Tag Archive | Upstate

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Signs of All Kinds ~

Okay, I readily admit that these aren’t the best that I can do.  I’ve been completely preoccupied and unable to focus (get it?) on the task Cee put in front of us.  But, it is what it is.  No one is perfect.  There are many other much more talented and focused (!) submissions for this challenge than mine.  Go check them out at Cee’s Photography ~ after you check mine out first, of course!  (click on a photo to enlarge)

I had expected to have a better set of photos for this challenge, but family emergencies took my concentration and time got away from me.  Next week’s challenge should be a better one for me, since I inspired it!  Until then,  TTFN!  Tamara Eckstadt


How To Tell If You’re an Upstate New Yorker, by Jeff Foxworthy ~

I, personally, being a native of upstate New York, found nothing unusual about any of these observations.  And I can unequivocally confirm that every one of them is true.  Read on and lol!
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Jeff Foxworthy
on Upstate New York

If  you consider it a sport to gather your food by
… drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Upstate New York..

If  you’re proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights a year because Saranac Lake is the coldest spot in the nation, and Syracuse
gets more snow than any other major city in the US, you might live in Upstate, NY.

If  your local Dairy Queen is closed from October through May, you might live in Upstate New York.

If you get 131 inches of snow in a week and you comment that ‘winter’s finally
here’, you might live near Oswego in Upstate New York.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live, bundled up, in Upstate New York.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance, and they
don’t work there, you might live in Upstate NY.

If  you have worn shorts and a parka on the same day, you might live in Upstate New York..

If  you have had a lengthy phone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Upstate New York.


“Vacation” means going South past Syracuse for the weekend.

You measure distance in hours.

You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

You often switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again.

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend/wife knows how to
use them.

You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.

You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

Down South to you means Corning.

Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new shed.

You go out for a fish fry every Friday.

Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

You find 10 degrees “a little chilly.” and 55 is shorts weather.

Until we blog again…  TTFN!
~ Tamara Eckstadt

Wintry Upstate New York ~

 Al and I went out looking for good places locally to take some wintry pictures to share, despite the bitter cold wind the sun was out for the most part.

Blowing/drifting snow across a rural road near Jordan, NY

Blowing/drifting snow across a rural road near Jordan, NY

Coming across a bridge over the NYS Thruway and some CSX train tracks, I caught this blowing and drifting snow across the road.  I had to take it quick as it’s a busy roadway and there was nowhere to stop and get out… so I took it through our wind shield.

Ducks huddle together on the edge of the iced over Erie Canal near Camillus, NY

Ducks huddle together on the edge of the iced over Erie Canal near Camillus, NY

I can certainly understand why they male and female ducks huddle close together for warmth.  The wind was biting!

Dog walkers and skiers on another section of the Erie Canal Trail near Camillus, NY

Dog walkers and skiers on another section of the Erie Canal Trail near Camillus, NY

I wanted so much to venture down onto the Erie Canal path to take more photos, but the trail head was plowed over with mounds of snow so access was limited to only the most skilled at climbing snow banks ~ leaves me out.  We did watch a family of (4) ~ two adults and their children ages 7 and 4 climb up over the mounds with their cross country skis.  It took about 15 minutes for all four to make it ~ even the dad pretty near wiped out!  They chuckled embarrassingly as I took their photos and thanked them for being so kind.

Snowboliers on the Erie Canal Trail near Jordan, NY

Snowmobilers on the Erie Canal Trail near Jordan, NY

These snowmobilers were zipping up and down the Erie Canal Trail right near our house.  We live about 2/10 away from this portion of the trail and we can hear the snowmobilers all day and night as they race back and forth.  I’m just happy that THIS YEAR there’s enough snow for them to enjoy.  Last year, mid-winter, there were many snowmobiles sitting by the side of the road with FOR SALE signs on them!

A CSX freight train heads right for me

A CSX freight train heads right for me

Al (my husband) has a fascination with trains, so when we saw this one coming towards us at a nearby train crossing, he couldn’t resist getting out and taking a closer look.  I insisted on getting as close to the tracks as possible to get a “head on” view.  My right foot was resting up against the rail as the train barreled down on me.  I hadn’t taken the time to check to see where the crossing gates would come down, and I almost got knocked down onto the tracks in front of the train by one as it came down right behind me.  Adrenalin rush!

Urban Fall

I love working in downtown Syracuse.  I’m not like, “downtown” the four corners of Salina and Fayette, but just down the hill from the hospitals (Crouse, Upstate and Golisano’s Children’s Center).  Although I’m indoors all day at work, when I come in to the city in the morning, and leave the city in the evening, I can’t help but notice my surroundings.  Most of the time, it’s beautiful here.  But never so much as it is in the fall.


The city is alive with color in the crisp, autmnal air.  One never seems to  notice just how many trees can be found in an urban venue until fall comes and the bright yellows, oranges and reds reveal themselves.  Sometimes it can be a distracting drive if you’re looking at all the displays during a trip out of the office for lunch, or at the 5:00 rush hour to get home.



What’s not to like about the city?  So often when asked where I work, when I respond that I work in “downtown Syracuse”, I get horrified looks and groans and comments like “I can’t navigate driving in the city”.  I guess it’s a matter of getting used to it, and knowing where you’re going and exactly how to get there.  I see something different every day when coming and going, and most often it’s beautiful.


There are parks nearby with benches or picnic tables and water fountains that are wonderful for an hourly lunch during the summer.  But they tend to be often busy and/or crowded.  Not so much in the fall ~ it seems to weed out a lot of “fair weather friends” who begin to retreat to their office buildings or inside restaurants when the weather turns cooler.



That’s fine.  All the better for me to sit and nibble on a salad and read my daily devotionals in peace.  Although, there’s lots less people-watching, which is also fun!

The next time you think about taking some inspirational photos somewhere, and head for the rural meadow, waterfalls or lakeside jaunts, don’t discount a trip to a big city.  The colors, people, happenings and architecture just might surprise you with an amazing photo op!