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    Bend OR
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    skiing, hiking, biking , real estate

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  1. Don't leave out California Washington & Oregon. Utah & Washington are my favorites for stunning beauty...Even though I ended up in the Oregon High Desert. Any place west of the high plains is a different world than the east 7th winter here and would never even consider living on the east coast again. Outdoor recreation is off the charts and summers are insanely beautiful.. unless you love all the rain, humidity & bugs then the east coast is your place. Come and visit. The photo is from the trail near my home.
  2. Pretty photo! Lots of family back in that area. (Winchester area my home for 47 years) My sisters ( just south of front royal around 1500" ) said she had almost 7" on the ground at her house today??? Below average snow year here in the lower elevations of OR but the forecast changed dramatically in the past 48 hours. We were just to get glancing blow from the artic air and now they are forecasting it building back west. That's when we get the best lower elevation snows here. Thursday through next Sunday single digit lows & mid teen highs with snow around everyday. If it happens?? would be the coldest snowiest part of the winter here. Cheers from OR.
  3. I have been rooting for you all and much of my family that still lives there. My 7th winter here and very little snow at my house. Actually the least I have seen in 7 years. Consistently a bit too warm and the strong west flow off the Pacific gets sucked up by the mountains. Similar to the Allegheny Front in WV & MD. The good news for snow lovers (like myself) the snowcover line is just 5 miles west. Go 15 miles west and there is the normal snow pack. Around 75” on the ground above 6000’ Crater Lake is a day trip from here but more of a summer destination when the Lake Drive is open.
  4. That is amazing. One of the biggest reasons I moved west was to get away from all the rain and humidity. Lived in VA for 47 years and now my 7th year in Oregon. This was my driest year yet with just 9.3 inches for the year. Average is about 14”
  5. Merry Christmas East Coast friend! Total crap season here so far. Consistently too warm for anything more than slop mix at my elevation. Drought year too continues, unless there is a surprise in the next week I will end up with less than 10” of precipitation for the year! That is even dry by high desert standards. Hell of a lot of bluebird clear sky days this year.
  6. Interesting... My daughter said she goes back to all virtual beginning Monday. She teaches grades 1-5 ESL special classes. I know she loves her students and would rather be there with them. Particularly after so much home time. Her co teacher had Covid last month so my daughter had to quarantine and be tested. She was negative. Crazy year. Keep safe and think SNOW!
  7. Rooting for you all you East Coasters to get buried next week! My oldest daughter is a School Teacher in Loudoun County and with the remote schooling I am not sure how they would handle a snowday? We have a strong PAC flow really kicking in here again through at least Christmas. The first 11 days of this month being unusually boring & dry. Had the first bit of snow at my house on Nov 7th. 75358109-3B54-476D-9A0E-F9BD3C834B47.heic
  8. Ha ha, I never hate snow, yet love it is alway so close by. The bulbs are up at my house and trees are budding out.
  9. Changing the subject, some snow porn from a late spring blast here in central Oregon. Had a coating at my house overnight and flurries all day with temps in the mid 30's. However, the higher elevations (above 4500' ) have been pummeled the past 48 hours. Ski resort is closed because of Covid but drove out and took some photos this morning . At least 3 feet of new snow and more than 10 feet on the ground. They are, fingers crossed reopening in May sometime? Base should be fine and more snow is coming.
  10. So a really dry sunny winter here but did manage a January like weekend with some fresh snow here overnight. High so far today at 11:45 am PT has been 17. FYI: Corona has shut down schools and the ski resort here. My wife works at the regional hospital here and they are setting up tents in the parking lot for screening. Be safe everyone. Photo from dog park this morning
  11. I totally agree, crazy amounts of snow can totally F-UP productivity and routines. That is why I love having moved close to the Cascades. Crazy amounts of snow a very short drive away. Love spring time, I can ski in the morning, drive 10 miles to golf at Widgi Creek and drive 10 more miles and mow my grass in shorts and a t-shirt. Got all the climates here without the damn humidity and bugs.
  12. Flat landers.. lol.. my brother struggled when he visited me here ( he is 62 ) hiking 7000 - 8000 feet. I recall getting light headed at pikes peak when I was in my late teens. Colorado has some seriously high ski locations, which hopefully will preserve the ski seasons as the planet shifts into “torch mode”
  13. Many of the beautiful towns (Like Jackson) in the rockies there just is not enough culture or economic diversity ( good paying jobs ) I've met three people over the years that lived in Jackson, they all said the town was too small. One guy (actually a horse rancher here now) told me he got tired of his guests / visitors spending much of their visit being altitude sick. LOL Gorgeous places to visit and see for sure.
  14. Great video captures the landscape well. The scale of things in the west is hard to capture on video or in photos. It has gotten pretty damn expensive here too but I have heard places like JH and the resort towns in CO are insanely expensive.
  15. Really cool map. Maybe that is why the PNW snowpack seems so durable and long lasting. Dense and thick ( see photo from 1 week ago at 8,000') there will be snow at that spot well into August. Noticed flying over the intermountain west in the summer that most of the summits are melted out while Cascades hang on. Washington State seem to always have a nice solid snow cover much of the year. Anyway, very dry February out here so getting nervous about fire season??