2016's Previously on Previously on Driveway Cam




Saturday, December 31st 2016 ~ First, on this last day of the year, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Drew!!!! We hope it's the start of a great year for you Drew and for all of us!! We, here at the Blurbette Division of Drivewaycam International, slept through the Australian New Year, along with a couple of others. However ~ there are New Years happening right now so celebrate all day long (on the hour of course) as we wish 2016 a fond (or less than fond) farewell and take a deep breath to begin 2017. There are webcams for all (or most) so you can watch online if you want to (and we do, so maybe we'll see you there?). You can start with these links: Earthcam has NYC and global links for the watching, and there are links for all over here, and even more to check out here you just have to follow the trails at that one (which do sometimes end up at "no cameras available for this location" but it's only a couple of clicks and not like you have to actually travel to those spots to find out you can't watch)(lol). So a very safe, happy, and brave New Year to us all ~ and a toast then to the views to come in 2017 ~

Friday, December 30th 2016 ~ IT'S SNOWING!!!!!!! Enjoy the views!

Thursday, December 29th 2016 ~ Running late this morning, and running out of mornings for the year ~ so grab some hot chocolate (or tea) and take some time to enjoy all of the views (snow on the driveway!!! Yay!!!), along with the seasonal sites ~ the Snow Watching views ~ the Lights for a Fare-thee-well views ~ the Christmas Fairs for a Fare-thee-well as well Watching views and ~ the Ice Skating Watching views ~ On this the antepenultimate day of the year ~

Wednesday, December 28th 2016 ~ As untold millions are going to be paid by people going to movies today ~ well okay, so it's mostly told (over $100 million was spent on one movie alone in the last 5 days!) ~ it's a good day to remember that the very first commercial movie screening in the world took place this very day, in 1895, at the Grand Cafe in Paris ~ seems the idea of pay-per-view that day caught on. :) And as the seconds left in this year dwindle and are well below a million (there will be aprox. 302400 of them left by the time we post this) we remind you to get your 2016 viewing in before 2016 is removed from the marquee to be viewed no more ~ enjoy the day, a movie if you happen to go to one, and of course... the views ~ (which, just saying, are completely free of charge for our viewers)(and come without commercials (well at least the driveway does))

Tuesday, December 27th 2016 ~ Weather, whether you're getting good weather or bad, seems to be making for some interesting viewing all over the place ~ so whatever your plans are for this 2nd day after Christmas... don't forget to check out the views. And here's a question... is this a chick in Antarctica??? Happy Viewing!



Monday, December 26th 2016 ~ It's Boxing day! And what that means around here (besides boxing in the page) is laying on the comfy boxy sort of thing in the living room, napping, reading box shaped books, napping, getting Christmas in Paris tea out of the box and into a cup with hot water, napping, and occasionally getting things out of the ice box for munching ~ oh and maybe a nap. However you spend your Boxing Day we hope you enjoy it, and the views ~

Sunday, December 25th 2016 ~ We wish you a Merry Christmas ~ and all the figgy pudding you can eat (we may actually try to make some today so please stop by for some hot chocolate, tea, or mulled wine to go with it... after some caroling of course!) Happy Viewing to all ~ December/Seasonal Links ~ Snow Watching ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ Lights Watching

Saturday, December 24th 2016 ~ A very Happy Christmas Eve to all ~ while we await the flight of Santa Claus (which you can track right here thanks to the friendly folks at NORAD) and we ponder the technology behind that (and driveway cam)... we remember that it was this day 110 years ago that the first radio broadcast was made ~ by Canadian-born Reginald Aubrey Fessenden who sent his signals from 420-foot radio tower of the National Electric Signaling Company, at Brant Rock on the Massachusetts seacoast. His Christmas themed broadcast was heard up to 5 miles away! Ponder that while you are circling the world in real time watching Christmas Eve on the planet. :) Have a wonderful day, and 'tho all views are seasonal in their own way we hope you wander and enjoy those of the hustle and bustle of the world on Christmas Eve, while it (and you?) make snowflakes, visit penguins, watch the lights, the snow, the skaters, and the fairs ~

Friday, December 23rd 2016 ~ Happy Christmas Eve Eve ~ as we head once more into the breach dear friends to finish the preparations for tomorrow (and its tomorrow). Besides, we do love the hustle, the bustle, the utter insanity of it all. We just wish everyone out there being insane would enjoy it a bit more too... Meanwhile ~ brew up some peppermint tea, or some hot chocolate, put on some music that is merry and bright, and enjoy all the views ~ make snowflakes, visit penguins, watch the lights, the snow, the skaters, the fairs, and all the rest of the seasonal views. There is much to enjoy out there, if you look ~ :)

Thursday, December 22nd 2016 ~ It was 134 years ago today that the first electrical lights for a Christmas tree were created. Edward Hibberd Johnson, an American electrical engineer and inventor, spent many years in various business projects with Thomas Edison and created the first electric lights on a Christmas tree on 22 Dec 1882. In his honor you can decorate a tree here, and check out lights all over the planet via any of the views, but in particular the Lights Watching views as well as any of the seasonal sites ~ Snow Watching views ~ Christmas Fairs Watching views and ~ Ice Skating Watching views ~ So enjoy the views, the days getting longer, and the lovely anticipation as Christmas nears ~ (hot chocolate and cookies all around!) ~

Wednesday, December 21st 2016 ~ Running late (which is not a good thing to do on the Solstice!) so a quick "Yay it's Winter!", and a reminder that if we get through tonight, the days will start getting longer again ~ so raise a glass (of mulled wine perhaps) to the return of the sun, and light a bonfire (or a metaphorical representation of one, no point in playing with matches while you're drinking) to illuminate this dark night, and welcome both the sun and winter ~ And know we've all been doing this for a very long time and will continue to do so despite what seems like evidence to the contrary frequently. From Writer's Almanac: "It's officially the first day of winter and one of the oldest-known holidays in human history. Anthropologists believe that solstice celebrations go back at least 30,000 years, before humans even began farming on a large scale. Many of the most ancient stone structures made by human beings were designed to pinpoint the precise date of the solstice" As one of those ancient structures, let me just say "Happy Solstice" and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, December 20th 2016 ~ The viewing days do not get much shorter than this ~ Okay so they do get a little bit shorter but it's time to gather supplies and get ready for the 2nd shortest day/longest night we'll have for a while. Peppermint tea, blankets, cookies, and the views ~ it doesn't get much better than that. If you need escape from the winter and the news remember it's spring in Antarctica and there are penguins nesting, with chicks on the brink of appearing. Enjoy ~

Monday, December 19th 2016 ~ The days are getting much shorter now as we rush towards the Solstice. But we'll take one or two of those precious day light mintues to say ~ today (this very one) is the day in 1932 that the British Empire Service - now known as the BBC World Service - went on the air as a shortwave service to send news and messages to the outposts of the British Empire. You can listen in right here as they continue to broadcast. Today is also the day, a few years later in 1958, that the first known radio broadcast from outer space was transmitted. President Eisenhower's voice issued a Christmas greeting from a pre-recorded tape on a recorder aboard an orbiting space satellite (making his the first human voice to be heard in space..) Fans of the "Don't Look" link might enjoy seeing how busy orbiting space has gotten by going here (it's an amazing site) ~ if you're not a fan of the former, stay away from the latter, seriously. But don't forget to check out your favorite views today as you hustle and bustle through the still (but not for long!) shortening days ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday, December 18th 2016 ~ The cold that is, and has been, blasting the upper mid-west and plains is seeping back into the east so frosty views are available everywhere (and as always the seasonal sites are fun to wander this time of year (listed below the driveway picture, as well as here) ~ Snow Watching ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ Lights Watching) and with snow and freezing rains possible it's best to brew some hot chocolate and gather the blankets for perusing the views from a position of warmth. A quick look in at Plymouth (MA) as it is the 396th (!) anniversary of the day the Mayflower docked there to begin a new settlement in the new world. And now... back to the blankets, hot chocolate and views ~

Saturday, December 17th 2016 ~ The Happiest of Birthdays to Haydon today! Hope it's the start of a great year for you Haydon! We are having lovely snow flurries today (it's so beautiful) which are supposed to turn to rain as the temperatures head up to the mid 40's, and then turn from rain to snow tomorrow as the temps begin to fall again. You'll catch all of the winter roller coaster right here and on all the views. The seasonal views are available as well if you are inside, under blankets and not going out for any virtual views. :) As well as Snow Watching views ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ and Lights Watching ~ Also you can make your own snowflakes right here (even from under the blankets) ~ Stay warm and enjoy the views ~

Friday, December 16th 2016 ~ The snow is sooooo lovely ~ we hope you got some too (if you want snow that is or are in a geographically appropriate region for snow (eg snow in Miami might raise an eyebrow or two)). There is snow all over the place for viewing if you didn't get any ~ thou' not in Bonn, on this the presumed birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (and that the area of his birthplace (thou he never visited the airport, fear of flying most say)). It is also National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, so wear one to your Boston Tea Party Reenactment Party, should you be going to one. And you should ~ pinkies up and have a cuppa (but don't use Harbor water when brewing, there is going too far in reenactment people). And now, on to the views (bring your sunglasses, it's bright out there!) ~ Enjoy ~

Thursday, December 15th 2016 ~ The cold got here, and brought a little snow with it (for the driveway, other places are getting clobbered) so it should be a great day for checking out the views in general, and certainly the seasonal views for snow views! As well as the views for ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ Lights Watching~ while contemplating that it was this very day in 1791, that Virginia became the last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first TEN amendments to the Constitution law. Stay warm, drive safely (because the rest of the people out there won't) and enjoy the views (hopefully from inside, under a blanket, with a mug of hot chocolate!)

Wednesday, December 14th 2016 ~ We are running late so just enough time to wish Adam the Happiest of Birthdays today!!!!! And then it's off to the views, and the races, and everything else waiting for us out there! Cold (oh so cold) weather and snow heading this way so that could be fun to watch? Enjoy ~

Tuesday, December 13th 2016 ~ Welcome to the 348th day of the year as it prances about the driveway (and all the other views) ~ cold air, wind, snow, and winter(!) is due in over the next few days ~ already happening out there in many places so enjoy the sunshine while you can and the balmy warmth of (at least here) our 34 degrees. Clouds will be moving in to block the view of the Full Moon and the Geminid Meteor Shower which is peaking. If you have clear skies over the next few nights get out there and enjoy the show as much as the full moon will let you. If your skies are cloudy you can listen for them here (more or less)... or just hope the clouds covering your skies are filled with snow! Want to know if you might have a white christmas ~ there's a site for that! And of course there are always the seasonal views ~ December/Seasonal Links ~ Snow Watching ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ Lights Watching~ Enjoy ~

Monday, December 12th 2016 ~ Someone has declared this National Cocoa Day ~ so here is one entry in the avalanche of recipes ~ a basic but delicious! The driveway did get some snow and we're hoping for more ~ watching snow on the driveway is the perfect accompaniment for hot chocolate. Actually hot chocolate goes with all of the views so whip some up some hot chocolate, sit back, and enjoy ~

Sunday, December 11th 2016 ~ Given that it is World Choral Day, and we can't find a webcam of a choral group, we'll use a link to a virtual choir instead. If you haven't heard Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, you should, click on the menu (3 bars upper left of the page) for other selections. It is also the 70th anniversary of the creation of UNICEF, created by the United Nations General Assembly this day in 1946 ~ you can add your voice to theirs with your support. And if neither one of those things makes you feel like singing ~ today is also the day back in 1769, that Venetian blinds were patented by Edward Bevan in England ~ AND ~ the day in 1972, that the Apollo XVII astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt became the last men (to date) to land on the moon. There has to be a song in there somewhere ~ enjoy ~

Saturday, December 10th 2016 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Emily Dickinson (1830), and a Happy Anniversary to the publication of Huckleberry Finn (1884) today. It is also the birthday of Melvil Dewey (1851) who put those 2 firmly in their places in the library (you'll still find them there, Emily in 809.1 and Huckleberry in 813.4). More snow is rumored, but we're not holding our collective breaths ~ The Nobel Prizes Ceremony is happening now and you can watch right here if you are not there (it is always so reassuring) and now it's on to the rest of the views and some running around*. (*which includes the Tuba Christmas Concert this afternoon!!!)(Yay!!!) ~ Enjoy

Friday, December 9th 2016 ~ We're late, we're late on this very lovely snowy day. (not a lot of snow but we'll take what we can get). A very happy Friday to all ~ stay warm, enjoy the running around that will no doubt happen, the hustle, the baking, the skating, the napping, the lights, the snow, the fairs, and all the views ~

Thursday, December 8th 2016 ~ While viewing today be sure to take a few minutes out for some Thurbering as well. It is the 122nd (!!) birthday of one of our all time favorites, James Thurber, and while he was born a couple of centuries back (!) his writing is still spot on. There are stories to be read here, as well as fables to be read here. And with the weather that is looming out there for so many, staying inside and reading Thurber is probably the best plan anyway. Be careful out there if you are in the snow areas or wherever you are and enjoy the views (from inside, with hot chocolate) ~

Wednesday, December 7th 2016 ~ So much to pack into one day ~ it is the 229th anniversary of the day the soon to be United States got it's first state, Delaware ~ it is the 53rd anniversary of the day this little ear worm hit the #1 spot ~ sadly it is the 44th anniversary of the launch of the last men to go to the moon when Apollo 17 lifted off in 1972 (can't find a webcam up there, yet) ~ and it is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor cam is still not functioning so a look in at the shoreline of Oahu before heading out ~ Enjoy wandering the views, seasonal ( ~ December/Seasonal Links ~ Snow Watching ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ Lights Watching) and otherwise...

Tuesday, December 6th 2016 ~ The Happiest of Birthdays to Christopher today! As we understand it, according to Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and other Middle Eastern traditions, he is turning that age that represents a large approximate number, similar to "umpteen". So... Happy Umpteenth Chris!!! Chris has provided drivewaycam viewers (both of them, and the blurb division) untold number of happy hours through the years with the links he provided and inspired and so we salute him today by highlighting 2 of those links. Enjoy the madcap antics of both The Donkey Sanctuary and The Waiting Rooms at the Jefferson County Clerk's Offices! Pace yourself, get up every hour or so from viewing and get some ice cream and cake in Chris's honor!!! Enjoy ~

Sunday, December 4th 2016 ~ A late start to what looks like a beautiful day out on the driveway (cold, but beautiful). Hope everyone is enjoying December so far ~ a look in at the ISS this lovely 339th day of the year as it was this day in 1998 that the space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of six blasted off on the first mission to begin assembling the international space station. Looking up tonight is good too as Mars and Venus appear in their finest ~ as does the rest of this planet today (and this evening), just check out the views, seasonal and/or otherwise, and you'll see ~ Enjoy ~

Saturday, December 3rd 2016 ~ Oh to be in Farmington, now that Chester Greenwood Day is here! That's right, the parade starts at 11:00 the festivities started at 8:00 and go all day. One of these years we are going to load up the car with our earmuffs and head north for the celebration. Until then, it's the right day for putting on your earmuffs ~ because it's cold, because Chester's day is today, and his birthday is tomorrow. There are rumors of snow ~ fingers are crossed ~ hope your first Saturday in December is a good one ~ and just as a note... hot chocolate goes great with earmuffs! We're pretty sure Chester would have LOVED that recipe. Don't believe us? Make it, try it, then put on your earmuffs and try it again to see if it and your day improves. Let us know, we'll tally the results! Enjoy ~ (click picture for larger view)



Friday, December 2nd 2016 ~ A big round of Happy Birthday To You ~ Amy! ~ Happy Birthday to YOU!! We hope it's the first day of a great year ahead for you. Today is also the day in 1934 that the molten glass was poured, in Corning, N.Y. for the first 200-inch diameter telescope mirror. The temperature of the glass was then lowered over 11 months 1 or 2 degrees a day, and was then allowed to cool to room temperature. The 20-ton disk shipped, in 1936, for grinding and polishing to the California Institute of Technology... 11 years later (completed in 1947!) it was installed in a telescope at the Mount Palomar Observatory. You can see the view from that (mirror) telescope, and views around the area right here! Don't forget the seasonal views are right below the driveway pictures (as well as in the table) while you are celebrating with today's birthday star Amy, with cake and ice-cream of course!? ~ enjoy ~



Thursday, December 1st 2016 ~ Welcome to December on the driveway (and every where else, at least every where on this planet)! The seasonal links are up and ready to go ~ December/Seasonal Links ~ Snow Watching ~ Christmas Fairs Watching ~ Ice Skating Watching ~ Lights Watching ~ here as well as below the pictures of the driveway (they are in red)(and green) ~ the leaf peeping link was retired and replaced in the table with the Snow Watching link. Check in on the penguins today as they celebrate the 57th anniversary of the day Antarctica was deemed a military-free continent... take your magnifying glass and your deerstalker with you as it is also the day, in 1887, that the reading world met Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for the first time. Here's hoping that sometime there will be snow on the driveway but at least we can all hunt for it on the other views until there is. The Russell Christmas Parade is today at 7:00 to kick off the month and the season ~ if you go send pictures! Happy December!!! Enjoy ~

Wednesday, November 30th 2016 ~ November is packing up its knapsack and is headed out late this evening ~ however we still get one more day of viewing it in all it's splendor. Of course it's also a good day for reading as it is the birthdays of Mark Twain, Jonathon Swift, and Winston Churchill... wouldn't meeting that lot for a drink in a pub be a great way to while some hours?! The Christmas/Seasonal links will be posted come December, with this small sad note ~ the Swedish Goat lighting ceremony was November 27th and that same night someone burnt it down! So no Goat to watch at all this season! :( However, you can watch the Rockefeller Tree light up, tonight at 7:00 ~ on NBC stations ~ and if you can find a working Rockefeller Center webcam let us know! Now, it's off to watch November's final scenes ~

Tuesday, November 29th 2016 ~ Today is Giving Tuesday ~ so we'll give you the birthdays of Cheryl and Mary Quinn!!! Happy Birthday to you both ~ with many good wishes for a fabulous day and an even more fabulous year ahead!! We salute you with a cup of Joe as it was this day in 1942 that coffee joined the list of items rationed in the United States. And while we're saluting, how about some cake to go with that, and of course, some ice-cream. Now with a quick look in at a few coffee shops (where all sorts of people are coming to celebrate with coffee in your honor) we're off for more birthday coffee to go with the views ~ Enjoy ~ Coffee in Switzerland, and in Hilton Head, or even Mississippi ~



Monday, November 28th 2016 ~ Rumor has it that it is Cyber Monday ~ which means, as we understand it, a whole day dedicated to watching the views cyberly!! So get some snacks, some drinks, a blanket, and pillow, and settle in. The views they are awaiting ~ even if they will be a bit slower than usual today given the number of people who are... watching... (sure, that's what everyone is doing online today). A quick Happy Birthday to Jon Stewart and Alan Lightman (you can watch one on youtube and read one, we recommend starting with Dance for Two ~ it's a wonderful gem of a book of essays (one of which you can read here)(again, using the cyberness that is required on this Monday)) Enjoy ~ :)

Sunday, November 27th 2016 ~ We're running quite late so a quick Happy Anniversary to Bill and Anne Shakespeare ~ no one thought they'd make it 5 years much less 434 years!!!! And a very Happy Birthday to Bill Nye (yup, the science guy) who is turning 61 today... which besides being a prime number, is also the atomic number of promethium, the number of points you need to win in Cribbage, as well as the New General Catalog identifier of a double spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces (NGC 61). It's also the calling code for Australia so you may want to celebrate with him by calling some one there ~ or ~ cake and ice cream always works too! Enjoy the views on this the 332nd day of the year ~

Saturday, November 26th 2016 ~ In preparation for the snow links which will be posted soon, we've done some housecleaning ~ by popular demand (all you have to do is ask) the Ninth Watch got promoted to a place in the table below (see below, new entries in red for a while) in the spot where we retired (see retired links page) the sea lion caves because the view there got distorted. Which also means the Trial Site link is new (former home of the Ninth Watch). And the Beluga cam is currently out of commission so the Spotted Jelly Cam agreed to fill in. Enjoy the views while supporting Small Businesses today and if you see a white rabbit running around... follow it (!) ~ as today is the 152nd anniversary of the Day Charles Dodgson gave Alice Liddel a handwritten copy of the story he wrote for her ~ Alice's Adventures Underground ~ and who knows what you might find. Enjoy the views and whatever adventures you get into ~

Friday, November 25th 2016 ~ It's less of a black Friday on this side of the driveway, more a 'gray rainy day perfect for leftovers, a blanket, and a book' Friday. It's also the perfect day to go see Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap (if you are in London) (which we wish we were)(both in London and going to the theater) as it was this day back in 1952 that the play debuted and well over 25,000 performances later is still running ~ Not being in London (or going to the theater) a couple of looks in at a theater in Cornwall (a lovely view), a street with a theater in Michigan, and a great (although quiet today it can get hopping there) view of the stage for theater arts at Furman in SC before we head out to curl up. Enjoy ~

Thursday, November 24th 2016 ~ A very Happy Thanksgiving from drivewaycam ~ we are thankful for all of our viewers and all of our viewees too (we wouldn't be here without all of the above). We hope your day is filled with family, fun, and fabulous food! And that the sights of Thanksgiving are happy ones. If you are a parade watcher but didn't make it to NYC today you can catch the Macy's Day Parade online right here, which starts at 9AM eastern. This site from Columbia Circle says it will be a good view of the parade as well (but so far today it hasn't worked). You can also watch Detroit's Thanksgiving Parade here, on now with the parade starting at 9AM. Enjoy the day, and the views, and some pumpkin pie! :)

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse ~ Henry Van Dyke


Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 ~ The run for the groceries happens later today due to pitiful planning on someone's part... but before we all go racing off to the myriad of stops we have to make and the day feels like it's going to spiral out of control ~ don't forget to stop and enjoy that spiral as it is Fibonacci Day! Reciting the fibonacci sequence is an excellent way to pass the hours waiting in line at the supermarket! So enjoy the views (even if they are of 12,000 other carts in the aisle you need) and repeat after me... 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393, 196418, 317811................



Tuesday, November 22nd 2016 ~ We (near the shoreline) did get a bit more snow, but our totals don't come close to the areas around here that got up to 22 inches! The wind that was taking parts of Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario all the way down to NYC (!), has calmed down a bit, but is still prancing (?) about (one of our favorite sites). And in a lovely clash of technologies, it was this day in 1977 that Concorde service began in trial to NYC (which had previously banned those flights even after the US ban lifted the previous year) as well as being the day in 1983 (yep, 1983) that the last hand operated wringer washer was made in the US by the last hand operated washer manufacturer left in the US, Maytag. So stay warm, keep your hands out of the wringer, and it's off to the views (and of course the grocery store as Thursday closes in...)

