The Sunday before Thanksgiving, my house planned another hiking trip to the Delaware Water Gap, this time climbing 900 feet to an outlook on one of the highest peaks in the surrounding area. Though it was cold and very windy, it was a perfectly clear day and you can see for miles. The Delaware River runs below dividing New Jersey, the side we were on, and Pennsylvania. The whole northern Pennsylvanian area is beautiful and you are able to experience it first hand as a Lehigh student. I always enjoy my trips between home, the Buffalo/Western NY area, and school because of the incredible scenery. For Thanksgiving break this year, I was lucky to get a ride home from a fellow CivE who happens to be one of the few other Lehigh students from Buffalo, saving my parents four 5-5.5 hour trips. Normally the drive is relaxing and goes by fast, we never worry about any traffic through the mountains and the largest city we pass through is Scranton. This trip though, we got hit with weather. It was raining the entire time, which didn’t slow us down, but as soon as we got within the Rochester area it turned to heavy snow. The last leg of the trip took an extra hour as the roads weren’t able to be plowed quick enough. I counted 5 cars that slid off the thruway, one flipped, in a 50 mile stretch. The three of us guys in the car all joked “Welcome to Western New York.” Luckily, Lehigh doesn’t have to deal with a bad winter season, although it does get cold and snow occasionally. I was thankful to get home for Thanksgiving, probably my favorite holiday, and celebrating it at my grandfather’s house which got 10 inches of snow was pretty awesome.