It is December 9th, 2015, and today it is possible to do many outdoor activities that would be impossible in most places in the world. With the warm weather lately, the early snow in the valley has melted away, leaving lawns, school playing fields, and golf courses green and inviting.
Children will be playing soccer and softball at lunchtime and recess today and tomorrow, and skiing deep powder snow at Panorama on the weekend.
Some of us older folks will be swinging golf clubs on the fairways at local golf courses, hiking on the lower trails in the valley, perhaps even canoeing the open water of the Columbia River, and skiing deep powder snow at Panorama on the weekend.
Many valley residents whom I know will agree that of all places in the world in which they have lived or visited, this is the best.