Random Morning Thoughts
I woke up at 3:50 this morning before my alarm went off, and the concept of resistance was on my mind. I think about resistance a lot. When we resist things, we end up enmeshed in struggle. For example, if we crash on our bike or kite or windsurfer and tense up, we’re more likely to get hurt. If we’re arguing with someone, and we resist seeing their point of view (not accepting it, mind you, but making points against it), the argument escalates. If we’re stressed out or depressed or angry, and we resist that (by saying, “I don’t want to be (insert emotion)”), then we’re more stressed out.
I’m not saying that resistance is always bad, mind you. It’s important for us to have clear boundaries. But fighting things we can’t change only creates more upset in our lives. I think this ties into the concept of flow, too. When we ride or run or do whatever without fighting the effort, the muscle tension, or whatever, we experience ourselves at our best. Flow = lack of resistance, maybe?
Anyway, I’m kinda obsessed with the concept of resistance. See if you can notice when you are resisting things. See what happens if you just go with the flow.
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Mt. Hood Snow
In the last 12 hours on Mt. Hood, it snowed, then rained, then snowed again. We’ll see flurries and sun breaks today, with the flurries decreasing as the day goes on. No additional accumulation. Okay, maybe an inch. Maybe. The snow level will be 3000′ early, with the temp rising to right around freezing up to 6500′ this afternoon. Wind will be W 40 this morning and NW 15 this afternoon. Clouds move in tonight.
Saturday starts off cloudy and rainy. The snow level will be 6000′ early, rising to 9000′ during the day. We’ll see 1.5”-2” water value (WV) fall as rain during the day (okay, we might see a little snow at first, but that won’t last long). Then we’ll see another 1.5-2” rain overnight. Wind will be SW 25 early, rising to SW 40 in the afternoon and SW 50-60 overnight.
The snow level will be around 5500′ Sunday morning, and then will drop to 3000′ midday. We’ll see orographic (terrain-enhanced) snow flurries during the day. Models suggest .3-.4” WV during the day, followed by another .3-.4” WV overnight, but I think that’s a bit optimistic. Let’s call it 2-3” of snow during the day Sunday, followed by another 1-2” Sunday night.
As I was writing this, there was a touch of an easterly breeze in the western Gorge. In other words, it is NOT nuking in the Gorge this morning. The east breeze won’t last long. We’ll see gusty westerlies at 23-27, maybe a bit more, east of Mosier all the way to Arlington today, strongest in the morning. Steven’s Locks to Mosier will get gusty 13-16 today. River water temp is mighty cold, 39 degrees.
Expect east wind at 30-40 tomorrow morning, backing off to 20-23 in the afternoon. Expect gusty west wind at 23-27 on Sunday.
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It is raining this morning, but the sky is already partially clear and showers will decrease as the day goes on. You know what that means? RAINBOWS!!! Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and the upper 40’s this afternoon with a 99% chance of rainbows.
Tomorrow starts out cloudy and rainy, and continues that way all day long. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and the low 40’s in the afternoon. It will rain and rain and rain through Sunday morning. Rainbow chances are 11%.
Sunday looks partly cloudy with showers. You know what that means? Uh-huh. RAINBOWS! Temps will be in the low 40’s early and the upper 40’s in the afternoon. 99% chance of rainbows. Looks like the Nothing will return on Monday.
White Sprinter Van of the Day
Road and Mountain Biking
I suspect it’s rather muddy out there.
Friday morning is the Sunshine and Rainbows 10 Speed Coffee run. Every Friday, 7am, 10 Speed Coffee at 13th and State. If you complete the rather fun 4.5 mile run (including stairs and the Indian Creek Trail), you’ll earn a free cup of coffee and a donut. Tomorrow morning at 8am, there’s a trail run at Post Canyon. At 10, it’s the Run like a Dog 4-miler at Skamania Lodge, benefiting Sophie Miller’s breast cancer fund. At 4pm tomorrow, there’s the cold lap cyclocross ride at Dirty Fingers.
Coming up Sunday, there are free gear demos happening at Meadows from 9am-2pm. Then on Monday, it’s Rotary Night, with $15 advance purchase night skiing that benefits the Hood River Rotary Club. Even if you’re not going, buy a ticket to support Rotary.
Have an awesome day today!