about (or by) Virginias, or Santa when taking a break from the views ~ Enjoy!

'Read widely, and without apology...' ~ Joyce Carol Oates

Sunday September 20th 2015 ~ If you feel like raking a little muck today ~ have at it, as it is Upton Sinclair's birthday and he'd be honored (where ever he might be). If you'd rather play, the day has you covered because it's also Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play. It is also the 20th day of Library Card Sign Up Month so you can celebrate everything by heading off to the library for inspiration (there is a card there waiting for you if you don't have one yet. If you do have one, take it with you, it would love a little adventure today) ~

'Play is the highest form of research' ~ Albert Einstein

Saturday September 19th 2015 ~ No time to blurb today as the entire blurb department is heading off to the Fiber Festival! C'mon down if you are in the area ~ it's always a great time! If you aren't in the area go get your Library Card ~

'Sheep enjoy a good yarn too....' ~ Anon

Friday September 18th 2015 ~ Welcome to Friday on the Driveway ~ could be a grass mowing, will be several trips out and back, there is a garage sale going on next door so there may be all kinds of turning and parking in/near the driveway today. Make a big pitcher of ice tea and settle in ~ but when settling keep your spine in alignment as it was 120 years ago today that the first chiropractic adjustment was made and so it is... Chiropractic Founders Day. It is also National Ceiling Fan Day (if everyone turned off their ceiling fans for the day it would save trillions of kilowatt hrs of energy we are told!) And while we are attempting to be better citizens it's also World Water Monitoring Day ~ check out that link to find out how to help take the pulse of the earth's water supply. It's also National Library Card Sign Up Month ~ so what are you doing still reading this? Go get your library card, help check out your water, then get back here for the views ~

'A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded' ~ Lemony Snicket

Wednesday September 16th 2015 ~ Somehow National Guacamole Day and National Tattoo Story Day are on the same day! Throw in that it is also the day the Pilgrims left England to come to America and you'll be as confused as we are by how to celebrate. But we'll celebrate anyway! (we suggest if your story is you are getting a tattoo today, get one pilgrim related, not guac related)(just saying). To figure out exactly how to celebrate head to your library, get or use your card, and discover if the pilgrims eventually adopted guacamole as part of their new world diet. A look in at Plymouth, from whence the Pilgrims left, as well as some views near Avacado (California) and then it's off to the day and the views ~ (and the library!)

'The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page' ~ Rachel Anders

Tuesday September 15th 2015 ~ The middle of the month is here already ~ we are falling faster and faster into, well, into fall! Today is also the birthday of Ms. Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller, or Agatha Christie as she is known to her friends (and to the driveway). So take some time out to explore her mysteries at the library, or the mysteries about her ~ also found in the library. Hopefully you'll find The Body In The Library tucked neatly on the shelves and not on the floor! If you haven't gotten your library card yet ~ no worries, there is one there waiting for you! Enjoy the views ~ and sleuthing for books ~

'The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library' ~ Albert Einstein

Monday September 14th 2015 ~ Make sure you carry a towel around with you (always good advice, see Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe for details) today as it is the birthday of Ivan Pavlov and one never knows what will start one drooling on such an occasion! It is also the day in 1716, that Boston Light, the first lighthouse in America was first lighted just before sunset. Blown up by the British in 1776, it was rebuilt in 1783 and is the last remaining manned station in the U.S. You can read more about Ivan and the Lighthouse (sounds like a book doesn't it? Maybe it is?) at your library when you go to use, or get, your card where besides the myriad of fiction on Lighthouses you'll find non fiction books on them in 387.155 ~ Enjoy the views ~

'But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence. ' ~ Alberto Manguel

Sunday September 13th 2015 ~ It is National Peanut Day ~ and International Chocolate Day! and the entire blub division is salivating just getting those words put on screen. The possibilities are endless but we'll suggest (to get you started) a cake for Milton Hershey's Birthday today and this page just as a teaser. Go, enjoy the views, the peanuts, the chocolate, and googling for recipes! (and using or getting your library card of course) ~

'You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding' ~ Neil Gaiman

Saturday September 12th 2015 ~ We love the fact that the cave paintings were discovered in Lascaux, France, on this date in 1940. We love even more that it was four French teenagers and their dog, Robot who found them! And speaking of love it was this day in 1846 that Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (already secretly married) ran off to Italy to live happily ever after (in the category of best wedding present ever... her present to him was a collection of poems she had written during their courtship...Sonnets from the Portuguese). However you spend your Saturday, exploring caves, writing poems, starting a new life, or avoiding a rainy day by doing all of those things in a library ~ Enjoy, and enjoy the views ~

'Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks' ~ Plutarch

Friday September 11th 2015 ~ Today, starting at 1:45 PM (eastern), you can WATCH THIS SPACE! as the crew and visitors from Expedition 44 on the ISS undock and head for home and Expedition 45 formally begins ~ under Scott (Staying in space for 1 year) Kelly’s command, with crew mates Mikhail (I'm staying a year too!)Kornienko, NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonauts Volkov and Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Expedition 45 will continue research and operational support of the station. NASA TV coverage times, all Eastern, are as follows: 1:45 p.m. ~ Farewell and hatch closure coverage (hatch closure scheduled for 2 p.m.) /// 5 p.m. ~ Undocking coverage (undocking scheduled for 5:29 p.m.) /// 7:30 p.m. ~ Deorbit burn and landing coverage (deorbit burn scheduled for 7:59 p.m., with landing at 8:51 p.m.) (you can visit the ISS anytime from the driveway ~ using this link which is always in the table below) Enjoy ~

'Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map' ~ Stephen King

Wednesday September 9th 2015 ~ Cake and ice cream all around for California which became our 31st state this day in 1850, and for James Hilton (born this day in 1900) who wrote (among others) Lost Horizon and Goodbye Mr. Chips. However, mind the candles on the cake as it was this day in 1942 that Nobuo Fujita piloted his light aircraft over the state of Oregon and dropped incendiary bombs on Mount Emily, which was the first, and only, air attack on the U.S. mainland in the war. [Wouldn't want to start another fire given the combined candles needed on the cake is 280!] The president immediately called for a news blackout for the sake of morale, but if you go to your library (and get your card if you don't have it yet), you can read more about it! (as well as read more about California and any of Hilton's books) ~

'A library is the delivery room for the birthdplace of ideas, a place where history comes to life ' ~ Norman Cousins

Tuesday September 8th 2015 ~ Okay everyone back to work! Including the Post Office ~ which on this day in 1920 flew the first air mail service across the entire country. The experimental flight carried about 100 letters, left from New York and landed in East Oakland. Because they only flew during the day and the mail traveled at night by train... transcontinental air mail was only 22 hours faster than regular overland service at the time. Many of those letters you wrote yesterday (!?) will be going by plane today and maybe even from sea to shining sea. Luckily you can probably get to your local library for Library Card Sign Up Month without having to get on a plane ~ so go, visit, get your card and use it!

'The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel only reads one page' ~ St. Augustine

Monday September 7th 2015 ~ A very Happy Labor Day to all. It was 101 years ago this very day that the New York General Post Office, opened to the public ~ Labor Day, 1914. Over the door there, in granite, is chiseled "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" which is a modified translation from Book 8, Paragraph 98, of The Persian Wars by Herodotus. [During the wars between the Greeks and Persians (500-449 B.C.), the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers who served with great fidelity.] And while the post office has today off, it is a great day to write a letter and mail it to keep them on their appointed rounds and not creeping about in some petty pace tomorrow (and tomorrow and tomorrow...) as well as a great day to start a free little library next to your mailbox....

'Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical sense) or whatever you want to call it' ~ Johann Georg Hamann

Sunday September 6th 2015 ~ Hope your Labor Day Weekend is progressing nicely ~ it was this day back in 1847 that Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with the Emersons (always good to move on a holiday weekend, you have that extra day for unpacking!)(Of course it was a Monday back then, but still....). Couldn't find a webcam at Walden Pond (and the Emerson's have turned theirs off) so instead a look in at one of our favorite ponds (this one in Vermont) ~ Cole's Pond ~ and its lovely view. We are still a few days away from leaf peeping, although the tree across the street from the driveway has already started turning. What's not to love about September? Leaves changing, temperatures cooling, and libraries giving out cards!!! Take it all in ~

'The Library is a wilderness of books.' ~ Henry David Thoreau

Saturday September 5th 2015 ~ To those of you On The Road today, be careful out there and no reading of On The Road (published this very day in 1957) while driving ~ you will however be glad to note that it was also this very day, in 1885, that Sylvanus Bowser, inventor of the first U.S. gas pump, made his initial sale to Jake Gumper, owner of a service station in Fort Wayne, Indiana. So a tip of the nozzle to Sylvnus while traveling ~ Speaking of travelling... Voyager I launched this day in 1977 and is still heading out in Interstellar Space ~ you can check in on it here. And before we head out, today is also the day that Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in 1914 ~ against Toronto which is fitting in the end of the season madness that is the MLB American League East! Meanwhile, get out there and enjoy this lovely first Saturday in September (and take your library card with you, or go get one!) ~

'Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.' ~ Anna Quindlen

Friday September 4th 2015 ~ Labor Day Weekend is upon us ~ It is the perfect day (and start of the perfect weekend) for taking pictures as 127 years ago today George Eastman was issued a landmark U.S. patent No. 388,850 for his box camera. On the same date, he registered the trademark name: Kodak ~ and the world would never be the same. He gave us all the ability to capture Kodak moments however we saw them with the instructions: "Pull the String, Turn the Key, Press the Button." So take your library card to the library today and take a picture of the two of you there (you know, a shelfie!), or... if you don't have your card yet this is the day to get it and capture the Kodak moment albeit probably digitally as you celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month. (need help with your camera? check out the 770 section at the library!) ~

'What is more important in a library than anything else ~ than everything else ~ is the fact that it exists' ~ Archibald MacLeish

Thursday September 3rd 2015 ~ Besides being delighted to be back in the "ber"s (month wise), it's also once again National Library Card Sign Up Month which is a favorite around this driveway ~ and luckily the blurbetts wandered back before the end of the month to help remind you to go get your library card if you don't have one, or go use it if you do! It is, after all, the day that we first got to say Good Morning and Hello to Goodnight Moon which was published this very day in 1947. And there is a copy of it waiting to be read at your library..... ~

'Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits' ~ Robin Sloan

Monday August 31st 2015 ~ Some of us are off early this morning, heading to Boston to go to the Yankees/Sox game this evening! We are completely twitterpated (but not the kind that results in tweets) and can't wait! The game is going to be on ESPN if you want to watch along with us ~ or you can sort of watch, via Gameday on MLB.com online. Click on the diamond by the game in the list of games down the left side of the page. Meanwhile, Jim is in charge of the driveway while we are gone so please let us know if the celebrating gets out of hand. Fingers crossed it's a great game with a winning Yankee outcome!!!! Go YANKEES !!!!

Sunday August 30th 2015 ~ Strike up the Band ~ it's Linda's Birthday today!!!!!! Hope it's a great day and a wonderful year for you Linda!!! Don't know what happened to the lawn mowing....but the offer still stands ~ catch the lawn mowing whenever it happens, let us know, win a prize. A quiet Sunday on the driveway ~ gives you lots of time to wander the views on the last Sunday in August. Which also happens to be National Toasted Marshmallow Day ~ so no matter if you actually toast some marshmallows, or drink some (!?) (chocolate ice cream may work better than vanilla), or make something you can toast with them, or even eat them on a piece of toast ...enjoy them and the views ~

Saturday August 29th 2015 ~ It's the 241st day of the year (surprising isn't it? where does the time go? the 240th seems like just yesterday!) ~ anyway ~ going to be a busy one on the driveway... several trips out and with luck back and maybe even a lawn mowing for your viewing pleasure! In fact, if you catch a picture of the lawn getting mowed today send it in and if you are the first one to do so...you'll win a prize! With that it's on to the views of a waning August ~ please note ~ the moon is NOT waning tonight, rather it is full so get out there and enjoy some actual moon shine from the (super) Grain Moon, or Sturgeon Moon or Green Corn Moon. That which we call a full moon by any other name.... :)

Friday August 28th 2015 ~ The last Friday of August is here already somehow ~ so wander the views of it while you can (it's on a limited appearance contract). While wandering the views, take a break to celebrate Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day (always good fun), as well as Crackers Over The Keyboard Day (simultaneous celebrations of these holidays may cause IT problems). You can use the picture below (click on it to make it bigger) if you don't have enough icons of your own to race around ~ and as for the crackers... rumor has it the day is to help you remember to turn your keyboard over and shake it a bit, but unless you actually eat some crackers over your keyboard there won't ever be anything to shake out so break out the Ritz, the Oysters, the Saltines, the Clubs, the Digestives, or some cake! ~ and enjoy them with the views ~

Thursday August 27th 2015 ~ It was just 114 years ago today that the New York Times announced that Martians had completed stunning feats of engineering and construction: two 1000-mile-long canals built on Mars in a two-year period! These canals had not only been seen and sketched by astronomers, but also had been captured photographically, appearing in the photos as “the most marked features on that part of the planet”. Might have been a bit of an over statement ~ but certainly a lovely story that kept us looking at Mars and wondering.... Curiosity continues the search with many wonderful views (even if not of canals). But! for views of canals closer to home ~ check in on Venice here, or check in on Panama here, and certainly check in on the Erie Canal. Enjoy ~

Wednesday August 26th 2015 ~ It's glasses up fondly to the fact that it was 95 years ago today the 19th Amendment was signed and formally incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, and women got the vote. 19 years later, to the day, America saw it's first televised MLB game ~ a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn ~ coincidence? We doubt it! [in case you are wondering... the Reds won the first, 5–2 and the Dodgers won the second, 6–1] :) Enjoy the views, and some baseball and the right to vote for all ~

Tuesday August 25th 2015 ~ While you are out keeping an eye on things today, and investigating the views, don't forget a nod to Allan Pinkerton, born this very day back in 1819. He is the man who, among other things, created the first detective agency in the US, began the secret service, hunted Jessie James, foiled a plot to assassinate Lincoln, and is responsible for the phrase Private Eye ~ one thing to be sure to put on your surveillance list for today is New Orleans as it was also this day, but farther back, in 1718, that French immigrants founded the city. Earthcams has a few views here to check as well. Enjoy ~

Monday August 24th 2015 ~ Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Bogdan ~ Happy Birthday to you!!!!! (and many more!) Glad we have a birthday to celebrate as it is an overcast day here on the driveway and some cake and ice cream (for breakfast lunch and dinner) will perk things right up. Partially it is overcast because it is the 9th anniversary of when those scallywags demoted Pluto and stole our 9th planet from us. So we laugh in their face and in honor of Pluto, and Bogdan, (and of National Waffle Day today ~ the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent for a "device to bake waffles" in 1869) we say make some of our favorite Pluto Ice-Cream without the pie, then serve it on a waffle instead of with cake! Oh, what the heck, it's Monday, have some cake too!!! Enjoy ~

Sunday August 23rd 2015 ~ As today is the birthday of Ms. Charlotte ~ that can only mean a visit by the king and of course as much ice cream and cake as you want ~ and as fast as you want with those recipes!!! We hope it's a great day and the start of a wonderful year for you Chuk!!! Side note to today's celebrations, we are taking Stella out to the wilds of Ellison Park again for a trip down Irondequoit Creek (sorry it's a borrowed map...the red push pin is not drivewaycam's home, but the creek route is the one we are taking today, south to north) ~ fingers crossed we all make it back... together, and dry. :)

Saturday August 22nd 2015 ~ Today is the anniversary of the birthday of Ray Bradbury (would have been his 95th). Cake and of course Ice Cream all around and break out the Dandelion Wine too! (our 1 year drought in wine may come to an end today...). Read stories in his honor, like the original Dandelion Wine short story/article. There are others that can be found online ~ There Will Come Soft Rains, The Fog Horn, The Pedestrian, All Summer in A Day ~ as well as The Last Night of The World, The Veldt, The Murderer, and A Story of Love. And there is the library (yours or mine for that matter) for a longer drink ~ from Mars. (he took us there long before Maven gave us the opportunity to assuage our curiosity). You know the drill ~ if you're in the neighborhood, c'mon by for some wine and stories. If you aren't in the neighborhood, then by all means (any means?) wander the views, the links, the library shelves and enjoy ~ I never in my life argued with a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream ~ Ray Bradbury, Farewell Summer

Friday August 21st 2015 ~ A quick reminder that today is National Spumoni Day so take a break from viewing at some point today and get out there and Spumon ~ it would go nicely with birthday cake both for Christopher Robin (who inspired the stories his father wrote about him and his stuffed animals) AND Hawaii who is, as a state anyway, turning 54 today! (their star was officially added to the flag on July 4th 1960, but statehood was granted this very day in 1959). Enjoy wandering the views looking for the Hundred Acre Woods and it's gang and have a very happy penultimate Friday of the month ~ (well....that was dumb....forgot to push the blurb up there!)(it must be Friday!)

