We’re enjoying a snowday from home today. Snow on the beach is such a rarity on the Oregon Coast and I got to kinda see it once…at midnight…from a distance…lit by my camera flash…see here: Snow on Tillicum Beach
Today I’m enjoying it from up the Alsea River.
We had plans for going to Newport to volunteer at the Family History Center and then do our weekly grocery shopping. But caution prevails today.
Some don’t mind travelling on snow days but the duck route isn’t any different than any other day on the river.
Most of the snow fell before the tide started going out this morning.
Salmonberries first gathered weeds from the high river last month and now snow.
Not sure if it was a raccoon or a skunk who made these tracks. Being a glass-half-full kind of a person, though, I prefer to think it was a raccoon. The other half is trying to scare me into thinking it was a skunk.
Here’s a size comparison:
He inspected the whole yard.
I’m sure they aren’t beaver tracks. But it appears they ran into each other.
Aaawwwwhhh, look at the cute pied-billed grebe!
She might have thought she found the perfect nesting place until she realized the tide was going out and it would leave her high and dry.
…until I came back in the house and announced I’d “built a snowman!”
…and Don said, “When has it snowed and you haven’t built a snowman?”
That’s when reality hit me! I don’t need a 12-step program for this addiction though. Or am I in denial? But it’s pretty harmless; unless you think I’ve modeled it after you and you don’t like it.
Look like anyone you know?
I haven’t seen such light, dry, snow since we left Utah. I had a little bit of a challenged getting it to stick together in our sub-freezing temps. Maybe the moisture from the ground helped. Underneath layers have some apple leaves 🙂
Clearly I need to learn a new technique to build a snowman in Oregon that’s different from Utah snowman building. It’s not that he is bent over from melting because our temps didn’t get above freezing. I’m really not sure what is happening to him. Maybe he’s just watching for steelhead?
There is a steady stream (no pun intended) of trees and driftwood on the Alsea today. It’s almost like it’s intentional. I did see one freshly cut tree with all its branches and the cut was showing above the water.
Fortunately, the drift-boaters know to stay off the river on days like this.
We had planned on going into town today. But our friends let us off the hook.
So we watched wildlife.
played in the snow…
and watched more wildlife.
The elk were funny to watch. Something spooked them and the first ones stopped. The rest ’bout rear-ended them before they got stopped.
Half of them started running back from where they’d come.
When they saw the others weren’t following, they turned back around and rejoined them.
I’m SO grateful for the blessing of a warm home! And the additional blessing of such a beautiful view!!!