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Saturday, January 3, 2015

a winter's drive




Route 8 in New Brunswick.  This is the new by-pass that cuts across country avoiding a narrow winding road and a few small communities.  This new section opened in the fall.  Quite a project!  It was sunny when we left home but you can see snow squalls in the distance, which we ran into as we drove along.

On Friday Murray and I decided to take a drive over to the Miramichi River area to visit my sister and brother-in-law.  It was a great day to start...sunny and cold and no snow in the forecast.


We met 3 of these double tandem log trucks on their way to the mill and I was thankful we met them on this wider stretch of road than the narrow one below.  They make me nervous!

Here we are on the older and narrower portion of the highway driving through a snow squall.  This road is pretty much like this....narrow....all the way to Miramichi City, a two hours drive from Fredericton.

My sister lives on a quiet road that follows the river.  It's really pretty through there and you can see that a squall had dropped a couple inches of snow on their road but the sun was shining again.





The mid-afternoon sun slants through the trees and casts a nice shadow of this Inukshuk that my brother-in-law built of shale rock.  

The interval along the Miramichi River across from their home.  You can see to the left how the ice chunks flooded over the interval during the big rain and thaw we had just before Christmas.  The river  is still open although we could see chunks of ice flowing swiftly downstream.

Another snow squall came up.

We left for home as the sun had set.  The remaining squall clouds were peachy pink.





Driving off into the sunset.  Beautiful.

Meanwhile back at the ranch.   :)  This was taken New Year's Day and it still looks like this.  It's been really cold.  Like....-12C cold today.   But we are to get a few cm. of snow tonight then ice pellets and freezing rain tomorrow (Sunday).   It will not be nice.  I like the dry, no snow or ice, for driving and walking safely.  Oh well, it is winter and we do need some snow cover...just not on the roads.

I'm going to link with Karen's SUNLIT SUNDAY which she has just started up again for the months of January, February and March.  I hope you will visit or perhaps join in.  Just click on the highlighted words and visit.  

Blessings,
Pam

40 comments:

  1. glad you made it safely to and fro. i could feel the cold coming off the laptop screen. ;)

    the shot with the church and pine is so beautiful.

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  2. I grew up in the northern part of BC and miss driving on those snowy roads. Your photos show the beauty of your area so well. Love the shot with the church.

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  3. Great photos of the roads and scenery. Looks like you had a wonderful trip - before the snow and ice got you.

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  4. Hello Pam. Well, it was really nice to take a ride with you and your husband!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery and countryside. My husband took all our outside decorations down today because the weatherman says tomorrow will not be a nice day. Our tree is still up. Think it will come down tomorrow. It is so pretty. I will miss it and all my cherished ornaments.
    Glad you went to visit your sister. Good for you both to get together!

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  5. A lovely drive, although like you I could do without snow on the roads, but it sure makes the scenery and surroundings look beautiful doesn't it. I hope that you don't get too much ice today! xx

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  6. Beautiful photo's Pam. I love the one with the church.

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  7. Hello Pam, lovely scenes and images.. I love the church and the pretty sunset.. I am glad all was safe driving to and from! Happy Sunday and have a great week ahead!

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  8. Sounds like you're about to get the weather we just finished getting. I like snow cover but, like you, not on the roads and sidewalks. ;))

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  9. Beautiful landscapes on your drive Pam. As EG above who lives on the other side of the lake said, we got a fair bit of snow and the driving has been treacherous. Stay warm as it heads your way!

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  10. Lovely photos , such pretty land there ! No snow for us still raining as of yesterday and the roads are slick with a layer of ice and now it is foggy YUK ! Thanks for taking us along on your winter drive ! Have a good day !

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  11. Beautiful drive there and back. I'm sure you enjoyed your visit. I love the photo of the little white church ... that would make a lovely card.

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  12. Hi Pam, Thanks for sharing the lovely drive to your sister's house. The church is a spectacular shot! Stay warm!

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  13. The church is beautiful and all of the scenes around your sister's. The roads look awful to me but I know you learn to drive on them. I did a stroll around my neighborhood today....very different scenes (and weather). Warm hugs, Diane

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  14. Thanks for taking us on your trip. All that snow would make me nervous.

