Jack Frost is Out!

Folklore from countries around the world surround the harsh, cold, dark, mysterious time of year known as winter.

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Boreas – God of the North Wind – In Greek mythology, each direction of wind was considered a god. Depicted in ancient art as an old man, he was considered the bringer of winter and the cold. The harshness of the season was paralleled by his supposedly harsh personality, short-tempered and severe.-

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In some Celtic traditions, According to legend, the Oak King would battle the Holly King who ruled from the start of summer. Though the Oak King’s reign would begin at the darkest time of the year, his coming marked the gradual progression towards spring and summer, rather than being seen as the bringer of the winter season.
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For the Norse mythologies, Ullr was the god of winter. Son of a frost giant, he would rule Asgard in Odin’s absence in the winter.
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Jack Frost, is the personification of snow, sleet, ice, and freezing temperatures.  He is the variation of Old Man Winter nipping at your nose and leaves fern-like patterns on the windows as he walks by. Jack Frost has been referenced in stories and songs since at least the 1700s.

Every now and then, nature transforms The Cove into a spectacle of shimmering ice and frost which coats literally everything in a mantle of glistening ice crystals, this is known as Ammil.  This phenomenon occurs when a winter thaw is suddenly arrested by a rapid drop in temperature which results in the moisture being frozen. Sometimes larger objects can get a build up of several layers of ice which because of its weight can cause havoc with old trees and dead branches.

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 Ammil – The glittering layer of ice that dusts everything after a freeze.

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Frost crystals form on a smooth cold surface like glass, they often make beautiful patterns.  These patterns are the result of changes in the surface of the glass; tiny scratches or specks of dust can affect the way that the crystals form and interlink.

While this picture perfect fairyland is beautiful, it can be dangerous.  Be careful not to slip on ice, don’t stand under trees or things that can break and fall on you.  Driving can be especially tricky.  If you can, avoid Jack Frost, enjoy these days from the warmth of your fireplace; if not, bundle up and go slow!

 

 

Holiday Season – Savings & Gifts

 

Publication2.jpgThis holiday season, give your loved ones a year of unlimited access to Oregon’s state parks with an annual day-use parking permit. From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy the annual parking permit for only $25–that’s $5 off the regular price of $30. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

Shoppers can round out their gift with holiday gear branded with the iconic Oregon State Parks shield, including hats, water bottles, dog bowls, ornaments and stickers. The holiday gear will be on sale during the month of December.  Gift gear and parking permits are for sale online at https://store.oregonstateparks.org/. Gift items can also be purchased in person at Oregon State Parks headquarters in Salem, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C.  Parking permits are also sold at major OPRD offices, some state park friends’ group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state. List of vendors.

Alternately, if you would like to give back to the parks you love, consider becoming a member of — or giving the gift of a membership to — the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to enhance the state park experience. Those who give a tax-deductible donation of $45 or more will receive a 12-month day-use parking pass as a thank you. Learn more at www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org.

 

Is the Lake Lower?

Visitors at Lake Billy Chinook may notice that the lake level has gone down since this fall.  Boaters will easily see the waterline is a couple of feet lower than it was.  Portland General Electric (PGE) manages lake levels on Lake Billy Chinook to accommodate spring runoff and control flooding downstream.  Some years it is necessary to lower it further like in the spring of 2017 to catch above average snow melt.

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PGE currently plans is to draw the water line down 3 feet by Christmas and keep it there until March and April. The lake level is measured in actual elevation, so full pool is 1,945’ above sea level and hold lake level to approximately 1,942’ after the holidays.

For current water temperature and flow data from U.S. Geological Survey monitoring stations water temperature/water levels

to be sorted 12 2015 007.JPGBoating is allowed all year at Lake Billy Chinook however safety is our priority.  Snow, high winds, icy conditions and low water can make launching difficult or unsafe.  This may require some boat docks to be temporarily closed.  Boaters, stay safe, do not try to launch from a closed dock. For current park conditions, call the park office 541-546-3412, Monday – Friday from 7:30 – 4 pm.