Monday, November 21st 2016 ~ A late start to the blurb after an early start on the driveway ~ not in one of the persistent snow effect areas we got little snow (6 inches so far) but lots of wind and COLD. More of the same is in the forecast. With luck the window will thaw a bit and the view will improve ~ fingers crossed. The push to Thanksgiving is upon us all, will there be trips to Wegmans before Wednesday and Thursday? We hope so but only time will tell. And if this weather keeps up the answer may be no. :) It's much prettier from inside looking out ~ or from a PC looking in. Stay warm and enjoy the views ~

Sunday, November 20th 2016 ~ We appreciate your continued patience (if you are still here or checking in... we'd understand if you aren't) and will continue to post and upload pictures as frequently as the software and hosting company will let us until we find another combination that works. Meanwhile ~ the 70's of Friday have given way to the snows and 30's of today. Winter is visiting all over the place. Mixed in the rain here is the beginning of the snow. Which may be all of the snow we get but there are rumors of 3-6 inches today. Fingers crossed!!! (and be careful out there) We're celebrating the birthday of astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble today ~ the man who saw galaxies beyond our own and whose namesake makes those galaxies visible to us all. So amid the views today be sure to check out Mt Wilson Observatory where he worked and discovered those galaxies, and the views of them. Enjoy the views and hopefully the flakes ~ (below is the Snowflake Cluster (click picture for larger view and more information))



Thursday, November 17th 2016 ~ We are hoping that today is the start of a golden age for all in honor of the start of the Elizabethan Age on this day in 1558 when Elizabeth I became queen. And so, pinkies up and a toast ~ ELIZABETH! ~ before we head to the views to see what's shaking out there (so to speak). While you may just use your finger (tho' probably not your pinky) to get around to the views... you may still use a mouse, courtesy of Doug Engelbart who received patent No. 3541541 this very day back in 1970. Why a mouse? That's what they called it in the lab because of it's tail-like cable. And for tonight's viewing head outside to watch The Leonid Meteor shower (here's how) (thanks for the reminder Mark!) Fingers crossed the weather cooperates and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, November 16th 2016 ~ We are casting a Best Wishes spell today both on the drivewaycam camera software and it's server in the hopes that they both keep running smoothly (or at all) as well as in the general directions of... a) Oklahoma (which became a state this very day back in 1907), ... b} the hills which are alive with the Sound of Music (said movie having premiered this very day on Broadway in 1959), ... c) and finally also towards Hogwarts (which first arrived on screen this very day in 2001 when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opened). [Okay, we're actually using a Protego Totalum spell because we don't know a best wishes spell, but the effects are the same and the best wishes still apply] ~ enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, November 15th 2016 ~ Midway through November already!?! We've measured... and we think the world may be spinning a bit faster.... collect your own measurements and let us know if you can confirm. Meanwhile, it's one of those days where all sorts of arts and senses collide as we celebrate the birthday of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887), the day Elvis made his motion picture debut (1956), the day the final installment of Tale of Two Cities was published (1859), and the day Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spotted a distant mountain peak (1806). Not exactly sure how to celebrate, so you'll find us hanging out with the penquins. :) Come join us or simply enjoy whatever your views are ~

Sunday, November 13th 2016 ~ With any luck the camera will keep rolling today ~ we apologize for all the recent technical issues. We wish they were caused by equipment on this side of the driveway so that we could fix it. For now, it seems to be working so we'll strike while the iron is hot? Today is the birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson who would be turning 166 if only he could. For a romping good adventure today you can wander the views or read Treasure Island (even if you're a girl (as he supposedly said it was for boys only!?))(luckily most of us didn't know what when we first read it... lol). It is also the birthday of Whoopi Goldberg and if you want a movie break try out our absolutely favorite Whoopi film, the romping good (although universally and loudly panned) Jumping Jack Flash. Is it thought provoking? Nope. But it's amusing as long as you aren't looking for Oscar winning dialog, cinematography, story line etc etc etc. (it's an excellent laying on the couch, maybe with a cold, movie and they should give awards to those. Besides we just really like it). Enjoy ~

click map (x marks the spot) for a look in at treasure island right now!
(sorry, turns out the Treasure Island cam wasn't live, so it's now a live look at Port St. Lucie, just because. They used to have pirates, and you never know when one might show up.)


Friday, November 11th 2016 ~ Hopefully some reflection, peace, and gratitude on this Veteran's Day as we remember all those who have served our country. This is the perfect day to discover ways to help and serve those Veterans, and the country, by checking out volunteer opportunities with the Veterans and with any of the many organizations who need your time, energy, creativity, passion, and/or dollars to help us all ~ (meanwhile the fight with the new and improved camera software and server's improvements continues much to our dismay.... we'll try to get the camera updating as quickly as we can (while we look for alternative to both problems))

Thursday, November 10th 2016 ~ Looking at the weather 'round these parts anyway it's hard to imagine that it was this day in 1975, that the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior during a November gale. There are however gale warnings on the lakes today and on the coasts so let's be careful out there. Not quite as hard to imagine that Mary Anderson of Alabama (who received a patent for her invention of windshield wipers to remove snow, sleet, and rain this day in 1903) was told her device had no practical value and was worthless. People scoffed at her invention, saying that the wipers’ movement would distract the driver and cause accidents. Her patent expired before she convinced anyone to use her idea ~ and though mechanical windshield wipers were standard equipment in passenger cars by around 1913, Anderson never profited from her invention to improve our views ~ hope your views are clear whatever the weather ~ enjoy ~



Wednesday, November 9th 2016 ~ The blurbettes were up late last night (or is that early this morning?) So we've given them the day off ~ and leave you to the views. There are penguins to watch, there are drips of pitch waiting to fall, there are mountains, shores, lakes, and leaves or empty branches waiting for you ~ Enjoy the diversion ~

Tuesday, November 8th 2016 ~ The views are available today for respite from the election. After you vote of course.

Monday, November 7th 2016 ~ Come to find out while the name is a bit inaccurate the experiment continues...and though it's called the Ninth Watch, the ninth drop fell in April of 2104 ~ but we await the 10th with equal pleasure and excitement. A quick nonetheless very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Roberta Joan Anderson (she said we can call her Joni Mitchell), Madam Curie, and Albert Camus. Checking in on their songs/findings/writings and all of the views can help make this day before the election a little more peaceful ~ Feeling nervous? There are many views, no waiting. Enjoy ~

Sunday, November 6th 2016 ~ We hope everyone's clocks remembered to set themselves back an hour ~ since most of our electronic time keepers take care of themselves... you have much more free time and we've found the MOST PERFECT WAY TO SPEND IT!!!! The new entry to our most favorite webcams EVER is here ~ The Ninth Watch ~ you don't have to join to watch but trust us when we say you need to watch, or at least check it out. But be warned, it's highly addictive! What is it? It's a chance to watch via webcam the end result of the world's current Guinness record holder for longest running lab experiment. In its 86 years (!!!!), no one has seen a drop fall, but the 9th drop is set to go at any time. If you’re logged in to the Ninth Watch when the Pitch Drop falls, your name will make the official record and make history. Even if you don't want your name in the official record (we know we have many off-grid-ers in our midst) you can observe as a guest. We are moving it to our trial site link but we're guessing it will earn it's very own spot in the table soon. No matter where it ends up, or where you are....enjoy watching for the 9th drop, and all the other views ~

Saturday, November 5th 2016 ~ Remember, Remember it's the 5th of November! Let's hope the gunpowder, treason, and plots are held to a minimum today. It's an early start of this side of the driveway so we'll turn it over to the views as we figure out how to function this early.... if you haven't checked in on the penguins recently this would be a perfect day to do so ~ enjoy whatever sites and sights come into your views ~

Friday, November 4th 2016 ~ Better late than never? It is late (about 4:10), but it's a Friday, the sun is shining (here anyway), and the leaves are still quite beautiful in many places so get out in them, or get out and view them online but enjoy the rest of the day!

Thursday, November 3rd 2016 ~ We weren't sure these words would ever be printed here on driveway cam but.......THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!
If you didn't watch the final game of the world series last night make a note to go get some peanuts and cracker jacks and a comfy seat and watch it as soon as it's available. You won't be sorry no matter who you were pulling for. But yes...THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!!???!!! Even knowing the outcome won't ruin watching the game!!! It was amazing!!! What else is there to say? Enjoy the views!!!



Wednesday, November 2nd 2016 ~ If today is November 2nd *AND* you know who George Boole is *THEN* you might know that today is his birthday? If it is November 2nd *OR* you know who George Boole is *THEN* it is his birthday? If you do *NOT* know who George Boole is *AND* it is *NOT* November 2nd *THEN* you are wondering what we are blathering on about. As are we ~ truth is, our conclusion in making sure we mind our P's and Q's is that we're wishing George Boole a Happy 152nd Birthday today ~ Enjoy the day and the views ~

Tuesday, November 1st 2016 ~ Welcome to November on the driveway (don't look too loud but drivewaycam is still working.... we'll get coy cam back up today too we hope). It was this day in 1765 that Parliament enacted the Stamp Act for the colonies and the cost of stamps has never been higher. Realizing the error of their ways they voted to repeal it in March 1766 ~ but the damage was done. However, in our continuing efforts to show Great Britain we hold no hard feelings it was this very day in 1930 that the Detroit Windsor tunnel between the US and Canada was dedicated from DC with the turn of a key by President Hoover. It opened for traffic 2 days later and in the first nine weeks it was open, nearly 200,000 cars passed through it. Today, about 9 million vehicles use the tunnel each year ~ and you can watch some of them right here, and here. Enjoy ~

Monday, October 31st 2016 ~ Happy Halloween!!!! We're back ~ for now (the blurb that is, still hoping the camera makes it back too). Hope everyone has a delightfully scary Halloween and that all your treats are Reese's :) Or whatever your favorite treat is. Now get out there and scare up some tricks to go with those treats! Boo!



Sunday, October 30th 2016 ~ When we last saw the driveway... there were no pumpkins on it and the world series was tied up. The supposed-to-be-off-camera side of the driveway now has pumpkins awaiting their transformation into jack-o-lanterns, and the Indians have a 3-1 lead over the Cubs. We are so very annoyed with the drivewaycam server (which is Verio) and the drivewaycam camera (which is not working) that we want to start the Halloween screaming now. But... we're working on it (words you are tired of hearing we know). The driveway will be back as soon as we can get it fixed, or find another host for it ~ eat some candy, enjoy some views, and have a splendid All Hallows Eve Eve ~

Friday, October 28th 2016 ~ Still wrestling with driveway cam (and the blurbetts), we'll get there... we are first going to wish Bob a Happy Birthday (it was yesterday) and a wish for many more! Also yesterday we had our first accumulation of snow ~ Hope you got to see it before it vanished, however we have hopes there will be many more of those too. Stay tuned. Our wrestling has also kept us away from pumpkin gathering and carving both actual and virtual. Since it was this day, 130 years ago, that the Statue of Liberty was officially dedicated and opened to the public, we'll check in on her, and on the inscription on the statue here ... and then, without further ado ~ you can do some carving online here as well as here. Enjoy ~

Wednesday, October 26th 2016 ~ The World Series is off to a rollicking start. Indians lead 1 game to 0, check out game 2 tonight 7:00 on FOX ~ should be another good game so get some peanuts and cracker jacks and settle in. And as we are running very late (it's 12:19 on this side of the driveway) we'll turn you over to the views and hope for an earlier start tomorrow! GO CUBS!! :)

Tuesday, October 25th 2016 ~ Happy St. Crispin's Day! The "new and improved" driveway cam software is up and sort of running, but only new and not at all improved. Pictures are getting uploaded sometimes, which is better than never but isn't up to driveway cam viewers standards. So we continue to tinker and hope you'll bear with us ~ the game is afoot! But before we go once more unto the breach of battling code, a nod to those who fought at the Battle of Agincourt (which took place this day 601 years ago, just 349 years (to the day) before Abigail and John Adams were married). It's been said that Crispin Crispian's Day shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but those in it shall be remember'd ~ and as (quick look around) the world hasn't ended yet (verifiable via the views, let us know if we're wrong) ...remember them we shall. Follow your spirit and enjoy the views ~

Monday, October 24th 2016 ~ While we are working on getting driveway cam and coy cam back among the living and out of the spirit world there is time for you to check out the other views and to practice turning pumpkins into Halloween ready jack-o-lanterns ~ here and/or here. Send up screen shots of your creations and we will post them here :) We still do not have pumpkins (or jack-o-lanterns) which hopefully you'll be able to see for yourself shortly ~ so for now it's on to the other views as the final week in October gets underway ~ Enjoy and (fingers crossed) you'll see us soon!

Sunday, October 23rd 2016 ~ To all you old goats out there....time to let it go now because THE CUBS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!! And we believe even the Dodgers are happy for them (okay maybe not, but come on... it's been 71 years!!!!) Hopefully it won't take that long for the curse to get off of the drivewaycam pc ~ meanwhile enjoy all the other views in all their splendor and autumn-y-ness.



Saturday, October 22nd 2016 ~ The goblins of October have taken out drivewaycam again... we're working on it but until it (and coy cam!) are back there are views a plenty ~ including the Pumpkin Festival in Circleville Ohio, the leaves (peaking and waiting to be peeked all over the place), the penguins (where spring is about to gesprung), and of course all the action at the Webb Telescope Construction lab on the weekends (!). The run up to the world series continues in Chicago today ~ game 6 (of 7) is at 8:00, Cubs are ahead of the Dodgers 3 games to 2 ~ if you don't have cable you can follow it on MLB.com (gameday) or find it on your radio. With a shout out to Mark who will be in his car on his driveway listening to the game tonight (GO CUBS!) it's off to the views ~ Enjoy

Friday, October 21st 2016 ~ The rains have decided to stay ~ and have even made their way to Circleville Ohio, while we are wondering why we don't have a "pumpkin-y" umbrella concession stand there.... You can go to the Pumpkin Festival without an umbrella (but wouldn't a pumpkin umbrella be lovely?!)(how can there not be one online somewhere?) luckily, but if you go in person let us know. Now, however, it's on to ice-cream and cake for Carrie Fisher who is turning 60 today, and taking Princess Leia with her! We all hope the force is with you today Carrie! Before the rains wash us all away (it could happen) it's on to the views ~ Enjoy ~

Thursday, October 20th 2016 ~ The rains have arrived ~ making it a lovely rainy autumn day, with actual autumnal temps here. Meanwhile in Circleville Ohio, the pumpkins reign supreme. If you haven't checked in there, you should ~ have some cider and donuts with you and stay awhile. We're still pumpkinless but once again are hoping this weekend will bring an end to that. Whatever your weather we hope you enjoy the views and some pumpkin along the way ~

Wednesday, October 19th 2016 ~ An early morning, off site meeting, which they neglected to mention, had the blurb division tied up and thus no blurb until now when we noticed it and hunted down the cause of the wanton blurblessness. All we can say (at this point) is that the Pumpkin Festival in Circleville Ohio is so much fun to watch, which you can do right here or via the Trial Site link below where it is currently hanging out, that we'll turn you over to that without further ado. It's a late, late start on a sunny, thou' rumored soon to be rainy, driveway ~ but we hope you enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, October 18th 2016 ~ Happy Anniversary to Patti Beth and Mark ~ and we'll throw in a Happy Birthday to Dieter (and Chuck Berry) while we are at it. Today is also the anniversary of the launch of the world's oldest operating paddlewheel steamboat ~ the Idlewild ~ launched in Pittsburgh this day back in 1914. It has served as a packet boat carrying cargo and livestock, was used during WW II as a USO evening venue entertaining troops and used to pushed war cargo barges during the day. In 1949 it became a passenger excursion tramp steamer and was renamed the Belle of Louisville when bought by Jefferson County, KY in 1962 where it continues to take passengers up and down the Ohio ~ (camera C2A1 is a lovely view of the river)(although they are all good really). And before we leave, another view of Louisville and the Ohio and whatever might be passing by on the river ~ Enjoy ~

Monday, October 17th 2016 ~ Welcome to National Pasta Day ~ however given the number of pasta shapes, to say nothing of sizes, and/or names we think it needs more than a day (maybe more than a year?). Still no pumpkins on this side of the driveway, which hopefully will get remedied today if for no other reason than celebrating pasta!?!?! (go ahead click on that link, you know you want to, and if you try it out let us know.. we'll do the same) Now on to Monday morning and the views ~ ps there is a new trial site to check out below ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday, October 16th 2016 ~ If you didn't see the moon rise yesterday get out around 6:30pm (your local time) and check it out ~ it's a beautiful Full Moon. In other news... we hope you can get outside if the weather permits and enjoy some actual leaf peeping and cider/donut consumption when possible and/or of course enjoy the leaf peeping here as well as some penguin peeping too! We do not have our pumpkins yet but are hoping to get that taken care of today while out doing our non-digital viewing ~ so with a couple of trips out and back planned to show up on the driveway we'll turn you over to your day and your views and your pumpkins and to all things October that go bump in the night (or day) ~ Enjoy ~


given it's also National Feral Cat Day we thought this picture of Hannah's pumpkin was in order (send us a picture of your pumpkin (or feral cat) and we'll post those too)

Friday, October 14th 2016 ~ It was 950 years ago this very day that William the Conqueror conquered England at the Battle of Hastings (that was in 1066) ~ you can watch the shores of Hastings today to look for who or what might be arriving that we'll be speaking about here in 2966 ~ (oh my, what a thought). Of course he (W the C) actually landed in Pevensey prior to the Battle of Hastings and took it first. You can of course watch the shores there for arrivals too! Speaking of kings and conquering (William the Conqueror went on to become William the Ist) there is a new quiz for you to conquer ~ so enjoy the views and the quiz(zes) (there is still that pesky quiz #9 from 2010 waiting to be solved) ~

Thursday, October 13th 2016 ~ Running late for a meeting so a quick Happy Birthday to Paul Simon, who is not (we presume) sitting in a railway station but rather celebrating his 75th! birthday. It is also the day the cornerstone of the White House was laid back in 1792 ~ Can't find an actual webcam of the White House (which is a good thing I think) so it's off to all the other views with a reminder to check in on the penguins (true, it's African Penguin Awareness Day but for now you can watch the Antarctic penguins) and the leaves ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday, October 12th 2016 ~ Good, bad, or indifferent... whatever your take on Columbus is this is the day that the explorer sighted a Bahamian island, after crossing the Atlantic, and believed he had reached East Asia. It is also National Fossil Day so find your favorite fossil and take them to lunch ~ or watch fossils being cleaned and worked on in a Paleontolgy Lab ~ then you can celebrate hunting for fossils and GPS, or just explore the planet yourself via the views (who knows what fossils or new worlds you may accidently discover) while singing all the great old Columbus Day Songs of course ~ Enjoy ~

Tuesday, October 11th 2016 ~ Got the old drivewaycam PC limping along (we think it saw the new one and decided it better get to work...) and then the blurbetts disappeared. However, a wee bit late but, they are both here this morning! Congratulations to the Blue Jays, and the Indians who are now going to battle it out for the American League Pennant, and good luck to the Nationals and the Cubs who are both up 2-1 and could earn their way to their pennant race today! (yep, we're biased. the legal department doesn't like it... but it's baseball!) It was 48 years ago today that Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, launched, and as it's National Food Truck Day (!) we say find a food truck for lunch to celebrate, or visit one of our favorites online ~ here is a webcam on where the food trucks park when they are there ~ 2 there now ~ always fun to check in, and of course the food truck plaza at Harvard (!), complete with a schedule (1 there now) ~ enjoy the views (and the poutine!) ~

Sunday, October 9th 2016 ~ While Hurricane Matthew has headed out towards sea, flash flooding and other storm warnings are still in effect for many areas ~ and view hopping from inside is highly recommended (if you still have electricity and are in a secure spot). Autumn leaves are always good for viewing this time of year ~ and as it's National Apple Month it might be good to view them with something apple-y and delicious cooking.. or just with an apple and some cheese.. or some apple cider and donuts.. or.. well you get the idea. Enjoy the views, enjoy some apples ~ and if you make or pick up some cider and donuts, c'mon by! (we'll be happy to help out with those)     :)

Saturday, October 8th 2016 ~ It was on this day in 1871 that flames sparked in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary and thus began the Great Chicago fire ~ and 86 years later, to the day, Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Great Balls of Fire. Throw in this very evening, should anyone have clear skies, the sky could be littered with streaks of fire as the Draconid Meteor Shower continues tonight ~ you can start watching for them around 11:30 pm (your local time) and are best seen between sunset and midnight when the radiant, the constellation Draco, is at its highest point in the sky ~ and there will be a hot time in the old town tonight (especially if the Cubs continue their post season winning streak!) ~ Now before we get fired we're getting the blurb posted and moving on to the views ~

Friday, October 7th 2016 ~ We hope that Matthew continues to under-perform. If you are still in it's pathway be sure to secure what you can and move to some where safe if you can. We are still hoping that Matthew changes course and heads out to sea and we are still watching via the Hurricane Center, and the various coast cams ~ and the winds which can be watched here. As for the drivewaycam getting back up and running we're shooting for Monday ~ stay tuned. A quick Happy Birthday to the 1922 Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist Niels Bohr, born in 1885, who showed us the ability to be both wave and particle. Our slightly skewed duality request today in his honor is that everyone both stay safe, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, October 6th 2016 ~ We heard that today is German-American Day as on this date in 1683, English Quaker William Penn brought the first group of German settlers to America. So sausage, sauerkraut, and beers all around! Except for all of you in the path of Matthew. We hope you have secured things and if necessary have moved to somewhere safe and we hope that Matthew changes course and heads out to sea (although that doesn't seem likely). Be careful and stay safe. Matthew can be watched from a distance via the Hurricane Center, and the various coast cams ~ and it's winds can be watched here. (and yes the driveway will be watchable and back on line some day soon, promise!)

Wednesday, October 5th 2016 ~ Today is Cheryl's last day in paradise with some parasailing on the agenda before heading home ~ you may catch a glimpse of her here, you never know. Another thing you may not know (we didn't) is that it is National Kale Day ~ we'd recommend cake and ice-cream but we find that we are unable to more than suggest it. However, let us know if you try some! Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, October 4th 2016 ~ While the hunt for the driveway continues (coming soon, we really hope!), the hunt for Cheryl (and Connie and Maria) on the beach continues as well ~ there was a spotting of them yesterday (see below, click on pictures then zoom for detail, it really is them) ... will there be more today? Today is the day the first formal run of the Orient Express took place back in 1883. Must have been wonderful! Developed by Georges Nagelmackers (with a name like Nagelmackers it has to be good!) It ran from Paris to Constantinople (not Istanbul)(at least not then) and when time machines are developed we're booking a trip on it (we'll send postcards). Views from Paris and from Istanbul, not Constantinople, and then it's off to all the views ~ Enjoy ~




Monday, October 3rd 2016 ~ Since you can't see the driveway (still, but we did get a new computer for driveway cam and will get it hooked up as quickly as we can) the news here is... it's raining. Meanwhile down in sunny Florida Cheryl and Mike are soaking in the sun for all of us. (what troopers eh?) You can watch for them on this camera and check out the weather all over the place on any of the views by wandering the links below. Meanwhile it is the first Monday in October and the Supreme Court begins their new session which is always an encouraging event ~ there is much that has been said (and sadly done) on the subject so we'll decline to comment ~ and stick with our non-verbal views. Enjoy ~

Sunday, October 2nd 2016 ~ 66 years ago today America was getting its first view of the Peanuts gang as the comic strip made it's debut ~ that was then, and here it is today. And 112 years ago today Graham Greene was getting his first view of the world. With the sun shining (at least for now), it's an excellent fall day to watch the leaves change, hunt for penguins, read some Graham Greene, all of course with some cider and maybe donuts instead of birthday cake? Cheryl and Mike are on the road and will soon be appearing in the area around, and we hope on, this lovely view. So you can keep an eye out for them as well. And keep an eye on Matthew's eye as well all of you in his path. And now... on to the views! (still working on getting the driveway back on camera... coming soon, fingers crossed!)

Saturday, October 1st 2016 ~ It's Saturday and it's the first day of October!!! Things are going to start going bump in the night and apparently the computers have already gotten bumped because they both went belly up this morning ~ got the blurb computer working again, however the drivewaycam cam computer is being rather recalcitrant... (we will prevail, it's just going to take a few more rounds). Luckily there are lots of other views to watch... with leaves changing all over the place, and hurricanes a-wandering as well as a-blowing the next few days there hopefully are enough places you can wander to keep you occupied until we can get the driveway back online ~ until then break out the cider and donuts, pick out some octoberly (and banned) books to read on this last day of Banned Books Week (some suggestions here), and enjoy the day and the views ~ we're off to argue with the other pc ~

Friday, September 30th 2016 ~ We're back ~ and just in time for the last couple of days of Banned Book Week, and the last day of National Library Card Sign Up Month. If you haven't gotten your card yet.... well go get it! And check out a banned book ~ freedom needs to be exercised. We'll work on getting our land legs back, and on getting driveway cam back up and running (guess it wanted the week off too), as well as some pictures posted. Meanwhile, enjoy the views and go visit your local library when not viewing. :)


'When a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too' ~ Bill Moyers

Friday, September 23rd 2016 ~ You've reached the blurb of drivewaycam.com. We're sorry we can't take your call but we are at the lake ~ please leave your name and a brief message at the beep and we'll return your call when we return...should that actually happen... While this isn't a picture of one of us, it could be. :) Oops, gotta go, we've got another call coming in... it's the lake! Enjoy the views ~


'Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark ...' ~ Germaine Greer

Thursday, September 22nd 2016 ~ Autumn arrives today at 10:21 (eastern) (YAY!) and to celebrate we are heading to the lake ~ and not just any lake but our favorite... Keuka! There is internet there, and so we may attempt updates but just in case that doesn't happen ~ remember that it's National Library Card Sign Up Month so get a library card or if you already have one... exercise it! We'll be on the west side of the right branch of the lake (unless you are looking south then it's the left branch) and will be thinking of the driveway when we aren't reading or napping or eating or napping or reading. Driveway cam has agreed to stay behind to bring you all the driveway news (including Jim's partying) so stay tuned. Until next week, Happy Equinox and enjoy the views ~ (and yes the leaf peeping links were posted yesterday below, and here today)


'Behind every stack of books is a flood of knowledge' ~ Jacek Yerka

Wednesday, September 21st 2016 ~ The last full day of summer is on parade today ~ and summer is going out in style (80's 'round these parts). Today is also the birthday of H.G.Wells (he'd be turning 150 if time, that machine that is at war with everyone on all worlds, hadn't turned him into the invisible man). So cake and ice-cream all around for the man who taught us how to fight aliens (way back in 1898) and wander through time (back in 1895). Both of which you can do quite nicely armed with nothing but your library card (!) If you haven't gotten your card already....there is no time like the present ~


'You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!' ~ The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)

Tuesday, September 20th 2016 ~ Well we were not prepared for the fact that this is National Get Ready Day! But we're working on it. It's always a good idea to have a plan in place! And to that end, in preparation for autumn which is coming up on Thursday, we are working on the leaf peeping links and will post them tomorrow. Now however, since the day is 1/2 over, we'll just say Get Ready... to be turned over to the views ~ enjoy.


'If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?' ~ Lily Tomlin

Monday, September 19th 2016 ~ Argh and if it isn't Talk Like A Pirate Day then we've no idea what day 'tis. If ye do talk like a pirate at Krispy Kreme Donuts today they'll reward you with a free donut ~ and if ye be brave enough to dress like a pirate (!)(minimum requirement is 3 pirate like articles... eg bandana, eyepatch, parrot etc) you'll plunder their treasures and leave with a DOZEN free donuts! What are ye waiting for? Set your sights and your sails for Krispy Kreme, or for the views also full of sites....


'There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island' ~ Walt Disney

Sunday, September 18th 2016 ~ It is the birthday of Jean-Bernard-Léon Foucault and as such we'd like to turn the views over to watching the earth rotate.... in Heidelberg, as well as in Munich. You can of course watch the earth rotate on all of the views, especially ones like where is it daylight, and the view from the ISS. You can also take your library card for a spin to your library, or go there and get a library card to learn more about time revolutions as well (try out sections 520, 909.8, 972, 973...)


'Libraries are sacred time machines where knowledge flows and magic is eternal' ~ Mari Barnes

Saturday, September 17th 2016 ~ Saturday, in the park, 290 days until the 4th of July... while that tune plays through your head a quick note that it was 40 years ago today that NASA publicly unveiled its first space shuttle, and 229 years ago today that that the United States Constitution was signed by delegates at the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention. Coincidence? Yeah, no. Just a random couple of facts. And as fall works it's way into the views here is another fact for today ~ it's day 17 of National Library Card Sign Up Month and we hope you already have your library card, or are heading out today to get one! We really will post leaf peeping links soon, until then enjoy the views and your local library ~


'A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them' ~ Lemony Snicket

Friday, September 16th 2016 ~ First up a Happy 630th Birthday (!) to Henry V of England. He is the Henry who promoted the use of English as the language of record, and was the first king to use English exclusively in his personal correspondence. Mercie Onrey! As the 2nd half of National Library Card Sign Up Month gets underway we'll take a stroll nearby Monmouth Wales (where Henry V was born)(okay Henry of Monmouth was born there, who became Henry V)(wow, the Details R Us department is out in force this morning) to the river Usk (about 11 miles from Monmouth) and then head out to the views on this lovely National Guacamole Day (we're pretty sure Henry V would have loved guacamole... enlightened as he was) ~


'Books aren't just filled with words, you know... they're also filled with places to visit & people to meet.' ~ poster in Library

Thursday, September 15th 2016 ~ We are late with the blurb but we have to say Happy Birthday to Agatha Christie and thank her for the many, many, many, hours we've collectively spent puzzling over her mysteries ~ all of them are at the library (some are even about a library!) and are waiting to be uncovered. Your library card is as important a tool as your magnifying glass when sleuthing so after you check out at the library... have some ice cream and cake and settle in with one of her mysteries ~


'Knowledge not shared remains unknown' ~ Luigi L. Lemoncello

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 ~ It is hump day and almost the center of the month as well. Best way to treat mid-week doldrums is to take yourself (and your library card if you have one) to the Library to help push over the hill and line up your weekend reading (our weekend is hopefully going to be full of the beautiful miscellaneous). And if you don't have your library card yet then get to the library quicklier and get yourself one!


'A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert' ~ Andrew Carnegie

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 ~ A very happy 100th birthday to Roald Dahl where ever he may be, born this very day in Wales back in 1916. You can check out all his books at your library, with your library card! And a happy birthday to Milton Snavely Hershey, born this day back in 1857 just in time to bring us the Hershey Chocolate Corporation and born as he was (or turned out to be) on International Chocolate Day ~ books and chocolate... should be a lovely day ~


'I would put books on par with chocolate, because a good book is delicious' ~ Nikki Giovanni

Monday, September 12th 2016 ~ It is the day back in 1959 that the soviets launched Luna 2 which became the first spaceship (that we know of) to land on the moon. It was this date in 1962 that President Kennedy gave his speech which included these memorable lines: "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard...". And as it is the 256 day of the year it is also Programmer's Day ~ so take a programmer to lunch today... they don't get out much!


'A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair' ~ Katrina Mayer

Sunday, September 11th 2016 ~ 'The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance' ~ Libba Bray




Saturday, September 10th 2016 ~ It is the 203rd anniversary of the day the American Navy, sailing out of Put-in-Bay, provided the British navy with the first unqualified defeat of a British naval squadron ~ in history ~ at the Battle of Lake Erie. The victory forced the British to abandon Detroit, ensuring U.S. control over Lake Erie and keeping Ohio and Michigan sovereign territories of the United States. After the battle, Captain Oliver Perry sent his now famous dispatch to U.S. General William Henry Harrison... 'We have met the enemy, and they are ours.' You can take your library card to Lake Erie for a visit, or if you haven't gotten one yet... you can visit your local Library, pick up a card and read about the battle there. And of course, you can visit Lake Erie right here ~ Enjoy the views, and using your library card ~


'Librarians are generals in the war on ignorance.' ~ quotation from an American Library Association Poster from WWI

Friday, September 9th 2016 ~ Cheryl is wending her way home ~ you can watch her progress (last heard she was at her first pit stop at the I90 Angola thruway plaza at 11:00) via the Traffic Cams, or you can go to the library and get or use your card to read about her trip home (say section 917.3 ?) Meanwhile, it's off to the views on this lovely Friday with a nod to Otis Redding on his birthday. You'll find him at the library in the 700 section, or, if he's not there he may just be out sittin' on the dock of the bay.... enjoy ~


'Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind' ~ Richard Powers

Thursday, September 8th 2016 ~ The last day of Cheryl's visit is upon us and while we are not sure what's in store for us or what the day may bring ~ we're ready for it! This day back in 1664 brought the town so nice they named it twice a new name as it went from being New Amsterdam to it's new name of New York ~ and after the American Revolution, it went on to become the first capital of the United States. We wish we had time for a visit there but we'll save that for another trip. You can find out more about unique New York with your library card... just saying... Enjoy the day whatever it brings, sightseeing with your card, and of course, the views ~


'Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge' ~ Patrick Ness

Wednesday, September 7th 2016 ~ The school year is getting underway here in the drivewaycam-state area so we are heading to the hills to avoid the collective sighing and moaning and the mass of confused buses and students. We are going to be checking out libraries (and maybe a winery or two) along Keuka Lake in honor of Library Card Sign Up Month. Take yourself and your card out for a stroll of the aisles of your local library too if you can. Or get a library card if you don't have one already ~ the driveway will be here when you get back! Enjoy ~


'If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids' ~ Cornelia Funke

Tuesday, September 6th 2016 ~ Okay people, the holiday weekend is over and it took the idea of summer with it. School here starts tomorrow, we're back at work today, and while 90 degree temperatures are on their way back, it's time to start thinking autumn, somehow. We'll get working on the leaf peeping links (they've started changing at the tip top of trees around here), and we'll post some kayaking pictures soon because yesterday's outing was a smashing success! We hope everyone had a good long weekend and now, in honor of the day in 1522 that Magellan’s expedition arrived back in Spain having just circumnavigated globe for the first time, ever... it's off to circumnavigate the views. Enjoy ~


'Books fall open, you fall in.' ~ David McCord

Monday, September 5th 2016 ~ Happy Labor Day to all (laborers or not) ~ today in honor of the anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On The Road (published this very day in 1957) we are taking our act on the road ~ well on the creek anyway as kayaking is attempted. Fingers crossed... and watch the news for boating incidents on the Irondequoit Creek... when you aren't exercising your library card or enjoying the views of course ~


'In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.' ~ Linton Weeks

Sunday, September 4th 2016 ~ Another picture perfect day on the driveway as September starts to settle in ~ a happy birthday to John McCarthy, the father of (and computer scientist who coined the term in 1956) Artificial Intelligence, and to KODAK as George Eastman trademarked the name in 1888, on this day and the same day he was issued a landmark U.S. patent No. 388,850 for his box camera! You can develop some real intelligence on AI, and Kodak, by getting and/or using your library card today. On this side of the driveway we'll be gearing up for some kayaking tomorrow hopefully so enjoy the snapshots of the day here and the views everywhere ~


'Your library is your portrait' ~ Holbrook Jackson

Saturday, September 3rd 2016 ~ And they're off ~ Cheryl arrived, and the running around will commence ~ we are of course running later than we had planned already, but we're getting there. We may even run to a library today while we're out and about. The first Saturday in September is underway, as is the start of Labor Day weekend so enjoy, stay safe, get or use your library card today, and enjoy the views ~


'My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library' ~ Peter Golkin

Friday, September 2nd 2016 ~ First Friday of the month is being served up on the driveway (and the rest of the views as well). If you are in the storm areas we suggest staying in, and if you have electricity wander the views from here, not out there. Just grab a book to read when not viewing, stay safe, and if you still need to go get a library card, you can do that another day. If you don't have electricity you aren't reading this anyway... but we still hope you stay safe and have a book to read while waiting for the lights to return. In other news we are excited to announce a visiting car for the driveway this coming week as Cheryl wends her way up here today to come and play. You can watch for her via traffic cams along the way, and of course watch for her arrival on the driveway (you'll see it within 10 minutes of its occurrence!) ~


'Libraries are the torch of the world, illuminating the path when it feels too dark to see.' ~ Libba Bray

Thursday, September 1st 2016 ~ We made it! We're back to the "ber" months ~ and to the return of Library Card Sign Up Month! If you have a library card, take it for a walk today, and visit your library. If you don't have one... today is the perfect day to go get one! As reported in 2011, 58% of Americans have library cards ~ let's see if we can get that number even higher starting with the viewing population of driveway cam ~ so, if you are reading this, no pressure, just please get or use your library card today if you can! If you can't, don't worry, we'll remind you as the month rolls along. And now on to September and it's views ~
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'Libraries: the thin red line between civilization and barbarism' ~ Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, August 31st 2016 ~ Last views of August are now rolling down the driveway and appearing on views everywhere ~ don't miss the exciting conclusion to the month! It was this day back in 1846 that Le Verrier's announced his prediction of the location of the yet to be discovered planet Neptune based on his calculations, worked over months, of the small but systematic discrepancies between Uranus's observed orbit and the one predicted from the laws of gravity of Newton. When it was discovered, it was found within 1 degree of his prediction ~ you can double check his work if you like to see where he might have erred that 1 degree ~ or you can accept that Neptune is where he said it would be and go on to the views... as lovely and rainy as they are here this morning! Enjoy ~

Tuesday, August 30th 2016 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Linda today ~ hope it's filled with delicious surprises and is the start of a wonderful year for her. It is also the birthday of the "Hot Line" established in 1963 as a communications link between the White House and the Kremlin to provide direct 2 way communication unavailable until then, not a telephone but much better than the previous encrypted telegraphs. We don't have the number of the hot line (whew), but we do have the number for the White House: (202) 456-1111 and the Kremlin: +7 495 697-03-49 should you want to call them to remind them of Linda's birthday ~ now it's cake and ice-cream all around! Enjoy the views ~

Monday, August 29th 2016 ~ 11 years ago today Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast ~ so today we'll keep an eye out on the storms prancing about in the Atlantic and Pacific: Lester and Madeline in the Pacific, with Gaston in the Atlantic (and tropical depressions 8 and 9 still exerting themselves as well). At the moment the hurricane forecast is clear on the lakes but it wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on them as well as all the coasts, and on the wind in general that may blow over the driveway here, and well everywhere ~ click on that map to zoom in, and enjoy the views ~

Sunday, August 28th 2016 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Tasha Tudor, perhaps a bit of an odd duck to some, but one of our very favorite ducks, er um, illustrators. And to Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield, who was born this very day 4 years after Ms. Tudor (he'd be turning 97, she would be 101). He was also an illustrator as it turns out. In 1974 he, along with Allan Cormack, won the Nobel Prize for Hounsfield's idea, and their creation, of computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanners. You can draw your own conclusions for things to look at today, but we hope when you are not enjoying those views, you get to spend time with Tasha Tudor's creations and not Sir Godfrey's (no offense Godfrey, we're a fan of your work as well) ~ and of course we hope for ice cream and cake all around just in general!

Saturday, August 27th 2016 ~ Saturday on the driveway promises lots of trips out, and with luck, back ~ probably not a record number of trips but several none the less. If you find yourself wanting to break some records, or want to read about them... today is the day as it is the 61st anniversary of the day the first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was published. And the world has never been the same since! Trying to beat our own current record of 1 day in a row of timely postings... we will now turn you over to the views! Enjoy ~

Friday, August 26th 2016 ~ Somehow the last Friday in August is happening ~ much more quickly than planned. A good time to slow things down a little, and put the brakes on August, and summer, racing out of here. Baseball! That's the ticket ~ the perfect combination of summer and timelessness. It was this day in 1939 that a baseball game was televised for the first time. It was the Cincinnati Reds against the (then) Brooklyn Dodgers. Today the Reds are in Arizona, and the (now) LA Dodgers are hosting the 1st place (!) Cubs. But there are also many other games to watch or better yet, to listen to as well (and nothing beats baseball on the radio)... so find a game, settle in and let this summer day and evening, and every 7th inning, stretch out for as long as it can ~ Enjoy ~

Thursday, August 25th 2016 ~ It's Thursday!? Wow, we are later than we thought. Another day that's starting out a bit late. If you are wagering on if the blurb division will ever get their act together the odds are 78-22 against. (not that we are encouraging gambling adds the legal department quickly). So we're turning it over to the views ~ Be sure to visit the National Parks today virtually or digitally on their 100th Birthday!!!! And with a quick nod to the Wizard of Oz ~ which debuted in theaters this very day back in 1939 (given the weather patterns on land recently, and off shore currently, perhaps it's a good idea to keep an eye out for Dorothy (and Toto!!)) ~ we're off ~ Enjoy!

Monday, August 22nd 2016 ~ Well the weekend skipped on out of here with nary a blurb as we entertained a visiting dignitary ~ Bailey! But we're back in time to celebrate the birthday of Ray Bradbury ~ there will be portions of dandelion wine served up today with a side order of short stories and a possibility of something wicked coming this way. Keep an eye on the driveway for dinosaurs, pedestrians, lions, rain, and, in fact, all of summer! Last words to Mr. Bradbury ~ It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid ~ Ray Bradbury



Friday, August 19th 2016 ~ It's Friday, it's International Orangutan Day, and there are views for the wandering. Even a view of some orangutans in San Diego, as well as some in Kansas City, and there are even more Orangutans to watch in Milwaukee. What's not to enjoy on a day like this? So take your inner Orangutan out today, maybe even for lunch, just don't overdo it on the bark and termites! And enjoy the views from whatever tree you hang out in today (your inner Orangutan is arboreal after all)       :)



Thursday, August 18th 2016 ~ Happy Birthday to Pat (aka Delores Beedle) on this lovely 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution ~ surprise ~ there are actually more than 2 amendments to it ~ and a tip of the hat to Tennessee which gave it the 2/3rds majority of states ratification needed to make it the law of these United States (after more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Well done, Sister Suffragists!). And Thank you to everyone who worked for and voted for the seemingly simple but hard fought statements: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” Updates to the Fruit Games posted this afternoon, right now... we seem to be running late... Enjoy the views ~



Wednesday, August 17th 2016 ~ Oops, blurb division overslept (or ran away, we're not sure yet, still checking for clues) meanwhile, it's a lovely day on the driveway, and it is Black Cat Appreciation Day ~ so it's off to the views to try to find (and then appreciate) a black cat! (hint, you may just find one here on one of these 2 cams...). So without further ado it's adieu and off to the views ~ and if you are google fruit gaming send us your scores, current ones by clicking the logo below ~ enjoy ~



Tuesday, August 16th 2016 ~ There is too much rain in the south, but as we are still way behind in our rain numbers we are enjoying watching the rainy start to our day here on the driveway. Going to be a quiet rainy day, no trips out planned but a water delivery is due this morning (seems fitting) so you may want to make some popcorn and gather round the screen to try to catch a view of it. Or of anything else that might wander, drift, float, waddle, skitter, roll, or meander down the driveway or across the views ~ :)



Monday, August 15th 2016 ~ On this day in 1888 T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was born ~ on his 23rd birthday Procter & Gamble (P&G of Cincinnati) introduced Crisco, and on his 26th birthday the Panama Canal (Canal of Panama) was opened as a ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific ~ we're not sure what happened or how he celebrated his other birthdays but for today's celebration it's a look in at the Panama Canal and a look in at Cincinnati, which may or may not have gone to the dogs in the years since Crisco.... :) Enjoy ~



Sunday, August 14th 2016 ~ 122 years ago today the first wireless transmission of information using Morse code was demonstrated by Oliver Lodge, in Oxford England. He sent a message across about 150 yards. 2 years before Marconi began his experiments. So in Lodge's honor we'll keep this short and to the point. We overslept, it's mid afternoon on a lovely Sunday, and the views are a-waiting. Well, they aren't waiting, they've all been up and showing off all morning! Don't leave them performing alone out there ~ go, visit, enjoy!



Saturday, August 13th 2016 ~ It was 64 years ago today that 'Hound Dog' was recorded for the very first time by, no not Elvis, but the rhythm-and-blues singer Ellie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in Los Angeles, California. 4 years later Elvis would re-record a new mix of it and send it soaring into the stratosphere but Big Mama recorded it first. Speaking of stratosphere, we only caught 2 very fast, very faint, Perseid Meteor sightings before we got too tired and headed to bed last night. We hope others had a more successful viewing session. Check tonight as well, the peak is over but that doesn't mean the meteors are. Post peak viewing info here. There was another cameo sighting of Hitchcock, coincidentally on his birthday, here and maybe in other views as well? You never know with Hitch ~ Enjoy ~



Friday, August 12th 2016 ~ End of the peak portion of The Perseids Shower is up for viewing tonight after midnight ~ it will continue after this but the number of meteors to view starts to drop off. Last night's viewing from the deck provided 9 beautiful meteors in about an hour before the clouds moved in and halted the game. More clouds are due here tonight but we're hopeful. If you can get out to watch ~ go for it, it's a perfect way to spend a summer night. Pack a blanket, some snacks, something to drink, layout under the stars, and enjoy the show, and the shower!
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Thursday, August 11th 2016 ~ The Perseids peak tonight after midnight ~ get out to watch some meteors shine if you can! A not so shiny day in MLB history as it was August 11, 1994 when the longest work stoppage in major league history began and because of the strike the 1994 World Series was cancelled; it was the first time baseball did not crown a champion in 89 years. We (and here that is the collective we) were most certainly not amused. Luckily (or not depending on your team) the season is still in full swing. Also in full swing is Marty who is celebrating a birthday today ~ we wish her a very happy day and the start of a great year ahead. So let's to the peanuts and crackerjacks, as well as the birthday cake, ice-cream and the views both familiar and meteoric!



