Winterfest!…But Where is Winter?

Yesterday, Justin and I drove a couple of hours north so that we could attend Winterfest in Clarendon, PA. Justin loves huskies and hopes to adopt one someday (when we have a house with a fenced backyard), and I knew that the Tails of Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue would be there, so that was a bonus! The day promised to be full of winter-only activities, and this year we are determined to prove to our new Pennsylvania neighbors that we Floridians will not just handle winter, we will celebrate it! 🙂

The only problem was, someone forgot to bring all the snow.

Seriously…this is the hill where the sled and toboggan races were supposed to take place:

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It was cold and windy outside, to be sure, but I was all dressed up in my brand new rubber snow boots, and there was no snow to trudge through! How disappointing! So about half of the events on the itinerary were cancelled (including snow-shoeing excursions, snow sculpturing, and husky sled-pulls). We’ll definitely have to return next year to try it again when there’s some actual snow on the ground. Somehow we brought the Florida sun to Pennsylvania with us!

Semi-Frozen Lake Chapman

Semi-Frozen Lake Chapman

Musher's Cafe, where we enjoyed some lunch

Musher’s Cafe, where we enjoyed some lunch

A husky doing some competitive weight-pulling

A husky doing some competitive weight-pulling

These guys are ready to MUSH!

These guys are ready to MUSH!

Some warm winter hats made out of animal skins

Some warm winter hats made out of animal skins

"Do NOT try to walk on the lake!" they warned. But it was so tempting! :-)

“Do NOT try to walk on the lake!” they warned. But it was so tempting! 🙂

The annual Polar Plunge

The annual Polar Plunge

I was freezing just watching them!

I was freezing just watching them!

"Do you want to come home with me?"

“Do you want to come home with me?”

Up for some ice-fishing?

Up for some ice-fishing?

We also couldn’t resist visiting Lake Erie since we were so close to it anyways. Well…we thought we were close. Our GPS had us navigating back-country roads, past red barns and spotted cows for about an hour and a half before we finally reached the shore of Lake Erie–just in time for sunset!

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Some unusual beach shoes

Some unusual beach shoes

Lake Erie at Sunset

Lake Erie at Sunset

Lake Erie at Sunset

Lake Erie at Sunset

Also, we couldn’t get that close to Lake Erie without making tentative future plans to drive all the way to Buffalo, NY to see Niagra Falls. And while we’re there, we may as well drive across the border to Canada, right? Since we’re that close anyways…

I guess we’ve got the travel bug again.8-)

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4 thoughts on “Winterfest!…But Where is Winter?

  1. Gorgeous pictures. Here’s hoping that next year there is some snow at the event.

    PS – The snow boots are adorable. Snow or no snow.

  2. Haha….I didn’t think they were the cutest boots ever. But they get the job done! They’re REALLY warm! 😀

  3. The sunset over Lake Erie is gorgeous! So glad you guys had fun! So did you guys find a Husky you liked? Fostering is such fun! 🙂

  4. We didn’t go with the intention to take home a husky that day. Winterfest and Lake Erie were actually a couple of hours away from our apartment! We’re hoping to foster and/or adopt a dog once we move into a house with a fenced back yard (hopefully sometime this summer!).

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