Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s an accepted fact that our Cascade Range gets inundated with snow during the winter. But, it’s still early autumn and it’s snowing already! For cryin’ out loud! Please mother nature, give us a break! I am so tired at looking at our local mountain webcams showing snow most of this year. We had an extended, cold spring, a late, cool summer, and now an early winter. Surely, the global warming phemonenon sweeping the rest of the globe must have skipped over us here! Is this a good thing? Yes and no, considering who you ask. Great for the ski bums! Not so good for the sun worshipers. Great for the rain lovers. And definitely not good for getting sufficient doses of Vitamin D!
Once again, there is a dusting of snow up at Paradise, Mt Rainier National Park. Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park apparantly got more than just a dusting when I took a look at the webcam this morning. http://www.nps.gov/olym/photosmultimedia/hurricane-ridge-webcam.htm
Even our unpredicatable neighboring volcano, Mt St Helens, is decorated in white today. I’m glad I visited Mt Rainier National Park last weekend when I did after its first dusting of snow had melted off the meadows at Paradise. But still, the autumn colors there have yet to arrive in full glory. I am hoping and praying that the heavier snows stay away from the area so that visitors can experience the full beauty of autumn in the park. If the early snows persist and one is not able to witness the colors in the park this autumn, here is what Paradise should look like in a few weeks. Now, that’s some eye-candy!