The Slice of Life Story Challenge Begins Today!

1 Mar


I almost missed the fact the SOLSC started today. I can’t believe that March 1st has arrived. It has felt like Spring for weeks now. It shouldn’t, but it has. It is a little worrisome.

As I drive home in the afternoon, I head due East. As I come out of the tunnel between Beaverton and Portland, I see Mount Hood. Mount Hood has snow on the peak all year. At this point in the year it should be completely snow-covered and the lower mountains of the Cascades should also be white, but only the  peak of Mount Hood is white and it’s base and the surrounding Cascades are black. While the East is being inundated with snowstorm after snowstorm, we are having a dry, sunny winter. It has been bad for the snow tourism industry, but great for those of us who walk our dogs daily.

As I come out of the tunnel, I also experience an optical illusion. Mount Hood appears huge. As I drive further along and begin crossing the Willamette River on the Marquam Bridge, Mount Hood gets smaller. I think it has to do with my elevation and the curvature of the earth, but I don’t really understand why this occurs.

In any case, I wonder if this will be the first year in my 21 years in Portland that Mount Hood will be snow free in summer. I sure hope not.

7 Responses to “The Slice of Life Story Challenge Begins Today!”

  1. aggiekesler March 1, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    I wish it felt like Spring here! Tired of the cold…
    Glad you are having a great time! 🙂

  2. arjeha March 1, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    If you would like some more snow for Mt. Hood I will gladly send some your way. 🙂 I have a yard full I am trying to give away.

  3. Kathy Douglas March 1, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    I’m so glad you said you almost let the challenge slip by. I did too! However for a different reason. Here in Indiana we are getting hit with 3-6 inches of snow. We have already shoveled once this morning. Probably have many more times to go today! Glad you are having a nice winter!!!

  4. newtreemom March 1, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Mt. Hood without snow? Just would not be right! (I lived in Portland late seventies-most of the eighties.)

  5. Katie Diez March 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    What a great way to start off the month! I felt like I was staring up at Mount Hood (which I have never seen in real life) with you!
    Here in Illinois, we are wishing that all that white stuff would just go away already….but in the summer, I will kind of miss the beauty of fresh snow!

  6. adriennewiley March 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    I love that you’re starting the month off with question and a wonder!

  7. Lori A. Carter March 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    I wish spring would hurry up here in Tennessee and we haven’t had near the winter that the mid-west and northeast have had! What we have had is quite enough, however. I loved your description of the mountain and how it changes as you drive. Thanks for sharing.

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