WC: A Break in the Weather

This time of year in the Pacific Northwest, it’s typically dreary.  We’ll get nice days as well, but “nice” merely means “not actively raining.”  These days are usually accompanied by a thick blanket of clouds, threatening, but not yet releasing any precipitation.

Every so often, though, we get true sun with bright blue skies.

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WC: Rare Sun on the Slopes

I enjoy skiing (another thing my dad taught me when I was little), but I have to admit: the slopes are much better in the Rockies than they are on Mount Hood.  Colorado is dry, and sunny days are the norm.  If you ever see precipitation on those mountains, it’s in the form of more snow upon which to careen down a run on planks of wood like all the other crazies in rainbow dreadlock beanie hats.

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Therefore, the Cascades surprised me with rain, crust, slush, and ice.  Snow here is wet, dense, and sticky.  What an odd sensation to have the slope grip your skies like mud! Continue reading

This Week on Instagram 2/3/17

This week, there were more photos from Yosemite.  You should recognize the photo from D.C., Canyonlands, and our local snowpocalypse.  We also got out this weekend to witness a spectacular sunrise before we get socked in with rain yet again.  I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but some winters are much wetter than others!

These are in order of popularity on Instagram.

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This Week on Instagram

I am making it a point to post more to Instagram on a daily basis.  However, I understand not everyone here is also on Instagram, so I thought I’d share here what I’ve shared there.  Most are from my trip to Yosemite, and you should recognize the first photo from our secret Moab hike.  And since this is the first of these posts, I threw in a few from our local snowpocalypse.

For all of the latest, be sure to follow me on Instagram.  As always, I welcome your comments, thoughts, and constructive criticisms.  What would you like to see more of?

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Snowpocalypse!

Ok, I know I promised more on our desert road trip, but something happened… SNOW!  Besides, I just hit 100 followers on my site, so I want to celebrate with a special post on this very beautiful phenomenon that brings me such great joy.

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So, a few things.  First, we almost never get snow in this area.  Our summers are mild, and our winters are temperate.  Generally, it only gets really cold when the clouds clear (which they are reluctant to do in the wintertime) and all the heat escapes into the atmosphere.  Clouds act as a blanket that keeps us warm.  Therefore, it’s either warm and rainy or cold and dry; we seldom see precipitation when it’s cold.

Second, I love snow.  Continue reading