Wednesday, August 10th 2016 ~ It was just 223 years ago today that the Louvre opened. Built first as a prison, torn down and rebuilt as a palace, it became a private museum when Louis XIV moved his residence to Versailles in 1682. It remained private until the French Revolution when the National Assembly imprisoned Louis XVI on August 10, 1792. One year later they opened the Louvre to the public on the anniversary of the fall of the monarchy. (our thanks to Writer's Digest for the info). A view of the Louvre as we daydream we are there. We'd also love to be visiting the Smithsonian which was signed into being this day as well just 53 later. Thank you James Smithsonian! So we'll day dream ourselves there watching the pandas. Now it's off to the daydreams, er um, views ~ Enjoy ~



Tuesday, August 9th 2016 ~ Your daily reminder to get out after midnight and watch the Perseid Meteor Shower is here with more tips and info on watching it here too. A quick Happy Birthday to Mary Poppins via the birthday of the author of said Poppins, Helen Lyndon Goff, (who wrote under the name P.L. Travers). And last words today (and another even better reminder) go to one of our favorites, who happened to become President this very day back in 1974.... Enjoy the meteors, the constitution, and the views ~ Our Constitution works; our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. ~ Gerald Ford



Monday, August 8th 2016 ~ The first refrigerator was patented (#630617) in the United States on this date in 1899 ~ which means we no longer have to chop out a block of ice mid winter, drag it home, salt it, wrap it in flannel, bury it deep in the cool earth, and then finally take it out many months later, on the 8th day of August for example, to put what is left into our glass of ice tea. We still can of course, and many enjoy the ritual, but the rest of us say: Thank you Albert T. Marshall!!! The Perseid Meteor Shower is upon us (and above us) and is rumored to be an excellent show this year ~ take a nap this afternoon so you can meteor watch this evening and all week. We of the drought are of course due to have storms during the peak viewing nights....11-12 and 12-13 so view for us and let us know your count! Speaking of counts... if you are googledoodle fruit gaming it, let us know your scores. Our updated daily results are a click away on the logo below. Enjoy the the iced tea and the views ~ all day and night ~



Sunday, August 7th 2016 ~ The Olympic games got underway with a little bit of everything ~ medals have been given, legs have been broken, heats won and/or lost ~ and the 2nd full day gets underway today. The NBC schedule is here as well as at the Olympics Site. The Perseids meteor shower is viewable at night working it's way to it's peak performance on the night of the 11-12th and today is National Lighthouse Day so get out and visit one actually if you can as well as right here virtually ~ lighthouses are very important as we don't want any of our viewers crashing into the rocks today, or any day for that matter. Enjoy the views ~



Saturday, August 6th 2016 ~ Loved what we were shown of the Opening Ceremony (we need a projection floor here at drivewaycam, or for the driveway!) by the ever strange programming people at NBC (what the heck was that coverage? and why, oh why was it delayed? (they are an hour ahead of us... not 12... and it started at 7:00 eastern)(makes zero sense)). But it's the Summer Olympics so we'll watch ~ there is much to see on the NBC main site, including Mary Carillo :) and you can find the schedule of what's happening when on their schedule here as well as at the Olympics Site. Google 'watching olympics without cable' for streaming options. While enjoying the games you may want to have a root beer float since it's National Root Beer Float Day ~ why not go for a medal and have 2? Enjoy ~



Friday, August 5th 2016 ~ First we want to wish Wendell Berry a very Happy 82nd Birthday! And also want to thank him for all the enjoyable hours of reading he provides everyone on both sides of the driveway. Secondly we want to say Let The Games Begin!!! The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio get officially started today!!! Should be an exciting couple of weeks!! (and on google the fruit games have begun, so there's that) Much information and viewing at the NBC main site, as well as at the Olympics Site. To see what's happening each day check out the schedule. Enjoy the views, and the games ~



Thursday, August 4th 2016 ~ A musical and lyrical Happy Birthdays today to Percy Bysshe Shelley and Louis Armstrong (one played and sang their heart out and one wrote their heart out (and eventually had said heart wrapped up and kept in a drawer by his wife (but we digress))) ~ as the Rio Olympics continue towards their opening ((yesterday Sweden beat South Africa, Canada beat Australia, Brazil won over China, Zimbabwe bested Germany, the US beat New Zealand, and France won over Columbia)(in women's soccer), more soccer today) and as August continues it's stroll through our lives and the views ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 ~ Martha Stewart is turning 75 today, the first of the 2016 Olympic games will be played (official opening isn't until Friday, but soccer never stood on ceremony), the Perseid Meteor Shower is out and about (it will peak on the evening of August 11-12). And, it's take a friar to lunch day (okay, we made this one up) in honor of Juan Crespi the Franciscan friar who discovered the La Brea Tar Pits this day in 1769. So a couple of views of where dinosaur used to roam (may be rude to mention them and meteors in the same blurb but...) then it's off to the views ~ previous dinosaur gathering spot #1, as well as previous dinosaur gathering spot #2 (and of course, a quick check in to a current gathering spot)(do let us know if you spot any, in any of the views!) ~

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 ~ Today, like every day, is a good day for all things that matter ~ it also happens to be a good day for all things that don't as well, as it was on this day in 1932 that Carl D. Anderson discovered the positron delighting us all (?) with proof of anti-matter. And it is the day in 1841, when Richard Owen, introduced certain new terrestrial reptile fossils he believed to be huge lizards and first used his newly coined word ~ dinosaur (terrible lizard). In other news that certainly matters ~ the Perseids Meteor shower peaks August 12th but as a matter of fact you can start watching now. Enjoy the views while trying to avoid your anti-self today (and every day for that matter) ~

Monday, August 1st 2016 ~ August is here ~ and while that is alarming (where did July go?) it is also exciting (what's not to like about August?) but it's a sad day around the driveway as it's tree removal day and our beloved Sequoia is coming down. As is a Norwood maple in the back but it's really a race to see if it falls down before they get it cut down so... Haven't been able to get cloud cam reworking so you'll have to imagine it. Although, we suggest not imagining it, because it's just too sad. Was hoping for a view of one that did not succumb to the double whammy of a pushy willow and the wrong climate but Sequoia Cam is also down at the moment. Maybe it knows? Okay, before we run out and strap the entire blurb division to the tree, it's off to the views ~ (11:15 update, our Sequoia is down, but Sequoia Cam is up ~ )

Sunday, July 31st 2016 ~ July in all it's glory (and lack of rain) is bowing out today, so last looks of it on all the views today at no extra charge. It's JK Rowling's birthday today, in case you need an excuse for ice-cream and cake. You really don't but.... And it is Uncommon Instrument Day which of course means you may want to get out your Huacas and Koralimbas and jam! We'll be on the porch with our Gamelan, or maybe the Fiddle Dee Doo if we can get either one of them tuned, so c'mon by ~

Saturday, July 30th 2016 ~ The last weekend of the month is here ~ there are Blueberry Arts Festivals to watch along with all the other views to explore, and... it's also Hunt for Hoffa day as it was on this day in 1975 that he disappeared, last seen in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, near Detroit. Keep an eye out while wandering, you just never know. It is also International Day of Friendship so take some time from viewing to reconnect with a friend or two ~ relax, share a bowl of corn flakes with them (after all it is also the 118th anniversary of the day Corn Flakes were invented by William Kellogg, at Battle Creek Sanitarium) ~ the views will be here when you get back! Enjoy ~ "On this International Day of Friendship, let us resolve to cherish and cultivate as many warm relationships as possible, enriching our own lives and enhancing the future." ~ UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Friday, July 29th 2016 ~ August is chomping at the bit to get here but until it does we're going to enjoy July ~ and July, aka National Blueberry Month, brings the ever enjoyable Ely Minnesota Blueberry Festival. So grab some blueberries for you to chomp and settle in. It and the other views are waiting for you ~ also waiting for you, since it's also National Horseradish Month, is some Blueberry Horseradish Sauce, and/or some Blueberry Honey Sauce (yep, it's also National Honey Month). Enjoy, and get your blueberry thrills with the views ~

Thursday, July 28th 2016 ~ Well, we are pretty sure the blurb division has been abducted by aliens, multiple times. How else to explain their chronic lost of time events? While they are off building mountains out of mash potatoes... the Blueberry Festival is getting ready to happen in Ely Mn, and it's always fun to watch. Also fun to watch... the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower which peaks tonight. If your skies are overcast (or even if they aren't) you can join in and watch with Slooh ~ more info on shower and Slooh here. And now, before night falls... it's on to the views ~

Wednesday, July 27th 2016 ~ In 1949, on this very day, the British De Havilland Comet, the world's first jet-propelled airliner, made its maiden flight in England ~ on the birthday of the inventor Sir Geoffrey De Havilland who turned 67 that day (and would be turning 134 today if only his next invention had been a time machine)(of course, maybe it was and some where he is). Meanwhile, though it is National Walk on Stilts day we think a cold beverage and a shady spot for watching views may be much better than a cold beverage, watching the views, AND walking on stilts whatever day it is. (the Legal Division insists we state with clear and precise verbiage the clear (and present) danger to be had by combining those activities, and that our randomly putting those words together in the blurb does not represent our recommendation of them as an actionable activity)(they are still smarting from the stilts/walking your plant day kerfluffle of last year). So to the views, at ground level please. Enjoy ~

Tuesday, July 26th 2016 ~ Late again today. Ach du lieber. And on the 241st anniversary of the day the U.S. postal system was established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. What are we to do but write a letter, or maybe a birthday card to Aldus Huxley, and then get to the views post haste!

Monday, July 25th 2016 ~ Late night last night combined with a busy morning left the blurbettes out of luck ~ sorry for the lack of blurbiage. They'll do better tomorrow, really! So now, at 4:32 in the afternoon, lets turn it over to the views (which are always there even when the blurb division is missing!) Enjoy ~

Sunday, July 24th 2016 ~ The heat continues so think about and seek out things that are cool... like Antarctica, or ice-cream (get out your mittens and make some yourself for extra cooling and since we are nearing the end of National Blueberry Month why not make some Blueberry ice-cream?), or going on an iceberg hunt, or how cool it was when Apollo 11 returned from the moon and safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this very day back in 1969... you'll be needing a sweater in no time! (the moon, by the by, gets down to about minus 378 Fahrenheit but should you need some even cooler thoughts...) Enjoy ~

Saturday, July 23rd 2016 ~ Flamingos are being flung in Russell Kentucky ~ and you can watch right here via CoyCam. We are sad we can't be there for the festivities but hope they all have a great time ~ and don't all try to go swimming in the coy pond at the same time to escape the heat, predicted to hit the mid 90's there (and here!) again today (yesterday 48 of our 50 states had temperatures in the 90's ~ only Washington and Alaska did not!). The heat has lessened a bit (!?) in some areas but it's still dangerous out there people so find some shade, a cold beverage, a ball game to listen to, and enjoy the Fling and the other views ~ Stay cool and hydrated!

Friday, July 22nd 2016 ~ A Happy 84th Birthday to Tom Robbins this morning ~ we highly recommend sticking out your thumbs and going on the wild ride that is Even Cowgirls Get the Blues or escaping into Still Life with Woodpecker (or any of his writings!) to celebrate. We'd also like to wish Cleveland a Happy Birthday as it turns 220 this morning! You can watch the recent visitors depart, and the general comings and goings of Cleveland by checking in on their traffic cams (click on the camera icon on the right of that page), or just check out watching the city itself via Earthcam (and of course via our favorite Lake Erie link, and nearby Cedar Point links). And of course don't forget to watch the preparations on CoyCam for the 2016 Flamingo Fling coming up tomorrow! Enjoy ~

Thursday, July 21st 2016 ~ Yesterday the anniversary of the first man on the moon, today (from This Day in History) we remember it was "on this day in 2011, NASA’s space shuttle program completes its final, and 135th, mission, when the shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the program’s 30-year history, its five orbiters—Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour—carried more than 350 people into space and flew more than 500 million miles". Meanwhile, Coycam is back!!!! YAY!!!! Our own cloud cam is still not playing well with others but now you can watch as preparations for the 2016 Flamingo Fling continue in bustling Russell, Kentucky, near the pond. Enjoy ~

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 ~ First a belated Happy Birthday to Lexi ~ who turned 11 yesterday while we were still working on getting the server up and running. Hope it was a very happy day Lexi and the start of a wonderful year for you! Secondly, it is the 47th (!) anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong stepped down onto the surface of the moon, the first human to do so, and elevated us all. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, only 7 are still alive and the youngest of them is 80. Quick quiz for this lovely summer's day ~ who is the youngest moon walking astronaut? [First correct answer submitted wins a prize]. As we can't head off to the moon actually we will take a peek at it virtually and then wander the views ~ Enjoy ~



Tuesday, July 19th 2016 ~ 12 days later and we can finally at least connect for the blurb again (!!) will try to get the cameras up and running. Fingers crossed ~ and now we're off to go see if we can get the driveway (and coy cam) back in view....

Friday, July 8th 2016 ~ Big excitement heading up towards the driveway as Brannaman, Lydia, and Casey wend their way north!! (You can watch for them using the traffic cams, they'll come up (we think) I-71 through Ohio, then I-271, I-90 thru PA and NY, I-390, I-590, Rt 104, and Bay Rd to here! Big prize for spotting them because we don't know what kind of vehicle they are in!) Some rains are due in as well, almost as exciting because we are so short of rain this summer... but not quite! We'd also like to wish Paris a Happy 2065th birthday today! And finally we want to apologize for the lack of coy cam and drivewaycam picture updates, still trying to sort out the mess caused by our host server applying "improvements". We're working on it. But for now it's on to the (other) views ~ Enjoy ~

Thursday, July 7th 2016 ~ Today is going to be hot and humid here, hot and stormy throughout most of our viewer's areas (both of them (viewers that is) ~ which means it's a good day to hang out in the shade (or your basement if the storms are bad) with some iced chemical-based exhilaration...AKA Iced Hot Chocolate!!! This is the day tagged as the day Chocolate was introduced to Europe so it's iced hot chocolates all around. We'll be under the willow, or maybe the maple, or most likely on the porch swing with ours, so if you are in the neighborhood...stop by!

Wednesday, July 6th 2016 ~ Old Man Miller is turning even older today! Happy Birthday Mark ~ hope it's a great day for you and the start of a great year as well. And since it is National Blueberry Month, National Grilling Month *AND* National Ice Cream month (busy busy month), and since it's going to be a sizzler of a day... may we suggest some Grilled Blueberries over Ice Cream along with birthday cake to celebrate? Yum! Today is also the day back in 1785 that the Continental Congress of the United States adopted the decimal system of money with the dollar as unit ~ just in case you were wondering when that happened. And now on to the views ~ enjoy ~

Tuesday, July 5th 2016 ~ We hope everyone had a bang up of a 4th of July ~ NASA certainly did as Juno entered Jupiter's orbit last night after a 5 year journey of 1.7 (ish) billion miles, and after a tense 35 minute burn to slow itself down from it's (man-made object) top record breaking speed of 165,000 miles per hour to a mere 1,212 miles per hour.(see picture below) It took 48 minutes for the news that it worked to get back to earth. What a great birthday present for us! It is all just amazing, and the fun starts now as they get everything fired up to start collecting data ~ The Juno mission is planned to end on February 20, 2018, when Juno is expected to crash into Jupiter, provided Jupiter's radiation (or anything else (or anyone else??)) doesn't gum things up first. We hope you, and Juno, enjoy the views today ~



Monday, July 4th 2016 ~ A very very Happy Birthday to Ellie today!!!! We hope it's a wonderful day and the start of a great year for her as she turns 19!!! The same is wished for the United States, who is turning 240 today! We hope everyone has a safe and happy day ~ and can still count to 10 on their fingers tomorrow morning!!! :) A interesting fact to ponder: Today is the day, 190 years ago, that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died. They were the 2nd and 3rd presidents (respectively) ~ and Jefferson also had been the VP to Adams... because he came in 2nd in the presidential election... which worked out quite well then but... okay maybe interesting, amusing, and a little scary. Let's get back to celebrating the 4th of July!! Birthday cake, ice-cream, and fireworks all around ~ and don't forget to check out Coy Cam which is looking very dressed up today!!! Enjoy the Views ~

Sunday, July 3rd 2016 ~ Today is the beginning of the Dog Days of summer ~ 40 days of especially hot and humid weather with little rainfall, according to the Farmers' Almanac. So first ~ Happy Birthday to the old dog known as Gerry! Hope it's the start of a great year for you!!! Secondly, even though we could use some rain (note the brown grass on the cloud/tree cam link on the date, should we get cloud/tree cam talking to the site again that is) we're welcoming the Dog Days anyway and intend to laze our way through them with gusto. 90's later in the week, today however a beautiful day heading to the low 80's. It is the 126th anniversary of Idaho joining the union so we'll take a peek in there (which looks like fun) and then head off to a chair in the shade for some cake and ice cream, and to the views ~ enjoy ~

Saturday, July 2nd 2016 ~ Coycam and drivewaycam are back and running, cloud cam (more recently serving as tree-cam) still is not ~ but we're working on it. In the meantime it is a beautiful day on the driveway and we hope everyone will check out all the views a little more closely and carefully today as it is the 79th anniversary of the day that Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan were reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific. We continue to hope that they were so lost they were at the wrong, and other, Howland Island and might just show up on the driveway one of these days.... maybe even today... enjoy looking for them! (click on pictures for larger views and more information)

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Friday, July 1st 2016 ~ Somehow just that fast it is July on the driveway!?!? Summer is in full swing, the weekend is here and the 4th is waiting at the end of it ~ what could be better? It is the 53rd anniversary of the day ZIP codes went into effect, and it is the day back in 1863 (one hundred years to the day before zip codes) that the largest military conflict in North American history began, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Four years later to the day Canada was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country ~ so happy 149th Canada! And thanks in no small part to the epic battle fought in 17235, we get to wish everyone a safe weekend as we start to celebrate what will be the 240th birthday of the United States.

Thursday, June 30th 2016 ~ Last day of June being served up on the driveway ~ and don't make any sudden moves but we think drivewaycam is back to talking to the server so you'll get to see the last day sparkle on out of here. It's also the last day of National Rose month and we forgot to mention that the rose of the year is ‘Sunny Sky’ ~ so if you find one be sure to congratulate it (before you stop to smell it, it's only polite). Today is also World Asteroid Day and if you can't get to an event, you can always join Slooh tonight at 7:00 EDT and celebrate with them, and of course you can always check out the Don't Look link to keep track of what's heading our way. But now, we're heading out to the last views of June ~ enjoy ~ ~ To see the summer sky is poetry ~ Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, June 29th 2016 ~ Drivewaycam.com was migrated to a new platform (apparently) and we are having a few minor issues which we hope will be cleared up quickly ~ until then all the other views are waiting to transport you to another location ~ timely as it was this day in 1956 that President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act, which established the Interstate Highway System. Despite overruns in time and money the first coast-to-coast interstate highway, I-80, was finally completed in 1986, and ran from New York City to San Francisco. It is also the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who wrote the Little Prince which transported us to an entirely different world. So go forth, literally or virtually, today and enjoy the views ~ There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars ~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Tuesday, June 28th 2016 ~ Doesn't matter if it's water or a mountain ~ today is a good day to get up and over things as it is the day the Mackinac Bridge was dedicated in 1958 (you can check in on it here (...at 3799ft its span is about 1/2 of the Tower Bridge shorter than the Golden Gate Bridge span ~ an odd factoid that makes no sense unless you go to this site and start highlighting bridges to see comparative lengths (we may spout random crap, but ultimately it's useful somewhere))) ~AND~ it is the day just 20 years before that (!) the first aerial tramway in North America was dedicated. It was built to take skiers in New Hampshire up Cannon Mountain (which is as tall as the Golden Gate Bridge main span is wide, can't find a site to compare mountain height to bridge length sadly) ~ and today, although a bit foggy this morning, you can check in on the current lift there (let us know if there are any skiers once the fog clears) ~ ~ At least once a summer go someplace you haven't been before ~ Anon Jon Dough

Monday, June 27th 2016 ~ We hope all of our viewers have their sunglasses on (or at least handy) to celebrate National Sunglasses Day and of course to protect your eyes during the longer, sunnier days of summer. And it is the birthday of the man who not only gave us the fractional slash (!/!!) he gave us De Morgan's laws [NOT (A AND B) = (NOT A) OR (NOT B) along with NOT (A OR B) = (NOT A) AND (NOT B)] which help keep us not so much gainfully employed but at least off the streets! Thank you Augustus De Morgan for our reason for cake and ice-cream today... of course if we don't have "cake AND ice-cream" today that means either we don't have cake OR we don't have ice cream, and if we don't have "cake OR ice-cream" that means we don't have cake AND we don't have ice-cream ~ your laws dear sir sadden us so we'll have both and avoid the laws entirely! And so, it's off to the views ~ ~ I am summer, come to lure you away from your computer… come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches ~ Oriana Green

Sunday, June 26th 2016 ~ It is supposed to get to the mid 90's here on the driveway (may actually be hotter than that ON the driveway) so we suggest some ice tea, some shade, a book, and some views. A little time travel might be fun by reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of the series which was published this day in 1997 in Britain. (19 years ago!?!?!) It is also the birthday of Pearl S. Buck so not for nothing (sort of) a look in at a couple of Pearls.... one on the high seas, and one on some slightly lower seas. And now, it's off to the shade and the views ~ ~ It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility ~ Yogi Berra

Saturday, June 25th 2016 ~ We're heading off to England, London in particular, for viewing today. A) Because we wish it well and 2) because it is the birthday of George Orwell and it just seems like looking at all the cameras we can there is the right thing to do in his honor (rumor is that there is one surveillance camera for every 11 people there). As well as we'll ponder that 1984 was published in 1949... So a couple more, one of the Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square (currently full to overflowing...hmmm... of course may be just the usual for a summer Saturday afternoon???). Enjoy the day, and the views, but don't watch with your big brother looking over your shoulder (should you have one)(shoulder or brother!)
:) ~ By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show ~ Samuel Johnson

Friday, June 24th 2016 ~ The start of another summer weekend, in a world that looks slightly (well, we hope just slightly) different than it did yesterday. We'll spend the day looking to see if those political changes show up on camera (we're also hoping they won't, so enjoy the views) ~ ~ I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket ~ Kellie Elmore

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 ~ It is the 175th day of the year, and, at least around the driveway, it is starting out in beautiful summer fashion. Today is also an excellent day for books as it was on this day that the typewriter was patented in 1868, by Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (QWERTY to his friends (well at least his friends on this side of the driveway (we're guessing his mom (we're assuming she was also a friend) did not call him that, but others might have (it could have happened)))). And it was this day just 93 years earlier that the very first American-made book was advertised in Philadelphia, Pa ~ it's title was Impenetrable Secret. Their advertisement in the Pennsylvania Mercury announced it was "printed with types, paper and ink manufactured in this Province." (with thanks to Pat's Blog) Now it's time to go enjoy the summer day, a book or two, and of course, the views ~ ~ It's summer ~ Carpe Librum! (seize the book!) ~ Anon

