Back in May of this year I took a short trip out to rural Pennsylvania to see my grandfather and visit with other relatives. It had been far too long since I had made it out this way, so I was excited to see the land and people that had brought me so many fond memories in the past. It wasn't a long trip so I have just a handful of photos to share and you may notice that these are a bit different than images you would typically see from me. The landscape is much different than what I'm used to in Colorado. There are beautiful rolling hills covered with vibrant greens and yellows, and the view is frequently interrupted by a thick, lush and green forests. But it goes much deeper than that. Every building is older, and things seem to change much slower. There is such a different feel to the place. As usual, I'll let the photos do most the talking.
It's amazing how you remember your way around a place you haven't been to in ages. This dirt road looked just the way it did in my head, and even though I had hardly driven around here before it all comes back. You also just don't see forests like this in Colorado.
The weather was unseasonably cool while I was there, with mostly cloudy skies and a brisk breeze, but all I wanted to do was walk around the farm and explore the familiar sights. Photography has really become a much bigger influence in my life since the last time I was there, so it was interesting to see it all over again with a different sense of vision.
This view is from a perfect place to end an evening walk and watch a sunset. Time is much different here, and you can just lose yourself in the moment. It's great that I had a place like this to visit as a child, to get away from the suburbs and really grow. The view from this small hill looked better now than I had ever remembered.
Photos of people is something you'll rarely see from me, but I wanted to capture one decent portrait of my Grandfather while I was out there. A truly great man, and someone I could spend weeks visiting with and enjoying his company.
The view my grandfather has from his table inside. He isn't really able to get out and about the property too much these days, but he does get to enjoy this view with his morning coffee.
When we visited as children, we all slept in this large upstairs bedroom that was actually an addition to the 100+ year old home. I remember many great vacations spent up here and looking out the window you could always see who was out in the park, enjoying an evening around the fire. I'm not sure my grandmother was ever able to finish the painting on the easel.
Speaking of the park, that's where everyone goes to eat, drink, and enjoy a fire outside. Or in this case, leave the shutter open while drinking cheap beer and shooting off fireworks for half an hour. Hey, we don't get use many fireworks at all in the bone-dry state of Colorado, so my brother and I had to shoot some off for ourselves. You could pretty much say it's a tradition at this point.
The smell of this particular garage came right back to be as soon as I opened the door. Oil, gas, grass, rust and humidity. I remember being tasked with trying to fix the golf cart in here years ago after driving it over too large of a "bump" out in the field. Ah yes, the old golf cart has been the preferred method of transportation on the farm for quite some time.
Just another view from the property.
This was from a trip into town. The farm is just about one mile from the Ohio border and maybe five miles from Lake Erie. This part of the country hasn't exactly had the best economic fortunes recently, so many things are closed down and crumbling apart. This gas station had a sign claiming the price was a dollar and some change per gallon, so you know it's been out of commission for a while.
That's all I have from this trip for now. I'm so glad I was able to get out there, and I need to do so again soon. I was glad to see some places that had such a great influence on my youth.
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