Thursday August 20th 2015 ~ Today is National Radio Day so tune in and listen ~ on your PC, on your phone, or on any of your radios (shortwaves, longhair waves, surfs up waves, or baseball waves!) Enjoy the views while listening ~

Wednesday August 19th 2015 ~ As day #231 of the year takes off (at gate #819) we offer up a quick salute to Orville Wright's birthday ~ so enjoy your front row seat and the latest view from Kitty Hawk along with some cake and ice-cream too ~ maybe even a root beer float cupcake (one of our favorites!) as you wander, since it is also the birthday of Charles E. Hires who came up with a recipe for a combination of over twenty-five herbs, berries and roots that he used to flavor a carbonated soda water drink ~ Hires Root Beer ~ AND it is the birthday of Gene Roddenberry who took us to spaces, um, places, where no one had gone before ~ In honor of all of them we're re-posting the link for watching those who watch space no doubt most of them enjoying a mug of root beer while they do. (or at least we all do... ) Enjoy ~

Tuesday August 18th 2015 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Miss Delores Beedle today! We hope it is the start of a wonderful year for her :) ~ And a Big THANK YOU to Harry Burn, the 24 year old who broke the tie on the vote in Tennessee back in on this date in 1920, when by casting his YEA! vote, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, giving women the right to vote. Way to go Harry!!!!! The pro-amendment faction wore yellow roses in their lapels, and the "anti" faction wore red American Beauty roses. We couldn't find any yellow roses webcams, so we'll check in on one of our favorite Roses cam and think yellow ~ Enjoy the views ~

Monday August 17th 2015 ~ Well Stella survived her first kayak outing and a good time was had by all ~ now it's back to work for those of you who do that sort of thing on a Monday, as well as back to eating cake and ice-cream in honor of the birthday of American soldier, politician, and folk hero "Davy" - Crockett, born in 1786. Be wary of those 329 candles on the cake and your coonskin cap!!! For a look in around the area where Crockett was born check in here, and enjoy the rest of the views as well ~ (are you humming the TV show theme song yet?)

Sunday August 16th 2015 ~ Some technical issues kept the driveway off cam yesterday, but we're back ~ and about to try out kayaking again. Light some candles, cross some fingers, and if you hear anything on the news about an incident at Ellison Park... :) It's supposed to be hot and steamy here, perfect weather for some drifting down stream (and then wondering if we can actually paddle back up stream...) Enjoy your Sunday whatever you do and the views where ever you wander ~

Friday August 14th 2015 ~ It was 80 years ago today that FDR signed the Social Security Act into law ~ and it was 70 years ago today that Steve Martin was born.... coincidence? Don't know, you'll have to ask his parents. Meanwhile it's the start of a hot and steamy weekend weather-wise so find a cool shady spot, make a pitcher of lemonade (or your summer beverage of choice), and settle in to enjoy the views and some baseball (checking gameday online or listening in online or on the radio it should be hopping on the diamonds this weekend!)

Thursday August 13th 2015 ~ Got to see a few meteors last night...but a late start this morning because of it. (totally worth it). While we were out watching for meteors shortly after midnight, 54 years ago those scallywags in East Berlin were out shortly after midnight beginning construction of the Berlin Wall. East German soldiers began laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. The wall continued to grow in size and deadly implications as well as in defining tyranny and oppression and remained there until November 9, 1989. So a look in at Berlin today, from many different angles before heading out to the rest of the views ~ enjoy wandering the views freely today ~

Wednesday August 12th 2015 ~ Take a break from the views today and take a nap because tonight should be excellent viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower as it hits it peak ~ (good viewing continues after the peak as well just incase you have cloud issues) so if you have clear skies pack up your eyeballs and get outside. Best hrs are after midnight on the way to dawn. Grab some blankets, a friend or two, some hot chocolate (although some of our viewers insist wine and meteors are a great combo!)(we won't name names but we will thank Hannah for that tip...), some coffee, and some doughnuts are always good too, then lay back and look up. Takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to get completely adjusted to the dark, so be patient and enjoy the show ~

Tuesday August 11th 2015 ~ Happy Birthday to Ms. Martha today!!!! Hope it's the start of a great year for you Martha ~ and here's to cake all around! The rains have moved in here for the Perseid Meteor Shower (harrumph). Peak is tomorrow night through Thursday morning. But viewing should be great out there before and after peak as well, so if you have clear skies head on out. There is information on this link, and some tips from David McDonald, director of education at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, N.H: "The meteors are best viewed with the naked eye and from the ground. Go outside, and lie down. Do not stand and cock your neck back..... The best thing is to really get a foam pad or a sleeping bag, lie on the grass or even your driveway. Have some hot chocolate handy, some coffee, some doughnuts -- those are very much meteor shower essentials." Fingers crossed for good viewing for all ~

Monday August 10th 2015 ~ Don't forget to get out in the evenings after midnight and look up ~ as we are head first falling into the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower and hopefully seeing up to 100 meteors an hour! (peak is evening of the 12th-13th). Today we are also celebrating the opening of the Louvre back in 1793 (!) and the creation of the Smithsonian Institute after James Smithsonian (an English scientist who never visited our country) bequeathed his estate to the United States for the foundation of an institution for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge.". President Polk signed the act creating it, this very day in 1846, 17 years after Smithsonian's death. So get thee to a museum (preferably one of those) and please oh please take us with thee ~

Sunday August 9th 2015 ~ August is apparently Rye Month, as well as National Goat Cheese Month ~ and we learned today it's also National Panini Month and National Catfish Month!! All of which makes us very hungry so we say on this lovely Sunday...make a sandwich and enjoy the views! (here is favorite river view of where people try to catch catfish ~ well that's our story anyway and we're sticking to it)

Saturday August 8th 2015 ~ A lovely Saturday is upon us ~ a perfect day for stretching out, relaxing, and taking in some views ~ And when the sun sets direct those views up as we are now in the Perseid Meteor shower and working our way towards the peak which is on August 12-13. This is supposed to be a good year, with minimal moonlight to block out seeing up to 100 meteors an hour! They appear to originate out of the northeastern sky and are best after midnight and towards the "wee hours before dawn". So get your meteor watching gear together (you, a friend, a blanket or two, some snacks and a dark sky) and head out, then heads up ~ enjoy ~

Friday August 7th 2015 ~ As the first Friday in August wanders down the driveway we say Get Thee To A Lighthouse! (need to know where one is? check here) Why? you ask. We're glad you asked! Because it's National Light House Day! If you can't get to one, at least take in a few views of lighthouses: some of our favorites... the view from the one in Sodus, and in Peggy's Cove, and in Maine, and in North Carolina, and in Michigan, and some more Great Lakes ones to check out (haven't checked all of the ones on this list, hopefully they all work). Enjoy the views and rest easy knowing they'll keep the lights on!

Thursday August 6th 2015 ~ While wishing Lucille Ball and Lord Alfred Tennyson Happy Birthdays today be sure to toast them with a Root Beer Float as it's also National Root Beer Float Day!! After 2PM Root Beer Floats are FREE at A&W's ~ just saying ~ and nothing goes better with wandering the views than a Root Beer Float! Last words to Lord Alfred (although we have it on good authority that both of today's birthday people loved Root Beer Floats) ~ (okay so slightly modified last words, but we know he would like to have said this.....) "Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to drink the float and sigh...." (with many, many, apologies to Tennyson and to the Charge of the Light Brigade)

Tuesday August 4th 2015 ~ Running late ~ just have time to say Enjoy the Views ~ :)

Monday August 3rd 2015 ~ Not only is it National Watermelon Day (!?) it is also the day back 1492 that 3 ships set out to sea.... the Nina and the Pinta and the Santa Maria ~ they hadn't had the pleasure of trying watermelon yet (didn't make it to Europe until the 17th century) and probably didn't get to taste it when they found "China" (didn't get cultivated in the New World until the 16th century) but none the less we like to think that they would have enjoyed it ~ especially after their long voyage. So if you enjoy it too have some in their honor. And now we're off to explore new worlds via the views ~

Sunday August 2nd 2015 ~ The Flamingo Fling has been flung ~ and it's a beautiful day both on the driveway and in Russell for the flingers recovery. It is also Take An Aunt to Lunch Day to let them know they matter to you, and to us all. And when you do, raise a glass (some Aunts are notorious drinkers and it's best to keep them happy, but also....) to Carl Anderson the physicist who on this day in 1932 discovered the first physical evidence that antimatter was more than just an idea. More pictures posted soon but after a look in at the aftermath of the fling it's off to the views ~ Enjoy

Saturday August 1st 2015 ~ Flamingo! Flamingo! Flamingo!! (standing in for Bunny!Bunny!Bunny! this 1st of the month). It may be the dog days of summer, but today it's all about Flamingos and the Flamingo Fling ~ as brought to you by Coy Cam which will be on a 3 minute update schedule starting soon so you don't have to miss any (well much) of the action. The party takes off late afternoon but there will be plenty of great viewing there all day. With some real flamingos to watch (for a change of pace) here. Flamingo-tinis ready? Flamingo-ritas iced and glasses salted? Then it's Party On Time!!! Enjoy!!! [the view will be updating all day so REFRESH the page for the latest picture, scroll down a bit to check on the driveway (that wishes it were at the party!)]

Friday July 31st 2015 ~ The last chance to watch July is here! And with it comes excitement and a flurry of activity on Coy Cam as they get ready for the Flamingo Fling tomorrow!!!! You can watch all the action there today, and all the flinging tomorrow when rumor has it the camera will be updating at an unprecedented rate of every 3 minutes!!! This evening be sure to head outside to catch the first chance in 3 years, and as it turns out, the last chance for 3 years, to see the rising and shining of the "Blue Moon" as our 2nd full moon of the month makes it appearance. (next one is January 2018 if you are marking your calendars). What a way to end the month and to usher in the new one .... Enjoy all the views, everywhere, of July heading on down the highway ~

Wednesday July 29th 2015 ~ It is the 57th (!) anniversary of signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Act which established NASA (per section 203). Happy Birthday NASA!! It is also (as it turns out every year) Rain Day in Waynesburg, PA where it has rained for 114 out of the last 141 July 29ths. It is looking pretty sunny there today ~ but do check in to see if they make it to 115! Throw in it is the 50th (!?) anniversary of the debut of the Beatles movie HELP! and you'll need to sit down to celebrate and to recover from feeling so old. Enjoy the views, watching the weather and singing Help ~ (you know you're going to)

Tuesday July 28th 2015 ~ Today is the birthday of Ms. Beatrix Potter ~ and since it is supposed to be very hot and humid we suggest some ice tea and a shady spot, outside of Mr. McGregor's garden! And there you can enjoy a lovely summer day dreaming or reading of rabbits and their friends..... or... of sheep! (click this link to find out what the heck we're talking about, you won't regret it) and watching the views of course!

Monday July 27th 2015 ~ The blurb division got so caught up in celebrating Walk on Stilts Day and Take Your Houseplant for A Walk Day (both of which unfortunately are today but please note, they should not be celebrated at the same time!) and caught up in the aftermath of combining the two (it wasn't pretty) that they forgot to update the blurb. Fortunately most of the breaks (for the blurbers anyway) were clean and will heal quickly ~ the houseplants are... well.... another story for another day. Enjoy the views, and stay cool as heat swoops in on most of the nation ~

Sunday July 26th 2015 ~ Such a busy day ~ there might be a trip (or two) out of the driveway (and back!); the 35th Ely Blueberry Arts Festival's last day is today and it's always fun to check in there; and it was on this day in 1775, that the U.S. postal system was established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general, so celebrating must ensue. And while you are celebrating and enjoying the views ~ write a letter, or two! Keep your post office busy so that they are around for the next 240 years as well!

Saturday July 25th 2015 ~ Sorry, technical issues ~ working on them ~ meanwhile enjoy the views on this lovely Saturday (the last one in July!)(already!? how did that happen??) And don't forget to take a Cowboy (or Cowgirl!) to lunch today as it is National Day of the Cowboy. (considering this is getting updated so late in the day maybe you should take them to dinner...)

Thursday July 23rd 2015 ~ Happy Anniversary to Cheryl and Mike! Celebrating # 4 today!!! It's also National Hot Dog Day [we just report the news, we try not to comment on it] :) ~ and if you are willing to eat hot dogs, there are people willing to help you do just that for free, or very near free. We tried to find a recipe for a hot dog cake or hot dog ice cream to celebrate both occasions but couldn't find any. We believe that is a good thing. (however, if you happen to be in the Phoenix area there is a shop called Utter Delights that actually does (or did) have hot dog flavored ice cream...) Enjoy the views and a dog of course ~

Wednesday July 22nd 2015 ~ The next crew for the ISS is headed there today and NASA Television will provide coverage of the launch and the crew’s arrival less than six hours later. The launch is from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:02 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage will begin at 4 p.m. You can watch online here, and/or get more information here. And all day today it is Two Peas in A Pod Day as we celebrate the birthday of Gregor Mendel ~ who gave us the Laws of Heredity. So cake (although cream cheese or sour cream frosting sounds better to the Driveway Cam Cake division) and ice-cream all around for Gregor then it's on to the views ~ Enjoy (and if you try the cake and ice-cream...let us know!)

Tuesday July 21st 2015 ~ We're late (again) so a quick tip of the hat to Ernest Hemingway who is turning 116 today, and a tip of the hat to the realization that it was (already) 8 years ago today that the last Harry Potter book was published! Where does the time go? It runs down the driveway most days ~ as it is doing again today. Enjoy the views and if the views don't thrill you today... read a book!

