Remember snow days? When I was a kid, and we woke up to snow, the first thought was “I wonder if school was cancelled? Is it a snow day???”
One thing you have to remember, is I grew up in the Puget Sound region of Puget sound. Snow is, especially when I was a kid, a rarity. So if there is even an inch that sticks, the region shuts down. Too many hills, not enough plows, few cars have snow tires and there are a plethora of steep hills! So anytime there was white on the road, there was a chance!
One must also remember this was LONG before the interwebs!! Or robocalls from schools for that matter. To learn if you had a snow day, you hunkered around the radio at the top and bottom of the hour to see it the news guy read your school district as closed before it was time for you to get to the bus. The excitement of hearing Clover Park School district closed rivaled that of Ralphie getting the Red Ryder BB gun!
A surprise day off to go have fun with that which nature brought us! They were rare and well remembered.
Sadly, as a adult, most of the time when the snow flies, like last week here,
we still have to work, especially when your only commute is walking into the home office.
You know, sometimes you just need an extra day off during the week… This week, I was lucky enough to score a Friday!
Before I get into that, the important stuff first. Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and yep still employed! We made sure to get our flu shots last month, and even though we are back in a Covid shutdown for a couple of weeks, we are making the most of it.
We have already decorated for Christmas
And in our backyard, Frosty the snowman is holding auditions for Santa’s Sleigh Team.
We even went out for dinner the day before the shut down began. Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay has done an excellent job keeping people separated and safe, and who would miss a sunset like this?
Here we are at the end of the second week of the Oregon shelter in place rules.
Short update, Michelle and I are still doing well, and we are still working. We took today off from work as we both decided we needed a break, but otherwise, albeit slower, work continues.
A shout out to the Mighty P. They are giving every employee a small bonus next week to help out in these times. I did NOT see that coming and it one helluva nice thing to do. Like everyone, I have complained about work and corporate decisions over the years, but this reminds me why I work there! Well done!
One of the accounts I follow on Instagram is for a French Fry Mooching seagull affectionately known as FathomsBarBuddy.
He hangs out on the ledge at Fathoms Bar, up on the 10th floor of the Inn at Spanish Head
He has some pearls of wisdom that come from his feathered head and orange beak. (If you are an instagram user just search Fathomsbarbuddy, all one word.)
One of his tidbits is to “Never waste a winter day when the rains stop!”
Folks, let me tell you, as I type this, our rain gage says we have 15.36 inches of rain since January 1! Our average for January is only 10.4″ (thanks Alexa!) we are well above average and its windy and rainy this evening.
One of the first things we learned when we became coast kids was how much we had never experienced in our visits to the Oregon Coast.
Like most, we would come in the spring and summer, we’d be hoping for nice days, no rain and great sunsets. We would always have our gortex JUST in case, but we’d be happy if it was shorts and shirt sleeves during our stay.
When I am at work and talking with other insurance companies, quite often I get asked by the big national insurance companies where the Mighty P, the company I work for, is based out of. Almost invariably, when I say Seattle, I hear. “Does it REALLy rain there all the time?”
I of course say YES IT DOES! We want people to think it looks like this
We try not to let people know that a lot of the time the Northwest really looks like this!
I first started to title this post “Fall at the Oregon Coast”. However, since I am a bike rider, where falls do occur, and my mom reads the blog (and worries) I decided to title it AUTUMN at the Oregon Coast.
OK, on to the post!
Most people visit here in the summer when the sun is warm, the water, although cold, is calm, and there is a good chance of no rain.
The roads around here start getting busy in May. Then from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the coast, especially on weekends, is hopping! We DO have traffic jams, and miles long back ups!
I can’t fault folks, it is VERY pretty down here during that time of year. However, these last couple of weeks are reminding me why I am finding Fall I mean Autumn, to be my favorite time of year at the coast!