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For One Mt. Airy Man, A Slick Post-Blizzard Commute

(Mark Fallon, a naturalist at Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington, skied halfway to work from his West Mt. Airy home.  A Septa bus took him the rest of the way.  Photo by Karen Serfass, Briar Bush Nature Center)

(Mark Fallon, a naturalist at Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington, skied halfway to work from his West Mt. Airy home. A Septa bus took him the rest of the way. Photo by Karen Serfass, Briar Bush Nature Center)

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By Hadas Kuznits

ABINGTON, Pa. (CBS) — There’s no such thing as a snow day for Mark Fallon, a senior naturalist at Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington.   He has to make sure the animals are taken care of, even in extreme weather.

“Normally, I ride my bike.  I work in Abington and go from Mt. Airy.  This morning I knew the bus was probably going to be a little bit unpredictable, and obviously the bike was not gonna work, so I decided to cross-country ski,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

So, how was his unusual commute this morning?

“Predominantly I was on the sidewalk,” he says.  “I left at about 5:30 (in the morning), but a lot of people had already shoveled their portion of the sidewalk, so I tended to go around those, on the street, a little bit.”

Kuznits: “So you were looking for the snow!”

“Yes, exactly.”

Fallon works about six miles from his home.  At around 3½ miles, he caught a bus.

(Fallon:)  “The driver did look at me when I got on the bus and said, ‘Why didn’t you just ski the whole way?’ “

(Kuznits:)  “Why didn’t you?”

(Fallon:)  “Ugh.  It would’ve taken a long time.”

He says he arrived at work in good spirits.

“I think more people should be doing it.  It was great exercise, it was a beautiful morning.”

(Kuznits:)  “Did you have a good time?”

(Fallon:)  “Yeah, it was a lot of fun.”