Monday July 20th 2015 ~ It was 46 years ago today that Neil Armstrong became the first human (that we know of) to walk on the Moon. Just going to revel in the memories of those glory days ~ and dream about when we get to go to Mars....... While reveling, here is a look in at the moon now, and then of course a check in with Curiosity! Enjoy the memories and the views ~ click picture for a larger view (the moon (or NASA's soundstage?) back in 1969) :)

Sunday July 19th 2015 ~ It's HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY LEXI DAY!!!!! Hope it's the start of a wonderful year for you Lexi. It is also National Ice Cream Day! (goes well with birthday cake) and here is a link that lists some places you can celebrate with Buy One Get One Free, or Get One Free ice cream. So enjoy the day, the ice cream and the views ~

Friday July 17th 2015 ~ If you head out today pay attention to where you are going as it is the 77th anniversary of the day Wrong Way Corrigan took off from New York to fly back to the west coast and 28 hrs later landed in Dublin Ireland ~ Luckily if you are checking views today you won't physically end up 3000 miles off course even if you wander through views unknown. Just in case you do get confused... if you are seeing this it's Dublin , and if you are seeing this it's our West Coast!. Enjoy wherever you end up today. :)

Thursday July 16th 2015 ~ Very late start for the blurbers ~ but we'll take what we can get (it's so hard to get good help with blurbing these days!) It is the 46th anniversary of the day Apollo 11 lifted off on its way to the moon!! (remember when we could do that?) In other space news New Horizons is currently 2 million miles + past Pluto ~ Closer to home it's World Snake Day (?) and we couldn't find a snake web cam (seems strange but we couldn't) so we'll settle for now on this substitute from Oregon. Enjoy the day and the views ~

Wednesday July 15th 2015 ~ New Horizons made it! 3 Billion miles and not even a fender bender ~ amazing. Pictures are beginning their journey back to us, so the amazing will just continue. The American League won the All Star Game (while we strive not to show bias here we have to add a small YAY!) and it's Take Your Poet To Work Day! A lovely set of circumstances for a dreary Wednesday. So make a cup of tea, or get your poet dressed if you are heading off to work (they can probably stay in their jammies a while longer if you are staying home today), and enjoy the views from the driveway and from Pluto as they come in ~

Tuesday July 14th 2015 ~ It was back in February of 2008 when we first asked you to mark your calendars for today ~ and suddenly, here we are... New Horizons is about to make its closest pass of PLUTO!!!! Since its launch 9 1/2 (+ a bit) years ago it has traveled about 3 BILLION miles and will get within 7,767 miles of Pluto!!! We are beyond excited. And aren't you glad you marked your calendars so long ago so you wouldn't miss this!!!??!!! You can watch the live action unfold on NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/index.html) as well as on our favorite online telescope SLOOTH (http://main.slooh.com/). A couple of good sites for info on the mission (although there are many many many of them out there) are NASA's mission page, and this WIRED site We are posting this early (it's 12:34am actually) because we know we'll be busy come the morning watching Pluto. Then tonight after the fireworks of Pluto are over don't forget to catch the ALL STAR GAME (it's at 7:30 PM) ~ GO AMERICAN LEAGUE!!! NEW HORIZONS MADE IT! HERE IS THEIR TEST IMAGE FROM EARLIER THIS MORNING, BETTER, MORE DETAILED PICTURES DUE IN TOMORROW!!!! CLICK ON PICTURE FOR LARGER VIEW

Sunday July 12th 2015 ~ Saturday came and went before we could catch it (luckily drivewaycam caught it all in 10 minute increments)(even the lawn mowing!). Today we are trying to figure out how it is that the helicopter was first conceived by DaVinci 522 years ago but it was only 58 years ago (today) that Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president ever to ride in "the newest advance in aviation technology": the helicopter. But we aren't going to worry too much because today is also Simplicity Day, celebrated on Thoreau's birthday. And we here at drivewaycam are experts at simple! But then again, 'tis a gift to be simple. Have some cake, enjoy the day, and enjoy the views ~ click on picture for a larger view

Friday July 10th 2015 ~ It's Friday! Should be hopping on the driveway (hopping is a relative word, but applicable none the less) with at least 1 trip out and back and the promise of lawn mowing!! Fridays don't get much more exciting than that. Today is supposedly Don't Step on A Bee Day but we think that should be every day so celebrate it, and don't forget to celebrate it again tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that..... Enjoy the views ~ and watch your step!

Thursday July 9th 2015 ~ We want to wish a quick Happy Birthday to Percy Le Baron Spencer, born this day in 1894, he was the engineer and inventor who had the idea for the microwave oven when a chocolate bar in his pocket melted while experimenting with a magnetron tube. And a smashing Happy Birthday to Donkey Kong (which also makes it the day we first met Mario)(who looked older than 34 even then!) as it was on this day in 1981 that Nintendo released the game. But most importantly... today New Horizons has moved to within six million km of Pluto ~ heading for its historic flyby next week. At it's closest approach, on July 14th, New Horizons will be about 12,500km above the surface! Enjoy the views closer to home ~ but get ready for the views from Pluto next Tuesday!

Wednesday July 8th 2015 ~ Caught the blurb division playing hookey today. Fingers crossed they'll be back tomorrow! Meanwhile, enjoy the views ~

Tuesday July 7th 2015 ~ Rumor has it today is National Chocolate Day ~ a holiday we at driveway cam can support whole heartedly! And so can we all, since it's so good for cardiovascular health!. And while sliced bread is the best thing since chocolate, today we say make and slice, or buy some sliced, bread since it was sold sliced for the first time, this very day back in 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Why not make some chocolate bread? (and then why not send us some? You know you want to). Meanwhile enjoy the lazy hazy crazy summer views as they drift by ~

Monday July 6th 2015 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Mark today! Hope it's a good one since he's turning 60!!!!!! Have a great day OLD man, and a great year ahead ~ We have no idea what to follow that up with so we'll have to go straight to the views ~

Sunday July 5th 2015 ~ It was 69 years ago today that the Bikini was first introduced, and 19 years ago today that the first cloned mammal was born (Dolly to her sheepish friends) and while we are not sure of the exact nature of the reproductive ramifications, we are sure they both caused many! Best not to ponder that. When asked why there were no fireworks on the driveway we were confused, because of course.... there were. Hope everyone had a safe 4th and now it's on to having a safe 5th! Enjoy (click on pictures for larger views)

Saturday July 4th 2015 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ellie (who is turning 18!) and a very HAPPY 4TH OF JULY to all of us as we turn 239! Here's to a great year ahead for all ~ Enjoy the food, festivities, flag waving, and fireworks today. And of course the views as well ~ (coy cam decked out for the holiday! click on picture for a live view)

Friday July 3rd 2015 ~ Hope everyone has a very good Friday ~ we have lovely weather on display on the driveway and there should be multiple trips out and back, as well as some lawn mowing happening out there today so you'll want to pace yourselves when viewing! Make up a pitcher of ice tea or lemonade, sit back and enjoy the summer time views ~

Thursday July 2nd 2015 ~ We are asking all of our viewers to keep an eye out for Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, last heard from this day back in 1937 from somewhere over the Pacific ~ unable to see Howland Island (their next stop) or the Navy ships there to help guide her, her last transmission was "We are running north and south." We always hope they'll turn up on the driveway (hey, the weather was bad, they were lost, they could have been somewhere over the Howland Island that is only 47 miles from Rochester... you never know) , but maybe they'll at least turn up on one of the views from the driveway ~ let us all know if you spot them anywhere.

Wednesday July 1st 2015 ~ July, Juli, Juillet do you love me? July, Heinäkuu, Temmuz do you care? July, Lipiec, are you thinking of me? July, Julio will you still be there? Welcome to July on the driveway! (to see what language the other Julys are mouse over them) We hope it's a great month for us all, and for viewing ~ So wander out there and explore while the month is young ~ and you can sing while you view if you like....

Tuesday June 30th 2015 ~ The last day of June is damply running down the driveway and out of here ~ but with plenty of views all around. And if the clouds cooperate there will be a spectacular view of Venus and Jupiter tonight at sunset. Check out http://spaceweather.com/ for details but be sure to get out there right before and at sunset to see it. (and if you want to cross some fingers that it clears up here so we can see it that would be okay too). We are sorry to see National Rose Month come to an end but are looking forward to whatever July might bring into view. Enjoy ~ ~ Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~ Pablo Neruda

Monday June 29th 2015 ~ If you feel the tug of the highways today, don't fight it. It's the 59th anniversary of the day President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act, which established the Interstate Highway System. Running over budget in time and money, the first coast-to-coast highway, Interstate 80, was completed in 1986(!), running from New York City to San Francisco. Writer's Almanac tells us ~ "It was a great boon for hotel and fast-food chains, which sprung up by interstate exits.... But it was not necessarily good for American literature". John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley (worth a trip to your library)) said "When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing." So enjoy the highways but don't forget the byways, and the views from off the highway ~ (although we have to admit we do like watching the traffic views ~ all over the place!) ~ I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. ~ Susan Sontag

Saturday June 27th 2015 ~ June is wandering out of here quickly as the last Saturday of the month unfolds on the driveway. But before it goes completely we still have this weekend (rainy though it might be) to enjoy the views of June. Since it is supposed to be rainy in many parts on this side of the country, even while it's supposed to be blisteringly hot on the other side, it's also a good day for going to a museum (it was this date in 1829 that English scientist James Smithson died, leaving behind a will that said in the event that his only nephew died without heirs, the whole of his estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” (the nephew did, and so we have the Smithsonian!)) or for reading. Start with a Newbery Classic as it was this day back in 1922 that the very first Newbery Award was given. The first winner was Van Loon’s The Story of Mankind, a history of the world written especially for children. You can see all the other winners since, right here ~ Now, it's on to the views! ~ I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again. ~ Arthur Freed

Friday June 26th 2015 ~ Somehow it is the last Friday in June already! Which will be happily shown in 10 minute increments of driveway views today. We've been looking for a Hogwart's camera because today is the day back in 1997 that the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain! (18 years ago!!) It is also the birthday of Pearl S. Buck so in between viewing, enjoy some reading too. And while out viewing the world, a small note that it was on this day in 1945, in the Herbst Theater auditorium in San Francisco, that delegates from 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter, establishing the world body as a means of saving 'succeeding generations from the scourge of war.' You can argue their success, but they, and we, are still here to have that argument.... A rainy weekend is due up so enjoy the sunshine on the driveway today (and where you are too hopefully) along with the views ~ The world's big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. ~ John Muir

Thursday June 25th 2015 ~ It's the birthday (the 112th birthday!) of the man who introduced us to the original Big Brother ~ George Orwell ~ which makes it the perfect day for viewing... everything! Keep an eye out for subversives crossing the street, making pastries, or just wandering around (they're everywhere!)(could be any where you look, on any of the other views). Or it could just be another lovely summer day on (and around) the driveway. Enjoy the views, smile and wave to the cameras ~ Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. ~ George Orwell

Wednesday June 24th 2015 ~ Speaking of dancing (as we were yesterday) ~ It was on this day in 1374, in Aachen, Germany, that an outbreak of dancing plague or dancing mania, also known as St. Vitus' Dance, first began. (From Aachen it spread across central Europe and as far away as England and Madagascar. Dancing mania affected groups of people - as many as thousands at a time - and caused them to dance uncontrollably for days, weeks, and even months until they collapsed from exhaustion.) Eventually believed to be caused by ergot poisoning with a side of mass hysteria we still say kick up your heels and reel... its summer! (just stop before you collapse!) Hope you are checking out the sky at sunset. The planets Venus and Jupiter are drawing closer and closer together and are beautiful off to the right of the moon. Venus is the larger looking of the two. They will converge completly on June 30th but their progress towards each other is amazing to see as well. Enjoy ~ ~ Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet ~ Bob Marley

Tuesday June 23rd 2015 ~ The first day of summer completely threw the blurb division ~ but they're back just in time for MidSummer Night's Eve (or St John's Eve (the patron saint of beekeepers))! So take an elf, a fairy, a goblin, or a beekeeper to lunch today to kick off the celebrations (but no bonfires in the restaurants please). On this day we like to promote listening to 'St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain', and enjoying the insomniac views in the countries that celebrate the night the most. And we would like to remind everyone who is in, or will be in New Orleans today not to forget the Voodoo Head Washings today. Wish we could be there ~ tho' there will be some head (or at least hair) washing here too! Enjoy and dance on, it's summer!

“If we shadows have offended,
Know but this and all is mended.
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear,
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding, but a dream.”
~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream :)

Sunday June 21st 2015 ~ A very Happy Father's Day to everyone and anyone who has ever happily worn that mantle, stepped in to pick it up, substituted when needed, or lent a hand in the process just because they could. And bonus ~ it's the longest day of the year with the solstice arriving at 12:38 (eastern) this afternoon so more time to celebrate! Enjoy the views for as long as you like today (you simply aren't going to get more viewing time than this!) ~ There should be a children's song, 'If you're happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.' ~ Jim Gaffigan

Saturday June 20th 2015 ~ We are going seal watching today in honor of the 233rd anniversary of the US adopting The Great Seal of The United States! It's a great day for viewing because the days won't get much longer than this ~ while up in the northern climes the insomniac viewing is in full swing as well. 24 hrs of day ~ it really doesn't get much better than that. So enjoy the 2nd longest day of the year and here's hoping you find some roses to stop and smell, and some seals to watch (which works better than smelling them) ~ check seal watching spot #1, or seal watching spot #2, or seal watching spot #3, and last but not least seal watching spot #4. ~ The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends ~ Persian Proverb

Friday June 19th 2015 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Karen this lovely day ~ we hope it's the start of a great year for you Karen. While enjoying some cake and ice-cream in Karen's honor have a bite or two for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was passed by the United States Senate on this date in '64. And it was this day in 1917 that King George V changed the Royal surname to Windsor. While we couldn't find a working webcam of Windsor Castle (more's the pity) we did find a lovely cam of the clouds over Windsor, as well as a couple of other Windsors to watch here is one, and here is another. Enjoy the day, the views, and the cake and ice-cream! ~ ~ My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it's on your plate ~ Thornton Wilder

Thursday June 18th 2015 ~ It's an early morning (for the blurb division) on the driveway ~ so as we struggle to find a cup of tea we're going right to the views. It's what you do on the 169th day of the year, according to the rules. With a quick tip of the capsule to Sally Ride who on this day in 1983 became the first American Woman in space. Thank you Sally, and now it's off to the views (including the view from the ISS). Enjoy ~ ~ The thing I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun that I'll ever have in my life. ~ Sally K. Ride

Wednesday June 17th 2015 ~ Today's birthday country ~ one of our favorites ~ is the republic of Iceland!!!. They are turning 71, and they've never looked better. So cake and ice-cream all around (or just forget the cake and concentrate on the ice cream!) There are views of Iceland for a fair-thee-well around driveway cam ~ especially this time of year when the midnight sun is keeping them illuminated all night long. The days continue to grow longer this week as we march toward the solstice on Sunday so get a B I G bowl of ice-cream (Vanilla or Súkkulaði or whatever your favorite flavor 'ís') and settle in for some summer ice views ~ [In Iceland, technically speaking, ice cream is rjómaís but the typical shortened form of the word is simply ís. It fact it’s rare to find an ice cream parlour that does not have the word “ís” in its name somehow.] Enjoy ~ ~ Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food ~ Joseph Epstein

Tuesday June 16th 2015 ~ One of our favorite days as it is Uncle Ed's Birthday!!!! Hope it's a great one for you Uncle Ed!! It is also Bloomsday so a quick look in at our favorite pub in Dublin. Today is also the day in 1884, that the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. The brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, it traveled about six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride! So we'll check in on Coney Island (hmmm, seems to be down at the moment) as well as Cedar Point, and Holiday World for some roller coaster views as we settle into yet another rainy day on the driveway while June zooms by, not unlike one of those coasters ~ In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky ~ Mungo Jerry

Monday June 15th 2015 ~ The blurb division is running way behind today (like that's new) but before the crys of "off with their heads!" ring out remember that today is the 800th (!) anniversary of the day King John placed his seal on the Magna Carta providing among other things the right to a trial by jury for all (even a wayward blurb division). The month is half over already ~ so let's not waste any more time but get right on to the views (okay, not the Runnymede where the Magna Carta was finalized but a Runnymede none the less!) ~ Enjoy and Happy Monday!? ~ There is always one summer that changes you.... ~ Anon

Sunday June 14th 2015 ~ A very Happy Flag Day to one and all. Wave it proudly (or watch it proudly on some of our favorite flag sites (site 1) (site 2) (site 3)). Today is Ellie's first official day of being out of high school as she graduated yesterday!!! Congratulations Ellie!! Today is also the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stow so there are many reasons for cake all around. Relax, enjoy the day and the views ~ ~ Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ~ John Lubbock (Ellie (on right with her friend Nicole)(click picture for larger view))

Saturday June 13th 2015 ~ 32 years ago today Pioneer 10 left the solar system and became the first man made object to fly into interstellar space. It will pass by it's next star ~ Ross 248 ~ in the year 34,600 A.D. Mark your calendars and meet us here! The Pioneer 10 mission was originally designed to last 21 months, but after more than 30 years, the venerable Pioneer 10 spacecraft sent what is probably its last signal to Earth. Pioneer's last, very weak signal was received on Jan. 22, 2003. So 30+ years and billions (really!) of miles... sort of makes the energizer bunny look like a slacker! :) We hope Pioneer 10 is enjoying the amazing views it must be seeing, and while we wish we could see those, it's on to the views we can see! Enjoy ~ ~ We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today ~ Dale Carnegie

Thursday June 11th 2015 ~ National Rose Month continues to grace the driveway ~ the blurb division slept through the departure from the ISS, but it is showing (in re-runs) on NASA TV for any of you other late sleepers. As the 3 terrestrials return to our lovely planet we note that today is the day back in 1982 that E.T. was released! (The movie, not an actual E.T.) and we all suddenly wanted an alien living in our closet. Today is the also the 506th wedding anniversary of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. He would of course go on to 5 (!) other wives before the bloom was off his rose (so to speak). And before it gets much later... we'll go on to the views ~ ~ One rose says more than the dozen ~ Wendy Craig

