It was about a year ago that we decided we would be putting our home up for sale, and moving somewhere - our destination wasn't decided at the time. But we decided that it was time to downsize a bit (our current landscaped yard is just under 2 acres, and takes a lot of work to maintain!). Much of last year was spent investigating options in the Pittsburgh and Centre County (Happy Valley!) areas. Long story short - we bought a smaller piece of ground in Zion Pennsylvania (Happy Valley!), and signed a construction loan at the end of last October. Nothing started on the property until after the first of January, and last week we found out the foundation was in. Saturday came and it was time for a road trip! (I'll share my adventure from the daytrip first, and the house update at the end).
Most of Pennsylvania was just coming out of a 3 day deep freeze, and as we drove through the higher elevations between Pittsburgh and Centre County, the trees were still caked in a heavy frost that was glistening in the sunlight (a little difficult to capture the beauty while travelling at full speed, but it really was a beautiful ride!).
As we got closer to our property, we stopped for coffee and I noticed my resident eagles hanging out in the sun. We would visit the area known as Fisherman's Paradise after we stopped to see the foundation - there is an eagle's nest in the area --- which was occupied (and stayed occupied the whole time we were there), so I'm thinking this may be a different pair - not sure. Lots of investigation to do once we move!
At Fisherman's Paradise, I found the largest bird track in the snow I've ever seen. The tracks came from the water, so we suspect it is a heron track. I asked Dan to but his hand by the track to better show the size in the picture.
I was on the lookout for ice..
And found these cute little snow people on a picnic table
Fisherman's Paradise is a really beautiful area, as seen in this picture! I'm currently on the lookout for scenic vantage points that I can photograph through the 4 seasons.
Our return ride home, the snow cover helped to define the rolling hills of Pennsylvania.
And we managed to be on road back home as the sun set (once again a little difficult photographing the beauty from inside a moving car!)
In case you wanted to see some of the photos from the new construction, here are a few! Starting with a few piles of stone that had to be dug out in order to put the foundation in.
Perspective and photos are deceiving. This wall is about 54' in length.
I have to say, while i was very excited to see the foundation up, I can't say it was pretty. And the forms were all still on site all over the place. So of course I tried to see if I could somehow create some pictures that were prettier than what it really looked like ...
This photograph shows a view of the foundation from the backyard. The 54' wall (front to back) is to the left in this picture, and the foundation stretches 62' from side to side.
Dan has been worried about the slope of the driveway, so I attempted to capture the lay of the land from where the garage doors will be (right hand side of photo) towards the street. I have confidence our builder will make this acceptable.
And a few snaps of some of the equipment ....
Next visit, we hope to see the walls & roof!
All photographs were taken with a Canon 6DM2 with Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM (Eagle photographs were taken with Canon Powershot SX60 HS)
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