But the grey skies…
And the roads…
I can’t say it was the weather. The temperature was delightful. But Portland isn’t super great with their road conditions. I had been warned (perhaps facetiously but it proved accurate), that Portland has only one snow plow.
So we kept close to home as the temperature dropped close to freezing, for my fear of ice. If you’ve ever crossed the bridges in Portland, you’ll understand my paralyzing fear when I envision it at 32 degrees.
Tucker and I took a short walkabout close to home on a day that it was at least wasn’t raining.
But I guess I hadn’t thoroughly thought through the implication of snow. Or rather, the state’s ability or lack thereof to clear said snow from the major roads.
At first it seemed okay, and in fact was rather mystical.
But when we hit the elevation where the snow on the road was as deep as the snow on the curb… I understood.
They just don’t plow.
This was a major artery connecting the coast to the interior of the state. Yes, you did have to cross over a high peak of a mountain, but that’s it. I was pretty sure that if I had been able to traverse the ten miles at the high elevation, I’d come down off the mountain to clear roads.
But I was concerned that once over the top with more snow on the way, we wouldn’t get back. And there was literally nothing—no motels, no hotels, no anything—between here and the beach towns.
I had kept my rental house after finishing the job so I could spend Christmas in Portland, knowing being home would just be a lonely place where none of my friends would gather due to COVID anyway. At least here, there were mountains to climb and forests to explore.
So I was certainly disappointed.
We returned home, and rather than wait till evening, as is our usual holiday schedule, I let Tucker dive into his presents.
He doesn’t seem to mind.
And so I did.
I couldn’t ask for a greater gift this Christmas or any day of the year.
May you all find joy in every moment, for the joy and magic is always there; you just need to find the right perspective to see it.