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 ~ Another beautiful summer day is out prancing about ~ it didn't wait for the blurb (luckily) and hopefully neither did you to start enjoying the views. If it's way too hot where you are check out the penguins (they aren't there but it's lovely and cold looking), and if you like the heat (some do like it hot) then check out any of the beach or western and southern coast cams as well as this lovely view while you enjoy some iced drink and shade and a porch swing (here if you're in the neighborhood!) Enjoy ~ ~ Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind ~ k.d. lang

Tuesday, June 21st 2016 ~ The first full day of summer is here! While we had storms and clouds to block the full moon last night... there is sunshine abounding this morning. The great mulching is wrapping up so there is good contest viewing, and all the other views have on their first day of summer shine too and are waiting for you. Today is the day back in 1786 that New Hampshire became the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land. Exactly one year later, the foundation stone of the Tower Bridge in London was laid (over a time capsule) by the Prince of Wales. We're sure that must mean something, we're just not sure what. So it's on to the views and the lovely long days of summer ~ enjoy ~ ~ Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds ~ Regina Brett

Monday, June 20th 2016 ~ The Summer Solstice is soon upon us ~ and brings with it not only the longest day of the year in sunlight measure, but also this year the full moon! The Moon turned full just about an hour ago, at 7:02 AM eastern, and the Solstice happens tonight at 6:34 PM eastern... It is the Northern Hemisphere’s first summer solstice full moon since 1967, and it won't happen again until June 21, 2062 ~ so revel in it even though there is the least amount of darkness tonight for viewing the full moon. Shadows this noon will be the shortest of the year as we are inclined towards our star the most we will be for another year ~ and with the magic of our 23.5 degrees ~ summer officially begins. So enjoy the long and lazy days, insomniac viewing, and the yard work getting underway around the driveway today as it is also the day of the annual Mulching! (which has NEVER occurred on the solstice before) :) ~ ~The summer night is like a perfection of thought ~ Wallace Stevens

Sunday, June 19th 2016 ~ (*this didn't uploaded correctly it seems, we don't think anyone noticed, so we're pushing it up now just in case someone wanders by! (4:00)) Happy Father's Day to all who have worn that cap ~ and a very Happy Birthday Day to Karen today!!! She blazes trails for the rest of us in the birthday forest and today road markers on that trail might look a lot like the ones along the 112.9-mile Interstate highway in the states of West Virginia and Maryland, connecting Interstate 79 in Morgantown to Interstate 70 in Hancock. Just saying. :) Enjoy the day, cake and ice-cream all around, and of course the views ~ ~ 'Tis now the summer of your youth: time has not cropped the roses from your cheek ~ Edward Moore

Saturday, June 18th 2016 ~ The last weekend of spring has put on summer airs as we head towards the 90's for the next couple of days (daze?). Find some shade for enjoying the views and drag out your knitting as it is Knit in Public Day (we of course think everyday is Knit in Public Day and are confused by the hoopla but...). It is also World Juggling Day. We hope for everyone's sake that those 2 celebrations do not get confused. :) And it is the weekend of the Rose Festival Maplewood Garden ~ stop by for the joy (visual and olfactorial), and a bouquet of roses to the anniversary of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, who arrived there this very day in 1983. Stay cool, enjoy some ice tea, a porch swing, the views, and the stars (day and otherwise) ~ ~ There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something raucous, like women with untidy hair ~ Daphne du Maurier

Friday, June 17th 2016 ~ Running late again, but hey! It's almost summer (which means, I guess by rites, it's still spring?), so we're allowed to be running late. :) It is the birthday of Igor Stravinsky, who was having his 3rd birthday party this day back in 1885, when the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. It arrived in boxes, but arrived none the less. It's a beautiful day in the Big Apple so we'll wander the views of and from the statue as the weekend gets underway. Enjoy the views, the day, and the start of the weekend ~ ~ Roses do grow from concrete ~ Chris Webber

Thursday, June 16th 2016 ~ The Happiest of Birthdays to Uncle Ed today!!!! We hope it is a wonderful day for you Uncle Ed and the start of an excellent year!!! Today is also Bloomsday ~ and as we are not actually in Dublin to wander around, we will head to our favorite Dublin substitutes ~ O'Shea's Pub and The Temple Bar to enjoy the views, and perhaps some Ulysses along with cake and ice-cream all day!!!! ~ ~ What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine ~ Thomas Moore

Wednesday, June 15th 2016 ~ A very late start, but a very sunny day on the driveway ~ we don't know if it was sunny back 1215 when The Magna Carta ~ the "Great Charter" ~ was sealed but we do know it was a Monday (!) and we know the influence of the Magna Carta and its core principles are seen in the United States Bill of Rights as well as the constitutions of many countries. Here is a lovely cloud cam near Windsor, near Runnymede, to check out if you aren't in the area and a lovely view of a farm in Surrey also in the (general) area showing what, we like to think, it looked like when the sealing took place. Enjoy ~ ~It was roses, roses all the way ~ Robert Browning

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 ~ On June 14th in 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States, with a star for each state and 13 red and white stripes to commemorate the original 13 colonies. Woodrow Wilson formally declared June 14 to be Flag Day in 1916 (as did Calvin Coolidge again in 1927) and Congress established National Flag Day in 1949. A good day to raise the flag as well as to reflect with sorrow on the reason so many flags are at half staff. Flags to view in New Hampshire, at the Capital, at Borestone and, at Coy Cam ~ ~ One rose is enough for the dawn ~ Edmond Jabes

Monday, June 13th 2016 ~ It was this day in 1983 that Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, left the solar system, becoming the first man-made object to do so. It was also the first spacecraft to fly beyond Mars, the first to fly through the asteroid belt, the first to fly past Jupiter, the first to use all-nuclear electrical power, and the first human-made object to fly beyond the orbit of the outermost known planet in our solar system. NASA officially terminated routine contact with the vehicle on March 31, 1997 for budgetary reasons, although intermittent contact continued ~ the spacecraft signal was last detected on Jan. 23, 2003. Generally heading in the direction of the red star Aldebaran, in the Taurus constellation, it is expected to pass by Aldebaran in about two million years (mark your calendars, let's meet back here for snacks and libations). In case of an intercept by intelligent life, Pioneer 10 carries a plaque with diagrams of a man and a woman, our solar system, and its location relative to 14 pulsars, which some fear is just a map to lead trouble right to our cosmic doorstep. While we wait for an RSVP, why not enjoy the views ~ ~ A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses ~ Chinese Proverb

Sunday, June 12th 2016 ~ It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood (of the driveway) and it's National Peanut Butter Cookie Day and it's the birthday of John Augustus Roebling who designed (among others) the Brooklyn Bridge and the Suspension Bridge in Cincinnati. What do those 3 things have in common? They remind us of our favorite I-need-to-be-eating-peanut-butter-cookies-in-10-minutes recipe which takes just 3 ingredients and will have you eating fresh warm Peanut Butter cookies before you can find your favorite view! Ready? Preheat oven to 350. Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Get 1 egg, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter. Mix. Roll 1 inch balls of dough, place on cookie sheet, press them with the quintessential crisscross pattern with a fork, cook in 350 degree oven for 7 minutes (just barely golden on the bottom). Remove from cookie sheet; place in mouth (or on a plate if you must). Enjoy ~ the cookies while making them, baking them, eating them, and the views of course ~ ~ There is simply the peanut butter cookie; perfect in every moment of its existence ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson'ish [with apologies to Mr. Emerson for our addition/modification to his lovely sentiment (although we believe he would agree)]

Saturday, June 11th 2016 ~ Late start but in time to wish Henry VIII a very happy Anniversary ~ to wife #1. Had all those divorces etc not caused them to be headed off in the wrong direction he and Catherine of Aragon would have been married 507 years today! I think the present for that one is dinosaur bones isn't it? This is also the day back in 1982 that the movie ET was released ~ if you don't re-watch it today at least phone home. And now it's off to the views on this the 163rd day of the year ~ Enjoy ~ ~ I don't think anyone looks into their family tree and expects it to come up smelling of roses ~ Martin Freeman

Friday, June 10th 2016 ~ Beautiful day out on the driveway ~ would have been unlucky for all of us if this had been the weather for Ben Franklin back in 1752 when he flew his kite in a thunderstorm and ended up proving the electrical nature of lightening. We would be using our computers in the dark but for that storm! :) If you are afraid of storms... just embrace it, and celebrate it, and head to Versailles, OH as Poultry Days gets underway! The atmosphere there is charged with excitement (hmmm and maybe other things given the weather in nearby Troy) Enjoy the views whatever your weather ~ ~ It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees ~ George Eliot

Thursday, June 9th 2016 ~ Today is the day, in 1902, that the first restaurant with vending machine service opened. It was the Automat Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Waiterless dining at it's finest! Well did ya evah?!?! Which makes it a lovely (night and) day to wander the views on your own and to sing along with Cole Porter as it turns out since he was born this very day in Peru, Indiana in 1891. Couldn't find a camera in Peru, but this one is said to be 6.2 miles from Peru so we'll go with it. And speaking of things we get a kick out of (work on it, you'll get it) ~ rumor has it that Cole had a rose bred and named after his wife Linda. We haven't found any definitive proof of that per se, but did find this picture of a Linda Porter Rose. Enjoy it, and the rest of the views ~ ~ A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring ~ William Carlos Williams



Wednesday, June 8th 2016 ~ Happy Birthday from the web to Tim Berners-Lee who invented the web in 1989 when he proposed a global hypertext project, to be known as the World Wide Web, which would permit people to collaborate by sharing knowledge in a web of hypertext documents ~ People decided instead to overwhelm the possibilities with cat videos and angry opinions however where would we be without it? So hats off to Tim today as we browse the nooks and crannies of the (usually) delightful mess that is the wild, wild, web! ~ ~ I'd love to have the whole place swimming in roses ~ James Joyce

Tuesday, June 7th 2016 ~ Good day for viewing today, from mountains to shores ~ today is the anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet, by Harold Stuck (love his name!) back in 1913. So, some views of the area (and McKinley if it's clear) here as well as from here. And with the weather churning up from the gulf along the coast the shores could have some interesting views too. Stay safe if you are in the areas of storms, enjoy the views if you aren't! ~ ~ A rose is an argument. It proclaims the triumph of beauty over brutality, of gentleness over violence, of the ephemeral over the lasting, and of the universal over the particular. The same rose bursts into bloom on the North Cape and in the Sahara desert ~ Alain Meilland.

Monday, June 6th 2016 ~ We would like to be in Normandy in person, but can pay our respects virtually at the American Cemetery in Normandy as we remember D-Day and all of the WWII veterans (military and otherwise) here today or who are no longer with us ~ ~Long live the rose that grew from the concrete when no one else ever cared ~ Tupac Shakur

Sunday, June 5th 2016 ~ The original blurb didn't get pushed out to the inter-web today ~ heads will roll! But for now the important thing is to wish Chase the happiest of 6th birthdays!!!!! Hope it's a grand day for you Chase and the start of a most wonderful year!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!! ~ ~There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, June 4th 2016 ~ It's the first Saturday in June ~ get out and enjoy it (and the views of course). You can also enjoy the fact(s) that today is the day back in 1919 that the United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote, finally, and today is also the day back in 1962 that Faulkner's last novel was published. If you haven't read the Reivers it's a lovely day for doing that, and then watch the wonderful movie made from it. Fittingly Faulkner's first short story published in a national magazine was A Rose for Emily ~ so you might want to read that one too here on the 4th day of National Rose month. Enjoy ~ ~I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves ~ L.M. Montgomery

Friday, June 3rd 2016 ~ Here in the month of roses we've come to the day that is the birthday of the man who coined the phrase "flower power" ~ Allen Ginsberg ~ so let's not beat around the rose bush (poetically or otherwise) let's just Howl at the moon which is currently in the waning crescent phase....so maybe not much to howl about ~ however, we can take a walk as it's such a lovely day and in commemoration of this day back in 1965 when Edward White II walked out of his Gemini 4 capsule and became the first American to walk in space! However you celebrate the day ~ enjoy the views ~ ~ To contemplate roses is to punctuate one’s days with poetry ~ Anne-Sophie Rondeau

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 ~ Yesterday's sunshine is temporarily replaced by rain this morning. But it's still June so on with the show (or in this case, the views). A very Happy Birthday to Martha Washington who would be 285 today if that were allowed. She married the father of the country, George, who interestingly was not the father of her children, after being widowed at the young age of 26. So, cake today would be great! Both for Martha and for Elizabeth II who was formally crowned monarch of the United Kingdom this very day in 1953. (there were white roses in her coronation bouquet which was formed of white Cattleya and Odontoglossum Crispum orchids, white roses, white carnations, stephanotis and lily of the valley, with asparagus fern for a touch of greenery). Now on to the views ~ ~ And the shower of roses spun around me, inviting me to take part in their ever-present waltz ~ Gina Marinello-Sweeney

Wednesday, June 1st 2016 ~ It is June ~ and we are very late in posting. However, it's not too late to enjoy the June views and the start of roses and summer and all that unfolds with both of those. Even the light is different now, and the return of insomniac viewing has our toes tapping! (the link is always in the list below and is here now for the start of that wonderful entity known as junejulyandaugust. We'll be updating that link over the next few days) Enjoy the longer lazier days and the views ~ ~ It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside ~ Maud Hart Lovelace

Tuesday, May 31st 2016 ~ Somehow the last day of May is here ~ so get your May views while you can. It's also Walt Whitman's birthday so you may want to view some Leaves of Grass, or you may want to watch some leaves of grass. Or you may just want to leave the grass views and wander all of them. However you view this final day of Mayness... enjoy!

Monday, May 30th 2016 ~ We hope everyone has a good Memorial Day today ~ you can check in on the American Cemetery in Normandy when you are not out parading, buying poppies, or picnicking ~ always a good view. And don't forget that today (at 5:34 p.m. EDT) Mars reaches its closest point to us (closing in on about 46.8 million miles (aluminum hats are not required, but not prohibited either)). It may be daylight for you then but Mars will still be shining brightly tonight and will continue to do so for the next few days. As Curiosity tweeted we can spot Mars in the southeast at sunset; south at midnight; southwest before dawn. Enjoy the views and the results of the efforts of all who gave their life while serving the country ~

Sunday, May 29th 2016 ~ The happiest of birthdays to Brannaman today! We all hope it's the start of a great year for you Brannaman!!! And thanks for our raison d'cake today!!! Today is also the 63rd anniversary of the day Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on earth. At 29,035 feet above sea level it is 30,395 ft above the shore of the Dead Sea (the lowest place on earth above water) and a whopping 65,236 ft above the the lowest point on earth below water which is in Mariana Trench. (Point of reference, the bottom of the Mariana Trench is as far down as our atmosphere extends upward!) (we need a nap just thinking about that). Enjoy the views from whatever heights you hit ~ and don't forget to check out the close encounter with Mars ~

Saturday, May 28th 2016 ~ The weekend that heralds in summer is upon us (as is the 90 degrees (!) they are claiming we're going to have) ~ so ready or not, it's here! The launch and landing of the first stage rocket was a spectacular success yesterday ~ you can watch the rerun here. More sky news as Mars works its way to a close encounter with us. On Monday, at 5:34 p.m. EDT, it reaches its closest point to us (about 46.8 million miles). Even though it will still be light out for most of us Mars is still shining brightly at night (even tonight!) and will continue to do so. Curiosity tweeted that we can Spot Mars in the southeast at sunset; south at midnight; southwest before dawn. So get out there and wave to Curiosity! If you miss getting a close look at Mars on Monday, the next chance will be July 31, 2018, when the Red Planet will be a mere 35.8 million miles away (NASA) ~ mark your calendars, meet us back here then! However, now... it's time for the views today ~ Enjoy ~

Friday, May 27th 2016 ~ It's a lovely day for a walk, well, sort of ~ it's actually going to be a little on the warm and humid side (and maybe thundershower side as well) as we drift up into the 80's but a good day to practice for summer as we get ready for it to start ~ and even if it's not a good day for actual walking where you are (stormy weather being as scattered as it seems to be) it's a great day for a virtual walk. And why not take that walk across the Golden Gate Bridge which is celebrating the 79th anniversary of the day it opened? You can also wander views of it here while wandering all the other views from the comfort of your veranda or where ever your wifi/cell connection finds you. Grab some ice tea, get ready for the weekend and enjoy the views ~ (ps ~ SpaceX is launching tonight and attempting another tricky landing which you can watch right here tonight at 5:39pm eastern)

Thursday, May 26th 2016 ~ An early start for the blurb division even as it's running late ~ however, we are not too late to wish Dorothea Lange a happy birthday where ever she may be. Her pictures are still here to remind us of her view. Today is also the day in 1959 that Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched 12 perfect innings, the first time ever pitcher threw more than nine perfect innings in major league history, only to lose the game on a two-run double in the 13th inning! It really isn't over until it's over! And now, we have to run out of here on the double ~ enjoy the views ~



Wednesday, May 25th 2016 ~ Early morning doings on Coy Cam for those of you up and able to watch ~ and if you miss the action, it's always a nice view anyway. Today is the day back in 1935 that Babe Ruth hit his last, and 714th, home run!! (He hit numbers 712 and 713 in that same game!) It is also the birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ so last words to him, as we head off to find some birthday/homerun/sidewalk cake!? (if you have any suggestions for a cake to cover all that, please let us know)(until then we're thinking maybe butterscotch.....) ~ Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 ~ Long time viewers of drivewaycam know what today is ~ as do long time (and we're talking l-o-n-g time) viewers of Jimbobillybob ~ today Jim turns the corner on Newbie Senior Citizen and starts down the Totally Senior Citizen path (that's 66 for those of you who aren't sure). Hope it's a great day for you Jim and the start of a great year ahead! Surprisingly today is also the day that a remarkable discovery was made at a dig in the Olduvai Gorge when Dr. Leaky unearthed absolute proof that the earliest humans, or hominins, did form social groups and were tool users....



Monday, May 23rd 2016 ~ Today is World Turtle Day ~ started in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue to increase knowledge and respect for turtles and tortoises. Dressing as a turtle, or in green is encouraged (we are told). Seems only fair we give them a day since they've been here since the Triassic period (or about 219 million years before we showed up, give or take a few hundred thousand years) You can watch turtles in Florida here as well as turtles in San Diego here... along with our favorite turtle rehab cam, which seems however to be turtleless at the moment. Where ever, and what ever you watch today ~ enjoy the views ~

Sunday, May 22nd 2016 ~ We are sorry to say the recent flurry of activity on the driveway is screeching to a halt today as Cheryl heads back home. :(     But we had a great visit, the painting got done (with lovely results), lilacs were seen, new restaurants were tried, new games were played (somehow Haydon lost at Munchkins against all odds), and nary a trip to Wegmans was made (also against all odds). As it is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday we'll set him off to detect how those things could have come to pass. And if Cheryl has to leave this is a good day for it since as she sets out for the wilds of KY (you can follow her trail on the traffic cams), she does so on the same day that settlers first headed out on the Oregon Trail 173 years ago ~ her drive will feel as long but thankfully really won't be! Now, it's on to the views ~ Enjoy ~

Saturday, May 21st 2016 ~ The last full day of Cheryl's visit is upon the driveway (at least we are letting her think she's going to get to leave) so much running about will ensue. While we are running, we hope you'll enjoy the views and think about raising (that is ~ donating) a pint of what is running through your veins to the Red Cross officially incorporated on this day in 1881 with Clara Barton as its president. If running isn't your style you can always hop about thanks to George B. Hansburg, who was issued a U.S. patent for his invention of an improved pogo stick (No. 2,793,036) back in 1955, or just hop on your bike as it was this day in 1819 that the first bicycle in the U.S. was seen in New York City! Enjoy the views ~ and don't forget the new quiz or the contest! Enjoy ~

Friday, May 20th 2016 ~ The Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia began erupting on this date in 1883. Krakatoa didn't explode for several months after the rising column of smoke and ash was reported. If you want to check out what volcanoes might be thinking about erupting these days you can look at the ever popular Don't Look site (slide on down that page to volcanoes) but we recommend, as always, that you don't look. Or check out several volcano cams (Mt. St Helen is a favorite) to see what is or isn't happening. Meanwhile, trips out to stop and smell the lilacs, and get coffee, are in order today so enjoy all the views, and here is a tip ~ we've kept Cheryl so busy she hasn't had a chance to check out the new quiz so here's your chance to break onto the quizzlers winners list while she's not looking! (shhh, don't tell her we told you that!)

Thursday, May 19th 2016 ~ The week, and Cheryl's visit, is rushing by too fast ~ it feels like we are taking shortcuts through the week! There are yet more trips out and back for as yet unknown errands and adventures (!?) ~ and maybe a chance or two to slow things down a little? Speaking of short cuts... This very day in 1906, the Simplon Tunnel was officially opened as the world's longest railroad tunnel which stayed the longest until 1982 when .... oh wait... that would make a great quiz, for all you quizzlers out there. Take a ride through the tunnel in between views today and don't forget to take time to watch smell the lilacs (when not viewing of course!) Enjoy ~

Wednesday, May 18th 2016 ~ We are still painting (I use the term "we" in the broadest sense!) with some general running out and back for paint, pavers, rollers, coffee, etc etc etc ~ so there are many opportunities for contest viewing ~ as well as for checking on all the other usual views and sites. It is also International Museum Day so when not viewing why not visit a museum (they don't go out much so taking them to lunch doesn't usually work... but there are many of them that serve lunch... just saying) However you spend the day enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 ~ We got so caught up in the excitement of Cheryl's visit we didn't even get the blurb out there yesterday! The running around continues today with several trips out and back ~ and some painting in between. We don't have a painting cam, however we do have this view ~ As you enjoy the views today it's good to remember that it was 51 years ago today that the FBI (after a year long formal investigation (!) into the rumor of pornographic lyrics) declared the declared the lyrics of 'Louie Louie' to be officially unintelligible. Those were simpler times?! Okay, we're saying we gotta go now ~ yeah yeah yeah yeah... enjoy the views ~

Sunday, May 15th 2016 ~ The cloud/tree cam has been cooperating to give a lovely view of the tree in full bloom ~ with the cold, rain, and wind that is about you may want to check in with it while you can.... not sure how long the blooms will hang on! If you are out wandering traffic cams today keep a look out for Cheryl who is wending her way up here even as we type!!! You'll know her car from Coy Cam (maybe), and she's taking the OH to PA to NY 23->71->90->390->590->104->Bay Rd exit->driveway route if you want to look for her. If you find her send it in! And now, it's off to the views ~ the one on Coy Cam has been moved to a beautiful view of Cheryl's garden while it's in bloom. Enjoy ~

Saturday, May 14th 2016 ~ Saturday on the driveway ~ in 10 minute slices ~ today, the 135th day of the year also happens to be World Belly Dance Day but the rumors of preliminary rounds being held on the driveway are a bit overstated. Then again, one never knows..... What one does know however is that today is the day back in 1967 that Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run! (He'd hit 36 more before retiring (13 of them were walk-offs putting him in a tie for most walk-off HRs ever (do you know who he is tied with? (mouse over the question and you will)))) So you may want to catch some baseball today to see who might be working on breaking records today ~ in between views of course ~

Friday, May 13th 2016 ~ A very happy Friday the 13th to all ~ well, except to all the Paraskevidekatriaphobics (fear of Friday the 13th) and Triskaidekaphobics (fear of the number 13) among our viewers. For them we hope it's a good day from under the covers, or under the bed, but certainly not under any ladders ~ for the rest of us that staying away from ladders thing just makes sense in general. The CDC reported "Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury [deaths] nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder.... Approximately 34,000 ladder-related nonfatal injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments during 2011." (!). That's a lot of people raining off of ladders to avoid. Hmmm, maybe it's not fear of Friday the 13th as much as it is Ombrophobia (fear of rain) or simply rampant Barophobia ~ fear of gravity! (staying under the covers and/or under your bed while viewing the driveway works for those too.) Good luck out there and enjoy the views from where ever the day takes you ~

Thursday, May 12th 2016 ~ The blurb division didn't show up today ~ and didn't call in so we didn't know they weren't here (hence the late (4:41) blurb). If you spot them (or have spotted them) on any of the views (they could be anywhere by now) please let us know. We can't report them missing for 24 hrs (or advertise for their replacements for that matter....) so for now it's just scanning the views and watching the driveway for contest opportunities. (Yes, we are worried about them, but a contest is a contest after all). Enjoy ~ and let us know if you find them.

