Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhogs Day


Happy Ground Hogs Day!!

Looks like another 6 weeks of winter.

Apparently, Punxsutawney is only about 150 miles from us. PS: Seriously check out the official website if you haven't before. This thing is for real.

And all {literally.. its his only request} Freeland has ever wanted to do since we moved up here is to go see Punxsutawney Phil. {or Pawtucket Pete as Freeland keeps calling him}.

Sadly, I don't think Lecom would understand the need to see a groundhog predict weather and excuse him from 2 test just to see it. So we didn't make it this year. But you better believe that before we leave Pennsylvania we will be witnessing this insanity with our very own eyes. This year we will just have to settle for the movie version.

Here is the official statement from Phil in case you didnt already hear it:

Phil Says "Six More Weeks of Winter!"
Phil's official forecast as read February 2nd, 2009 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob:
Hear Ye Hear Ye
On Gobbler's Knob this glorious Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2009
Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators
Awoke to the call of President Bill Cooper
And greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths
After casting a joyful eye towards thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil proclaimed that his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers were World Champions one more time
And a bright sky above me
Showed my shadow beside me.
So 6 more weeks of winter it will be.

So there you have it.

PS: In Erie we already have 129.5 inches of snow {pretty much 11 feet} this year. That means that is is also apparently soon to be the {or maybe already is} 5th all-time on the "Snowiest Winters Record Books." I cant keep up. And I hear lots of different things.

But the average for this time of the year is about 62 inches.. so we for sure doubled that. Oh and if your curious I believe the record for most snow in Erie, PA is 149.1 So we arent that far away!


  1. Ok guys...

    I've only been there once in my life. It was CRAZY. Some tips:

    -You will need to go SUPER early if you want to be close to the front and actually see something.

    -Dress in many layers with boots. It is always freezing in the early morning hours and you will be walking through the woods.

    -Be prepared to see some interesting things. ie: naked people running and lots of hillbillys...everyone will be VERY drunk.

    It is definitely something to see though and I hope you make before you leave PA!

    Happy Groundhog's Day!

    Oh and I am not happy with Phil...I am dying here with a major case of Cabin Fever! I want Spring already. :(

  2. PS- Tell Freeland to get a top hat. He will fit right in! :)

  3. so quick to catch that groundhog! thanks for the birthday wishes friend! :)

  4. I watched a little of the movie, Groundhog's Day, and thought it was cute and could relate to the weird things small towns (especially in PA) do in the name of tradition. Hope you guys make it next year!

  5. Hi, thank you for your comments. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Wish that we could have some of the snow that you guys have gotten!

  6. That is too funny. Everytime we mention going people say "get ready its crazy" So I appreciate your advice. Oh and I will for sure be getting him a top hat!!