It had been my intention, as I stated in yesterday's post, to show some Autumn pictures I took on Saturday near Bend, Oregon, but it has been a strange day, to say the least. After a week of temperatures in the upper 80's, well above the average for this date of 74 degrees, a Winter storm blasted in, dumping some locations with over 7 inches of snow. Many of the deciduous trees, still laden with bright green leaves, could not endure the weight of all that white stuff and collapsed, like this unfortunate aspen on my front lawn. Driving was amazing. There were no sand trucks to be seen and, even some of the cameras on the mountain passes, designed to show hazardous conditions, weren't operational yet. Tomorrow there will be chaos at the tire centers for mounting and balancing. There will be a run on chains, scrapers, gloves, battery chargers, and stocking caps. People will recall the taste of a hot rum and begin to jabber about new skis, snowboards and expensive lift tickets. The kayak's days are numbered and is soon to be stashed again in the garage rafters above the fishing gear and golf clubs.
Amidst the excitement of the day, I consulted the weather report. A massive warming trend with mild days are predicted. Maybe a person ought not be too hasty. Sandals, shorts, and t-shirts for me, that's my mantra. I love Winter, but not yet. December is soon enough.