Wednesday, May 11th 2016 ~ It's Take Some Mini-apple-es To Lunch Day as we celebrate the 158th anniversary of Minnesota becoming a state! Besides enjoying their company, and the beauty (and splendor) of the state and their 10,000 lakes ~ without them we wouldn't have the stapler, water skis, roller blades, and rice cakes (?), Scotch tape, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Spam. And that is just unthinkable. So while wandering the links today, be sure to stop in and wander their lakes and lots of other views of the state. ~

Tuesday, May 10th 2016 ~ And it's back! The driveway view that is. Wasn't easy, wasn't pretty, but it's back. Tree/cloud cam continues to revert to cloud only cam every chance it gets but we'll put it back on the tree every time we catch it returning it's gaze upwards. Sunshine all over the place today ~ okay, clearly not true but it is sunshiny on the driveway so we'll go with it. The First Transcontinental Railroad was completed on this date in 1869, but sadly the webcam at Promontory Utah (where the 2 lines (Union Pacific and Central Pacific) met) isn't working ~ so... you can watch for Union Pacific trains here (in Illinois) as they helped cut the almost 6 month cross country travel time to 1 week! Enjoy the return of the driveway, and all the views ~

Monday, May 9th 2016 ~ Drivewaycam's PC is still down for the count. Tree/cloud cam is working, as are the other links below.... and with luck the driveway will be back up for viewing soon. Until then, Happy Monday!?! And enjoy the views ~

Sunday, May 8th 2016 ~ Happy Mother's Day! We're trying to get everything back online after some upgrades........ with any luck it won't be too long before drivewaycam and the cloud-tree cam are back up and running. Meanwhile ~ enjoy the day and all the (other) views :)

Saturday, May 7th 2016 ~ Looks like it should be a lovely day all around as this first Saturday in May gets underway and the Kentucky Derby happens! We'll be running around and running for the roses here as well, and hope you all have picked the winner come post time (6:34 pm) ~ let us know who we should pick because we don't have a clue. They no longer have the paddock cam etc at Churchill Downs sadly, but there is this SkyCam view of the Downs to check out. And now, we're off! Enjoy the views ~

Friday, May 6th 2016 ~ As Haydon so succinctly put it.... "Those crazy folks at SpaceX did it again!" Some of us slept through the launch and subsequent landing of the first stage rocket but even in replay it is amazing (and oh so pretty) to watch. The video is here ~ actual launch is around the 29:40 mark, and the outstanding (and outrageous!) landing, on a barge, in the ocean, is around 38:20. But the whole video is good. It is the best view of the day. Lots of trips in and out of the driveway are possible today as we prepare to run for the running of the roses, and maybe even a lawn mowing so could be a great day for contest viewing. Enjoy ~



Thursday, May 5th 2016 ~ Yes it's Cinco de Mayo ~ but it is also the 55th anniversary of the day Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, and became the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere. Speaking of launches from Cape Canaveral.. the Falcon 9 launch was delayed until tomorrow morning, again at 1:21 am (fingers crossed the weather cooperates) To keep an eye on the weather there (well, not at the launch site exactly) you can always check our Today at the Beach (from the table below). Enjoy ~

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 ~ First on this busy Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be with YOU!) ~ we raise a toast, and a piece of birthday cake to one of our absolute favorites, Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston, born this day in 1929 (aka Audrey Hepburn) (movies will be watched today, c'mon over if you are in the neighborhood) Secondly ~ we are wandering through some debris of Halley's Comet and the viewing reaches peak tonight and tomorrow so grab your meteor watching accessories and head on out! (around 2:am is best viewing) And/or you can listen to the eta Aquarid meteor shower here . Thirdly (since you'll be up anyway...) there is a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch window early (early) tomorrow morning between 1:20 and 3:20am) where they plan to try to again land their first-stage booster at sea. Can't find if it's going to be shown online (or on TV) but if you are near Cape Canaveral then... look up! Do (or Do Not) Enjoy the views (there is no try).

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 ~ Seems to be sunshine lurking about the driveway (don't make any sudden movements or noises to scare it away please). Hope you have a lovely day where ever the views take you. Cake today (there is always a reason for cake) is for Beula Bondi the actress who, among other roles, played Jimmy Stewart's mother in 4 movies! Might be a good day for contest viewing with several trips out and back in the works... *and*... a water delivery due as well. Pace yourselves!

Monday, May 2nd 2016 ~ We are off to Scotland (oh how we wish) today to visit Loch Ness and search for Nessie as this is the day back in 1933 that the Inverness Courier printed the story of the couple who had seen the monster a couple of days earlier. Loch Ness and our love of its monster has never looked back (or the same) since then! If you spot her/it please oh please let us know. We'll be watching today too and will likewise spread the news if we see it/her! Enjoy ~

Sunday, May 1st 2016 ~ It may be a damp and chilly day where you are, as it is here on the driveway... which may mean it's the perfect day for staying under the covers reading... or may imply it's the perfect day for getting up and going for coffee. You may not be able to decide ~ so let us help you! Today is Hannah's birthday so you may want to celebrate with her by having cake and ice-cream *with* your reading, covers, and coffee! (why choose? have it all!) Hope it's a great day Hannah ~ and the start of a most wonderful year for you. Now, for the rest of us... we may want to get started on all those lovely May Day activities ~ here is your checklist:
Book     Coffee     Blanket     Cake     Ice Cream     Extra Blanket     Views
You may begin ~ Enjoy!

Saturday, April 30th 2016 ~ A beautiful day on (and around) the driveway this lovely Saturday ~ we are wishing a Happy Birthday to Alice B. Toklas (with brownies all around!), as well as celebrating the 227th anniversary of the day George Washington took the oath of office and become the first President of the United States. Today is also National Save the Frogs Day so in between birthday brownies, reading inaugural addresses and the views.... be kind to whatever frogs you happen upon, virtually or digitally? Enjoy ~

Friday, April 29th 2016 ~ Yesterday came and went before the blurbettes even showed up ~ but they made it in for Arbor Day! To celebrate the day (not the appearance of the blurbettes) get outside and plant, or watch, a tree. And if you can't get outside there are plenty of trees to watch from the driveway, in almost any of the (tree filled) links below. Our Blooming Tree cam (aka Cloud Cam) reset it self to be watching clouds, but hopefully we can convince it to get back to looking at the tree for now. It is also International Dance Day! So while you are out admiring trees don't forget to dance with them ~ enjoy ~



Wednesday, April 27th 2016 ~ A very Happy 118th Birthday to Ludwig Bemelmans the man who brought us the old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, where lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...with the smallest one being... Madeline! And to the universe, as it (we) celebrates it's (our) 6993rd birthday according to Johannes Kepler!?! (a lovely man, even if somewhat mathematically challenged) If this is not a day made for cake and ice-cream... there may not be one! Enjoy ~



Tuesday, April 26th 2016 ~ It is a rainy day on the driveway (which you'll see should the drivewaycam computer ever decide to cooperate today)(meanwhile check out the current Tree Cam View), feels like it's raining all over the world, well okay, maybe not but certainly on and around the driveway. So, we're told that approximately 505,000 cubic kilometers of water falls as precipitation on the planet each year. We're told that is enough to fill nearly half a million Empire State Buildings. The Empire State Building has a volume of 37 million cubic feet... we are off to see if we can get the same number of Empire State Buildings needed. Feel free to figure for yourself and send in your answer ~ don't forget to show your work! (what else do you have to do on a rainy Tuesday?) Enjoy ~

Monday, April 25th 2016 ~ Today is take a Telescope to Lunch day as we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the day the Hubble Space Telescope was put into a low orbit around Earth. The space telescope was conceived in the 1940s, designed in the 1970s, and built in the 1980s, and after a space walk repair to the lens in December 1993 ~ the Hubble began sending back clearly breathtaking images of the universe. We continue to have our breath taken away ~ so celebrate by checking in on it's views, the progress of the Webb Telescope, our favorite telescopes not in orbit, and/or some ice cream!! Enjoy ~

Sunday, April 24th 2016 ~ First up a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Allison!!! Hope it's a great day and the start to a wonderful year for you Allison!!! Secondly, another Happy Birthday to the somewhat older :) Library of Congress ~ founded this very day in 1800. Though the library was burned twice, once completely destroyed by the British in 1812 (to be rebuilt and restarted with the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's 6,487 volume library), and once by accident in 1851 ~ it was rebuilt, and the collection replenished and grown. Today, that collection, housed in three enormous buildings in Washington, contains more than 17 million books, as well as millions of maps, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio and video recordings, prints, and drawings. If you just start in viewing their digital collections ~ you'll be lost for many happy hours (so get your cake and ice cream lined up before you start). And if you are planning a trip there let us know!!!! Enjoy ~

Saturday, April 23rd 2016 ~ We (the blurbettes) don't normally celebrate days that people died, but as this is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and could very well be his 452nd birthday as well (what with his exact birthday being unknown although his baptism date was April 26, 1564), and is also the 400th anniversary of the date the death of Miguel de Cervantes was recorded, and it is, not too surprisingly, World Book Night as well (which was moved to this date 4 years ago to correspond to the international day of the book) ~ well, to cut to the chase ~ Happy BirthDeathday William and Miguel!!! Grab up one of their tomes and you'll be set for some lovely night reading (possibly many nights!). Or maybe just read through this quiz on the 2 of them. Let us know how you do on it we'll tell you how we did in return! :) Whatever you decide to read today, in between viewing of course, enjoy ~



Friday, April 22nd 2016 ~ It's the 46th Earth Day today ~ while it's earth day every day here on the driveway (after all what is it that we are looking at 24/7?) it was back in 1970 that Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, organized the first of the celebrated Earth Days. “The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy,” So, get out there and demonstrate some concern. And when you are done, you can get your meteor watching equipment (and wine) together and head out this evening for the Lyrids. They actually peaked early (early) this morning, but check again tonight... the full moon is causing problems with viewing, but it's fun hanging out looking up anyway. For Earth day (and the season) our cloud cam is becoming tree cam to watch as it blooms ~ Enjoy!

Thursday, April 21st 2016 ~ A quick update as the offices of Drivewaycam International find themselves a bit closed due to the celebrations of the 90th birthday of the oldest and longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, (Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis too) as well as Head of the Commonwealth: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary ~ Elizabeth II. A toast to many many more years to come! Elizabeth!! 90 Years ago, and earlier this afternoon ....



Wednesday, April 20th 2016 ~ Running more than late ~ enjoy the views ~ and don't forget about the contest while viewing.... there are prizes burning holes in the pockets of the Prizes for a Fare Thee Well Department staff!!! (and we have about reached the end of the funds allotted for pocket procurement)

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 ~ Today is National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day as it is always the day after taxes were due... we tend to post this information too late for most people going off to work, but encourage you to either go home and change back into them, or at least adopt a pajama wearing frame of mind for the day. Today is also Primary day here in NY so for those of you New Yorkers registered in one of the 2 parties holding primaries here ~ get out and vote. Polls are open noon to nine so no excuses! The results may not end up being to your liking, but you will at least know you tried. When you are done voting come back and escape the insanity by wandering the views ~ works every time (as long as you stay away from the Don't Look site!) ~      :)

Monday, April 18th 2016 ~ First order of the day as the week gets underway is the blurb order for today ~ 1A,6D,1D,2D,4A,5A,3D,15A,16A,9D... 12A,13A,14D,17A... 8A,11A,7D,10D! Second order is for you to figure it out (see below, click on it to get larger, printable (in landscape mode) view), or click here for a quick solution. Meanwhile, the answer to what's the weather like on the driveway today is easy to solve ~ it's great!



Sunday, April 17th 2016 ~ Another beautiful day to witness on the driveway and/or out in it! (in the day that is... not in the driveway) (Han Solo assures us that is no fun). Much happiness shining up from KY today ~ many many congratulations to Hannah and Dan!! And a quick Happy Birthday to Isak Dinesen who would be 131 today if only she could. If you haven't read Out of Africa there is no time like the present. (although we haven't found it online yet, your library (and the driveway's) has it so stop by either place!) With hope that your weather is as nice (or nicer) than ours it's off to get out in the views ~ enjoy!

Saturday, April 16th 2016 ~ A beautiful day in the neighborhood here and we hope there! As you are running around doing things outside finally and doing yard work and buying spring things to play with, plant, sit on, etc ... don't forget to buy some ibuprofen or aspirin. You'll thank us tomorrow or Monday when the rush is over and the sore muscles say howdy! Until then enjoy the "yay it's really spring" doings, and of course the views ~ bonus contest viewing with extra cars in the driveway today as it (the driveway) helps pull off a surprise party across the street with cleverly disguised (!) parking over here. :)

Friday, April 15th 2016 ~

Thursday, April 14th 2016 ~ We are on full iceberg watch today on the driveway as it is the 104th anniversary of the day the Titanic ran into one. Four hours later they sank ~ we do not want the same thing to happen here. We (well the Driveway Cam International Iceberg and Glacier Threats Assessment Department) continually monitor ice charts for early warning of 'bergs heading towards the driveway. Here is a map you can search, with hints on the best places to look on it here, a camera in Iceland with its eye on the prize here and an iceberg in Australia here (!) If you spot anything made of ice on the driveway's horizon ~ please sound the alarm and we'll attempt to alter our course. Until then, enjoy the views as you ponder this... the first of the snowflakes that made up the glacier that produced the Titanic iceberg, fell approximately 15,000 years ago ~

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 ~ Ooooops! Forgot to push the blurb out there. It's Wednesday afternoon somehow, already ~ so we'll leave it with enjoy the views!!!

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 ~ Drivewaycam said farewell to Amy this morning, and while we are sadden by that we are celebrating the rest of the day with cake and ice cream all around for the birthday of one Ms. Pebble (of the KY Pebbles) ~ she has reached that magic age where the Beatles sing about her, and she now is the same age as the number of squares on a chess board, the number of crayons in the certain packs of Crayola (no, not 128! who said that?), the number of the road you would drive on if you wanted to go from Virginia to Missouri (and zooming close to Pebble's place) or from Arizona to North Carolina, and the country code you'd dial to call and wish her a Happy Birthday were she to be spending it in New Zealand. Today is also National Library Workers Day so if you can't find a Pebble to take to lunch, take a Library Worker instead! With a look in at a pebble cam (since we couldn't find a link to a web cam on Pebble) it's off to start finding enough candles for the cake! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOBLEY!!!!!

Monday, April 11th 2016 ~ Amy's last day of her visit ~ which makes us sad, but will keep us hopping on and off the driveway. A lovely (?) cold and rainy day to start the week, but the temperatures are on their way up so it's a good trade off. Today is the day Napoleon was exiled to Elba so a quick look in at the misery he lived through there and then it's off to the views, be they driveway, nests, monsters, coast lines, clouds........ enjoy ~

Sunday, April 10th 2016 ~ It's once again (hopefully) Opening Day for the Red Wings!!! It's a brisk (?) 21 degrees and nothing says Baseball like temperatures just out of the teens. Game is at 1:35 ~ another good day for contest viewing along with all the other views ~ and maybe even watching some baseball should their cam decide to cooperate. Enjoy the views, on the driveway and off, as you just never know who or what might wander past a cam.... :) (you can click on the picture below for a better view)



Saturday, April 9th 2016 ~ Gak!!! Technical issues abound. No baseball today ~ general running around. Hopefully drivewaycam's PC will decide to work again. Fingers crossed!!!

Friday, April 8th 2016 ~ Running very late ~ so a quick note that this will be a busy weekend for the driveway! A good time for some contest viewing as baseball season gets underway here in the Flower City (hopefully (what with the snow and the cold)) tomorrow. You can start your Rochester Baseball watching early right here There will much to'ing and fro'ing from the driveway all weekend with a special guest, and car, as Amy is heading her way up here right now (if you want to follow on traffic cams she is somewhere between Cleveland and here in a car of unknown descript... if you find her on a traffic cam let us know and we'll send you a prize!!!)(lol) ~ enjoy the views (and stay warm!)

Thursday, April 7th 2016 ~ As April is National Poetry Month and as it is the birthday of William Wordsworth ~ we figure today is a good day to wander the views poetically ~ especially given that Wordsworth liked to wander lonely as a cloud. So it's off to wander clouds of course, the Lake District (especially around Ullswater where Wordsworth spotted daffodils) ~ with a lovely view of the lake from an inn (with a wedding happening this morning as we watched!), another lovely view from another inn (with daffodils! although not along the lake shore), and before you wander off to the rest of the views one more very nice look at the lake he wandered. Enjoy some poetry and some views, you never know when one will be the other ~ Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes ~ Joseph Roux.

Wednesday, April 6th 2016 ~ It was just 107 years ago today that, American explorer Robert Peary accomplished a long elusive dream, when he, assistant Matthew Henson, and four Eskimos reached what they determined to be the North Pole ~ turns out they were 30 miles short of the actual pole but hey ~ what's 30 miles among friends? There was some debate of who got there first, another expedition claiming they did, but in 1911 the U.S. Congress formally recognized Peary’s claim. (It wasn't until 1952 that someone got to the actual North Pole, come back on May 3rd and we'll give you his name) ~ Meanwhile, this one's for you Jimbo-billy-bob: Today is National Twinkie Day!!! We cannot, in good conscience, recommend you consume a Twinkie (legal issues are involved too), however should you, of your own volition, try one today, we hope you enjoy it. Along with the views of course ~

Tuesday, April 5th 2016 ~ Sunny but cold on the driveway ~ may head off to watch the nests for a change of scenery. Hoping the Yankees get to play today and that the Redwings get to play on Saturday (its the season home opener, currently supposed to hit a high (?) of 25.....) Today is, or so we are told, Read A Road Map Day ~ so when you aren't enjoying the views get to the gas station and pick up a free map ...well, do that if it's still the 1960's where you live. If it's not and if you find one, open it up, read it a bit (they are fabulous to pour over) and then fold it back up ~ just like an Egyptian ~ if you can't find one, c'mon over we'll share. And now that that song is stuck in your head... enjoy the views ~ :)

Monday, April 4th 2016 ~ Running late but the snow and the fact that it's Square Root Day(!!!) stopped us in our tracks this morning. The snow because it's Opening Day for the MLB! (and the Yankees were supposed to play today but the game was postponed due to inclement weather and will be played (fingers crossed) tomorrow at 1:05). Which leaves us more time to ponder Square Root Day, before March Madness comes to an end tonight with the final game, and also more time to ponder how best to enjoy this lovely day since the next one isn't until 5/5/25! We're going with watching views of course because a) it's a warm, and inside activity, not out in the cold and 2) when looking squarely at your computer/phone/tablet/window what you get is the view ~ Enjoy

Sunday, April 3rd 2016 ~ The April Fool's snow picture turned out to be more of an omen than a trick ~ for the driveway and else where ~ We didn't get much snow but we got some as well as wind and cold to go with it. A triple play!! Hopefully the weather is better in those cities where Baseball is getting underway today. Cincinnati doesn't play today so of course we here at drivewaycam don't count this as the actual Opening Day, which is tomorrow, and even MLB is calling it Opening Night?? However, all 3 games played today, on opening night, starting at 1:00 pm in Pittsburgh (where it is currently a balmy 27)(it's going to be warm in Kansas City, and in Tampa anyway), will be televised (!) so stay inside, stay warm, bundle up, get some hot chocolate, and enjoy some baseball ~ and the views!!!

Friday, April 1st 2016 ~ A very Happy April Fools Day to all the fools out there, from all the fools in here (and let me tell you it's pretty darn crowded in the fool's corner) ~ We hope it is a fun day for all ~ it's going to be a quiet one on the driveway as we start out the month with rumors of snow over the weekend! (that may be a weather man prank we'll have to see) Enjoy the views and let's be careful out there people!

Thursday, March 31st 2016 ~ The last day of March is rolling down the driveway ~ before the month is out will someone answer the now almost 6 year old quiz question (the 10th quiz back in 2009!!)??? We did get a correct answer in to the previously unanswered 1st quiz of 2015! As we are rapidly approaching beyond late a quick Happy Birthday to Marge Piercy (if you haven't read Woman on the Edge of Time this would be a great day to remedy that), and a Joyeux Anniversaire(!) to the Eiffel Tower, dedicated this day back in 1889. And now... get on to the views and solving ancient riddles ~ Enjoy! ~

Wednesday, March 30th 2016 ~ Today is an excellent day for not worrying about making a mistake as it is the 158th anniversary of the day in 1858, that Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia patented (No. 19,783) the first pencil to have an attached eraser. Pencils date back to the Romans (who used actual lead), have been made of nontoxic graphite since 1564, were first mass-produced in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1662, are yellow in association with Chinese royalty (best graphite came from China), and a single pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, or write around 45,000 words!! (should anyone test either of those statistics please, oh please, let us know) We prefer to think that the yellow is used to remind us of Van Gogh's yellow period and as it is his birthday ~ we're sticking to that. Last words to Vincent ~ who would have also, we believe, appreciated the views from the driveway... if only he had known about them (click pictures for larger views...) ~ To do good work, one must eat well, be well housed, have one's fling from time to time, smoke one's pipe, and drink one's coffee in peace ~



Tuesday, March 29th 2016 ~ We didn't get to see the parade yesterday due to technical difficulties but we heard (from those who did catch it online) that it was quite the success ~ we're going to type quietly this morning for everyone who may be recovering from a little too much celebrating! Might be a good day to check in on some nests, or shore lines as you work your way back up to speed. Also a good day for catching up on quizzes that remain answerless (there are 2, one from 2009(!!), and one from 2015), and/or for entering contests... enjoy ~

Monday, March 28th 2016 ~ It's that time again.... Dyngus Day!!! Things are hopping in Cleveland, Buffalo, South Bend ... you name it there is (maybe) a Dyngus Day celebration happening. Here on the driveway too. Well okay, not so's you'd notice, but we're celebrating anyway. And now it's pierogis (or your favorite) all around ~ enjoy the parades (the one in Buffalo starts at 5, can't make it? you can watch here), the views, and don't forget to gather ye pussy willows while ye may ~



Sunday, March 27th 2016 ~ A very Hoppy Easter to all ~ however you celebrate the day we hope it's a good one for you. Today is the anniversary of the first cherry trees planted in Washington, D.C. in 1912. Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the Japanese government, of 3,020 cherry trees to the U.S. government. After World War II, cuttings from Washington’s cherry trees were sent back to Japan to restore the Tokyo collection that was decimated by American bombing attacks during the war. So what better view than the Cherry Blossom Festival ~ one of these days a road trip is in order to see them in person and not just on camera. But until then... enjoy the views (and any chocolate that might have appeared in your environs!)



