Checked out the Shady Brook Farms Holiday Light Show for the first time this Christmas season. It's a pretty cool thing to do...you drive through the entire display in the car. Roll the windows down and soak it all in. The girls loved it!
Once again I had the great privilege to photograph the Army/Navy game here in Philadelphia. Everything about this game is just great...total "bucket list" event if you've never been and you always walk away proud to be an American!
The entire crew from Knight Sports Productions...
Completing the pre-game stand up segment.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly was on hand to watch the game [he got fired a few weeks later...maybe he should have been watching film or working on his game-plane instead!]
The Navy helmets were a big hit this year!
The pre-game festivities are always a highlight, especially the jumpers and the fly-overs.
Time to play some football...
Navy won for the 14th time in a row...but this might have been the closest game yet. Time to cover the post game...
Every year the local train line that I ride into work on hosts a few special "Santa Trains" on a Saturday afternoon. It's a great way to get the kids excited for Christmas and everyone heads into town for the day. We decided to visit the Comcast buildings winter show and then grab some lunch. Kiddos had a blast...they love riding the train whenever they can!
The sun finally came out on our last full day at the house...time to get outside for a hike, get out on the water, and to get a fire going!
We made the short drive up to hike around in Hickory Run State Park and to check out the famous Boulder Field.
Snack time on the trail...
Such a very cool spot. Gotta be careful you don't twist an ankle out there!
First attempt at a Team Photo!
Made sure we got some scooting in once we were back at the house...
Another attempt gone horribly wrong!
The lake is so beautiful once the sun comes out!
The wood was a bit damp, but we finally got it going!
On the way out of town we drove by the very cool France E Walter Dam, and of course the girls wanted to throw rocks in. That was all fun until R just walked right into the water. Wet shoes for the rest of the day!
Lunch was at a place along the way that a buddy had told us about...the Riverwalck Saloon. Its certainly more of a biker place on the weekends...but all was quiet on the weekday
Very fun LONGGGGGG weekend for sure...but soon it was back to reality.
The Manayunk Wall. One of the most notorious cycling climbs in all of the US. Ask any bike rider and they've heard about it. It's not a long mountain climb at only a half mile long, but it sure is steep. It averages 8% overall and at some point it's 18%. No matter how much it hurts you can't even think about stopping...if you do, you'd never start back up again!
A few weeks back, as part of the big professional bike race the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, Bicycle Magazine organized an amateur ride on the very same route. It started at 6:45am and you could ride the 12.3 mile loop as many times as you wanted before the pro's started racing at 8am. [the pros do 10 laps up the wall...1 was plenty for me!]
Pretty cool to be able to roll right down the middle of Kelly Drive!
Rolling into downtown Manayunk...
...a quick right hander onto Levering for 50 yards, right onto Cresson and under the train tracks, then a sharp left back onto Levering and the Wall smacks you right in the face.
Almost immediately you are out of gears. Nothing left to do but grind! The pro's tackle this thing in about 2 minutes 25 seconds...took me closer to 5mins!
So happy to see the finish!
They call the massive downhill after the climb up the "Fall from the Wall". And boy o boy is it fun..especially when you have closed roads and don't have to worry about stop sings or red lights!
A buddy of mine was out watching the race...had a cold beer waiting for me. Sooo nice, even bright and early in the morning.
Back to the decent we go...
The final challenge of the loop...Lemon Hill. It's the baby sister of the Wall, but it's still a formidable little incline.