Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rain...and it's cousin, snow

We really should clarify our recent written and photographic comments, about the fall weather, that have appeared here on the blog and on our Facebook page. For the record, we like rain. We live in a place that calls itself The Evergreen State (Washington) and it doesn't take too much imagination to figure out what keeps it so beautifully green - and right now it doesn't take any imagination at all because it's falling on our heads. Rain. Good stuff. The rivers we paddle will now begin to flow faster and fewer people will be out on our favorite trails. Again, good stuff. And hey, we make a bunch of gear that's designed for keeping people dry: tents, sleeping bags, stuff sacks, packs, ponchos, etc. So I guess you could say that rain is good for business. More good stuff.

So rain is a nice thing in and of itself and it even sounds nice on the tent fly. But there is another aspect to rain that really shouldn't be overlooked - it's association with snow. Here's a haiku that pretty much sums up this association and the feeling us winter adventure lovers have about it:

Somewhere up above
This big, fat, falling raindrop
Was a fine snowflake.

Don't forget your rain gear...