Yesterday, Portland denizens woke up to something that is very atypical for the region: snow. Lots of it—by our standards. It had been a few years since I saw snow in the Columbia River Gorge, so the opportunity to pack up some gear and bundle up was too hard to resist. After whipping up a hearty breakfast, Nicole and I jumped in the Jeep and slowly-but-surely made our way to the waterfall circuit of the Gorge. It’s amazing to see firsthand what a little snow can do in terms of leaving the area relatively free of any other cars or tourists. We had most of these places to ourselves for long stretches of time, which was unlike anything I’ve experienced here. I don’t know if we’ll get any more snow in the area this season but if we do, you can be sure I’ll be hustling back out with camera in hand! These rare opportunities deserve to be seized.

Nicole S. Young standing under the snow covered Latourell Falls in Oregon

Nicole standing at the base of a frosted Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon