Couple of photos from some fall adventures in Oregon.
First, last weekend, a trip to the mouth of Tillamook Bay for some lunch, surf-watching and seagull inspection:
And Thanksgiving weekend, a trip wine-tasting with friends on Saturday, then an overnight near Mt. Hood at Trillium Lake. We watched a movie (in the van), spent the night in the van, and then did some snow-shoeing before heading home for birthday dinner.
This is where you would see Mt. Hood on a clear day:
We didn't chain up on the way up the hill. It was actively snowing, and traffic was light. I was concerned about traction with the wide mud terrain tires because I haven't driven the SMB in snow and ice before, but there were no problems. Didn't really hit ice, but they handled fine in the snow.
Today, I didn't know what to expect on the trip down the hill, so I went ahead and threw on the chains. I have the Les Schwab quick-fit diamond tire chains. I've run these on my cars for years with no problems. Not too difficult to put on, and very easy to take off. I was glad to have them on, because today it look this going down the hill:
Had a funny moment as we pulled out of the snowpark. I was out of the van for one last check and tighten on the chains, and a Volkswagen pulled past us to get on the highway. As I got back in, I noticed their right rear tire was flat. I pulled up beside them and told them. They weren't really excited about changing a tire in the snow or driving a donut down the hill. I offered to air them up. "You have a compressor on that thing?" "Well sure, and a fridge, and a furnace, and a stove, and..." We couldn't find any obvious punctures in the tire and no hissing, so in a few minutes they were on their way. Who knows, maybe some converts sometime soon...