Jack Frost is nipping at Eugene, Cascades & Coast and it’s beginning to look a lot like winter! Willamette Pass is already cold and white, an excitingly different scene than we had here this time last year, inspiring locals and visitors to acquire their Sno-Park Permits not just for one day but for the season.
Toward the Cascade Mountains, one can see a christening snow has gently nestled atop their rocky peaks.
Drivers are encouraged to carry chains or traction tires and use their headlights if traveling out this way. Safety first in this icy new wonderland!
In town, there’s still some nice color on our trees! Folks are swigging eggnog and carving turkeys, lighting trees and getting a jump on finding those perfect holiday gifts.
November 28 is Small Business Saturday, so this weekend, get out and Shop Small in support of independent store owners.
If you find yourself near Oakway Center, stick around for the annual Tree Lighting which offers spectators free hot chocolate and cookies, visits from Winter Willy the Snowman and a chance to see real reindeer! And don’t miss what the 5th Street Market has in store for the holiday. From the weekly snow sessions at Let it Snow to their lit-up display at Night of a Thousand stars, there’s a lot to see here!
For those still seeking the last turning leaves of our elegantly exiting autumn season, take yourself outdoors and stroll through a local park.
Views of the Willamette River’s banks from the Peter DeFazio Footbridge still glow warm with yellow and chocolate color, a select handful of bordering maples still ablaze in orange and red.
Leaves that have fallen offer a hearty ground coat to the grass and pathways of Alton Baker Park. Spend some time, bring a loaf of bread and feed the ducks that swim and make their home in the reflecting pond.
In Springfield, have a wander around Armitage Park. Explore the land and venture upon the short and sweet Crilly Nature Trail. See licorice ferns in vibrant, youthful glory, nursed by fresh rains and sprouting out from the carcasses of old growth trees.
Breathe deeply the crispness of the air, returning home with rosy cheeks and hands that need warming. The Clearwater Trail extending from Dorris Ranch is another space in which to find tranquility and a pretty picture. Bring a journal and get situated on a river facing bench as you log your encounter with nature or just gather your thoughts.
Thank you for sharing the season with us. We’ve had a lovely time documenting areas of attraction across the state and look forward to next year. Winter is coming, and we’re ready for our next set of seasonal adventures in Oregon. See you next year!