Saturday, March 26th 2016 ~ The Elite Eight will start to become the Final Four today ~ you only get to be elite for so long you know. To celebrate that (?) and National Spinach Day we'll take a quick check in on the cherry blossoms (you celebrate your way, we'll celebrate ours) and check in with the Easter Rabbits (who also appreciate spinach and probably cherry blossoms too!) as they continue training for tomorrow's delivery marathon ~ There will be some marathon running around here as well with several trips out and, grid willing, back on this beautiful Saturday ~ enjoy whatever hopping around of views or places you have to do today ~

Friday, March 25th 2016 ~ Easter Weekend is here ~ (and probably where you are too). It's also Cherry Blossom Festival time in DC and the camera is up and running for a look at the beautiful blooms. The festival runs until April 17th, the blooms run until they are done. (sort of like our contest also in full bloom until it's done) Today is also Tolkien Reading Day (and in Sweden it's Waffle Day too!). And as hobbits are known to enjoy cherry blossoms (and they really enjoy waffles) you may just find one should you stop under a cherry tree to enjoy a waffle, or read a bit of Tolkien today. And who knows you may find a hobbit reading some Tolkien under a cherry tree in Michigan (look for a scarf amid the snow) or maybe even hanging around this Cherry Orchard in London? You can never tell with hobbits. Enjoy the blossoms, the stories, the waffles, and the views ~

Thursday, March 24th 2016 ~ Yep, snow on the ground. But it is okay because it's supposed to get into the 50's today...between flurries. Ah March. Speaking of which the Madness returns today (yay!) and because we are nothing if not predictable, it is time to head out to Coney Island in honor of Lawrence Ferlinghetti one of our birthday boys for today. It is also the birthday of Harry Houdini so before we escape to the views a look at Budapest where he was born ~ Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 ~ Running late today (okay, well everyday) so just a quick nod to all you puppies out there as today is National Puppy Day! And because we are late we are going to use a couple of last years puppy watching links ~ which are lovely none the less ~ for watching puppies in in Washington ~ as well as 4 (!) cameras of Schnauzer puppies here ~ with a new link to a great dane service dog cam (2 of them were having a great time running around just now when we checked in!) Enjoy the views ~ and don't forget the contest (7 winners so far, many more to go)(today might be a good day for contest watching, just saying...)     :)

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 ~ Sometimes just watching a driveway, or a coy pond, or mountains, or some nesting storks, or the tide come in and go out in Cornwall, is a good thing. Today may be one of those times.

Monday, March 21st 2016 ~ A most HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ms. Lydia!!! Cake and ice cream all around!!! With 25 candles to light up the day!!!! (and if Abbotts were open we'd have a banana shake in her honor) ~ today is also the 135th anniversary of the day that Stanley set off to find Livingston (we presume, since we read that somewhere). Stanley started his search when he landed in Zanzibar and while we're pretty sure he didn't see this, it's a view of Zanzibar none the less. And while he is off wandering (through time and Africa) for Livingston, we'll wander too. Our first stop, to see if maybe he's in Montana? (if you spot him let Stanely and all of us (!) know) Enjoy the ice cream, cake, break from the madness to catch your breath, the memories of turning 25 if you can remember back that far (Lydia you can just enjoy turning 25!!!), and of course the views ~

Sunday, March 20th 2016 ~ It's here ~ spring! Happy Vernal Equinox!! It got here quite early this year (wandered in at 12:30 this morning, nicely taking it's shoes off so as not to wake anyone up). And while temperatures are clinging to winter, the sun is shining to remind us as we stand on point here today... there is no denying we are about to plunge into ever lengthening days, as the aforementioned day star begins the race north, with warmer weather, and blooming for a fare thee well on it's heels. So take a minute to sit quietly and enjoy the balance, the views, and our fabulous obliquity (which is currently hanging out at about 23.4 degrees of tilt!) ~

Saturday, March 19th 2016 ~ Okay, now that everyone's bracket is busted...throw 'em out it's time to do a new bracket for the next round! For the falling brackets and for those of you who visit our "Don't Look" page, despite the warning, you know what's coming ~ but for the rest of you ~ drag out the aluminum foil hats and duck and cover because there are 3 near earth objects going to be flying by the neighborhood in next couple of days. Today 2016 CX30 is sailing on past just 0.85 AU away. On Monday the Green Comet 252P/LINEAR, everyone has been talking about zooms by and only 0.036 AU away. This is the fifth closest comet approach on record, currently (just saying) and on Tuesday P/2016 BA14 is coming even closer at 0.0227 AU! (we aren't even going to mention 2016 CY135 on Wednesday (0.0359 AU)) So, while you still have a chance...check out Graceland! (?) as it was on this very day back in 1957 that Elvis put the down payment on it!! Enjoy (and good luck in bracketing and in dodging comets) ps ~ An Astronomical Unit is the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun. In 2012, the International Astronomical Union defined the distance to be 149,597,870,700 meters.

Friday, March 18th 2016 ~ So lots of brackets hitting the ground yesterday... by the end of the day of the 13 million(!) brackets submitted online to ESPN...only 14,525 were still intact! LOL, gotta love the madness. The tournament is never a walk in the park as half of the teams get their walking papers every single day it's on ~ and while no one wants to get knocked out of the tournament, today is generally a good day to take a walk, about, in the park, down the driveway, on the wild side, or out in space on the anniversary of the day Alexksy Leonov left his spacecraft through the airlock to become the first man to climb out of a spacecraft and take a walk in space! (51 years ago today). So put on your best plimsolls (or spacesuit and tether) and head on out (just be sure to come back in for the views and some more basketball) ~ Enjoy ~

Thursday, March 17th 2016 ~ On this very festive day, adding to the festivities is the 60th (!) birthday of one Mike Jones!!! (of the Russell Ky Mike Jones') We hope it's a very happy day for him and the start of a great year. Happy Birthday Old Guy! They are already celebrating his birthday over in Dublin ~ you can check out the party at O'Shea's our favorite Irish Pub to watch ~ and for those of you who took a shine to The Temple Bar, here it is again too! It's possible the pubs might also be celebrating Maewyn Succat's Day (St. Patrick's name when he was alive, and not yet a saint), but whatever they are celebrating it's always fun to check in on them to watch people who are wearing green eventually turn green.... So raise a pint (or 2) to Mike and Maewyn ~ and if you don't like green beer, there is always green tea to go with your toasts (or cake)! Enjoy ~

Wednesday, March 16th 2016 ~ It was 50 years ago today that Kristi first paid a visit to the planet! (Happy Birthday Kristi!) And it was just 90 years ago today that Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket, in 1926. Inspired by reading H.G. Wells War of the Worlds he began experimenting in the late 1800's. After getting a grant from the Smithsonian (the government wasn't interested in space travel), and publishing a paper (received with great ridicule) on rockets that could reach the moon, his experimenting and research led to this day in 1926, in Auburn, Massachusetts, when the 10-foot liquid-fueled rocket he launched achieved a height of 41 feet and an average speed of 60 miles per hour. And space travel took off (more or less) 41 years later Sputnik was launched, 43 years later men were walking on the moon, and today there are rovers on Mars, and more on the way, there are man made ships all over the solar system and beyond! So for goodness sake... in between viewing, read a book!

Tuesday, March 15th 2016 ~ The Ides of March they are upon us ~ and it's a busy ides. It's moving day for the divine Ms. Em!! (we wish her luck, from this side of the driveway, happily bowing out of the actual moving part today) And March Madness starts today ~ did you get your brackets filled out yet? What are you waiting for? Today is also the 190th anniversary of the day Maine became a state ~ a good day for all ~ interestingly (well, to us) Maine is the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River. (Just a little drivewaycam help should you ever be on Jeopardy and that comes up) And lastly, but not leastly, today is the day the buzzards return to the Hinckley Reservation in Cleveland Ohio, a sure sign spring is gesrponging. So watch for moving vans, basket balls, and buzzards (you never know what might wander onto or past the driveway) and with a look from a lighthouse in Portland, it's off to the ides views ~

Monday, March 14th 2016 ~ Happy Pi Day!!! May it be filled with irrational amounts, infinite amounts even, of your favorite flavor of pi(e) (where e does not equal pi r squared!) ~ we hope you enjoy some of Einstein's favorite (it's his birthday after all), Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, while you are filling out your brackets. The validity of your brackets is unknown, but one constant you can count on is a delightful piece of pie (with ice cream, or whipped cream, or both!!) Enjoy the views and enjoy the slices of the action on driveway as we serve them up for you 22/7 (as they say!) ~

Sunday, March 13th 2016 ~ It's Selection Sunday, the madness is coming ~ and we lost an hour getting here!! That is (as you may recall we love doing the collective): approximately 315,160,544 hours lost overnight in the United States (or 35,977.23 years gone ~ poof!!)(and yes, don't write in, we've taken Arizona and Hawaii out of the calculation). Luckily however this is a leap year and back in February we gained 7,755,853,056 hours (Arizona and Hawaii included) so we're really looking at a net gain of 7,440,692,512 hours (or 849,394.12 extra years to use this year!!!!) Even after allowing for extra naps given the extra hours....2016 could be quite the year!! So, if you are feeling tired today it's not from the hours lost, it's from the years gained!! Seems like this would be a good time to go enjoy the views ~

Saturday, March 12th 2016 ~ Before the light and Madness descends upon us all with Selection Sunday tomorrow and springing ahead overnight, a quick Happy Birthday today to Jack Kerouac, Edward Albee, and to James Taylor (even though he likes the Red Sox)(we're blaming it on confusion in his old age) ~ and then it's off to this sunny (at least on the Driveway) Saturday. Enjoy the views and, given the comings and goings in the pipeline today, enjoy the potentially winning views today too!

Friday, March 11th 2016 ~ We borrowed the blurb division yesterday to help process all the contest entries and winners ~ it's been a deluge (Cheryl has quite the driveway cam eye!) so they missed their update and almost missed it today. However the blurb would not be denied! It was this very day back in 1818 that Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein was published, as well as the very day back in 1952 that Douglas Adams first began his hitchhiking on this planet. Where he is hitchhiking now we don't know but we hope he's enjoying the trip! It is also the day back in 1918 that the first cases of what would become the influenza pandemic were reported in the U.S ~ so take a towel with you today while viewing (as always, with thanks to Douglas for the tip) but take some hand sanitizer along with you too.... just in case!

Wednesday, March 9th 2016 ~ We wish to wish Amerigo Vespucci (1451) and Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934) Happy Births-day ~ they are, respectively, the first person to realize Columbus found a new continent, and the first person to go into space. Today is also the day in 1961 that the first animal returned safely from space, a dog named Chernushka, aboard Sputnik 9. In almost as cultural changing results today is also the day in 1858, that the first U.S. patent for a street mailbox was patented by Albert Potts of Philadelphia (No.19,578). Thank you Albert, Amerigo, Yuri and Chernushka for all of your contributions ~ We say it's a good day to get out there and mail something, in honor of them all! When not reviewing the views of course ~



Tuesday, March 8th 2016 ~ Today is Pebble Day ~ no matter how you serve it up. For today is Unique Names Day, and it is International Women's Day (still needed as the search for parity continues), and it is National Pancake Day (while we have no empirical evidence that Pebble likes pancakes, it is a free short stack, just saying, and who doesn't like free pancakes for a good cause!?!?)! So get to your nearest IHOP, and take a Pebble with you if you can!!! p.s. ~ new rules posted for the Driveway Cam Contest underway

Monday, March 7th 2016 ~ Spring is definitely in the air. The Nest Watching Links are now back! (here and in the table below). The Christmas/Winter links are tucked away on the retired page (but still available for viewing from there since they are lovely even without snow) and we had our first Contest Winner yesterday ~ will there be a winner today? Check yesterday's note, or the contest page here. And as thoughts turn to spring and spring pursuits... it was on this very date, in 1857, that it was decided a baseball game would be made up of nine innings instead of 21 "aces" or runs. The National Association of Baseball Players decided this, and we thank them for their decision as we wander the spring training games. Enjoy ~

Sunday, March 6th 2016 ~ A Happy 65th Anniversary to still our favorite dilatant fluid after all these years ~ If you can't get out to buy an egg of the stuff... you can always make your own! Today is also the offical start of the Iditarod ~ or the restart in Willow if you will (and we know some of you will). In honor of the birthday of Michelangelo (?) and silly putty (well, they both could reproduce amazing pictures) ~ and he is tired of surprise parties ~ a new contest! If you spot anything on the driveway that is not normally on the driveway (the little blue wagon parked doesn't count for example), or anything that is usually on the driveway but in a different place on the driveway (the little blue wagon leaving or returning for example), or if you see anything or anyone walking/driving past, over, around or on the driveway..(Jim shoveling for example, or a school bus going by) take a screen shot of it and send it in, along with your snail mail address. If you get it here within 2 hours of the time stamped on the picture we'll send you a prize! Contest lasts until we run out of prizes. So show us what you've seen on drivewaycam and we'll show you we appreciate your viewing ~ rules will be posted soon, once we are done making them up. Enjoy the views and the lovely day ~

Saturday, March 5th 2016 ~ Spring is in the air a bit ~ and nothing says spring like hip-swiveling!?!?! That's right it's time to drag out the Hula Hoops which were patented on this day in 1963. It was already a huge fad with an estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops sold in the first four months of production when first marketed by Wham-O in 1958! So grab your hoops, swivel those hips (or arms, or necks, or....) and enjoy the views ~

Friday, March 4th 2016 ~ The first weekend is March is getting underway and with it comes... National Grammar Day! You may want to celebrate with a quiz (we got an embarrassing 19/22 but we choose to blame some of it on poor reading skills, not grammatical errors (as well as one over zealous finger twitch registering a wrong answer))(lol). This weekend we'll be working on getting the nest watching links sorted out and posted as well as do some other spring cleaning around the joint. Until then...enjoy the views and sing along with Al today, maybe even before you take the quiz!

Thursday, March 3rd 2016 ~ Today is one of those days where you just never know who you'll meet, or what you'll hear. It is the day back in 1931 that President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States, and in other musical numbers few of us can perform news, it is also the day back in 1875 that the opera Carmen was performed for the first time. It's the day Helen Keller first met Annie Sullivan (in 1887), and it's the day Alexander Graham Bell was born (1847). Just 39 years later he and Helen would meet for the first time and begin their lifelong friendship. (He is the person who referred the Kellers to the Institute where Annie worked). So here's to new people, new tunes, and new views for us all today ~ click picture for larger view of Helen, Alexander, and Annie



Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 ~ On a short little driveway, in upstate New York, / A small cam kept a watch on from dawn until dark. / It watched and it watched as the world wandered by / Almost nothing escaped it's rarely faltering eye ~ / It looked for the Sneetches and Cindy Lou Who, / The Zizzer Zazzer Zuzz and Thing One and Thing Two, / But mostly it watched as the days rolled on down, / Waiting until finally March rolled around. / And then when it did one more day it did view / Until it could wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO…… / No not Mayzie McGrew, not Yink and not Gack, / Not Bartholomew Cubbins, not Horton, not Max, / Not red fish, nor blue fish, nor Green Eggs, nor Ham, / Not Warren Wiggins and not Sam I Am, / Not the Yooks or the Zooks, nor the Cat in the Hat, / Nor Conrad Cornelious O'Donald O'Dell, tho' I will say that/ He joined in the singing and sang out quite well. / The birthday the webcam longed to salute/ Was the birthday of his favorite, the dear / Dr. Seuss! / (with apologies to Dr. Seuss and all his creatures great and small, But still Happy Birthday to One and to All!)

Tuesday, March 1st 2016 ~ A new month, the start of spring training, and the return from space, after 1 year up there(!!!!), of astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, along with a launch to space!!! How do we fit it all in??? You can watch Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko as they leave the ISS live on NASA TV or right here of course. Farewells and the handover ceremony start at 4:15pm (eastern) and the undocking starts at 7:45pm (eastern). Baseball starts at 1:05 pm (eastern)! The Space X launch attempt is tonight with a launch window opening at 6:35 p.m. at Cape Canaveral (watch here). And for your partying needs...it's also St. David's Day so get your leeks on!!! With a St. David's Day Hello from Space then it is off to ~ Fwynhau'r Golygfeydd!

Monday, February 29th 2016 ~ Well it's been 1461 days since we've last seen the driveway on this day ~ Happy Intercalary Day! Before you leap off into a discussion about if it's been 1461 days or 1460, or if it is redundant to say day after intercalary these days since we rarely go adding months anymore let me just say... Happy Birthday to all you leaplings out there! Been waiting awhile to use that accurately for you, and just learned the word leapling so had to throw it in. :) Among the ranks of leaplings are Dinah Shore and our hero Herman Hollerith! (the father of modern automatic computation who saw the importance of what wasn't there)(a skill he may have picked up from Sherlock Holmes and dogs that don't bark... you never know) Enjoy this extra day and all the extra viewing you can do ~

Sunday, February 28th 2016 ~ Saturday slipped in and out of here too quickly for the blurb division ~ but Sunday is shining on and hopefully we'll get this posted before it's gone! It's Take Your Double Helix To Lunch day as we celebrate the day back in 1953 that Watson and Crick announced that they had determined the double-helix structure of DNA! Since your helix won't stop nagging you until you click here for this year's gene joke before you can move on... its shoulders back, and click away ~ Enjoy your lunch, the sunshine, and the views ~



Friday, February 26th 2016 ~ The last Friday of February is upon us (and the driveway) already ~ it's a short month and it's really fleet of foot too! Today is the day we head out west in our views to celebrate not 1 but 2 National Parks established 10 years apart...the Grand Canyon (south rim view here) in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929. And if you can't actually head out west physically to visit the park, you can always visit from the driveway! You can also do quizzes from the driveway which brings us, coincidentally or not, to a new quiz to view as well! Enjoy ~

Thursday, February 25th 2016 ~ It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, especially if you like grey, overcast, and rainy! And we do because it's the perfect sort of day for ~ National Chili Day!! So whatever way (2,3,4 or 5!) you like it, no matter if you like it hot, mild, with beans, without, sweet, savory, vegetarian, with beef, or pork, or chicken, or any combination thereof, with pineapple (!?), chocolate (we do love our Skyline), rattlesnake, elk, or kangaroo (no! not 'roo!) ~ put a pot on to simmer away while you watch the views. Yum... and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 ~ In 1839, on this day, Mr. William Smith Otis, from Philadelphia, Penn., was issued a U.S. patent for the steam shovel (No. 1,089) for excavating and removing earth from railroads or canals. And with it the terra-forming kicked up a notch! We're off to the views with a couple of stops along the way, in St. Paul first and then to the train depot in Denali (once the sun rises), and finally to Missouri for some train spotting (the first row of cameras work) along the rails Mr. Otis helped provide. Enjoy ~

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 ~ Back in the old days when people appreciated vaccines.... the first large clinical trial of Salk's polio vaccine began on this date in 1954. A group of children from Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. It would later be replaced by a vaccine developed by Sabin but it was a start. There is still no cure for polio but the use of vaccines has virtually eliminated polio in the United States. Always a good thing. And now it's off to the views before a winter storm (of sleet they say) moves in this evening on the driveway.....

Sunday, February 21st 2016 ~ The Happiest of Birthdays today to Aunt Joyce who is turning.... the atomic number of mercury, the age that matches the number of the interstate that stretches from New York to San Francisco, and the number of years that equals the number of days it took Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg and Passepartout to go around the world!! Keep your passport up to date Aunt Joyce ~ we may not get all the way around but you never know when we'll finally take that trip to London!! Much love and many thanks for your example on how to navigate the years gracefully ~ here's to the next sum-of-Euler's-totient-function-f(x)-over-the-first-sixteen-integers years!!!

Saturday, February 20th 2016 ~ A quick Happy Birthday to the Post Office as it was this very day back in 1792 that President George Washington established the United States Post Office! Send them a card! They'd love hearing from you!!! :) If the snow melts off the roof enough you may notice a guest car in the driveway. We are happy to have Jess's car hanging out here with us while she is away and if you should happen to catch it frolicking on the driveway with a bout of cats-away syndrome or something ... don't tell her! And now it's on to the views ~ Enjoy ~

Friday, February 19th 2016 ~ In honor of the rescue of the Donner party which took place this very day back in 1847 there will be no links to recipes today ~ we will however take the concept of "party" out of the hands of the Donners and place it more correctly with Thomas Alva Edison who was awarded U.S. Patent No. 200,521 for his invention of the phonograph on this day in 1878. So crank up the sound (on your phone or PC) and listen to a recording made by Mr. Edison on tin foil (!) now restored from 1878 while you enjoy the views ~

Thursday, February 18th 2016 ~ The snow is still bringing light unto the world even as it's created caverns to drive through ~ not unlike the crevices of Pluto, seen by New Horizon (and the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh (who discovered Pluto this very day back in 1930), and shared with us (!!) just last July 14th!! ~ and as always on any day that has anything to do with Pluto we suggest some Pluto Cake, Sauce, and Ice-cream ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday, February 17th 2016 ~ We are so excited about the snow adorning the driveway! Somewhere between 16-18 inches when all was said and done ~ and it's lovely! The car got a mohawk to celebrate and the deck became bedecked ~ it is all too fabulous! It sets our heart to thumping ~ which birthday boy René Theophile Hyacinthe Laënnec (1781) knew all about as he is the inventor of the stethoscope. So cake and ice-cream all around (that will get your heart thumping too!) and it's on to the lovely snowy views ~ click pictures for larger views of the lovely, lovely, snow!!!



