I admit it. When I think of travel, I sometimes totally forget how awesome the Pacific Northwest is, often looking for a more exotic destination than the area’s gorgeous scenery. Shame on me!
I was reminded of all this gorgeousness when I met up with a few of my friends recently. See, with all the crazy-ass snow and ice we’d gotten up to that point, we were pretty much bouncing off the walls and ready to get outside and DO SOMETHING on the first somewhat warm, non-rainy day that finally showed up. Well, okay, it did rain a bit, but it wasn’t the drowning kind, so I’m glad we braved it! Take a peek!
The Silver Creek Falls hiking trails take you behind a couple of the water falls. Like, you’re standing behind them! This is the northern most fall, with this constant roar as the water dumped itself over the edge – way cool!
This summer I plan to explore more of the local area and take advantage of the sights and sounds and general awesomeness that makes up my part of the world. So excited!
Oregon weather can be a bit schizo this time of year. Case in point, last week we went from days of warm, sunny, wear-a-sundress temperatures, to this view out of my office at The Male Observation Lab:
Welcome to spring in the Pacific Northwest! Fortunately, it’s also awesome writing weather… 😉
Mother Nature is such a tease. Either that or she’s flat-out sadistic.
After months of torturous rain and clouds and cold and sometimes even *gasp* snow, some of us in the great Pacific NW crave warmer spring weather the way a certain writer-person-who-shall-remain-anonymous craves a great pair of shoes. (*Whistles while looking at the ceiling*)
The thing is, once the sun breaks through and the temperatures rise to about the mid-60’s (even a brush with it for ten minutes will do), Mother Nature knows she’s got us optimists suckered. We become so sure that it’s a sign the rain’s gone. We’re captivated by the slim hope that the weather reporters are wrong, and this time the sunshine and warm temperatures will hang around until November.
Sadly, spring in our part of the world typically translates into . . . more rain.
But the optimist in me searches for signs of warmer, drier weather the same way I attack the shoe rack during a Nordstrom sale.
So while some rain is in the forecast this week, I’m hanging onto the belief that spring will eventually warm up (and dry up!) enough for us to come out of hibernation and spend some quality time outdoors. After all, it happens every year! 🙂
How do you know when spring has arrived in your part of the world?