TRAVELS WITH MARK AND MARTY

OPEN FORUM – KAREN, MARTY, MARK AND JOE

Lake Havasu, Arizona

“Although it’s been said many times, many ways…” No, I don’t mean “Merry Christmas”! I am echoing the sound of the multitudes of Snowbirds when they arrive in Arizona in November and encounter bluebird skies and 80-degree
weather. It goes something like this: “Ahhhhhhh……….!!!!”
Fleeing cold and wet northerly climes is a behavior I have come to appreciate more and more as I get older. Much as I love the myriad of mountains, lakes, rivers, and beautiful trees of Oregon, there is a price to pay for all that lush greenery – namely, lots of moisture in the form of rain and snow. Portland with its coastal influence receives about 39 inches of precipitation per year, much of it in the form of light rain and drizzle. This creates ideal growing conditions for a vast variety of plants and trees, but its climate consists of many gloomy and overcast days which make sunlovers cringe. Central Oregon where I live, boasts some 300 sunny days, only 11 inches of rain, but 23 inches of snow. This translates into long, cold winters with brief and unremarkable springs. Neither of these two extremes offer much joy for the golfer or cyclist in the winter.
Thus the Snowbird lifestyle emerges as the preferred way to enjoy outdoor activities in the winter, yet return to those beautiful mountains in the summer

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