THE POLAR VORTEX

Posted on February 1, 2014 8:59 am Categorised in:

Back in December 2013/January 2014, I took a trip up to Buffalo, New York with Heather. She had never really experienced ‘real snow’ so I decided to show her. This post has been a long time coming. Given the lengthy blog redesign process, I am finally finishing this up and it has been nearly a year since the trip.

The first couple of days of the trip were amazing. We got to eat a lot of great food, see a lot of family and experience a ton of snow.

TORONTO NIGHTSCAPE © TODD SPOTH

We took a short day-trip up to Toronto, which was emerging from its post-ice storm slumber. It was brutally cold with a killer wind that was whipping through the city. It literally made you angry anytime you were outside. I had to drive on ice and brave the elements to grab this nightscape of the city of Toronto, but it was worth it.

OLD FORGE CABIN IN WINTER © TODD SPOTH
A stark contrast to the bustling city of Toronto, the photo above is of the cabin in the woods where we were snowed in on New Year’s Eve. The power went out and we were snowed in for several days thereafter as well. It got down to -37F. Luckily we had an amazing fireplace and plenty of wood. The cabin has been in my family for over 15 years. The place is magical.

Given that I’m writing this over a year later, I will opt to finish up with a quick list of the highlights and lowlights of the trip.

HELL YES

  • Escaping the dreary Texas “winter”
  • Showing someone real snow for the first time
  • Getting to go to Grandma’s house
  • Seeing family and visiting places that bring back a lot of good childhood memories
  • Making friends with deer
  • Clifton Hill mirror maze
  • Finding Degrassi Street in Toronto
  • Niagara Falls (Canadian side)
  • Pizza, Subs, Wings

HELL NAH

  • Driving in the snow
  • Foggy lenses (both kinds)
  • Loss of traction
  • Not being able to use your phone in Canada without an extra plan
  • Rental car companies that want to charge you when you’re snowed in
  • Loss of electricity in -37F temps
  • Being “snowed in”
  • Canceled flights
  • Shoveling snow
  • Niagara Falls (American side)
  • Pizza, Subs, Wings

TODD SPOTH SHOVELING SNOW

I loathe shoveling snow.

The first Polar Vortex of 2014 delayed our initial flight home causing a lot of headache and missed flights in the process. I definitely had my fill of snow for the foreseeable future.

Below are a few of my other favorite frames from the adventure. Naturally, a lot of white.

POLAR VORTEX COMPOSITE © TODD SPOTH