Tuesday, February 16th 2016 ~ Late this morning because the blurb division couldn't tear themselves away from the local traffic cams ~ 6 inches of snow in 4 hrs caused some problems that have been addicting to watch! If you check out the view from yesterdays blurb you'll notice (still as of 10:42 am) a jackknifed truck that has gotten sorted out but is now broken down but at least traffic is moving around it...(sometimes pushed around it) and the Bay Bridge is a constant source of entertainment although not, we're sure, for the people on it. Today is (in other news) the day in 600 that Pope Gregory the Great declared that "God Bless You" was the response to a sneeze! So there you have it, and now we have got to get back to the traffic (and some other local snowy views) ~ enjoy!!!

Monday, February 15th 2016 ~ It is the birthday of many today, two of which are kindred spirits in many ways. Both Galileo Galilei and Susan B. Anthony challenged the prevailing views of their times and corrected incorrectly held beliefs. We are, in fact, not the center of the universe and women should/can/and do vote! Galileo said, "In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.", which applies to areas of rights as well. Stay in and stay warm (and dry) while you tour the universe, or look around Ms Anthony's house here in Rochester or watch the ramp to the bridge bearing her name

Sunday, February 14th 2016 ~ Happy Valentines Day! We are celebrating here with snow (yay!) and a temperature of -11! And of course today is the day of the Polar Plunge in Rochester ~ too cold for some of us to even contemplate much less do any plunging into Lake Ontario! The Plunge takes place at noon, so... plenty of time for it to warm up by then!!!! (oye!) If jumping into a lake on Valentines Day for charity doesn't warm your heart, then it's back to bed (where the entire staff of Driveway Cam International is headed), with a cup of hot tea and maybe another blanket or two...



Saturday, February 13th 2016 ~ Winter stopped by for a visit and the blurb division is under their respective covers shivering as the wind chill measures out at something like... -30! So a quick note and then we are off to watch the wind and snow and temperatures (yep, it's so cold you can see the temperatures change!) from a nest of blankets, hot tea, and books. Today is the birthday of William B. Shockley (born in 1910) who shared in a Nobel Prize in 1956 for the development of the transistor which ultimately made driveway cam possible ~ It's also the day 10 years before their Nobel Prize, that the world's first digital computer was first demonstrated. ENIAC (the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator) occupied a room 30 by 50 feet and was built out of some 17,468 electronic vacuum tubes, and was, in its time, the largest single electronic apparatus in the world. (Luckily Shockley and friends enabled the change needed to go from warehouse sized computers to pocket sized (and smaller!) computers not long after that). So thanks to ENIAC, Bill, and friends, for all their amazing knowledge collectively allowing us to watch the driveway! :) Enjoy, and everyone in the blues and purples...stay in and stay warm!

Friday, February 12th 2016 ~ Today is a great day for birthdays as it is the birthday of (among others) Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin ~ it is also the day in 1973 that the first (ever)(and maybe since?) U.S. metric distance road signs were erected ~ they were placed along Interstate 71 in Ohio (!). [congress initiated a study in 1968, in 1971 a report recommended a switch to the metric system and established a 10-year target time to accomplish it, and in 1975 The Metric Conversion Act planned a voluntary conversion to the metric system, which voluntarily still has the majority of the country saying "huh?" and puts us as one of 3 countries (IN THE WORLD) that have not adopted the metric system as their official system of weights and measures. Yep, it's the US, Myanmar (Burma), and Liberia.....] and on that note it's off to cake and ice-cream for all of today's birthday folks ~ enjoy!



Thursday, February 11th 2016 ~ First and foremost ~ a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jessie!!!! Have a great day Jessie and a wonderful year ahead!!! Secondly (but almost as importantly(?)) We have snow! Winter has decided to stop by for a quick visit and we couldn't be happier!!! We just hope it stays around awhile (and brings some more flakes) ~ Today is also the 42nd day of the year, which is the same number (as readers of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will know) that is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. Enough said for the day then! Except perhaps to point out it is not the answer to today's quiz.... onward quizzlers, ever onward! Enjoy ~

Wednesday, February 10th 2016 ~ It was 54 years ago today that American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers was released by the Soviets in exchange for Soviet Colonel Rudolf Abel ~ at the Glienicke Bridge, which connected East and West Berlin across Lake Wannsee. If you haven't seen the movie "Bridge of Spies", today might be a good day to do that! We'll leave you with a view of Potsdam (which is the city on the other side of the bridge) ~ Enjoy all the views and the snow on the driveway (we'll be enjoying that!!!) ~

Tuesday, February 9th 2016 ~ We may not be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras today (more's the pity) but we can check in on the happenings ~ so put on your beads, watch some Bourbon Street, or any of the other cams from Earthcam or from NOLA.COM ~ and don't forget that the Rex parade starts at 11:00 eastern! Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!!!!!

Monday, February 8th 2016 ~ Happy New Year! It is, on the Chinese calendar, the year 4713 ~ which is the Year of the Monkey and that alone should make it a great year! Who doesn't like Monkeys? And this year is a Fire Monkey year so it should be exciting for all you Monkeys out there, especially you fire monkeys! We'll check out some monkeys, before heading off to watch parades (starting at 5:15 central this Mardi Gras eve) and all the other views ~ much Xinnián hao to all and enjoy the views ~



Sunday, February 7th 2016 ~ It is quite the day today ~ it's the 52nd anniversary of the day Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow landed at New York's Kennedy Airport and "Beatlemania" (along with the Beatles!) arrived in America. It's also "e" day (which you can read more about here). And it is the day back in 1817 that the first public gas street light in the U.S. was lit, in Baltimore, Maryland. If those things don't want to make you invite people over, eat lots of snacks, and yell at your TV (?) we don't think anything today will! We'll end with some pictures that may just bowl you over ~ Enjoy ~



Saturday, February 6th 2016 ~ The blurb division took yet another unscheduled Friday off ~ but they are back for the 51st anniversary of the tribe of banshees leaving US shores to invade England, on the then 13th (talk about luck!) and today's 64th, anniversary of Elizabeth II becoming queen. ELIZABETH! So raise a toast (for Elizabeth, not for the banshees (who did finally return to their homeland, leaving England to recover and secure it's borders)) while you enjoy today's parades which are being held (we're sure) not only for Mardi Gras but also for the pleasure of all drivewaycam viewers every where. Thanks New Orleans! And here's to many many many more years of the reign of Elizabeth II ~



Thursday, February 4th 2016 ~ Tonight is the Muses parade down in New Orleans ~ one of our very favorites! If you can catch it you won't regret it (and we are still trying to figure out how to catch the throws from online...) For the schedule click here, and you can watch from the driveway by clicking here!. Today is also the birthday of one Charles Lindberg who was born this very day in Detroit just a few years (or so) before becoming the first man to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. It's also the day in 1789 that the electoral college unanimously elected George Washington as the first President of the United States, the day that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first released, in 1938, as well as being the day in 1826 that The Last of the Mohicans was first published. All of which is to say... Enjoy the parades!!! :)

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 ~ As of 6:31 this evening (eastern) there is a new unit of measurement in the universe! The divine Ms. Em will hit her 32,313,600th second and for that remarkable achievement the em2016 will be put into use. Particularly useful for measuring vast(!) distances in space and time, the em2016 makes it easier to understand expanses otherwise lost to us. For example, when the em2016 goes into effect Voyager I will no longer be 20,107,000,000 mind numbing miles from earth but rather will be 622.3 em2016s away! The sun is 2.9 em2016s from the earth and the universe is 433.3 em2016 years old! So cake and ice-cream all around (and start collecting those 32,313,600 candles now) as we wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Emily as she turns 1 em2016 ~ hope it is a wonderful day for you and the start of a most remarkable year!



Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 ~ A very happy Groundhog Day to all ~ depending on which Ground Hog you follow you may or may not be getting 6 more weeks of winter. Apparently in PA they have an early spring coming, but in NJ winter rules. The division that strikes US groundhogs is also pervading the work of groundhogs in Canada as the findings are split there as well. So, despite the wide spread touting of the importance of these results .... "weather" you support Punxsutawney Phil, Shubenacadie Sam, Milltown Mel, or Wiarton Willie... it's still anybody's guess if it's going to be spring or winter for the next 6 weeks. Whatever unfolds you can watch it all here ~ enjoy the views ~ (ps ~ not for nothing, just saying, Milltown Mel... only ever been wrong once, while Phil's record since 1988 is right: 13 times and wrong: 15 times)

Monday, February 1st 2016 ~ February on the driveway ~ it's here, the first of 29 days of viewing winter and the fall to spring duke it out. Always a toss up as to who will win the month, but at the moment winter seems to be taking it on the chin. Today is also the day back in 1884 that the first part of the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. It covered from "A" to "Ant" ~ so when you aren't busy viewing you might want to catch up on your dictionary reading. Well, you might. You're the sort of person who watches driveways after all. :) Enjoy ~

Sunday, January 31st 2016 ~ On this day in 1865, 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.' Here, Here. So raise a toast to those enlightened back then and it's on to the views for today ~ The last day of January is playing out across the globe and you have a front row seat, for all the action (?) you can find. One of the highlights of the day is that it is Ann H's birthday in KY and we wish her well and all the best in the coming year! A little bit farther south, in New Orleans, (starting at 11 central) there are parades to view and throws to long after!!! For the schedule click here, and enjoy the views ~

Saturday, January 30th 2016 ~ [second post of the day] We've been very remiss!!! Forget our previous Saturday post ~ It's parade season in New Orleans ~ it got here much quicker than we realized and while we've missed a lot of parades, there are still a lot to go!!! Here is the schedule, and here is where to watch them!!!!!! http://www.nola.com/paradecam/#incart_m-rpt-1 Now ~ grab your beads, some crawfish etouffee, a king cake (or 2) and enjoy the heck out of these fabulous parades!!!! (and mark your calendar for Thursday so you don't miss The Muses!!)



Saturday, January 30th 2016 ~ [first post]Good Afternoon! A late start to one of the last days we'll get to watch January wander the driveway ~ luckily drivewaycam was on the job long before the blurb division! There wouldn't have been this much trouble getting moving back in 1958, in Dallas, when the very first two-way, moving sidewalk, 1,425 feet long, was put in service at Love Field Air Terminal ~ It's also the very day a few years earlier, in 1790, that the first lifeboat built specially to rescue people from stormy sea, the Original, was first tested at sea (and went on to be used to save lives for over 40 years!) All in all a good day for watching January on any the views and checking out the coastal views as well.

Thursday, January 28th 2016 ~ Running very late ~ amazed to realize that today is the 30th "anniversary" (seems like an odd word) of the Challenger accident. 30 years ago? How is that possible? Don't have any more shuttles, can't get to the moon, but with sights set on Mars it's off to the views taking our memories with us. Oh, and stopping in to say Hello to Curiosity! (with more than it's sights already on Mars!)

Wednesday, January 27th 2016 ~ we like to , and take time to say to Mendeleev ~ the man who created the Periodic Table of Elements. Since he was this very day in (in 1834) a few views of the area are in order (what order we're not saying, that's up to since Dmitri has retired) ~



Tuesday, January 26th 2016 ~ We are celebrating the founding of a penal colony (Australia) today as well as the birthday of Ellen DeGeneres who was born this very day back in 1958. In both of their honors how about a Quandong Pie? Lovely with some vanilla ice cream we've heard and any friend of vanilla ice cream is a friend of ours ~ you can enjoy some birthday pie while checking out the weather in Australia today (and soon tomorrow today as it turns out) as well as checking out the weather along the roads in Louisiana where Ellen was born. Enjoy the pie and the views ~

Monday, January 25th 2016 ~ First up a belated Happy Birthday to Patti Beth! Her birthday was on Saturday and the calendar division of the blurb department blew it. We hope it was a great day for you Patti Beth and that the whole year that just started for you is an amazing one! And secondly, if any of our viewers are attending a Burns Supper tonight, in honor of poet Robert Burns, we'd like to say a) haggis? really? and b) our favorite poem is To A Mouse and we wish we could recite it Wi’ the murd’ring pattle it deserves! (maybe that's what the scotch and haggis are for?) Being such a prolific...poet... even thou he died at age 37 (in 1796(!)), as of 2012 he still had more than 600 living descendants across the world. Cheers to Rabbie and Enjoy the views (11:45 am the one of the Robert Burns center in Dumfries wasn't working, so instead nice view of Shetland (with others to select)) ~

Saturday, January 23rd 2016 ~ The storm marches on, and while this is the day back in 1957 that Wham-O rolled out the first batch of Frisbees we think there will not be many of them tossed around today along the eastern seaboard (or really from about the Mississippi to the Atlantic! Check out the map for your best viewing options, get your hot chocolate and popcorn ready, and view away ~ the traffic cams in DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston are always good bets, as are the coastal views (even Florida's coasts are in the mix). Again, be careful out there, stay warm, stay in when you can, and enjoy the views from some place warm. Be a viewer, not a viewee! Here are a couple of current shots (from traffic cams) from DC, along the road to and in Baltimore, and the last from Philadelphia ~



Friday, January 22nd 2016 ~ Let it Snow ~ our snow event is mainly over here sadly, however things are snowy and beautiful (and tricky for driving so be careful out there) for the folks in the Kentucky area and all the other spots on the map that are getting blanketed! It's going to be a crazy weekend weather wise so settle in (did you get your snacks?) and enjoy watching the snow fall as the storm marches east (through DC, Philadelphia, NYC, etc) ~ check out the traffic cams, and the east coastal views especially (but any of the shore views are good). Stay warm, stay in when you can, and enjoy all the views. (some pictures from our roving reporters in Kentucky ~ the view from Hannah's house this morning, Pebble's house yesterday, as well as the view from coy cam (which you can always check live!)



Thursday, January 21st 2016 ~ The weather continues to dominate the hearts and minds of most of the areas where we have most of our viewers (okay making that plural might be a bit of a stretch, but we're going for it). The blurbettes took a day off to play in the snow, but forgot to warn us (we just realized it (it's 2:30)) ~ luckily driveway cam made it to work on time and has been proudly updating the view of the driveway every 10 minutes and even caught the snowplow (with a little help, but caught it none the less). Stay warm, drive safely, enjoy the views ~ and do send us pictures of your driveway in the snow! :)



Wednesday, January 20th 2016 ~ This date is, every four years, Inauguration Day ~ we won't get to use it as such until next year this time but we'll celebrate it anyway today with a new quiz! A little something to ponder as you watch the snow fall on the driveway. Two of drivewaycam's favorite things, pondering and snow! It's cold out there and there are storm clouds already in some viewer areas and approaching others so stay warm, make sure you have some snacks on hand now (to avoid the rush), and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, January 19th 2016 ~ If The Raven were written today there'd be no talk of dreary, rather he'd be quoth'ing "Now there's Snow" ~ sure it's a stretch but it's what we've got on this the 207th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. We don't have a new quiz but The Guardian published one for you and if you send us your score we'll add the highest one to the quizzlers winners list! Now it's time to get back to the tintinabulation that so musically swells in our heads when we ponder the merriment of this crystalline delight ~

Monday, January 18th 2016 ~ Today is the day we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr ~ so many of you will have much more time today to reflect and wander the views. Today is also the day we celebrate the birth of A.A. Milne, who brought us words of peace and non violence jn a slightly different vein, as well as the birthday of Peter Roget who brought us many different ways to express ourselves on everything! Since his Thesaurus was first printed in 1852 with its initial 15,000 words (after almost 50 years of him working on it!) it has never been out of print and now contains more than a quarter of a million words. The weather here is delightful today, snow flurries all day are possible (yay!) so settle in, listen to the quiet of the snow, and enjoy the views ~ ~ Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~ Pooh

Sunday, January 17th 2016 ~ Snow and rumors of snow... according to the Weather Authority (!) it's been snowing here all morning. Apparently the driveway is in an area patrolled by snow pirates who must be very busy this morning. So we will wish Benjamin Franklin a Happy Birthday flakelessly (so far). We will be watching the stars receed tonight (should the sky clear from all the snow) thanks to Edwin Hubble who on this day in 1929 let us know that the universe is expanding (just as our view of it does everyday thanks to the telescope bearing his name). So cake all around (we want to be expanding too) and it's on to the views ~

Saturday, January 16th 2016 ~ In honor of the first book of Don Quixote being published this very day back in 1605 we are off to tilt at windmills and other lofty pursuits and/or adventures. Or we may read about tilting at windmills ~ just have to see which way the wind blows (and while we are waiting to see that, we'll watch some more Netherlands live)(love these cams) ~ Enjoy sallying forth and send us a postcard from La Mancha if you get there! :)

Friday, January 15th 2016 ~ We're running late, we know you are shocked, and so just enough time for a tip of the crown to Elizabeth I who was crowned queen of England just 457 years ago today! Pinkies up!! And now it's off to the views, of London and beyond, on this mostly middle day of the first month of the year ~ enjoy ~

Thursday, January 14th 2016 ~ Here's to you Joe DiMaggio and you Marilyn Monroe too as it was this day back in 1954 that they wed. Had they made it past their 1st anniversary (they didn't make it to that anniversary) this would be their 62nd! Today is also National Dress Up Your Pet Day ~ we don't know why it is, or why someone would want to, but there you have it. Enjoy however you spend the day celebrating either of those and enjoy the views as well!

Wednesday, January 13th 2016 ~ Hang on to your mittens ~ we actually got some snow!!! Enough to almost cover almost all of the ground even! Yay!!!! Makes it an even happier Rubber Ducky Day. And, as we just found out, it's also National Peach Melba Day so party on! With a node to Galileo who, on this very day in 1610, discovered Callisto, the fourth satellite of Jupiter; as well as a nod to Helmut Schenk, who, on this very day in 1942, when the very first use of an ejection seat to save a pilot was made, was that pilot! And with that lovely collection statements the only conclusion possible (non sequitur-ial(?) as it may be) ~ enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 ~ Well Monday came and went on the driveway without the blurbettes getting their act together ~ luckily Drivewaycam was keeping an eye on things anyway. Today the rumors of snow continue while the appearance of snow is lacking....So we will wish Jack London a Happy Birthday, and as it's Bean Day in Nebraska we'll suggest some cake (we've had this cake, it's amazing!!) for celebrating while reading some London, or just going off into the wild to wander the views ~

Sunday, January 10th 2016 ~ For reasons beyond our ken today is No Pants Subway Ride day in NYC. So enjoy the ride (?) and/or be forewarned (and send us pictures if you are there!). Meanwhile it's all pants all the time day on the driveway (just saying) as we await the return of winter (Winter is coming! The purple is spreading this way) ~ with snow they are saying! A high in the 50's today is going to be blown out of here with the high winds they are warning us about and the snow will be blown in with, and on the backside of, those same winds ~ yeeeeee ha!!! Check out the traffic cams and snow watching cams and enjoy the views, and, as a general rule, keep your pants on! (a public service announcement) ~

Saturday, January 9th 2016 ~ It is Rub A Balloon On Your Head Day ~ AKA: National Static Electricity Day! If you don't have a balloon, use your winter hat and put it on, take it off, put it on, take it off, put it on (you get the idea). Speaking of balloons, it was this very day in 1793, that Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States. The balloon, filled with hydrogen, took off from Philadelphia, PA, soared to 5,800 feet and eventually wound up some 15 miles away, in Woodbury. We are sure it was a hair raising flight ~ we hope your day is positively shocking, and we don't mean in a negative way. Enjoy the views ~



Friday, January 8th 2016 ~ First Friday of the New Year!!! So a quick Happy Birthday to Stephen Hawking and Elvis Presley and before it gets much later.... on to the views! Enjoy ~

Thursday, January 7th 2016 ~ Today is the celebration of Christmas in the Russian Orthodox Church (per the Julian calendar which they follow) so a very Schastlivogo Rozhdestva!!! And while we are at it a very S Dnem Rozhdeniya to Nicholson Baker, always a favorite on this side of the driveway, as he turns 59 today. The sun is shining, the days are getting longer, there are penguin chicks mucking about in Antarctica.... so what are you doing reading this? On to the views! Enjoy ~

Wednesday, January 6th 2016 ~ With the sun shining so brightly (so far) today it is an easy day to see the light ~ and we are getting another minute more of daylight (and viewing time) today so there is even more light to see. Which is good since this is the Epiphany ~ should you verb-alize that and have an epiphany today, please share, meanwhile, we'll be over here, watching the lights natural and man made on all the views. Here's to a brilliant day all around ~ Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 5th 2016 ~ Happy Twelfth Night! Still loving the snow and still wanting more ~ but a quick little spring break here as today is the day back in 1920 that the New York Yankees announced its purchase of the heavy-hitting outfielder George Herman “Babe” Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for the sum of $125,000! And there was no looking back (except maybe in Boston...). Today is also the day, 13 years after the Babe deal, that construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. So from sea to shining sea today enjoy thoughts of baseball (which could include quiz # 10 still waiting to be answered since 2009!), the snow, and as always, the views!

Monday, January 4th 2016 ~ We at the blurb division of drivewaycam international would like to point out, in case you haven't noticed, that WE GOT SOME SNOW!!!!!!! Quick (and late) blurb today because we are out dancing in the streets. (the legal division insists we point out that is a figure of speech and not an actual description of our activities and that dancing in the streets during snow season (or any season) is not recommended, approved, or encouraged by drivewaycam)(but it is fun (the legal division also insists that we point out they didn't say that!)). Sir Isaac Newton began his dance (which led to us finally having gravity!) this day in 1643, Louis Braille was born this day in 1809 (which is why it is National Braille Day), and Utah joined the dance of the states this very day back in 1896 (new trial cam in their honor). While we ponder what Utah would sound like if there were fingers large enough to read it.... we hope you enjoy the views ~ of Utah and everywhere else ~ Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. ~ Sir Isaac Newton

Sunday, January 3rd 2016 ~ Hard to believe it's already day 3 of year 2016 (or of the Independence of the United States of America the 239th, as Lincoln liked to say). And if that isn't exciting enough we are also under a lake effect advisory! (always a good thing what with being over 25 inches behind in accumulation). Hope your first Sunday of this new year is a relaxing and viewful day ~ (2:50 update ~ just realized this never got posted. those blurbettes are back to their old tricks even in a new year!, also just noticed that drivewaycam didn't restart after the power went out this morning. oops!)

Saturday, January 2nd 2016 ~ Today is the birthday of Isaac Asimov (born in 1920) as well as the day that (then) President Nixon set the national speed limit to 55 back in 1974. So as you race through the stars and the views today, remember you might get a ticket... well, not racing through the views, we have no speed limits for viewing from the driveway! We got a little bit of snow, we hear Tug Hill is, or will be getting whomped, and we are hoping for drier days for everyone living along the flooding rivers in the Mississippi River valley. Whatever your weather, be careful out there, stay warm and dry, and enjoy the views ~

Friday, January 1st 2016 ~ Happy 2016! We hope everyone survived the year changing ~ however you celebrated it. We are working on resolutions for the blurb division ~ including getting some of the family pages updated and out there, trying to get the old unanswered quizzes answered, and maybe a new contest. Watch this space. No don't! Watch all the views, and all the spaces, and when we figure out the new contest we'll let you know. For now, it's a shiny bright new year just waiting to be seen (and it came with snow!!!!)(and with penguin chicks to watch!!!). Enjoy ~



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