Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Winter spell

January started out with a winter chill. Nearly 10 feet (3 meters) of winter snow has accumulated already in parts of the Cascades and guests have been skiing at Hoodoo in excellent snow powder and taken beautiful pictures of a winter wonderland on the McKenzie which lasted at our place for a day or five. Fortunately the elevation of the McKenzie River Inn is about a thousand feet and the snow mostly doesn't stick so the road stays clear.
It is also the time of year that people start making plans for their summer travels and for couples with wedding plans to check for available dates. Fishing season is just a couple of months ahead of us and equipment is being checked. Drift boats are getting a fresh coat of varnish and the rafts inspected and washed for the fishing and rafting season. It's a great time of the year!