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So far we're quite happy about our decision to move to Portland.   We arrived in mid-December -- not a very promising season in the Pacific Northwest -- and had the entire winter before us.   But now, three months later, spring is already coming in and neither of us is too much the worse for wear.

That being said, it was a pretty mild and dry winter here, by local standards.   Could that be due to global warming?   Quite possibly.  Could global warming be a reason we moved here in the first place?   You bet it could -- Portland seems like one of those rare locales where the prevailing climate could be improved, perhaps markedly, by a small dose of that 'anthropogenic' global warming.

Generally speaking, we don't take a lot of pictures with ourselves in the view -- we hate blocking out scenery or spoiling the view.  So these photos are exceptions to that particular rule.   Once summer comes, and we begin to explore a wider region of the Northwest, more pics will undoubtedly follow.   We'll pose before magnificent scenery -- and perhaps block your view of the Sasquatch, slouching around in full view over there by the big Cedar.   Argh, now he's gone!

As time goes on, we're really hoping for visits from our extended family, and pics will surely gush forth from those much-anticipated events.  We've already had a visit from our daughter Kate, who came out from Pennsylvania in early February for her mother's birthday.   Amazingly, we had a spell of dry weather just then and were able to show her some nice features of the city, and even take a short trip to the Columbia River Gorge.
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