When my brother moved to Bend, Oregon last year, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t planning to spend his winter removing several feet of snow from the driveway and clearing pathways for the dogs to go outside.  This winter’s multiple storms in Bend have dumped more snow than has been seen in the area since the 1920’s.  I arrived Saturday for a belated Christmas visit to a chilly 14° high temperature at mid afternoon.  But Sunday, the sun was out and the afternoon high was 30°.   Icicles are everywhere clinging to the eaves and the sunny day started them dripping and cracking off, threatening to impale anyone walking near them.

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