Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Shades of Fall.... 'n a History lesson

Hi Ya bloggies.......

I tell ya.....we hardly ever get ta post anymore....'n we hardly ever get ta visit yer blogs anymore too.....

Now why do ya suppose that's happenin' ?

Maybe cause we have a real old person that we have ta depend on ta visit 'n ta post.......

What do ya think ????

I'm here ta tell ya that this is a long post.....cause if we don't get ta tell ya all about it now......we will never get ta tell ya at all..........

It's the Fall.....'n if ya have never seen the trees in the Fall.....ya have never been in heaven.....no siree....

Fer sure......

We love ta go ta the cottage.....even more so now cause we have DSL up here 'n the OLD ONE takes pictures.....'n we can get 'er ta upload 'em now too.....

Ya can biggify any of them by clicking on them........

So here is Northwestern Pennsylvania in all it's splendor....'n here's what the dirt road our cottage is on looks like right now....


We got ta go on long walks this visit cause the Ps weren't real busy 'n the weather was warm and sunny and the road was dry.....

We get ta run around without leads cause we're pretty good about staying with Gram 'n Pap....

Me 'n Mom are always sniffin' around tryin' ta find out if there are any vermin hidin' where we can't see 'em.....
We get ta check out McCarthy's place ta make sure any stray vermin are cornered there too....

We check out Uncle Donny's place too 'n we usually find neat stuff there...

'N what we found on this visit was not a disappointment......

Just look at what we found in Uncle Donny's back yard......

Can ya guess what it is ?????

Can Ya GUESS ????
Can Ya????
Why it's Bear Poo.....yep....in all it's glory.....just messin' up the yard....'n providin' great smells fer the 3 of us.....wowee......'n Gram made sure that we didn't roll in it..... cause .....well....now... that woulda been a real mess fer her ta clean off us.....


Gram 'n Pap said that we were going on a real road trip ta visit a special place......so we all got inta the car 'n drove up ta Warren, Pa and then onta Kinzua Dam.......


The Kinzua Dam, in the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County, Pennsylvania, is one of the largest dams in the United States east of the Mississippi River.
The dam is located 6 miles (10 km) east of Warren, Pennsylvania along Route 59, within the 500,000-acre (2,000 km2) Allegheny National Forest. A boat marina and beach are located within the dam boundaries. In addition to providing flood control and power generation, the dam created Pennsylvania's deepest lake, the Allegheny Reservoir, also known as Kinzua Lake.

Lots of the places that we would have liked ta visit were closed fer the season but we found a boat launch where we could stop and walk down by the water......'n out on the water too on a floatin' dock....

My Mom sure would have loved ta go in the water but Gram said "no" so we all stayed dry....

It was cool walkin' out onta the dock but it bobbed in the water 'n that was pretty scary......

We got ta read some of the signs that were posted....rules....a ton of 'em....but me 'n Toby just sniffed all the signs that other dogs left behind.......


We saw some fishermen fishin' from the shore.....no boats were out in the water....none that we could see anyhow....but it was a work day so that may be why too....

This is what it looks like when water is let outta the dam.....pretty....isn't it ????

And the scenery is just beautiful too....this is right below the dam......

Kinzua means "fish on a spear" in the Seneca Iroquois language.

Construction of the dam forced the departure of Pennsylvania's last Native Americans, the Seneca, who now live near Salamanca, New York, near the northern shore of the Allegheny Reservoir, which covers land flooded by the dam. Inundation led to the evacuation of both the Cornplanter Reserve (PA) and parts of the Allegany Reservation (NY).[1] It also led to the destruction of the grave of Seneca religious prophet Handsome Lake. Construction of the dam was begun in 1960; in 1961, citing the immediate need for flood control, President John F. Kennedy denied a request by the Seneca to halt construction.[2] A lawsuit against breaking the U.S. treaty which guaranteed perpetual Seneca ownership of the land had been argued by the Quakers but it lost in Federal court.

Authorized by the Flood Control Acts of 1936, 1938, and 1941, actual construction on the dam was begun by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1960 and completed in 1965. The main purpose of the dam is flood control on the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. This dam controls drainage on a watershed of 2,180 square miles (5,650 km2) or an area twice the size of the state of Rhode Island. Side benefits derived from the dam include drought control, hydroelectric power production, and recreation.
The total cost of construction was approximately $108 million. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kinzua more than paid for itself in 1972 when tropical storm Agnes dumped continual heavy rains on the watershed, bringing the reservoir to within three feet of its maximum storage capacity. Over $247 million in downstream damages were prevented.


'N the scenery is just breathtakin'.......'n there's 24 miles of it ta enjoy too.....

The next picture was taken right above the dam.....


During the summer season, the waters are full of boats but on Monday there was nothing but cool blue water.... ....'n we pretty much had the place ta ourselves too.....

Well we sure hope ya enjoyed our Fall scenery....'n our trip ta Kinzua Dam too....because we sure did...
Oh yeah, we also got Gram ta take a picture last night out the slidin' glass doors.....



