Chris and I went walking out in the snow today. We certainly didn’t expect snow here, especially so early. For me, being so recently from California these many years, the powdery snow looks quite inviting!

"Snowy Walk in Vancouver" photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

“Snowy Walk in Vancouver” photo of Vancouver, WA by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

Last night listening to the news,  we learned the area is not that well prepared for snow. Last night it seemed like  the whole of the cities of Portland and Vancouver were  slipping and sliding! It was reported that today many businesses and schools were closed.

Fortunately for us,  we bought chains yesterday. Nevertheless, rather than drive to the store this afternoon, we decided to walk.

"Snowy Bramble and Trees," photo of Vancouver, WA by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

“Snowy Bramble and Trees,” photo of Vancouver, WA by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

It wasn’t nearly as cold as I thought it would be.  The snow was already starting to melt despite the low temperature outside. It just hasn’t been that cold that long here for the snow to really stick. Nevertheless it was/is beautiful!

The news is that it will be staying cold the next few days, before it warms up next week. Everyone here I hear is looking forward to the return of more temperate rain!!