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  15. I enjoyed going on this winter drive with you, Pam. You had such a variety of "lighting effects" over the course of your day. I especially like the evening shot with the little white church and the scattering of trees, all backlit by the colourful sky. It makes me glad that you've decided to participate in ☀Sunlit Sunday again this year. Have a lovely week.

    Karen

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  16. I always enjoy the rides that you take us along on. These sunsets are beautiful, as are the snow squalls, something we certainly don't have here!

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  17. Very beautiful, Pam.. It has been cold but a bit messy today, eh? We have not travelled much around that part of the province.. Very pretty day for it.. Take care.. xo

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  18. Beautiful winter countryside - all your great views remind me of those years (12) I lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts - that's where I learned to drive and the winter roads were not friendly. I was a latecomer to sitting in the driver's seat 30-ish) - and now living here in the south I don't have to handle snow/ice covered roads very often thankfully.

    I'm trying to catch up, life has been so busy with holidays and the wedding. Thanks for your kind comments dear Pamela and, in case I didn't get around to saying this, "A very happy, healthy, safe and joyful New Year to you and your family."

    Warming hugs coming your way - with minus 12C you need them!!!
    Mary

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  19. Beautiful countryside, Pam. You will no doubt now be getting the snow we had yesterday, and yes, it was followed by freezing rain. Everything here is coated in ice.

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  21. I imagine that it is looking pretty white now. We have worked on cleaning it up off and on today. Your sister lives in a pretty place...does it feel like the end of the world or does she have local shopping rather than having to travel two hours for supplies? Snow squalls are so scary to drive in. Did you hear about the squalls in New Hampshire?

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  22. Wow, how gorgeous! I wish we would have snow stick around long enough for photos.

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  23. Happy New Year! Your countryside looks very much like what i see around here, Pam. We've had lots of snow since Christmas-- at least 20 inches worth!

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  24. thanks for taking us along on your drive. It sure has some beautiful scenery. Glad you made it all those miles safely.

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  25. Hoping we get some snow that sticks although the cold weather is on it's way!!...:)JP

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  26. Such a pretty part of New Brunswick! Did you get some snow and then rain again? So different from last year eh?

    I had forgotten about Sunlit Sunday - I'll have to join next week.

    Happy New year Pam!

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  27. Hi Pam....
    What a lovely drive....and your narration is perfect!
    We got all that weather here as well....
    Out to the cottage today....very cold....-12 and a blustery west wind....
    Got a few great pics!
    Enjoy your week....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  28. Beautiful photos, Pam. It's been hard to get warm today, and looks like the same there. The waxing daylight hours are indeed the silver lining in the cold January days. I hate following or meeting log trucks. They make me nervous too.

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  29. Pam, that scenery is all just so beautiful. Seeing Fredericton is something I'd love to do someday. The scenery is calendar worthy.

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  30. Lovely as always Pamela. We have had so much snow in the last week, actually we never lost any of it since early December so it has been piling up. It is also FREEZING here right now. Anyway, enough about the weather, and I want to wish you a happy new year Pamela and best wishes for all that lies ahead in 2015.

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  31. What an adventurous trip you had Pam!
    I loved seeing glimpses of your neck of the woods.
    Driving into the sunset - how lovely!
    Happy New Year.
    Shane

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  32. Hi Pamela - thank you so much for your visit today. I've been out for so long and didn't know about your brother. I'm so sorry about him, and I totally understand how you feel. So much pain in this life, but we are not without hope! Blessings to you, too, for God's loving arms to feel tight around you and your family.

    Wonderful pictures! I had forgotten what an awesome photographer you are! By the way, that little vintage glass canister in one of your older posts - well, I have one exactly like it!

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  33. What a wonderful series, it's hard to pick a favorite, but the church gets my vote! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  34. Wonderful winter scenes...they are all so lovely. The sunset ones are stunning! I thought our weather forecast was going to be cold. Your temps make it look like a heatwave in comparison,,,lol!

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  35. Oh, I LOVE that first photo! Thank-you for allowing us to tag along on your drive! Stunning, like only God can do!!

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  36. Loved your photos . . .
    The white church photo is really nice . . .
    And I like your BIL's Inukshuk

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