Wednesday June 10th 2015 ~ It was on this very day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm and collected a charge when the kite was struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. Now that we know that... do NOT go out in today's thunderstorms (if you are having them, as we are supposed to) with your kite! If the rains keep you in you can always start or continue casting your votes for the 2015 All Star Game (in Cincinnati on July 14th) ~ voting ends July 2nd. Now it's on to the views ~ ~ Electricity is really just organized lightning. ~ George Carlin

Tuesday June 9th 2015 ~ We will wish Cole Porter a Happy Birthday because we get a kick out of his music. Then we (those who are the blurb division that is) will go back to embracing the gloom of this rainy day. We recommend hot chocolate and a nap for full appreciation of the weather/day (might as well enjoy the gloom!) Had a good time hanging out on the Insomniac Views last night ~ next time you are up with nothing to do check out the midnight sun views. We could use some of that midnight sun right about now around here! Now, where is the hot chocolate machine? ~ If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears. ~ Isaac Hayes

Monday June 8th 2015 ~ It's a Happy Birth Day to Frank Lloyd Wright, who was born this day back in 1867, as well as being World Oceans Day! So visit an ocean while having your cake and ice cream, or take an ocean to lunch today to let it know you care. If you can't get out, you can also view a lot of ocean with our Coastal Views links which are right below the driveway pictures. We are on (already!) the mad dash to the summer solstice and so insomniacs viewing is heating up (links are also always right below the driveway pictures as well). You can catch a view of oceans on many of those as well. Enjoy the views ~ and the quiz! ~ It's time to speak of roses and pomegranates and of the ocean where pearls are made ~ Rumi

Sunday June 7th 2015 ~ A late start on a beautiful June day ~ get outside if you can and take it all in. And don't forget to stop and smell the roses, it is National Rose Month after all. And while your nose is busy, also keep a look out for this year's Rose of the Year... For Your Eyes Only. If you spot one, take a picture and send it in ~ we'll be looking for them around here too. ~ What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet ~ William Shakespeare

Saturday June 6th 2015 ~ A small break in the blurb action, but the division wandered back in time for the Belmont, D-Day, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Chase who is now a WHOLE HAND!!!!, and of course the festivities of celebrating the 82nd anniversary of.... the Drive In Movie! Rumor is there are fewer than 500 of them left in the US. But we happen to have a couple of them in our area. Our favorite is The Vintage Drive-In in Avon ~ pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and head over this evening for some excellent summer viewing ~ when you are done viewing here of course, oh yeah, and once it gets dark.... Enjoy! ~ The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~ Wallace Stevens

Wednesday June 3rd 2015 ~ Hit the ground running today if you can because it's National Running Day! So get out there and run... in circles, in a race, down the street, around a park, for the roses, or where ever your feet take you. Just do NOT run with scissors. Because it is also National Tailors Day, they will be out in droves ~ so let's be careful out there people and all you tailors out there, put your scissors down before you run! With all the running around don't forget to stop and smell the roses (if yours are out already) because it's National Rose Month, which runs all month long. ~ Thou'rt bearing hence thy roses, Glad summer, fare thee well! ~ Felicia Hemans

Tuesday June 2nd 2015 ~ We're late but with so much having gone on this day it's not surprising. Today is the day Babe Ruth retired back in 1935. It is also the day back in 1953 of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation (having become Queen the previous year). Those 2 celebrations alone will keep us in tea, crumpets, and hot dogs for days. We'll save the rest for next year. Meanwhile, the land of the midnight sun views are in full bloom and June continues busting out where ever you look. Enjoy ~ Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns. ~ Marty Rubin

Monday June 1st 2015 ~ June is busting out all over! And you have a front row seat to it busting out over the driveway ~ And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days ~ James Russell Lowell. And if it ever warms up a bit it will be time to kick off the shoes, get an ice cold drink and head to the porch swing. But on this rainy and cool first day, a cup of tea to enjoy with the views is in order. Maybe some rosehip..... It was June, and the world smelled of roses ~ Maud Hart Lovelace

Sunday May 31st 2015 ~ The rains they eluded too all week finally arrived ~ just as the last of the Ky Contingency hit the road for home. And on this rainy day we are going to schedule some viewing and some napping (or vice versa). One view is on and around birthday boy Walt Whitman's island of birth (Long Island that is), and a view of Big Ben which was heard for the first time on Walt Whitman's 40th birthday! (in 1859). Now it's on to the naps, and views ~ Enjoy as May rolls on down the driveway ~

Saturday May 30th 2015 ~ Happy Last Saturday of May!!!! It was on this day in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. The monument was first proposed in 1867, but construction didn't begin until 1914 ~ it was also on this day, in 1971, that he U.S. unmanned space probe Mariner 9 was launched on a mission to gather scientific information on Mars. The first spacecraft to orbit a planet other than earth, Mariner 9 sent back more than 7,000 pictures of the “Red Planet” and succeeded in photographing the entire planet. Sadly we have no webcam for either Mars or the Lincoln Memorial but we do have lots of other ones (see below) awaiting viewing ~ enjoy the day and watch for "thundery downpours" rumored to be coming our way ~

Friday May 29th 2015 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our own Mr. Brannaman!!! We hope it's a great day for you Brannaman and also the start of an excellent year!!! Fat Cake all around!!! (without the pecans of course) and don't forget the ice-cream ~ now lets get this last weekend in May started ~

Wednesday May 27th 2015
~ It's moving day at the ISS ~ just started, at 8AM, on NASA TV, the robotics flight controllers at the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will detach the large Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), used as a supply depot on the orbital laboratory, from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module and robotically relocate it to the forward port of the Tranquility module! You can watch as they try the PMM here... no maybe a little bit to the left.... :) and read more about it here ~ enjoy the views ~

Tuesday May 26th 2015 ~ We are still expecting those rains they've been talking about for days ~ right now it's a beautiful morning on the driveway, we'll have to see (and you will too) what the afternoon brings. The crowds are gone from the driveway but Amy's car, along with Amy, will be visiting all week. Today's reason for cake (should anyone ask) is the birthday of 3 giants in their own fields ~ John Wayne, Miles Davis, and Sally Ride. That, and the heat and humidity set for today, calls for ice cream too! So get comfy, enjoy the views, and the ice-cream and cake ~

Monday May 25th 2015 ~ A very Happy Memorial Day to all ~ most of the KY folk are now headed back on down to their old Kentucky Homes while Amy and Brannaman have decided to stay awhile and visit (YAY!!!)! Rains are due in sometime this afternoon, is the rumor, and there will be some comings and some goings on the driveway so pour another cup of tea (or beverage of choice) and settle in for some quiet viewing. (the Normandy American Cemetery webcam is operational from 2AM to 12:30PM eastern).

Sunday May 24th 2015 ~ Look out America ~ there is another senior citizen hitting the roads today as our own Jim Bo the Billy Bob turns 65!!!!!!! He has been practicing for years and all that hard work will pay off now as he enters the realm of Grumpy Old Men like a pro. He requests no presents be sent but does request you to GET OFF HIS GRASS AND wants you to know how much better THINGS WERE IN THE OLD DAYS!!! :) Many many (oh so many, just like the candles on his cake) Happy Returns of the day (and it's day 23741 for Jim, just saying...)(but Jim you wear it well ~ you don't look a minute over day 23740) to the newest old guy in the family!

Saturday May 23rd 2015 ~ We missed blurbing yesterday, but the running around on Driveway Cam went on. And continues today. Yesterday Haydon became an official smarty pants, (a term of endearment by his siblings) as he graduated from RIT. Pictures posted soon. 114 years ago today, the New York Public library was dedicated, presided over by President Taft. It is the largest marble structure ever constructed in the US, it spanning 2 blocks (!) it took 14 years and $9 million dollars to complete. The day after it's dedication when it opened to the public 40,000 citizens passed through it to use it's starting collection of more than a million books! It is also the birthday of Margaret Wise Brown, who was celebrating her first birthday when the library opened. Enjoy the day, reading a book or two, and of course the views ~

Thursday May 21st 2015 ~ Haydon's RIT graduation is tomorrow (you can watch online right here), (it's in the Gordon Field House, it's the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences, and it starts at 6:30) and in order to save some bandwidth there are 3 cars that have headed this way, out of KY, full of people who are going to watch it live. Can't wait to see everyone ~ it's been a very long time! You can watch the expressways for them via the traffic links ( check out Ohio I-71, to I-90, Penn. I-90, NY I-90, 390, & 590). And of course the driveway ~ as the comings and goings get underway. By the by, it was on this day in 1901, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law regulating motor vehicles, limiting their speed to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads. Thank goodness they don't have to drive through Connecticut! Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday May 20th 2015 ~ Today is By the Seat of Your Pants Day! (it is also the day before the Ky Contingency arrives (yay!!) but more on that later) Today is the day back in 1873 that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis were given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, creating: blue jeans! It is also the day back in 1927 when, at 7:52 a.m., Charles A. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris. (33 1/2 hrs later he landed in Paris!). So put on your jeans and head out for some adventuring (or watching the views) ~

Tuesday May 19th 2015 ~ What are you doing here? It's National Museum Day! Get thee to a Museum ~ we have some lovely ones here, and there is a great one in Louisville: The Kentucky Science Center (tell 'em Drivewaycam sent you)(okay, tell Hannah that if you see her, no one else will know what you are talking about) and in fact there are great museums all over the place so visit one today. And if you can't, you can always wander the museum of links we have collected here on Driveway Cam. Enjoy ~

Monday May 18th 2015 ~ It was 35 years ago today that Mt. St. Helens erupted ~ so a link to watch a much calmer St. Helens today (we hope) along with the other views. (hmmmm...the forest service site is down at the moment... hope it's back soon). Today is also the 45th birthday of Tina Fey ((so cake all around!) (chocolate lava cake might be just the thing!)(With ice-cream of course (can't forget the ice cream!))). Enjoy the cake, the ice cream and the views as the penultimate week of May (!) gets underway ~

Sunday May 17th 2015 ~ It is a beautiful sunny day on the driveway ~ the viewing of which will hopefully help you find some calmness as you celebrate World Hypertension Day. (which was not created to increase world hypertension (we do that well enough on our own) but rather to fight it.) Know your numbers and work 'em down if you need to. (a drivewaycam PSA!) And to help, take some time to slow down and check out some views ~ many of which have been known to put viewers in a meditative state (or is that catatonic?) ~ Enjoy ~

Saturday May 16th 2015 ~ The Preakness is running today, but more importantly today is National Sea Monkey Day (not sure how this one escaped us until now)!! So take your Sea Monkey to lunch, take them out to the park, play frisbee with them or just enjoy a walk together. Have a great Saturday with your Sea Monkey and enjoy the views ~

Friday May 15th 2015 ~

You will be missed B.B. King ~

Thursday May 14th 2015 ~ It was on this day in 1796 Edward Jenner, an English country doctor from Gloucestershire, administered the world’s first vaccination as a preventive treatment for smallpox. And it only took 219 years (and the internet) for some people to decide the whole vaccination thing may be wrong. (fortunately, or not, we do not editorialize here at driveway cam, per our cracked legal staff, so we'll move on). Today is also the 42nd anniversary of the launch of America's first space station, Skylab and as the legal dept also requests we do not launch ourselves into a discussion of what some people think about space exploration in these enlightened days... It's on to the views as the sun shines brightly on the driveway ~

Wednesday May 13th 2015 ~ Yep....running late.....the views are available it's the blurb division that causes the problem. They will be spoken too in a stern matter, we promise. Meanwhile ~ Happy Hump Day and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday May 12th 2015 ~ Happy 90th Birthday to Yogi Berra today! A toast to many more years of his sage advice for us. It is also the birthday of Katharine Hepburn (who would be turning 108 today). And it is day 3 of this stretch of palindromic days ~ from 5/10/15 until 5/19/15 every day, read in the US version of marking dates (mm/dd/yy), will be a palindrome! (thanks Hannah for bringing that to our attention!). So enjoy these days forward and backwards and enjoy the views as well ~ last words to Yogi: You can observe a lot by just watching ~ Yogi Berra

Monday May 11th 2015 ~ Another May Monday is appearing on the driveway today ~ on this, the 157th anniversary of the day we became 10,000 lakes the better and Minnesota entered the Union as the 32nd state. In their honor (and in general as we love having them in the Union) a look in at one of those lakes, and a link to a lot of links to other lakes and lots of views of the state. If you are planning a visit to our 32nd state you might want to brush up on your Minnesotan before you go. Can you enjoy the views without knowing Minnesotan? You betcha! Enjoy ~

Sunday May 10th 2015 ~ A very Happy Mother's Day to everyone who has ever been a mom, filled in for a mom, had a mom, or known a mom. Moms come in all shapes, sizes, genetic configurations, wrappings, and sometimes disguises, but we know them no matter what and love them for their unwavering love, kindness, and care. On a side note, the country got smaller on this day back in 1869 ~ and ~ it became easier to visit your mom no matter what side of the country she lived on as the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in Promontory, Utah, and drove a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connected their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. [ a look in at Utah, about an hour east of Promontory.] Enjoy the day, the views and the lilacs (we have one bloom so far on ours!)

Saturday May 9th 2015 ~ We are leaving driveway cam's eye on the tree ~ as it is in full bloom and looking lovely ~ on this National Train Day. While we wish we were off riding a train (which is exactly where Jim is headed now) instead we'll wish Richard Adams (who wrote Watership Down) and JM Barrie (who brought us Peter Pan) a couple of quick Happy Birthdays and then head out to look for trains of course and pirates, and fairies, and rabbits among the views ~ Happy Saturday and don't forget to stop and smell the lilacs!

Friday May 8th 2015 ~ The Lilac Festival started today and in our excitement.... the blurb division forgot to update their blurb today. So without further ado, it's back to the views (which luckily don't depend on blurb division efficiency) with the understanding it's time to pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and head on over to the festival ~

Thursday May 7th 2015 ~ Welcome to Kultur Tag on the driveway ~ you want arts? We got 'em ~ today is the birthday of Johannes Brahms, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Browning, as well as being the day in 1994, that Norway's most famous painting, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen, and (!) it is the day back in 1965 when a bleary-eyed (probably not because of the hour) Keith Richards awoke in the early morning hours, in a Clearwater, Florida, motel room, grabbed a tape recorder and laid down one of the greatest pop hooks of all time: The opening riff of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” He then promptly fell back to sleep. We are sure there are more artistic celebrations for the day but it's late so it's off to the views ~ they just may inspire poetry, music, the desire to paint, or to compose, where ever you wander ~

Wednesday May 6th 2015 ~ Sure, the 4 minute mile was broken this day (in 1954), sure the Chunnel opened this day 40 years later (1994), and sure this is the very day John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath (1940) ~ but today is also 'The Tree Is About Ready to Bloom Day' and so Drivewaycam is turning it's eye treeward so that you can watch in 10 minute increments the rush (!?) towards full bloom. Please no wagering on the actual day it does bloom (although....) Enjoy the views and the blooming happening here are where you are too!

Tuesday May 5th 2015 ~ Happy Cinco de Mayo! Walk softly with the tequila today... But while you are celebrating ~ today is also the day America made it to space when Alan Shepard Jr. was launched aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, to become the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, lasted 15 minutes, but paved the way to so much more. (Later, on Apollo 14, he would Walk the Moon (love that band) getting much farther than the 116 miles up on his first flight). Hope you enjoy the views from wherever you travel today ~

Monday May 4th 2015 ~ It is May The Fourth Be With You day, and we hope that it is (with you that is) ~ and a lovely Star Wars day it's shaping up to be. (sure we are under a wild fire warning due to lack of rain, warm temperatures, and winds due in, but lovely none the less)(and rain is due tonight so that will help). We would have been at Jessie's graduation if we could have been, but the view from 600+ miles wasn't too bad. Pictures posted on the family pages soon. Today is also the day back in 1776 that Rhode Island became the first North American colony to renounce its allegiance to King George III. So a quick look in at those trend setters and then it's off to the views near and far. Enjoy (and don't forget what Smokey the Bear taught us all....)

Sunday May 3rd 2015 ~ A beautiful Sunday is in the works here, hope the weather is cooperating where you are too. We especially hope it is cooperating at Berea College where Jessie is graduating today. You can watch for her on this link, at 2:00PM Eastern where she "will be sitting on the right side, about six rows from the back and wearing a cap that says "It's Jess Miller Time" like the beer ad." Congratulations Jessie!!! ~ enjoy the day. And we'll all enjoy the views.

