Taking A Ride Before the Big Snow Storm in Vancouver WA 2012

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX equity group - Vancouver Washington

Here in Vancouver WA (just next to Portland) it is big news when the Weather Service expects a big snow storm to come through the area.  We don't have snow on the ground often enough, and for long enough, for the local road crews to budget adequately for the rare large snow storm. 

When I know a big storm is on its way I like to make certain we have a week's worth of supplies on and be ready to stay real close to home for a few days.  This time around I felt we we ready BUT, saw no need to start the "hunkered-down" phase just yet -- if we did I know the onset of the dreaded Cabin Fever would happen sooner!  So, even though there was a slight drizzle outside (and most home buyers were getting ready for the storm) I felt I better get a bike ride in.

Thankfully the signed bicyle routes in Vancouver and parts of Clark County have improved greatly over the years.  When I lived in Everett many years ago while working for GTE, Everett and Snohomish County had been very progressive with Bicycle lane and separate path deployments, and was at that time many years ahead of Southwest Washington in this regard.  I think we've caught up quite a bit now.

The Destination this time was the Renaissance Trail on the Columbia River Waterfront.  Okay, so this trail is several miles long, and it takes me several miles just to get there -- this turned out to be a two hour ride!  Some of the sights included:

First Stop at the Western part of the Trail we find: The Angry I-5 Bridge over the Columbia River -- could it be upset that its days are numbered?

The I-5 Bridge over the Columbia River, Vancouver Washington 2012

A couple of miles up the trail I stopped at the boat basin used by the Christensen Luxury Motor-Yacht  (they make these awsome yachts here in Vancouver WA) company.  Today the Aghassi ccan be seen, awaiting a new owner perhaps?

Aghassi motor yacht moored in Vancouver WA

Another mile up the trail and the turning point for my ride is the tip of the break-water at Tidewater Cove.  This can be a great place to see Mt. Hood or watch the planes landing at PDX across the Columbia River.  Today, it was too blustery to linger...

PDX Airport across the Columbia River on a blustery day 2012

Well, I had better pedal back home and get back to work.  Hope you enjoyed this winter ride! /p>

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What a wonderful localism post - my hubby runs Queenship Marine/Crescent Custom Yachts near Vancouver, BC and knows Christensen Yachts quite well, so it was really interesting to see their boat in your montage.  Great post!

Feb 09, 2012 12:27 AM #1
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I agree with Karen it is a wounderful localism blog.

Feb 09, 2012 12:31 AM #2
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We are getting snow tonight, but that is more common for us here in Western Colorado, than it is for you. Has the storm hit, yet? Let us know if you get snowed in. I drive a Subaru, and haven't been snowed in for years.

Feb 09, 2012 01:53 AM #3
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Karen - the Christensen company is a great asset to our community.  Thanks for sharing your connection!

Elite - thanks for checking in. 

Debbie - our snow storm arrived, and was washed out by rain within a few hours.  However, Seattle to the north got dumped on, and being just enough colder than we are the snow and ice stuck around for a while!

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I had too look at those pictures really closely.  They looked really unfamiliar.  Very similar to scenes along the Sacramento River, in my part of California.

Feb 09, 2012 08:06 PM #5
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Hi Myrl, the steel-work on this bridge is green but, the lighting conditions that day gave it a much darker look and feeling.  Thanks for checking in!

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I enjoyed your journey and the photos are intriguing. One can feel the weather and sense that Spring will be breaking through and change the grey to beautiful vibrant colors. 

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Hi William, yes spring is fast approaching.  The catkins were about 2 inches long at the time the photos were taken!

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