Snow in Gold Beach

This morning, March 5, 2017, we awoke to a surprise winter wonderland!  Well, to be more exact, I had actually slept soundly through the secret snowfall. It was my neighbor Trish who knocked on my door early this morning and got me up.  She knew very well that I would not want to miss this chance to grab dog and camera and enjoy some rare snowtime!!

As far as I know, this is Blanca’s first ever experience in fresh snow! At first, she hesitated at the porch and eyed it suspiciously. Then, she seemed to think it was kind of fun.

It even began snowing some more. For myself, this was my first snowfall in 10 years!

We walk through this park almost every day, but suddenly it sparkled with newness and mystery!

I’ve got snow on my nose!

It was still early on Sunday morning and hardly any cars were on the road.

It sure is a pretty sight! I didn’t think we were actually going to get snow here in Gold Beach, but I found out that in 1969 on one extraordinary January day there were 16 inches of snow in Gold Beach! It can happen.

Around this time, Blanca was getting very restless and pulling on the leash. I think maybe her feet were getting cold?! She is very sensitive about her feet, but then it seemed to pass.

The location of Jerry’s Rogue Jets. In two months, it will be filled with boats taking tourists up the Rogue River.

How great is a stormy sky with snow?!

I’ve tried to photograph this fisherman before but never liked my pictures. This one I like!

I was so excited about the snow that I ignored the ominous sky and kept walking. Fortunately, it only produced a little rain/snow mix, nothing we couldn’t handle. The roads were quickly getting slushy as people were waking up and wanting to come out and see the snow. Many drove much too fast and were also oblivious to the fact that there was a lot of noise and far-spraying slush in their wake! It was a good thing I was wearing rain pants!

Snow on the beach is cool!

We walked for 2-1/2 hours and I took 243 pictures because I knew this wasn’t going to last and may not happen again anytime soon!

The area in the foreground is sometimes completely filled with water. I don’t know what it is, but I think it has something to do with draining sludge from the harbor through those pipes. I just like the pattern in the mud when it dries and cracks.

The sun almost came through for a little while and gave everything a golden hue.

Eventually, it did start to rain and we made our way back home.

It was a thrilling surprise morning walk through a transformed snowy Gold Beach! Thanks, Trish! As I’m writing this, it is raining and most of the snow has melted. Blanca has been sleeping all day under the covers. Now it’s clear that she really just isn’t one of those snow-loving dogs. Once in a lifetime is quite enough for her. She does like her creature comforts! 🙂

One Comment

  1. John Hayes March 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    Wonderful pictures! Exciting time for both of you.

    I had a similar experience with Tzuri first encountering snow in Yellowstone. I made a shot video which you are welcome to view if you wish. (Delete this link if you think it is inappropriately self-serving.) https://johnhayesphotography.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/first-snow/

    Glad to see you back on this site. If you include “categories” in your posts, many other WordPress users will be able to find and enjoy your site too.

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