Saturday May 2nd 2015 ~ A quick stop off at one of our favorite views, Loch Ness as it was this day back in 1933 that a sighting of Nessie was published in a local newspaper and reignited the modern day Nessie Frenzy. Then it's off to Louisville for the Derby! They seem to have gotten rid of their web cams sadly, but you can still pick a horse, enjoy a minty drink, and holler like crazy (this is a very important step) when they Run for the Roses! (Post time is 6:25 p.m. ET on NBC). Good luck! And let us know who you picked!!

Friday May 1st 2015 ~ It's May! It's May! Here on the driveway and everywhere else for that matter. This is the day of the year that has the most holidays associated with it... the biggest of which is the birthday of Ms. Hannah!!!! A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hannah ~ here is to an excellent day and an even more excellent new year starting for you. Today is also the day before the derby so it's time to pick a horse or two, find your finest chapeau, and dust it off. We can't help with the hat, but the horses can be found here. Have a great first day in May, have some cake (without the coconut of course) and ice-cream, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday April 30th 2015 ~ Ooops ~ last day of April almost scooted out of here without a blurb ~ but we caught it. Sure it's 5:21 pm but better late than never? The blurb division will be talked to (as soon as we find them). Hope you enjoyed the views today and now it's back to them.........

Wednesday April 29th 2015 ~ Running late (again), but yes Pebble, there will be an update today! It's warmed up considerably, the sun is shining and who knows what may happen on the driveway under these conditions ~ have to watch to see. Or you could work on the quizzes awaiting answers ((ifq from 2009) and (ifq from 2015)), or just roam the links and enjoy the views ~ and with that... a quick Happy 4th Anniversary to William and Kate and Happy Birthday to Daniel Day Lewis, then it's off to this lovely spring day ~

Monday April 27th 2015 ~ Get out your biggest baking pans for today's birthday cake which is made in honor of.... The Universe! According to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler the universe was created on this day in 4977 B.C which would make us about 6,992 years old. Sure, he's 13.7 billion years, or so, shy of the actual year, but who is to say the day is wrong? Not drivewaycam ~ so cake all around but don't get too close until all those candles are out! (we are pretty sure the universe will like this cake but any cake you make will make it happy) And Happy Birthday to this particular Universe from everyone in it, and everyone in all the adjacent universes too, we're sure. :)

Sunday April 26th 2015 ~ A very late start so just a quick Happy Birthday to Frederick Law Olmstead for providing us places to prevent "...the severe forms of softening of the brain", it's on to the views and hopefully out to a park ~ He designed so many of them ~ Central Park in NYC, and many of the parks here in Rochester, Louisville, Atlanta, and all around the country. Get out if you can and give a tip of the hat to Olmsted...

Saturday April 25th 2015 ~ 25 years ago yesterday the Hubble telescope was launched, and 25 years ago today it was put into orbit ~ today it still orbits the earth once every 97 minutes and still manages to take our breath away with its pictures. It was conceived in the 40's, designed in the 70's, built in the 80's and then began its mission in 1990. What a view it's been giving us! We've been watching them build the next generation of space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope via this link, also found in the table below. Which is scheduled to launch in October of 2018. They don't work much on the weekends, so for now you can catch all the views from the driveway ~ Enjoy ~ Whirlpool Galaxy and Companion~ The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194), and smaller galaxy NGC 5195

Friday April 24th 2015 ~ Happy Birthday Allison!!!! We all wish you a very splendid day and a wonderful new year ahead! Today is also the birthday of the Library of Congress, estabished this day back in 1800 with 740 books and three maps from London. It continued to grow until the British burned it down during the war of 1812 ~ however it was rebuilt and restocked (many thanks to Thomas Jefferson), and today, the Library of Congress has 650 miles of shelves, and 150 million items, including more than 35 million books. The Librarian of Congress, Ainsworth Spofford, declared it "the book palace of the American people," and it was called "the largest, the costliest, and the safest" library in the world. And we here at drivewaycam really want to go see it one day... Road Trip!!! Have a great Friday, have cake and ice cream in honor of Allison and enjoy the views ~

Thursday April 23rd 2015 ~ Once again it's Take a Sonnet to Lunch Day here on the slightly snow covered driveway (yep, flurries all day on and off, no accumulation we are told). Don't start pushing in line because there are plenty of sonnets to go around. In fact today's birthday boy William Shakespeare wrote 154 of them ~ so we can all share. (If you are going for a long lunch it can also be Take a Play to Lunch Day, there are 38 of those) Shakespeare would have been 451 today had he figured out how. And that is worth some cake and ice cream or at the very least some tea and a toast ~ a fan of driveway cam (we're sure) last words to William ~ Fair thought and happy hours attend you.

Wednesday April 22nd 2015 ~ Happy Earth Day ! Earth day was first celebrated this day back in 1970 to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems and increase ecological awareness. According to the Earth Day Network, celebrated by a billion people, it is the world's largest secular holiday. To celebrate on this side of the driveway we are planting some flower seeds (the long term approach) and we hope you will all celebrate in some way too. After all, for now, it's the only planet we have. Tonight to celebrate go outside, lie down, and look up. On April 22-23, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower ~ best time to catch the shower is between about 11 pm tonight and sunrise tomorrow, in any timezone in the northern hemisphere. The hours before dawn are best and meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although their trails will tend to point back toward the constellation Lyra. Enjoy the views of and from earth all day and night !!

Tuesday April 21st 2015 ~ It's pints all around (with pinkies up) for the 89th birthday of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. And so a toast to a very Happy Birthday Your Majesty, from all your friends on both sides of the driveway ~ "THE QUEEN" ~ Today is also the birthday of naturalist John Muir (more pints!) who founded the Sierra Club, helped us have Yosemite Park (among many others) and who invented an alarm clock that not only woke him up but set him on his feet and simultaneously lighted a lamp! Hmmm, wonder if they have that on Ebay? Enjoy the views and be sure to check out google today to explore Loch Ness with their street view and help hunt for Nessie ~

Monday April 20th 2015 ~ Hey all you sleuths ~ Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, first appeared in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine, this very day back in 1841. The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story. We are sure all of you detected the change in weather on the driveway as colder air and rains have moved in. It's also been quite windy so you may see anything tumble on down and/or past the driveway. Keep an eye on it. We hope one of you will be motivated to solve the mystery of the first quiz of 2015 (and also, oh please, the ill fated quiz ten of ought nine!) Magnifying glasses ready? ~ thinking caps on? ~ enjoy the views!

Sunday April 19th 2015 ~ It's going to be a bee-u-tea-full day on the driveway today. Which is good because rain and colder air are moving in next week for a (we hope) short stay. And all that sunshine and green just makes it easier to celebrate Vampires Beware Day or as it is more formally called National Garlic Day. As we can't find a working Garlic webcam we're going to post a few links to the bat cams today; Link to roosting Bats cam, Link to their toy box cam, and the link to their insect bat cave cam in keeping with the theme du jour. Enjoy the sunshine (if you don't have sunshine today, you may share ours) and put a little garlic on, well everything(!) today ~

Saturday April 18th 2015 ~ Happy Travel and Communication Day in honor of Mr. Paul Revere, and William Dawes, (we suggest a light lunch, followed by a large dessert)(but if you want to celebrate more traditionally you can hop on your horse, and ride through town screaming just as they did 240 years ago tonight. (we again suggest you not wait until midnight; zoning laws and noise ordinances having changed a smidge since their ride)). It is also the day back in 1950 that the very first U.S. jet passenger international trip flight was made from Malton Airport in Toronto, Canada to the International Airport, New York City. The Avro Canada jetliner carried a crew of three, with three passengers, and 15,000 airmail letters (which became the first airmail letters carried in the U.S. by jet plane). However you choose to travel or communicate today enjoy the views along the way ~

Friday April 17th 2015 ~ In 1810, on this very day, day 107 of the year ~ the first U.S. patent for pineapple cheese was issued to L.M. Norton of Troy, Pennsylvania; in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II; and it is Bat Appreciation Day, celebrated annually on April 17th which is around the time that bats come out of hibernation. We are sure all those things are connected in some sort of cosmic web but we don't know how. So... a look in at a pineapple, a quick read of The Miller's Tale (and/or prologue), and a look in at some bats before heading out to the views ~

Thursday April 16th 2015 ~ You may already be at work....we were so taken by National Procrastinators Day that we once again put off mentioning that the day after N.P.D, or tax day to it's friends, is Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!. Find an excuse to go home and change if you actually got dressed before going into work today. Otherwise, pack up your slippers and have a great day at the office. Some folks say it's Save The Elephant Day, and while we can't actually confirm that it is, or what it is, we're going to check in on our favorite elephants of Tennessee before heading out to the views ~ enjoy ~

Wednesday April 15th 2015 ~ Happy National Procrastinators Day ~ which is what we are calling it. Because either you've already gotten your taxes in and have spent your refund, or you are wondering why someone didn't mention that it was going to be the 15th so soon! It's also NPD because it's Leonardo DaVinci's birthday ~ the man who spent the last 15 years (!) of his life on the Mona Lisa and who died with fewer than 30 paintings completed. He too, like many of us, was great at starting things, a little less great at finishing them. So today we celebrate that trait that makes a Da Vinci out of all of at some point, even as we wonder where the W2's got to.... Enjoy the views now ~ or later, whatever works. :)

Tuesday April 14th 2015 ~ This is a complicated day in history... it's the day that Lincoln was shot back in 1865, it is the day in 1912 the Titanic hit the iceberg, however, it is also the day that the pony express got underway in 1860, and the day in 1828 that the first Webster American Dictionary of the English Language was published after 30 years of work by Noah Webster (whose dictionary sadly now includes words that "have no definition but are acceptable in Words with Friends)(what are we doing?) Webster wanted Americans to have a national identity that wasn't based on the language and ideas of England, and wanted us to be able to communicate with each other (even by mail with some consistent spelling to help us along) despite regional dialects that differed so drastically. ~ Thanks to him and the Pony Express for helping us achieve those goals. [Google has a a pony express game out there if you decided not to communicate but want to get the mail delivered safely instead!] Enjoy ~

Monday April 13th 2015 ~ We want to wish Thomas Jefferson a very Happy Birthday... he would be turning 272 today if he could. He "wrote the Declaration of Independence for the fledgling United States and then served as its minister of France, secretary of state, vice president, and president. But he was also, among other things, an inventor, philosopher, farmer, naturalist, astronomer, food and wine connoisseur, and musician" (with thanks to Writer's Almanac). And while it's not the Jefferson Memorial...here is a great view from the Washington Monument, to go along with the Cherry Blossom Cam in honor of Mr. Jefferson. Enjoy ~

Sunday April 12th 2015 ~ It's time for birthday cake and ice-cream ~ but don't stand too near the cake as the number of candles on it this year will cause everyone to overheat as Pebble turns another year older! Happy Birthday Ms. Mobley ~ we hope it's the start of an excellent year for you! Today is also the birthday of Beverly Cleary ~ our particular favorite of hers on this side of the driveway.... Emily's Runaway Imagination. Given it is also the day, back in 1961 (the year Emily's Runaway Imagination was published) that Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space and the first man to orbit the planet; as well as the day 20 years later that the space shuttle Columbia launched from Cape Canaveral, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft to travel into space (piloted by astronauts Robert L. Crippen and John W. Young, the Columbia made 36 orbits before landing and starting a new era of space travel) we say it's cake and ice-cream all day while watching the views ~ enjoy ~

Saturday April 11th 2015 ~ 45 years ago today Apollo 13 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, with astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigerts, and Fred W. Haise. Their trip to the moon was interrupted by an explosion over 200,000 miles from Earth 2 days later. While the mission to the moon was not successful, the mission to get the LM, designed to ferry astronauts from the orbiting CM to the moon’s surface and back again, with a power supply meant to support two people for 45 hours, to instead carry three men for at least 90 hours and successfully navigate more than 200,000 miles of space, was amazing in it's scope, execution, and success. If you haven't seen the movie or read about the mission, this would be the perfect day to do so. Along with checking out the views including the Cherry Blossom Festival Cam which is now working! ~ enjoy ~

Friday April 10th 2015 ~ It's Friday, and it's in the 50's (at least until tomorrow) ~ so there is the celebration right there! It is also the day that William Sydney Porter (O'Henry to the rest of us) had his story The Gift of the Magi published. Wander the views with some Friday abandon, and enjoy reading that story and other O'Henry stories with some tea or champagne (which ever suits your mood) and have a great Friday ~

Thursday April 9th 2015 ~ It's one of those days where there is just too much going on ~ first and foremost HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHY T!!! Hope it's a great day (and year!) for you. Today is also the day, in 1859 (several years before Kathy T was introduced) Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, received his steamboat pilot's license. And today also happens to be the day back in 1962, (a couple of years after Kathy T was introduced) that JFK threw out the opening pitch at the then new Washington DC Stadium ~ which got us wondering about other presidents and baseball and led to a quiz. The first quiz of 2015. So, cake all around for Kathy, a nod to Mark Twain, and it's on to the views and the quiz ~ What could be better on a rainy April morning? Enjoy!

Wednesday April 8th 2015 ~ Beyond late on this rainy Wednesday ~ a quick Happy Birthday to Buddha (born in 563 (ish)?, and birth celebrated on this day), with a celebration nod to the estimated 350 million people in 100 nations who adhere to Buddhist beliefs and practices, and another quick Happy Birthday to Barbara Kingsolver, and then it's on to enjoy the views (the trial view is a very nice escape from the rain)(as are the nest views and most of the other views as well come to think of it).

Tueday April 7th 2015 ~ Today is World Health Day ~ so we wish you all bon health, today and everyday for that matter. ((Driveway cam requires a robust and healthy viewing population)(although we certainly are set up to appeal to and be accessible to those less robust and/or healthy) (we're full service!)) And we're running late, so a quick though heartfelt Happy Birthday to William Wordsworth, one of our favorites and a quick look in at the daffodils at Cornell we are off to the views ~

Monday April 6th 2015 ~ A very Happy Dyngus Day to all! We hope you have gathered your pussy willows (we have not yet....) and are ready for the parades (if your town is having one), and of course some great foods. Haven't yet found the perfect dyngus day webcam ~ if you know of one let us know ~ so it's on to the views and the celebrations ~ (one of our favorite dyngus day related pictures, click to see it larger)

Sunday April 5th 2015 ~ Happy Easter! A little snow to make hunting for Easter Eggs easier. Today is also the 401st wedding anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe ~ but most importantly... according to the MLB today is OPENING DAY OF THE 2015 SEASON!!!!! Tonight there is a game at Wrigley ~ hope everyone dresses warmly ~ between the Cubs and the Cardinals. However, to the stubborn Opening Day is tomorrow...no, not when the Yankee's first pitch happens (against Toronto, game starts at 1:05), but when the Cincinnati Reds take the field for their opening pitch at 4:10. We're so excited on this side of the driveway (everyone is tied for 1st!) ~ hope you all enjoy the views, your Easter, and those great words of spring's renewal ~ PLAY BALL!

