- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Bostonians are a hardy breed, and many weren’t about to let a mere blizzard cramp their style. Some voices from those who ventured out into the teeth of the storm:

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On most days, Brooke Finan gets around Boston on foot. On Tuesday, she rode around in style on a sled pulled by her boyfriend, John Joy.

The couple slid past the Statehouse in search of coffee, and Finan, 26, reveled in the ride.

“It’s definitely a great way to get around town. It was really fun to experience the blizzard like that,” she said.

How does she usually get where she’s going? “Um, not in a sled. Normally I’m walking.”

Finan said she planned to return the favor to Joy, 28. “Next it’s his turn on the sled,” she said. “And maybe a snowman.”

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Ned Sahin, 39, who lives in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, decided to brave the cold, face-stinging snow, and high winds, to go on what he called a “photo safari.”

With an umbrella to protect his equipment, he braved knee-deep snowdrifts to get around.

He planned to post the photos on his Facebook page so friends from 50 countries around the world could see the winter wonderland.

Sahin, a neuroscientist who helps children with autism, said he’s usually a weather report skeptic, but gave forecasters high marks for this blizzard.

“Yesterday, early I started getting all the closure and notices from MGH and Harvard, and I have been around a long time and a lot of time it’s completely overblown,” he said. “But as far as I know, we’re not even halfway through this and this is pretty serious.”

“I’d say that overall … this is about as bad as I’ve seen it.”

He planned to head home later for some spiced apple cider, and maybe some work on the computer with some of those colleagues from around the world.

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As far as Steve Berlo is concerned, dealing with the occasional vicious winter storm is worth it to live in a home on the ocean.

Berlo, 61, got up early Tuesday to see if he could make it back to his oceanfront home in Scituate, to assess damage from the overnight blizzard and fire up the generators to prevent the pipes from freezing.

He voluntarily evacuated Monday after the power was shut off.

But the access road to his home on Lighthouse Point was still flooded, so he had to wait.

It’s a process he’s gone through dozens of times in the 25 years he’s lived in the home. He, his wife and one of their three children currently live there.

He loves the views and notes he can fish off his back porch.

“We’ve been here so long you go with the flow,” he said. “It’s part of living here. When the water comes, you get out of the way, and when it goes, you see what it left you. Like we always say, five days a year it sucks to live here, but the rest of the year it’s good.”

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In Cambridge, businesses along typically bustling Massachusetts Avenue were shuttered while a few hardy souls ventured out, vying for walking space with snowplows.

Robert Morris, 48, and his 8-year-old daughter Alexandra trekked around the city’s Avon Hill neighborhood dragging a plastic sled behind them.

“We’re out looking for good sledding hills,” Morris said, describing their hunt for the perfect slope. “The snow’s very light. It’s not great sledding snow yet.”

The Rev. Herb Taylor, pastor at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, and his wife Sarah Taylor, both 50, were also up early walking their golden retriever Jewel.

“It’s beautiful. It’s peaceful. We get to get out with no traffic and just enjoy the weather,” he said.

The two also said they supported Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to call for a driving ban to give plows and emergency workers an easier time to clear the roads and respond to calls.

“It’s keeping people safer,” Sarah Taylor said.

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Matt and Susan Dorson of Arlington cut through fresh snow along the Alewife Brook Parkway in Somerville on cross-country skis.

They were planning to follow the path toward the nearby Mystic River before making the loop back home to Arlington about a mile away.

“We haven’t seen a soul since we’re been out,” Matt Dorson said. “It’s tough in the deep snow because you’re basically cutting your own path. But on the clear areas where there’s only a few inches, it’s not so bad because you can glide a little bit better.”

Nearby, residents emerged from their homes to start the long process of digging out.

“I’d rather do it in stages,” said Alan Resmini who was out with his wife, Anne, using hand shovels to clear a path in front of their Somerville home. “This is nothing compared to some other years.”

Bruce Allen, out clearing a long path from his house to the sidewalk, said the day was extra special because it was his birthday and he had the day off to spend with his two kids, wife and dog.

“I love snowstorms,” Allen said. “This is special, playing in the snow. This is good enough.”

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Associated Press writers Philip Marcelo, Steve LeBlanc and William J. Kole contributed to this report.

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