I was five years old in 1978 when my mom and dad took my brother and I to see the movie SUPERMAN. Two years later, in 1980, our family drove to Altoona, PA to see THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Both of these pieces of pop-culture, one made me believe a man could fly and the other made me want to be a lightsaber wielding Jedi Knight, grabbed a hold of my imagination and defined my childhood. To this day, my favorite scenes in both of those movies involve icy, frozen landscapes. As a kid I was mesmerized by Superman's "Fortress of Solitude"....and ice covered structure that often served as the Man of Steel's headquarters. Then, in the opening minutes of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, I sat on the edge of my seat as Luke Skywalker, on the frozen planet of Hoth, rode on the back of a beast called a Tauntaun, battled snow creatures, and fought Imperial AT-ATs.
|The view of the valley in Michaux State Forest. The cold air settled in the valley turning the second half of our ride into an icy adventure. -- January 2, 2021|
|Dave Raymond and Chris Keller riding through an icy Michaux State Forest. The ride started dry, but as we descended into the valley the trees were encased in ice...making for an absolutely surreal experience. -- January 2, 2021|
|No snow, but plenty of frozen wind blowing on Robin and I as we hiked Sunset Rocks Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- January 23, 2021|
|Completely bundled up as I made my way up Sunset Rocks through the frozen January temperatures -- January 23, 2021|
|Heavy snow and wind forced me to leave my bike at home and lace up my hiking boots for some local outdoor exercise -- January 31, 2021|
|Plowing my own path through the snow on my Diverge. -- February 6, 2021|
|OHIOPYLE STATE PARK --February 12, 2021|
|Robin and David Raymond taking in the view of Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands from Baughman Rock Overlook in Ohiopyle State Park. -- February 12, 2021|
|The icy Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle State Park -- February 12, 2021|
|Hiking a snow covered Fern Cliff Nature Preserve in Ohiopyle State Park with Robin -- February 12, 2021|
|A great view of the main falls in Ohiopyle -- February 12, 2021|
|Meadow Run is also known as the "natural waterslide" at Ohiopyle State Park. On this particular day it was a place of frozen solitude. -- February 12, 2021|
|A spectacular frozen view of Cucumber Falls -- February 12, 2021|
|David and Robin Raymond visiting Cucumber Falls -- February 12, 2021|
|The inner child came out! I was completely mesmerized by the awesomeness of the frozen Cucumber Falls. -- February 12, 2021|
|A view from behind a wintery Cucumber Falls. -- February 12, 2021|
|Hanging out in my "Fortress of Solitude" in Ohiopyle State Park. -- February 12, 2021|
|Dave Raymond sitting at the base of a cauldron of ice at Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park. -- February 12, 2021|
|Eight year old me sporting my Superman and Empire Strikes Back t-shirts! -- 1981|
Life is a journey...not a destination.
|The frozen temperatures served as the backdrop for the filming of this years first episode of Cooking with Lewis & Clark. Hoe Cakes were on the menu. Eric Gimbi, Dave Raymond, and Mike Graham -- February 15, 2021|
Here are the GARMIN maps and data from some of the adventures featured in this post.