Good night everyone....we sure hope that yer week is goin' well 'n that yer weather is as super as ours has been....
We just LOVE THE FALL !!!!!
This is Dewey Dewster reportin' from Grand Valley, Pa in the hills of northwestern Pennsylvania......Penn's Woods at it's finest..........

17 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh my!

Your post had something fur both species!

Mom went all guishy ovfur the kholours and scenery

AND of khourse I was all fur the bear poo!

Tank woo fur sharing those great things about Pawsylvania!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Mom says they made here to The Doggy Nanny's house a few months befur Agnes khame to town - it was khwite the swimming pool in the basement here! The fireguys had to khome pump it out or it might STILL be wet!

TwoSpecialWires said...

We're wondering why we've never been to your part of the nation. And we're beginning to make plans to correct that problem. The scenery was beautiful. The roads appealing. The descriptions informative. And the bear poo one type we haven't had a chance to sniff, sample and roll in. We're excited for the possibilities. Thanks for sharing and planting the seeds.

Appreciatively
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Koobuss said...

Hi Guys!!

Great post!! And I loved the pictures!! Living on the other side of the state, I didn't know anything about Kinzua. It looks great!

And, you know what? I really love your cottage setting and road. I think that if I had a house in the woods, I'd never leave! It just doesn't get any better than bear poo. And there was so much of it, too! Enough for everybody to enjoy.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,
Koobie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dewey!
Thanks for the tour and the interesting info!
Our dam here is not like that one!
Bear poo?? Wow!
I only see doggie poo here on my walkies!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Maggie and Mitch said...

What awesome pictures and history to go with it! Great post, Dewey!
That bear poo sure looks yummy! Mom was complaining that she hasn't had breakie yet!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Noah the Airedale said...

Great post pals. D loved it to. We liked the bear poopy part. D really enjoyed learning about the dam.

tailwags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Mango said...

The bear poop looked sooooo tempting. But I guess you had to pass on it to stay in everybody's good graces.

Momma says PA is the second most beautiful place after New England. She just loved all your pictures.

Slobbers,
Mango

P.S. My word is hershers. That's almost a PA place, huh.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Hey Sweeties! Loved the photos. Our Mommy is from northeastern PA so the Fall foliage made her nostalgic. Up here in N.Idaho we're 30 miles from Canada so have lots of pine trees...only the Larch change to a golden color the rest stay green. Hey, we're gonna attend a Yappy Hour with Dr Dre tomorrow. We're so excited!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD and Hootie

Agatha and Archie said...

BEAR POOP!!!!!!!!!!!! BEAR POOP!! Oh what we could do with that!!!!!! WE love the fall as well!! Love A+A

William Tell said...

Your Penn's Woods are gorgeous. We're still waiting on any color but brown leaves here. Would love some red, yellow and orange. What gives? Next Fall, I'm going to PA. That's where the colors are!

Happy Tails,
William Tell

Eric said...

Wooo. Your Pencil Vania looks beautiful in it's Autumn coat.You three lokked wagging in yours too. Mom loved the dam (is that one of them after the watershed words Dewey?)me the bear poop. Please tel me you managed just a little lick?

Wiry wags n kisses Eric xxx

oorvi said...

The Fall pics are great! You live in a beautiful place, Dewey, and you (and of course, your very young Gram) knows how to appreciate it:)

Don't tell your Gram but both Mercury and I think that she's very young - even younger than Mercury (not that Mercury herself is very young - she's about double as old as thinks she is - but she's brain-washed herself into believing that she's half as young as she really is.) But your Gram has more youth in her than ten seventeen year olds. And I mean it - but don't tell your Gram that I was saying this... (you aren't the gossiping kind - right?)

I've got used to the new office. The table remains mine, but I prefer the den under one of the other tables a bit more. I'll post pictures once we get that apparently unattainable Internet connection.

About the bear poo...it definitely looked promising - too bad you couldn't roll into it:-(

Licks n wags,
Oorvi

Chef ·˙ ۛ ♥ said...

Your cottage road is just beautiful, Dewey. All of you are so lucky to spend so much time there. And you can run off leash and sniff bear poo! It must be paradise. The Kinnzua Dam is beautiful too. We were in Romulus, NY last month right near Seneca Lake and we were also reading the interestig history of the Seneca Iroquois. We must have been pretty close to where you were. Too bad we couldn't meet up with you! Thanks for taking us along on your trip. As always, it was so interesting - great reporting, Dewey, my friend. Ad tell Gram she takes the most awesome pictures!

xo
Chef

Life With Dogs said...

Wonderful tour - we used to live in PA and must agree with Mango. Beautiful!

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

WE understand totally cuz our mom is busy and we can't blog like we would like to either.
That is some big poo! The fall colors are pawsome, and dam that is a cool dam! hee hee
--JB

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for the tour. We loved it!
Hugs
Sunny

Rudy said...

Bear poo? In the woods? I'm surprised nobody has said this before .."so it's true!!" Sorry I just couldn't help myself..

Beautiful area, that is! Makes Mom miss that area of New York State she lived in as a kid, BD. (before dogs)

Love,
Rudy