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Today’s photo comes from my snowshoeing adventure a couple weekend’s ago. Although I’ve turned out at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint on Highway 62 more than a dozen times over the years, I had never been to Natural Bridge Viewpoint before. The two are very close to each other, but Natural Bridge is a bit off the highway.
During winter you can’t get to the viewpoint via a car. That fact made this trek interesting for me. I was able to park in the normal turnout on Highway 62 even though the road (Rd 300 on Google maps) is not plowed. There was room for maybe three cars, but mine was the only one there on this day. From there I walked on snowshoes a little over half a mile to this location.
The Rogue River was higher than normal so the natural bridge in today’s photo isn’t that visible, but in person the scene was pretty spectacular. Water goes underground, through a lava tube, before exiting back into the Rogue River 250 feet downstream.
This isn’t what the Southern Oregon University campus looks like today, but it sure feels like this (as it’s been in the 20s all morning).
While Ashland’s city limits were snow free on Christmas, you didn’t have to look far to enjoy a white Christmas from clear-skies Ashland this year. Today’s photo was from my house early on Christmas. I wanted to go up on the roof for a better view, but there was a thick layer of frost/ice, and I didn’t want to die just yet. So this picture is from my backyard, zoomed in on the subject to avoid trees, houses, and power lines getting in the way.
We headed up to Mt. Ashland for a walk in the snow on Christmas. Cars were streaming down the mountain as we went up. We hit the parking lot at about 4 which was also when the ski area was closing. It was beautiful, but not as beautiful as it became an hour later when the sun set. Nearly everyone was gone by then. At just 18°, and dropping quickly, I don’t blame them, but they missed the best scene of the day.
Today’s photo was taken in Beatty, Oregon about 3 hours before the winter solstice.