Saturday April 4th 2015 ~ There are a couple of basketball games tonight which hopefully will be exciting and irritatingly aren't on network TV. But more importantly today is the anniversary of the day in 1828, when Casparus van Wooden patented chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam). A hearty and Quik tip of the mug to Casparus! It is also the birthday of Muddy Waters, blues great, so a look in at the Muddy waters that gave him his nickname. And a look in at a flag as today it was on this 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. Enjoy the views ~

Friday April 3rd 2015 ~ Big weekend coming up ~ the shortest lunar eclipse of the century is going to happen on Saturday morning (early early early)(6:15 AM in the east until the moon sets) ~ NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT today, Friday April 3, to explain and answer questions about it ~ The teleconference number is 888-324-0280, with the passcode 34973, should be a good discussion. (Mitzi Adams astronomer will also answer questions via Twitter on the @NASA_Marshall account beginning at 6:00 a.m. EDT on April 4. For Twitter questions, use the hashtag #eclipse2015.) We would only get a quick look here in Rochester, but will probably get no look at all as we are expecting rains and snow and a cloudy, oh so cloudy sky ~ but hopefully in your area you'll get to see the Blood Moon Eclipse if you get up early and get outside. Send pictures if you do and enjoy the lunatic views ~ (click on picture for clearer view)


Thursday April 2nd 2015 ~ Good Morning Driveway Cam viewers ~ it is supposed to get into the 60's today with all this sunshine, so we may see the last of the snow pile by the hydrant... before the snow due in this weekend arrives that is. Enjoy watching it melt. Today is also the 210th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen ~ in his honor, his birthday was declared International Children's Book Day, a day to promote children's literature and foster a love of reading in the world's youth. So it's also take a Children's Book to Lunch Day (and take a child or two along so you can read it to them)(take them to lunch because you know them well and with permission you understand!) Enjoy some children's literature today with a side of the views ~

Wednesday April 1st 2015 ~ Ah April Fools Day ~ the exact origins are unknown but do fools care? We do not ~ we celebrate it anyway. So be careful out there and do some checking.... before you add sugar/salt to your coffee or tea, and before you turn on the water at the kitchen sink (rubber bands on sprayers are a rude awakening). Well, all you fools out there know the drill and what to look for. Foolishly we have no prank for today, but we do have some random cam views that we like but haven't gotten to use yet so we'll share those now for your viewing pleasure (no fooling). Enjoy and check every time where you are going to sit, any where, before sitting! :) Random view #1 ~ Random view #2 ~ Random view #3 ~ Random view #4 ~

Tuesday March 31st 2015 ~ The last day of March is rushing out of here and we are running late in our posting ~ big doings at the Incubator in Nebraska as the quail eggs are hatching today! There are still plenty working on pecking their way out as well as some who are up and running (?) about. So while we are late, we haven't caused you (yet) to miss all that excitement. All of the nesting links are hopping (so to speak) so we'll bow out of here and let you at whatever views your flights of fancy take you ~ Enjoy the end of March before the fools of April arrive tomorrow ~

Monday March 30th 2015 ~ We are pleased to announce that the nest viewing links for 2015 have finally been updated and added to the table below (column 1, row 11) as well as right here for today ~ make no mistake (but if you do it's okay because it's the 157th anniversary of the day Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia patented the first pencil to have an attached eraser! Thanks Writer's Almanac!) we know that we're late with it, and there are eagle chicks all over the place waiting for you to check on them but there are also eggs just getting started so the season still has much viewing. And bonus for this Monday.... there is a new trial site for your viewing pleasure as well (also in table, column 4 bottom row). So view on and enjoy the last Monday of March!

Sunday March 29th 2015 ~ The sun is shining, and it's above 20 degrees ~ we do not want to jinx anything by saying much more than that. So find your sunglasses for watching the driveway and enjoy the show. And if you need a break from all the heart racing action here, it's also the 86th anniversary of the day the Oval Office got a telephone! Rutherford Hayes had telephones and a switchboard put in back in 1878, but Herbert Hoover had the Oval Office phone installed this day back in 1929. They tend not to give out that number but you can still celebrate by calling the White House today! And here is the switchboard number: 202-456-1414. Please, no prank calls. (the drivewaycam CYA lawyers made us add that). Enjoy the views, the sunshine and any calls you may make today ~

Saturday March 28th 2015 ~ It is finally here ~ today is Something on a Stick Day, a time set aside to celebrate, well, foods eaten off sticks. Things like ice cream pops, corn dogs, toasted marshmallows ~ and almost anything threaded onto a wooden skewer and grilled. So get out there and eat something off a stick! For some detailed information on some classic stick food check out this link at Mental Floss. :) The launch was quite pretty yesterday and the docking went well and the year long space mission is underway. Earthcam still doesn't have the Cherry Blossom cam up and working ~ we keep checking, but if you find it working before we do, let us know! Still working on nest cam but the winter seasonal cams have been retired so you'll find them here. We may not have cherry blossoms but enjoy the other views and our snow while you enjoy your stick dining!

Friday March 27th 2015 ~ Today there is a launch to the ISS from Kazakhstan. It's going to be an exciting one (well, really, they all are) and is going to be televised because it is the start of a 1 year mission for 2 of the crew members. Scott Kelly of NASA, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos are headed to the ISS. Kelly and Kornienko will spend the next year(!) on the space station to better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space. Data from the expedition will be used to determine whether there are ways to further reduce the risks on future long-duration missions to an asteroid and eventually Mars. Scott Kelly's twin brother Mark Kelly (former astronaut) will be the control member of the group here on earth for comparisons of results. NASA TV coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT today, with launch scheduled for 3:42 p.m. from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trio will ride to space in a Soyuz spacecraft, which will rendezvous with the space station and dock after four orbits of Earth. Docking to the space station's Poisk module will take place at 9:36 p.m. Friday. NASA TV coverage of docking will begin at 8:45 p.m. You can watch on NASA TV or right here ~ as Kelly and Kornienko head off for a year floating in space! Enjoy the views ~ and good luck out there to all!

Thursday March 26th 2015 ~ We would like to wish Robert Frost a very happy birthday today ~ he would be turning 141 today and if that isn't worth some cake, we don't know what is. There are 16 basketball teams out there getting ready to play some very non-sweet basketball over the next couple of days. If your bracket is blown, forget it and start a new one for this round, no point in being left out of the 'dance'. We hope spring is gesprunging out there somewhere and that it eventually decides to wander up here for a little gespronging too ~ meanwhile enjoy the rain/snow/rain on the driveway, and watching the snow slowly melt away. And all the views for that matter! Last words to Mr. Frost: "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." ~ Robert Frost

Wednesday March 25th 2015 ~ Busy day today as we appreciate Manatees on Manatee Appreciation Day (celebrated on the last Wednesday of March in the United States). So take a Manatee to lunch and let them know you care! It is also Tolkien Reading Day. The theme this year is Friendship so take some Tolkien to lunch with you and read to the manatee ~ we are sure they will enjoy it. A couple of nice spots for reading Tolkien with or without your Manatee friend can be found here by the shore, or here a bit more inland. Enjoy your lunch, your reading and of course the views. Last words to Gloria Steinem on her birthday today: "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle" Gloria Steinem

Tuesday March 24th 2015 ~ The sun is shining, it's a balmy 19, yep... spring is here. And today while watching the spring views be sure to have some Raisinets with you as it is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day! (wish we had a box....) If we had some Raisinets we'd share them with Harry Houdini for his 141st birthday today and with Miss Venetia Burney (we love her name) the eleven-year-old schoolgirl in Oxford, England who proposed the name given to the then Planet X this very day back in 1930 ~ so thanks Venetia, for naming Pluto! Enjoy the views and Raisinets all around!

Monday March 23rd 2015 ~ Happy National Puppy Day! Take a puppy to lunch, go out at lunch and pet puppies, or just watch puppies ~ but celebrate somehowl (!) today. They are just too cute to not celebrate, plus it will help you forget that it's 17 outside at the moment ~ There is a great puppy cam here to watch (in Washington) ~ and 4 (!) cameras of Schnauzer puppies here that might just give you ADD. Finally a golden retriever puppy cam that will melt not only your heart but the rest of the snow in Boston! They are all too much fun to watch, so be careful... you may get to the sites and not be able to leave! Enjoy the puppies and the views ~

Sunday March 22nd 2015 ~ The traditional 2nd full day of spring present is snow ~ which we received so that can get checked off. (or maybe those are brackets falling!) Today is the 250th anniversary of the British imposing the Stamp Act on us. A action that rather backfired and got us all humming that ditty So Long Dearie way before they decided to put it in Hello Dolly! They eventually repealed the ill fated tax to try and calm things down but it was too late ~ the seeds were sown and 10 years later not only were they out the tax revenue, they were out 1 country. Today is also the final day of the International Tree Climbing Championships down in Tampa Florida. Wish we were there to watch the finals today, or just climb a tree. Time to get to today's viewing where ever it make take you ~ Stay warm, and enjoy the views ~

Saturday March 21st 2015 ~ The first full day of spring is upon us (yay!) and while sure it may have snowed yesterday, it is still the first full day of spring so we're going with it. Most importantly however it is the first full day of Ms Lydia's birthday and brand new year!!! We hope it's a wonderful day and even more that it is the start of an incredible year for you Lydia! Happy Birthday!!!! Trying to baroque in on the festivities is it also the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, so a tip of the hat and some cake for him too so he doesn't get too pouty. The earthcam camera is still not working on the Cherry Blossoms. Hopefully they'll spend some of those advertising dollars and get it up and running before the festival ends. It's a wee bit gloomy here this morning but we have much faith in the power of spring to eventually win out (juneish, july? it's got to happen right?) Have a wonderful day in Lydia's honor (you too Lydia!) and enjoy the views ~

Friday March 20th 2015 ~ We are not sure how to fit everything in today ~ the vernal equinox happens at 6:45pm today as we hit that lovely moment of balance before the sun starts it's dizzying rush up north. Spring is here, take a deep breath, set an egg on end (old wives have been doing it for centuries to the delight of their children and grandchildren), stand on one foot and embrace the axis, the tilt, and the whole ball of wax. This morning there was a total eclipse that we slept through but the pictures on slooh.com look stunning. Today is also the start of the wonderful Cherry Blossom Festival in DC that we'll see in person one of these days ~ but for now its camera hopping for a fare thee well. When possible. The park service turned the webcam over to Earthcams...and currently it's not working, but keep trying and we'll keep looking for others. (with the cold and snow we may have a few days before the blooms peak.....) A page has turned, not on the calendar, certainly not in the weather here, but undeniably change is in the works ~ enjoy it, the views, and the return of the sun.

Thursday March 19th 2015 ~ There is a lot of viewing today ~ there are the games of round two getting underway today (!), and the all of views all over the world getting underway today, and the Swallows return to Capistrano today!! Again this year we are hoping they return by train as that is the cam we have ~ although it's gotten a bit blurry (we know how that happens) we should still see them arrive, and disembark with their luggage too. Settle in, you have the best seat in the house for all the comings and goings of teams, of swallows, and of all the views ~ so enjoy. (PS (and get your eggs ready because tomorrow is the spring equinox and winter has to roll on out of here!)(we wish she'd take her temperatures with her but one step at a time!) Plus if you are up at 4:30 AM eastern check out the eclipse on slooh.com!)

Wednesday March 18th 2015 ~ Well, we are ought for 2 in the tournament so far. Hopefully today will go a bit better (we have Dayton and Robert Morris). It's cold again, and there have been flurries on and off. Spring gets here tomorrow evening, but I don't think it will be bringing spring weather with it. Looking towards the end of the week not only does March Madness hit round 2, but the Cherry Blossom Festival starts in DC and next week Scott King and Mikhail Kornienko, leave for their year long stay on the ISS! More on all of that later ~ now it's trying to stay warm and waiting on some b-ball. Ane the views ~ of course

Tuesday March 17th 2015 ~ Its a busy busy day today ~ first it's Mike's birthday! We wish him a fine start to a great year and raise a pint in his honor. It's the 114th anniversary of the first showing of Van Gogh's paintings (he only sold 1 picture while alive) and the show caused quite a splash in Paris at the time and changed the art scene there. A pint in his honor! March Madness gets underway today with 2 games (we have Manhattan and BYU) (a pint in their honor!) and of course it's St. Patrick's Day so it's put on your best green top hat and c'mon down to O'Shea's with us. Our favorite place to be on St. Patrick's day. Pints all around!!!! We're adding a new pub to watch, equally as fun (just with stupid earthcam commercials) The Temple Bar We head off to watch the doings at the pubs with last words to Van Gogh: "It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent."

Monday March 16th 2015 ~ The brackets are out, the madness is upon us and so it begins. Before it gets started we'd like to wish Alice Hoffman a very Happy Birthday and in honor of The Scarlet Letter getting published 165 years ago today (!) may we suggest that ladies wear their "A" proudly today. And someone, somewhere declared this "no selfies day" which we more than approve of ~ think how much faster the internet will be today if NOBODY POSTS A SELFIE! Seriously people, we don't change that much minute to minute and our friends can wait 24 hrs to see yet another darling picture of us..... We wouldn't mind if you'd take today and not post any cat videos either. Just saying. :) Go work on your brackets ~ madness is about to break out all over the place! Enjoy ~

Sunday March 15th 2015 ~ If your name is Julius Caesar we suggest a fake mustache and a false name for the rest of this rainy cold Ides of March. For the rest of us we suggest staying warm and dry as the various rivers overflow their banks and waiting for the brackets which are due out this evening! March madness is upon us!!! Can spring be far behind? (not really, it starts on Friday, just saying) So get your pencils sharpened and your tea leaves ready to read as you fill out your bracket tonight! And prepare for the madness...... enjoy ~

Saturday March 14th 2015 ~ Today is PI day supreme as it's 3/14/15!!! And at 9:26 through every time zone we can celebrate pi to 7 places (3.1415926)(twice today as a matter of fact so pace yourselves!!!!!) That's a lot of PI. Today is also, as it turns out by no small coincidence, Albert Einstein's birthday and we have it on great authority that his favorite pie was Dutch apple pie ~ So enjoy some pie while perusing the views and as always...enjoy some pi too ~

Friday March 13th 2015 ~ Welcome to Friday the 13th on the Driveway! If you are reading this from under your bed, we understand. But if you are up and about ~ enjoy the day...carefully. Keep an eye out for ladders, mirrors, black cats, and the like. And don't worry, we'll get through this ~ enjoy the views from where ever you hang out today. (click picture for larger view)

Thursday March 12th 2015 ~ It's one of those days where it's hard to figure out what kind of cake to eat ~ for it is the anniversary of the day that Fanfare for the Common Man (by Copland) was performed for the first time ever (and was debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), it is also the anniversary/birthday of founding of the Girl Scouts in Savannah Georgia, the birthday of sweet baby James Taylor and of Jack Kerouac (who took us on the road and never brought us back). We are at a loss as to the perfect cake that would cover all those events. So we'll do a mini quiz (and munch on Girl Scout cookies) ~ the years associated with those events are 1948, 1922, 1943 and 1912. Can you match up the year to the event? Let us know, and send us your cake suggestions too! While you ponder, enjoy the views ~

Wednesday March 11th 2015 ~ Big day for science fiction today ~ it's the 197th anniversary of the publishing of what some people call the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein, written by then 21 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. It is also what should be the 63rd birthday of Douglas Adams, author of our favorite 5 book science fiction 'trilogy' ~ The Hitchhiker's Guild to the Galaxy. (we say should be because Mr. Adams left us to go exploring the galaxy back in 2001). So find your towel and settle in for some reading today when you aren't out hitchhiking the views ~ enjoy ~

Tuesday March 10th 2015
~ You may have noticed that drivewaycam (the cam) decided to stay on Eastern Standard Time. We're not sure why, and we haven't been able to convince it to switch to Daylight Savings time yet but we're working on it. We are also working on the nesting page for the already started and upcoming nesting season. That will get posted before the fledglings leave the nests, we promise! But for now.... it's on to the views ~

Monday March 9th 2015 ~ A new week comes in with a small (but welcome) change in the weather. The temperature is rumored to be in the 30's today (yay). Fingers crossed they got this one right. Today Barbie is turning 56 years old as it was on this day in 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. 800 million dolls later she's still going strong. We hope everyone is slowly getting adjusted to their portion of the 13,353,306 total days lost (!) (one hour at a time) during the switch to daylight savings Sunday morning. (slightly elevated count as Arizona and Hawaii did not change but their hours were not subtracted from the total but still...). No wonder it takes a while to adjust!

