Chilly and frosty this morning

Most people think of Oregon as a wet dismal place where it rains all the time. Truth be told, that is mostly the central/northern coast, Willamette valley and Cascade foothills. Much (most) of Oregon is on the east side of the Cascades where it can be quite arid. You just don't hear about it because 60% of the population is in 5 counties on the west side. I moved to central Oregon from the Portland/metro area about 5 years ago to escape that dismal place. After our oldest son got murdered in 14, then losing four other close family members within the following year the constant cloudiness and rain really started working on our mental health, especially my wife's.

Here in the high desert we get 8-9 inches of precipitation annually, a lot of sunny days (which is great for my solar production), clean air and QUIET. I love waking up in the morning and just listening to music and looking out the window on a cold winter morning. It's 19 out at the moment and there is snow on the mountains and a light frost on all the vegetation. When I was younger I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the city. As I got older and the kids left I found I was always on edge. Road rage seemed to be a daily occurrence and I started getting really cynical and disliking people. Since I moved over here I have found my stress level has dwindled to almost nothing. It has been very nice to finally find some peace in life after 54 years. I wish the same to every one of you.

There are a few drawbacks, but life is always somewhat give and take.

Marc

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Mike Gibson

Junior Member
It was 23 here this morning Marc. So our warmer Winter days are over for a spell it seems. The goats are standing in the sun I see.goat.JPG
 

airdronian

Radar Member
That's colder than we are this morning in our part of the GWN. Never fully sunk below freezing here, although it did snow for good measure.
 
It was 23 here this morning Marc. So our warmer Winter days are over for a spell it seems. The goats are standing in the sun I see.View attachment 32039

Trade the sheep in for goats???

That's colder than we are this morning in our part of the GWN. Never fully sunk below freezing here, although it did snow for good measure.

That's something we haven't had much of here this year....yet! The last few big snowfalls we've had have been in February. We had a dusting on Christmas.. The most we've had this winter was just recently on the 8th.

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Mike Gibson

Junior Member
Trade the sheep in for goats???



That's something we haven't had much of here this year....yet! The last few big snowfalls we've had have been in February. We had a dusting on Christmas.. The most we've had this winter was just recently on the 8th.

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Yeah, when we sold the sheep Nancy decided she wanted some goats for the grandkids. So she bought 4 dwarf goats. They are cute but noisy at times. You can keep the snow in Bend thank you.
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
Most people think of Oregon as a wet dismal place where it rains all the time. Truth be told, that is mostly the central/northern coast, Willamette valley and Cascade foothills. Much (most) of Oregon is on the east side of the Cascades where it can be quite arid. You just don't hear about it because 60% of the population is in 5 counties on the west side. I moved to central Oregon from the Portland/metro area about 5 years ago to escape that dismal place. After our oldest son got murdered in 14, then losing four other close family members within the following year the constant cloudiness and rain really started working on our mental health, especially my wife's.

Here in the high desert we get 8-9 inches of precipitation annually, a lot of sunny days (which is great for my solar production), clean air and QUIET. I love waking up in the morning and just listening to music and looking out the window on a cold winter morning. It's 19 out at the moment and there is snow on the mountains and a light frost on all the vegetation. When I was younger I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the city. As I got older and the kids left I found I was always on edge. Road rage seemed to be a daily occurrence and I started getting really cynical and disliking people. Since I moved over here I have found my stress level has dwindled to almost nothing. It has been very nice to finally find some peace in life after 54 years. I wish the same to every one of you.

There are a few drawbacks, but life is always somewhat give and take.

Marc

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Whereabouts in Eastern Oregon? I'm trying to determine from the shot of Mt. Jefferson above, but can't tell if that's looking straight west (in which case, you are somewhere around Madras), or from southwest (e.g. Prineville or Redmond).
 

Mike Gibson

Junior Member
Marc lives near Bend. Just south of Redmond in the area that's becoming Bend. :) I live north of Marc near Dufur which is 13 miles south of The Dalles.
 
Close, I'm actually just northwest of Redmond. Culver is just on the other side of the Crooked River gorge. Technically our zip code is Terrebonne, but I would be quite a ways out on the peninsula between the Crooked and Deschutes rivers, directly south of Cove Palisades state park.
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
Vintage Dufur Days. Used to be Dufur Threshing Bee for 42 years. Then we lost our folks who brought draft horses. So now it's done with old tractors.
I went to Dufur Days back in the summer of 1987 (?) when I went to visit a good friend who was working as a counselor at Camp Baldwin.
 

Mike Gibson

Junior Member
I worked all the Threshing Bees starting in 1990 until we stopped in 2015 and switched to vintage Dufur Days. No show in 202o due Covid.
 
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