Springtime in Portland

Iced over Tunnel Falls on the Eagle Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge. I'm the blue blur on the right.

This past weekend the weather has been crazy – we had snow, hail, rain and sun all in a half hour! Walking through Mt. Tabor on Saturday, there was a snowman left from Friday’s heavier snow.

I’ve been watching the temperature because we started the garden on March 21. Lettuce, carrots, onions and beans are in. The lettuce is going crazy. The carrots and onions are just starting to pop. But, I don’t think the beans are going to survive the cold. We’ll have to poke around gently and see what’s going on with them.

Daffodils are in bloom, so are the cherry trees. It’s just a beautiful time of year, and makes you start to yearn for summer, which around here isn’t guaranteed to start until July 5th! That’s the tough part. After our long rainy and cold winter, you just want it to warm up so you can get outside comfortably.

But what it ends up meaning at our house is we go to REI and buy more gear. There’s a saying, there’s no bad weather, only bad gear. And, I never thought I’d say this but it’s true. If you have the right gear, and the right attitude, you can do just about anything.

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