Saturday March 7th 2015 ~ It's a Saturday morning and many of you out there might be starting it with Cornflakes ~ if so put a candle in them as this is the day in 1897 that they were served for the very first time ever, by Dr. John Kellogg who served them to his patients at a mental hospital in Battle Creek, Mich. Today is also the last day of National Procrastination Week (sorry we didn't mention it sooner). Don't put off taking a nap today however as this is the last day of "standard time" and we make the spring ahead to "daylight savings time" tomorrow at 2:AM. Use an hour for napping before they take it away! However you spend your Saturday hours we hope you enjoy the views ~ mini quiz ~ which 2 states do NOT use daylight savings time?
Somehow we forgot to mention the Iditarod starts today! (in about 5 hrs or 2:00 est). They had to truck in snow for the start, but start it will. You can watch live online right here (if you join, it's free but still annoying) The map of the race is here: http://iditarod.com/race-map/ ~ for another view of the starting line in Anchorage, click here ~ and click here for a view of the finish line in Nome (which they will get to in....aprox 9 - 15 days)

Thursday March 5th 2015 ~ As Kentucky tries to dig out (and mop up (flooding basements in Louisville are keeping people busy there, aka Hannah's bailing today)) and the south looks for it's warmest coats/hats/blankets yet again, we wish everyone good luck with the weather and with staying warm. Spring really is coming, or so they say. Already here is the birthday of William Oughtred ~ one of our heroes because his name is great and he invented the Slide Rule and if you miss using them as we do then check out this site. We are also celebrating the Hula Hoop, patented 52 years ago today! So cake all around (in honor of spring, William, the hoop, and, ...well go check out google). Stay warm and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday March 4th 2015 ~ Many of our (2 or 3 there must be at least) viewers are busy getting prepared for the 2-18 inches of snow that is coming their way, after the rains they are having stop. And since we are running very late today too we'll just turn everyone over to the views ~ to watch the snow fall in Ky, or where ever else it might fall, or watch whatever suits your fancy (or your plain for that matter). Enjoy ~

Tuesday March 3rd 2015 ~ Two words: Baseball, and YAY!!! Spring Training games get underway today and the crowd that hangs around the driveway couldn't be happier. We can't get down there this year so we'll be doing a lot of watching (from under blankets if the weather doesn't change, but watching none-the-less). If you have a subscription to MLB they do show every spring training game with no black out restrictions! (that's the rumor we've heard and given the Yankees play today at 1:05 we're hoping that rumor is true) So forget the snow, the ice, the floods no doubt coming with the rain, and the cold ~ it's time to pick up some peanuts and crackerjacks and head out to the ballparks ~

Monday March 2nd 2015 ~ Here is the thing ~ thing one as it's known, Today is National Read Across America Day, from each coast to your home. Thing 2 for today (we are happy to say), is the celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday! So grab a book, maybe two, then find a nook and read till you're through. Read Dr. Seuss who will of course make you smile, and read anything else and you'll travel for miles. For just like the views, reading whisks you away, to wonderful places from Accident, Maryland to Zap, North Dakota in one day! Enjoy your reading, enjoy some Seuss, listen for Whos and enjoy the views (and yes, the views above are not "in" those towns, but there were the closest ones we could find to them)

Sunday March 1st 2015 ~ Yay! It's March! February has had it's way and is gone. March may come in like a lion but that means there is a good chance that it will go out like a lamb. And the vernal equinox is only 19 days away! Another reason to celebrate today is the fact that it was on March 1, 1872, that President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Act of Dedication to preserve more than 2 million acres of wilderness as the world's first national park ~ Yellowstone ~ and while we'd rather be there in person, we'll settle for a digital visit for now. (and here is Old Faithful live and streaming(as well as steaming) if you have the bandwidth). Enjoy the views, and the longer viewing days (3 extra minutes a day approximately) as we welcome March to the driveway ~

Saturday February 28th 2015 ~ As the month unfurls the last day, and the earth spins on its axis around the sun, we are very happy that it is Take Your Double Helix to Lunch Day! It was 62 years ago today that Watson and Crick announced that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes. So celebrate with your double helix ~ have twice the ice cream and twice the cake! And if your DNA won't allow you to resist you can click here for this year's gene joke or perhaps you've mutated enough to resist and head directly to the views? Enjoy whatever happens!

Friday February 27th 2015 ~ It's go to your local (or closest) zoo and visit a Polar Bear at Lunchtime Day or International Polar Bear Day!. With the polar air masses making it all the way down to Florida we're most amazed that we haven't seen any polar bears wandering about, or visiting the bird feeders. It is also the penultimate day of February and what's not to love about any penultimate day? So go visit a polar bear in person if you can or here (in San Diego, and/or in Alaska, and/or in Toledo, and/or in Kansas) if in person doesn't work. Enjoy ~

Thursday February 26th 2015 ~ Today is once again the anniversaries (96th & 86th) of 2 National Parks ~ Designated in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a National Monument, the more than 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon, was designated a National Park by President Woodrow Wilson this day in 1919 (after 30 years (!) of opposition to doing that). Ten years later to the day, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law a bill passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress (yeah, they used to do that) establishing the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Enjoy watching the views in all of our parks, (and the snow down the southern eastern coast and points west) on this no longer surprisingly cold antepenultimate day of February ~

Wednesday February 25th 2015 ~ The sun is shining, the snow is sparkling, and the temperature is falling ~ aka another day in paradise. :) With this being the perfect stay at home and watch the views weather we'll get to them quickly. A stop first to say Happy Birthday to George Harrison, Liverpool's own, who would have been 72 today. And after a look in at Liverpool, it's off to whatever other views catch your eye ~ Enjoy ~

Tuesday February 24th 2015 ~ Today is the last day of National Museums Advocacy Days (last Monday & Tuesday of February), if you haven't gone to, written a letter in support of, or otherwise interacted with a Museum lately ~ now is the time. Click on that link for ideas on how to advocate every day ~ It is the day, back in 1839, that William Smith Otis, of Philadelphia, was issued a U.S. patent for the steam shovel (No. 1,089) for excavating and removing earth from railroads or canals. And 110 years later to the day after figuring out how to dig in, we learned how to reach up as "the first recorded man-made object to reach extraterrestrial space" was launched from the White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico. It reached a record speed of 5,150 mph and a record altitude of 244 miles. If you think about how far we've come and gone in the 66 years since that first rocket hit space your head will spin. So sit down, make a cup of tea, and ponder while you view ~

Monday February 23rd 2015 ~ It's one of those days where you just have to marvel at the minds that have come before us. This is the day back in 1455 that the first printing of the Gutenberg Bible began in Mainz, Germany. Johannes Gutenberg printed about 45 copies of the near 1,300 page volume on calfskin vellum and another 135 copies on paper made from recycled linen clothes. To our mind, the single most incredible invention. There wouldn't be driveway cam without it. Check out the link from the British Museum which will allow you to examine digital copies of both the paper and vellum versions... in between catching the views and reading a book of course!

Sunday February 22nd 2015 ~ A tip of the birthday hat to George Washington and Edna St Vincent Millay today. And a tip of a hat in general to Quadequine (of the Wampanoag tribe), who, on this date in 1630, introduced popcorn to the English colonists! I'm sure he had no idea what he was doing for the movie industry at the time. There is snow rumored to be happening, or soon to be happening out west finally... if you are as tired of looking at Boston snow as Boston is. Enjoy whatever views you wander through today, and have some popcorn while you wander ~

Saturday February 21st 2015 ~ Happy Birthday Aunt Joyce!!!! Hope it warms up a little in your honor today and that it is the start of a wonderful year ahead for you! Watching the sun come up on your birthday ~ always a nice way to spend the morning. Wish we had had some birthday cake to eat while we viewed, maybe this afternoon.... meanwhile here are some pictures as the East Coast gets underway (and prepared for another icy blast)(we are actually supposed to get up into the 20's today! Sure a little snow, but the 20's!) There is still a lot of sunrise to go across the country so pour another cup of tea and enjoy the views ~ (here are NH,NY/NJ,DC,NC,TN)(click pictures for larger views)

Friday February 20th 2015 ~ We are off to Yosemite today in honor of Ansel Adams' birthday. (although any of his pictures and views in any of the national parks will amaze you) We wish we could send him a birthday card (because it's also the 223 birthday of the Post Office!) but even more we wish we could actually go to Yosemite....maybe next year! In the meantime ~ enjoy all the amazing views out there, and all over the place, and hey....send someone a letter, card or postcard today! Your friends at the Post Office will thank you and so will your friends that get to hear from you! Enjoy the views ~

Thursday February 19th 2015 ~ Happy New Year! It is 4713 and it's the Chinese Year of the Sheep! Those born in sheep years are often artistic, charming, sensitive, and sweet. It is known as the most creative sign in the Chinese zodiac. Jane Austen, Boris Becker, Jamie Foxx, Mel Gibson, Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Rudolph Valentino, Barbara Walters, Bruce Willis, and Orville Wright were born in the year of the sheep. Sheepers are also very warm and look great in sweaters ~ (just saying). We hope it's a great year for all of us. It is starting out with a song as it was this very day back in 1878 that the incandescent Thomas Alva Edison was awarded U.S. Patent No. 200,521 for his invention, the phonograph, the first device to both record sound and play it back. Not only did the man light our path, he made it possible to dance on it where ever it leads us. Happy New Year! ~

Wednesday February 18th 2015 ~ We've spun far enough around this year that we've landed upon the very day that, back in 1930, the P L A N E T Pluto was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh. There are some great photos, and a lot of information about New Horizons which is heading (along with Clyde) to a close encounter with Pluto in July, at this site. And, you can watch the view (well, not from New Horizons, but wouldn't that be great?) from Lowell Observatory where Mr. Tombaugh made the discovery 85 years ago. As always it is the perfect day for our favorite Pluto cake and ice cream to celebrate! Also, a look at the Mississippi (or Big Muddy to its friends) too as it's the 130th (!!!) anniversary of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being published. Bridge Cam, and the River Cam. Enjoy all the views ~

Tuesday February 17th 2015 ~ A very happy Mardi Gras to one and all ~ Parade viewing gets underway at 8:00 AM in New Orleans (that's 9 'round these parts) so get some King Cake, some Red Beans and Rice and some Étouffée lined up, get your costumes on, and settle in for a lovely (albeit cold, 'round these parts) Fat Tuesday!!! Party On ~ Mardi Gras Parade Cam Link (watch them here) list of parade schedule

Monday February 16th 2015 ~ Happy President's Day! To celebrate there is: Snow in Louisville ~ Snow in Russell ~ Cold in the South ~ weather weather everywhere. Wander the views ~ we promise there is weather of some sort in every single one. Meanwhile we have sunshine! It warmed us up to 2 already ~ we are hoping for more, but at least we are above zero. If there is a particular type of weather you are looking for check here before going to the views. Enjoy ~ (for larger view of Lousiville (left) and Russell (right) click on pictures)

Sunday February 15th 2015 ~ As the rush to Mardi Gras continues (it's Tuesday....) there are parades a plenty to watch, starting today at 11:00 (central). There is also much snow and wind and freezing temperatures to watch on the driveway and all points east (as well as many points west too). The temperature here is heading up to zero (we hope), supposed to get there by 3:00 this afternoon (fingers crossed) with some snow blowing around (not a lot, but some). We're headed back under the covers and turn you over to the beads and the views ~ enjoy ~

Saturday February 14th 2015 ~ We would like to wish Benjamin Kubelsky a very happy 121st birthday today. Born in Waukegan, Illinois he was known in later years, to his friends, as Jack Benny. It is also the birthday of Margaret E. Knight, her first patent came in 1870 when she invented a machine to make the square-bottomed paper bags we love. But today is also Valentine's Day and perhaps the best valentine we ever received came from about 3.5 BILLION miles away this day back in 1990 when Voyager 1 turned around to take a picture of the solar system and sent us The Pale Blue Dot photograph. "A Valentine back to the Earth from the edge of the solar system." Voyager 1 was launched on 5 Sep 1977, had travelled to the outer reaches of the solar system and climbed high above the plane of the orbits of the planets, enabling it to look down on the Solar System— the only spacecraft ever to do so. We want to thank Carl Sagen (for oh so many things) for requesting the photo be taken. And we want to wish all of our viewers and viewees on our pale blue dot a very Happy Valentine's Day ~ enjoy the views ~ (click picture for larger view)

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. ~ Carl Sagan

Thursday February 12th 2015 ~ Today is Abraham Lincoln's 206th birthday! Enjoy reading his writings, here ~ in between enjoying the views. Today is also the day back in 1878 that Frederick W. Thayer, the captain of the Harvard University Baseball Club, patented the now familiar, baseball catcher's mask ~ which makes us think of baseball and spring training and takes our mind off the wind chill advisory we are under as our temperatures begin their descent into the below zero realm. (Tonight's wind chill? -25, sure no problem). So with visions of green diamonds dancing in our heads (trying to ignore the local white diamond for now) we are off to gather all the blankets we can find (and maybe knit a few), and then on to the views. Enjoy!

Wednesday February 11th 2015 ~ A late start to this beautiful sunny (!?!?!?!?!) day ~ which is Jessie's Birthday! We're so excited that the sun made a appearance to help celebrate her big day. Hope it's the start of a great year for you Jessie. The parades in New Orleans start up again tonight ~ the Krewe of Nyx parade should be a good one (well, they are all good!) But Nyx (the newest Krewe in the Mardi Gras lineup) represents one of the most powerful goddesses in Greek Mythology. Nyx was the Greek goddess of the night, so powerful that not even Zeus dared to upset her. Another perfect piece of a birthday celebration. The bottom is going to fall out of our thermometers shortly but for now...enjoy along with us the sunshine and the fact that it's supposed to get near 30 today!

Tuesday February 10th 2015 ~ In New Mexico today is Extraterrestrial Culture Day ~ which we think ought to be embraced by about 49 other states. We are embracing it here on (and around) the driveway and always hope to "enhance relationships among all citizens of the cosmos, known and unknown" should the need arise. (fingers crossed!). It is also the birthday of one who tried to enhance and protect the lives of sailors and all in the shipping industry ~ Samuel Plimsoll, national hero in the UK for his efforts in the safety of all sailors. So, get out there and enjoy the views and here is to finding citizens of cosmos (sailing around out there right now) on some camera somewhere!

Monday February 9th 2015 ~ It was on this day, in case you were wondering (well it was on this day even if you weren't wondering), back in 1942 that Congress pushed ahead standard time for the United States by one hour in each time zone, imposing daylight saving time ~ at the time "war time." So you can confuse every one today (including yourself) by doing the same or you can simply read a little more about it here. Going to keep the Parade Cam link and the link to the schedule of parades up until Parade Season ends as we count down to Mardi Gras. We got some of the snow they have been ranting about, have to see if we get any more of it today. You can watch with us! Enjoy the views ~

Sunday February 8th 2015 ~ Ack! It's Parade Season and we haven't gotten the links out there yet (enjoyed watching some yesterday). So put on your beads and jump on in as New Orleans and the Krewes shine!!!! Here is the link to Parade Cam (best seat in the house!) and here is the schedule so you don't miss today's Uptown offerings or any of your favorite parades (we have several but have to say the Krewe of Muses is #1 on our list!). There is also a lot of snow flying about today ~ northern east coast is once again the target, but even the driveway should be getting some snow through the day, over night, and into tomorrow. Stay warm, drive safely if you are out and about and enjoy the views, and the various krewes and parades and one of these years... we're seeing these parades live!

Saturday February 7th 2015 ~ We are thinking of the plains today as we watch the snow gently fall and would like to wish cousin Kristie a speedy recovery out in Nebraska, as well as wish John Deere, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Sinclair Lewis Happy Birthdays ~ (well and Charles Dickens too but we couldn't quite wedge him into the plains). So we are going to watch the wind swept areas around Nebraska, Illinois (parts of it anyway)(and okay... Deere was born in Vermont, but moved "out west" to Illinois to sell The Plow That Broke The Plains!), Wisconsin, and Minnesota, while wishing we had some plain and simple birthday cake to go along with our tea. Enjoy the views ~

Friday February 6th 2015 ~ 63 years ago this very day Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the Realm and we are tickled pink that she continues in that role. 13 years into her reign she faced one of the biggest challenges to the security of the kingdom that she didn't even know about as it was 50 years (!!????!!!) ago this very day that a small (and somewhat discombobbled) band of pilgrims left New York to sail for the British Isles ~ so besides a toast to Bess (ELIZABETH!) it's a quick look in at the Statue of Liberty as seen for the 1st time by 6 of the 7 pilgrims as they steamed past it towards the horizon. 50 years? Good grief. Enjoy while you ponder crossing the North Atlantic in February...!

