with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Snow on the Road

Snow on the road from Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon, 2012, photography by Lorelle VanFossen.

I love driving in the snow. Yeah, I know that most people freak out, but I’ve always been calm and cool when driving in winter conditions, even extreme. I know what I’m doing and I have total confidence in my abilities. What I don’t have confidence in are the other people.

I was thrilled when the snow started coming down in waves of great flakes on our last day at Breitenbush Hot Springs. It feel on our warm faces and into the waters of the meadow hot pools. You could see the snowflake as it sank and melted into the water. It was beautiful and amazing, and cold.

Brent wanted to leave early but I reminded him that it is always safer to drive on compact snow rather than slushy stuff. We had lunch and then headed out.

The trees bent down over the road with the weight of the snow accumulated over the past few days, creating a tunnel of white and shades of gray.

Love it. What a great way to leave our peaceful retreat and re-enter the world.

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