A White Christmas for Shelton, Washington






I feel lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest. I am surrounded by woods and lakes and can view the Olympic Mountains any day of the week. What more could I wish for? Well, how about a White Christmas?

A couple of days ago, I woke up to—snow on the ground. Since then, nearly a foot of snow has accumulated in my front yard. Now, this might not sound like a lot of snow to many who live in other areas, but for Shelton, Washington, snow is always an event, and a White Christmas is, well, Wahooooooooo!

Snow Comes to Shelton, Washington
Snow Comes to Shelton, Washington

I live in a small trailer park. There are several children in the park, and it did not take them long to put on coats and gloves and dive into the snow. With a little assistance, they soon built a snowman that will be around after the rest of the snow is gone. Other snowmen magically appeared around the park.

Blue Bear Park
Blue Bear Park

Engineering a Snowman
Engineering a Snowman

Merry Snowman
Merry Snowman

I put on my boots and headed for the woods adjacent to the park.

Entry to the Woods
Entry to the Woods

It is always wonderful to be the first to walk along a snow-covered path in the woods: everything seems so fresh and new.

An old maple leaf becomes a vision of beauty.

Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf

However, after walking through the snow for awhile, I came across other tracks: I was not the first to walk along the trail since the snow began to fall.

Track in the Snow
Track in the Snow

At the end of the trail, there is a small, cabin-like house. I thought about how wonderful it must be to look out onto a snow-covered field and beyond to the woods.

House in the Woods
House in the Woods

Untold numbers of both children and adults are dreaming of a White Christmas. For this year, at least, I will be able to experience this in Shelton, Washington.






 I hope you enjoyed this article,
Royce Tivel


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