Thursday February 5th 2015 ~ The rumor today is that it is National Weather Person's Day ~ so that means it's take a weather person to lunch day. We aren't going out today so we are going to watch some weather, via the cams, in their honor. You can also watch the weather at weather.gov, and there is space weather to check into at spaceweather.com (they have lots of great pictures). So, however you celebrate NWPD enjoy it and the views (here, it is cold and snowy. not a new situation, more of a continuing theme)

Wednesday February 4th 2015 ~ This was the day back in 1938 that Disney released his first full length feature production and we met (we here being the world in general not driveway cam viewers in particular, necessarily) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as he envisioned them. There's been no turning back. (the premier was in December '37, but the nationwide release was this date in '38). So enjoy watching it (if you have it), or watching bits of it on youtube. And as always on this day a Happy Birthday to Clyde Tombaugh who is getting so very close to his close encounter, on 7/14/15, with the planet he discovered (Pluto) ~ To see where he is now, check out this map. Sail on Clyde! And now heigh-ho, heigh-ho it's off to the views we go ~

Tuesday February 3rd 2015 ~ For those of us counting (and really, who isn't?) today is day 12,784 since we were first captivated by the wee beastie ~ and here's to many many many more such days! Happy Birthday to the divine Ms Em as she starts off on yet another trip around the sun. For a look at her during some other of those revolutions ~ check here, and don't forget to check here as well (they are oldies but goodies, and no, we won't be extending that statement in any way) :) We hope everyone has a wonderful day today in Em's honor ~ enjoy!

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Monday February 2nd 2015 ~ Happy GroundHog Day (or Jour de la Marmotte) ~ we have suspected Mr. Marmotte of making things up in the past (those years where despite the fact that it is raining at the time of the "reading" he "sees" his shadow), but we'll wait to see what he has to say and then go about with the weather anyway. We did get some snow. We have a ways to go if we are to get into the revised 10-14 inch range they are touting but it is still snowing so anything can happen. You may even get to see the driveway's elusive snow-plower ~ keep watching with fingers crossed. Enjoy the snow and the views ~

Sunday February 1st 2015 ~ Late, but the rumors are true.... we are supposed to get some 'measurable' snow! Now, only up to 6 inches is possible, but hey, we'll take it! The camera has been running so you've gotten to see all of the snow fall we've had so far and can see what's to come (during daylight hours). If you need more snow watching try the traffic cams around Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland (and points in between). Rumors (and snow) are falling there too. So it's back to the first day of February and the hope for maybe even the need for the driveway to be plowed!? It could happen (but please, don't hold your breath, and no wagering).

Saturday January 31st 2015 ~ Trying to round up the blurb division is like herding cats sometimes ~ only less successful. However, they are back in time to celebrate that it was this very day 1865, that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." It was sent to the states to ratify which was accomplished in December of 1865. Today is also the birthday of our friend Ann ~ and we wish her the best of days today and the best of years getting underway. Meanwhile, the cold persists on the driveway, so we're staying in to watch the views from under the covers. Some days it's the only way to view ~ enjoy ~

Wednesday January 28th 2015 ~ It was 3 when we got up this morning. That's what we call 'stupid cold' in these parts. True, as the sun came up the temperature has soared (?) to 13, but that's still stupid in many, many(!) of the books around here. So we are heading to slightly warmer climes ~ Antarctica for example, where it is a balmy 33. If you haven't checked in on the chicks it's a perfect day to do so, while soaking up some of their warmth! It will brighten up the last Wednesday of the month, we promise. And if that doesn't quite warm you up enough ~ check out this hot springs pool in Colorado, or this one in Idaho. Stay warm ~ and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday January 27th 2015 ~ The blizzard, or storm, continues as do the usual views of said storms ~ here on the driveway we got enough snow (?) to bring our monthly snow deficit to within 10 inches...don't even ask about the seasonal drought, it's too sad. On a less sad note ~ today is the birthday of Mozart and of Lewis Carroll, both brought us adventures in music and reading which brighten even a 'just a bit of snow' day. Today is also the day, back in 1888, that the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C., for "the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge." We encourage continuing on that quest and wandering the globe via the views today ~ or simply curling up with a stack of the wonderful now golden-yellow magazines! Enjoy ~

Monday January 26th 2015 ~ Won't be much of the nor'easter to watch on the driveway (we have lots of cold, only supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow) but any east coast views (traffic, coast line, air quality and the usual suspects etc) could be interesting if the storm plays out as the rumors say it will. Again if you are in the blizzard's path, be prepared and stay safe! Of course that actually goes for all of us really whatever our circumstances so let's all do that, and enjoy the views ~

Sunday January 25th 2015 ~ While rumors of nor'easters and blizzards swirl around us ~ we have a slow (and cold) day due up on the driveway. With a little snow (1-3) inches over the next couple of days as our participation in the storm of the century (or whatever they are calling this one). We did get some freezing rain yesterday and so you may see skating on the driveway ~ or you can always check out the skating links if you need a sure fix. Stay warm, if you are in the blizzard's path, be prepared and stay safe, but most of all... enjoy the views (from inside and under the covers!)

Saturday January 24th 2015 ~ Today is National Peanut Butter Day (!) ~ one of the factoids we learned at that site was that "Peanut butter was the secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse. Spreading peanut butter inside the horse’s mouth created a natural talking movement every time the animal moved his sticky jaws" So now you know too. :) Want to know how to celebrate the day? Here are several recipes from Jif. In slightly more interesting news Ellie is in Nashville today to audition for Belmont University ~ we all wish her the best of luck! The Belmont webcam seems to be gone, but here is a nice view of downtown Nashville in it's place ~ enjoy it and all the others views today (check out sites in the midAtlantic and North East as they are getting some interesting weather today!)

Friday January 23rd 2015 ~ First a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to PATTI BETH!!!! We hope it is the best of years starting for you, and that it's starting with the best of days. Secondly, Happy National Pie Day to us all! Pick your favorite pie and either make one, or go out and have a slice ~ pie does go perfectly with almost every view. Speaking of which, let's get on to them ~

Thursday January 22nd 2015 ~ Running on empty and behind..... so we're heading to the couch looking for blankets and we'll turn you over straight to the views today ~ Enjoy them!

Wednesday January 21st, 2015 ~ On this very day back in 1986, in Clio Michigan of all places, National Hugging Day was born ~ created by Kevin Zaborney, to remind us all to hug more. Couldn't find a Clio webcam, but did find this one in Holly, MI. We'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to Felix Hoffmann who was the German chemist who discovered aspirin, while a researcher for Bayer & Co., and who would be turning 147 years old today if only he could. Thanks for all the pain reduction Felix!!! And now it's on to the views ~ Enjoy ~ (thanks for the date check Aunt Joyce!) :)

Monday January 20th, 2015 ~ Happy Inauguration Day, which is now January 20th (or 21st if the 20th is a Sunday), thanks to the 20th amendment to the constitution. The first president to be inaugurated on the 20th was FDR ~ he was also the last president to be inaugurated on the previous inauguration day which was March 4th (to allow the new president plenty of travel time to get to DC due to the speed of transportation and communication then!) Even without a new president to inaugurate this day has always been a roller coaster ride of a day ~ at least since 1885 when LaMarcus Thompson patented the first Coney Island roller coaster structure on this date. It was called the Gravity Switchback Railway (based on the Mauch Chunk Scenic railway ride), it cost a nickel to ride, and it was an immediate success, drawing huge crowds and bringing in $600 a day even before any of the patents were granted! (with many thanks to the Writer's Almanac). So, as always, a stop in at Coney Island before we head to the rest of the views ~ Enjoy ~

Monday January 19th, 2015 ~ Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all ~ and Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe. It's a lovely Monday morning (from Poe's point of view), overcast but not too cold. We hope everyone has a good day whether you stay inside and wander the views or head out for some non digital (?) viewing! Today is also the 112th anniversary of the first ever transatlantic radio broadcast, when King Edward VII and President Theodore Roosevelt exchanged greetings in a coded radio exchange between Cape Cod and Cornwall, England (that's a lovely view from the Pot and Barrel just fyi)(with additional lovely views of Cornwall here. So a good day perhaps for some long distance communication ~ Enjoy whatever the day brings and the views ~ “Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe,

Sunday January 18th, 2015 ~ The driveway is losing a car this morning as Cheryl heads back to Kentucky after all these weeks of helping all of us out up here. We are trying very hard not to run out and poke holes in her tires and hide her keys as we know it's time for her to get back home but we (all of us, and the driveway, and all the drivewaycam viewers, and the birds at the feeders!) are going to miss her, so very much. Safe travels for her on the roads and check for the return of coy cam in the next day or two as she gets back to manning her camera! (it may be a few days as she catches up on some sleep after the siege here!) ~ Today is also the birthday of A.A. Milne and Cary Grant to name but a couple so we'll wander off to the Hundred Acre Woods or maybe watch Arsenic and Old Lace as we work on settling into the new norm ~ Enjoy the day's views ~ and a few pictures from Cheryl's stay (click for larger views)

Saturday January 17th, 2015 ~ Rumors of a "thaw" on this lovely 309th birthday of Benjamin Franklin abound. We're hoping that means the current -1 will not be the high for the day.....Meanwhile up in Seward Alaska today is Polar Bear Jump Off Day so if you are signed up to be a jumper you'll want to check in between 8-10:30 am this morning there at the Polar Bear Review, Breeze Inn Motel - Small Boat Harbor. Couldn't find a Polar Bear Jump cam but here are a couple of views of the harbor there ~ View One and of course View Two. Good Luck to the jumpers (we'll be rooting for you from under our blankets!)(of course it is 35 degrees warmer there than it is here.... go figure). Enjoy the views ~

Friday January 16th, 2015 ~ A very happy Fig Newton Day to all ~ while we are not sure why January 16th is Fig Newton Day, we are more than happy to celebrate it and encourage others to do so as well. Fig Newtons were created by a cookie maker in Ohio, but were eventually made by a factory in Massachusetts and named after a town nearby ~ Newton (a town 7 miles outside of Boston) used to have a webcam but it's not working these days so you'll have to have your Fig Newtons while checking out all the other views ~ or while checking out Newton, SC, or maybe Newton, KS, or even Newton, IA.

Thursday January 15th, 2015 ~ It was 456 years ago this very day that the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I was held ~ John Dee, who was a mathematician and an astrologer, chose the date (she had already been queen for 2 months); he had consulted his star charts and determined it to be propitious. And it appears he chose wisely given the outcome of her long and illustrious reign ~ so pinkies up and a toast (with some tea of course) for one of the greats while viewing today.

Wednesday January 14th, 2015 ~ Okay, so it's -8 at the moment... that's all. Just a fact thrown out there. Another fact we were surprised about this morning ~ this is (only?) the 72nd anniversary of the first American President (serving in office) to fly on a plane! On this day in 1943 Franklin Roosevelt completed his journey to Morocco to discuss strategy with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Reluctantly his advisors agreed that the Germans were making travel in the Atlantic too dangerous and set up the 4 day flight. We are not sure which surprises us more... that this happened so recently or that 1943 was so long ago! :) Meanwhile, it's still -8. Back under the covers and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday January 13th, 2015 ~ Lots (it's relative, we're in a snow drought) of snow this morning to watch ~ hope you can enjoy it from a warm spot with some lovely hot chocolate to go along with the views ~

Sunday January 11th, 2015 ~ Football may not hold much attraction for some of us.... but watching the Lambeau Cams is always fun. As they ready the field and the parking lot fills ~ you can see it all! And for your tailgate party, no matter where you hold it, may we suggest some Rhubarb Chicken Wings? Today is the 245th anniversary of the day Benjamin Franklin introduced rhubarb to America after all and so why not celebrate!?! Stay warm, and enjoy the views ~

Saturday January 10th, 2015 ~ The blurb division would like to apologize for not mentioning the dragon resupply launch this morning (which was a success) ~ they (the blurbs) are still not back to 100% although they are working on it. Meanwhile ~ the cold lingers and staying inside watching the views seems like a really good idea compared to being out in the weather and on the roads. And just to spin on time a little...it was this day just 66 years ago that RCA introduced the “single,” ~ the 7-inch diameter 45 rpm record ~ in the U.S. Can't decide if that sounds like a long time, or a very short time, ago. In either case, crank up your MP3s while enjoying the views ~

Friday January 9th, 2015 ~ We are getting a little bit of snow today ~ YAY! I-90 (the thruway) was closed last night from the Pennsylvania border to Henrietta NY (Exit 46) ~ not sure when it is due to reopen, but there are some great shots of lots of empty highway out there right now. Stay warm while checking in on the views and if you have to go out ~ let's be careful out there people.

Thursday January 8th, 2015 ~ This is the anniversary of the final battle of Crazy Horse and his warriors in 1877. Six months previously Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull had pulled off an amazing victory at Little Big Horn (aka Custards Last Stand), the American people wanted revenge. In 1948, an American sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, began work on the Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive monument carved into a mountain in South Dakota. Still a work in progress, the monument will stand 641 feet high and 563 feet long when completed. It's been one of our favorites to watch so we'll head out to South Dakota this morning to check in, and then it's off to wander all the views (as we avoid going out in the cold that is still lingering) Enjoy ~

Wednesday January 7th, 2015 ~ It is way too cold out there, almost no matter where you are ~ so we suggest crawling back under your covers and catching up on the views from there. Double digit below zero wind chills and blowing snow have us convinced it's the perfect plan. Try it out, you'll like it! It's much too cold for us to even go looking for birthdays and anniversaries so a quick stay warm and enjoy the views ~ and now we're headed back under our covers ~

Tuesday January 6th, 2015 ~ A little bit of snow and a whole lot of cold out there today. We hope you have a warm spot for your viewing today ~ pile on the blankets, bring on the hot chocolate, and bundle up before you head out to look around. [This morning the DC traffic cams are fairly entertaining ~ and you'll find snow all over the place.] Today is also Epiphany so be prepared for bright ideas all over the place as well. Here we are at least starting to think about putting Christmas away for a long winter's nap. (which we may even then start to do after having our own winter's nap!) Enjoy looking for the sun, for the snow, and for enlightenment ~

Monday January 5th, 2015 ~ For those of you going back to work today... a) we're sorry and b) bundle up! It is 43 degrees colder here than it was yesterday! Maybe that's why this is "Blue Monday" and it has nothing to do with the end of the holidays!?! Today is the 12th day of Christmas for those of you keeping track ~ and today, in presidential history, is the day 43 years ago that Richard Nixon signed the bill authorizing $5.5 million in funding to develop a space shuttle. So a quick look in at the ISS (the house the shuttle built) before we go in search of today's views ~

Sunday January 4th, 2015 ~ We thought we'd stick close to the driveway today, munching apples and enjoying the gravity of the day as we celebrate Sir Isaac Newton's 372nd birthday. It is also the birthday of Louis Braille, born in 1809, adaptor of an army method of communicating in the dark into the now dying art but excellent and equalizing communication tool for the blind. Spring is visiting the driveway for a few hours today (it's already 51 out there!), before winter kicks up her heels again tomorrow. So enjoy the high winds, the facts that Newton explained to us to keep us from worrying about flying off, and of course:

Saturday January 3rd, 2015 ~ Ahhhh, the first weekend of the new year ~ with competing weather systems moving in and out, some rain, some snow, and who knows what else ~ seems like the perfect time to catch up on napping! But before we head off to Napland ~ today is the birthday of J.R.R.Tolkien which means it's also take a Hobbit to Lunch Day (or Give a Hobbit Some Money to Take Himself to Lunch While You Nap Day). However the day unfolds in your end of the shire, enjoy the views ~

Friday January 2nd, 2015 ~ Back in 1960 on this day, John H Reynolds, (American physicist and a specialist in mass spectrometry), set the age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years. We have no idea what to do with that information ~ so might as well just have some cake and ice cream while viewing. Don't forget to be careful solar system... at your age you don't want to slip on the ice and break a hip! So Happy 4,950,000,055th Solar System with many good wishes (from all of us to all of us) for many, many more! Enjoy the views ~

Thursday January 1st, 2015 ~ Just 2,060 years ago today New Year's Day was celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar went into effect. That is a long tradition of dropping balls, fireworks and hangovers! We hope everyone had a delightful New Years Eve and that everyone is ready to pick up this shiny new 2015 and move on. We like to start out the year in Antarctica and think we saw a penguin chick this morning (!) but haven't confirmed that yet. If you get there sometime today check it out and let us know if we're seeing things or if there are chicks!! Happy 2015!!!!

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