oxbow wind picnic

January 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

a cold picnic in January

Last Saturday we woke up to a sunny morning and knew that it was the perfect day for a hike. So we headed out to Oxbow for the first time. We didn’t really follow directions since we kind of knew where the park is, but really we didn’t know how to get there and drove around the surrounding areas of Gresham and Sandy for about an hour. Luckly it was beautiful and the view of Mt. Hood was quite nice against the fields of baby Christmas trees and nursery shrubs. Eventually we made it to the park in time to realize that it was beautiful and bleeping cold outside. It was chilly and really, really windy. Being prepared for cold weather we had our picnic (complimentary of Ryan) in a sunny spot- note the two layers of fleece that I’m wearing and the fleece blanket around me.

We did do a bit of hiking around since it was our first visit to the park and it was so nice and all. The park is on the Sandy River which is apply names for the sandy beaches flanking the water. Due to the recent flooding a few weeks ago, some of the trails washed out and huge deposities of sand covered new parts of the beach where they weren’t before. It was beautiful and exciting to see the natural effects of “harsh” weather. Oh, and we also got skewered by a falling tree branch. The high winds were knocking down things out of trees (like icy pine cones), branches, and trees them selves.

I heard that the winds in the Gorge that day were 90+ mi/hr. Rumor is some people had their car doors ripped off up at Crown Point. This is a video of some folks up there.

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