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We are a married couple who retired and moved to Thailand in 2014. You are welcome to join us and our travel monkeys Sun Wukong and Malcolm Jr. on our adventures! We hope you enjoy the trip as much as we do.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Our Last Winter in Oregon

We have lived in Oregon for 13 years and have seen the winters become consistently worse each year.  I hear old timers talk about "The Winter of 1974" and they remember how much snow or ice there was.   However, in the last few years the Eugene area has closed the University of Oregon and there have been multiple car pile up's on the highways.   Unlike those of you that live in known winter snow areas, Oregon does not have the road equipment, people do not have proper cold weather gear, and vehicles don't have block heaters.   The best the road crews can do for the ice skating rinks is to put down de-icer or sand and hope for the best. So when we get days of snow and freezing rain it tends to shut down the entire area.

October 2009  Two feet of ice sliding off the roof

October 2009  Our 4 acres

Snow Monkeys November 2010

March 2011

December 2013

Lin, Des, Sun Wukong and Malcolm Jr. Dec 2013

University of Oregon Dec 2013

Malcolm Jr. to the rescue!

Ice Sword Fight Dec 2013

Malcolm Jr.and Sun Wukong December 2013

February 2014

Ice Storm February 2014

I can hear the ice crackling.  I will not be walking under any branches!

Yep, this is one of the reasons we are looking forward to our new home in Thailand!


  1. Yeah, I was living in PDX when it snowed, and after living 6 yrs in Colorado, it was amusing to see how the flurries shut down the city. But not amusing when I couldn't get my car out of the parking lot :P

    I keep watching everyone post pics of the strange snowy weather, and wonder what this means as far as global warming. But when it gets so hot here, you'll be wishing for some of that cool cool ice!

    Enjoy the moment, xxoo

  2. I imagine we will be hibernating during the hottest part of the day and like the locals, go out at night. When we moved to the desert near Las Vegas it took a year to get used to the heat. I remember 120 F. At least we will have air con and can find a nice iced coffee!