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Month: November 2010

Snow week

Snow, Spec Road, Joyce Quadrangle

My snow day is turning into a whole week off. Power is still on, so  here’s a solemn cheer for modern conveniences. I don’t think I could stand knee deep in the stuff if there wasn’t a warm house to come home to.

Snow day

Snow, Port Crescent Boundary, Joyce WA

We are getting a good early winter storm here…well, by coastal standards anyway. 8 inches since yesterday, maybe more in the forecast for later this week. I went for a hike through the woods earlier but too thick and flurry too do much picture taking, and got thoroughly chilled even taking this one shot, so ended up walking the other way to the general store for  supplies and fuel in case the power goes out. After last winter’s 4-day outtage, the anxiety of  that happening does dampen the spirit of a good snow day- so I finally broke down and ordered an generator yesterday morning as soon as the snow level passed one inch. Of course the power never went out, even with the gale winds and 2 foot drifts. The local PUD had been making strides in improving the infrastructure- new substation, new distribution lines and routes, and of course the rigorous shredding of all roadside hazards, so we’ll see. The locals are whispering about this being the worst winter to hit the area is 80 years. With the goofy weather patterns here we are typically more likely to have a white Thanksgiving or Easter than Christmas, so can’t wait to see what happens next.

High Hoh

Alders, Hoh River, November 2010

The drive out to Kalaloch crosses a few rivers- the Sol Duc 3 times, the Calawah, the Bogachiel and the Hoh. This not counting the maze of seeps, streams, or the grand watershed event that is the entire Olympic interior.  The banks and courses are in constant change,  a more furious and accelerated version of  coastal brinksmanship.

I’m not normally drawn to rivers but riving along the Hoh, this gauze of weather and woods over the gray ribbon of water, even in minor time elapse of a 3 second exposure, was worth the stop.