One can't complain about rain during the winter in western Oregon - it is just part of life. By the second half of October, we are usually quite wet, and it pretty much stays that way (with the occasional sun break) through May. This year, our December was unusually dry and it appears that Mother Nature has decided to correct the error of her ways. After a couple of days of snow, we are now getting pounded with a series of storms coming off of the Pacific. Just to the south of us, there is a part of the Coastal Range that got 7" of rain over the last 24 hours. Combine that with snow melt off of the mountains, and we have one heck of a mess on our hands. Our farm lies between the base of the Coastal Range and the North Yamhill River - which means that every drop of water that rolls down the eastern side of the mountains seems to cross our place before it gets to the river............Let's just say I was surprised not to encounter andy salmon swimming upstream in one of the barns this morning. Even when the rains stop for a while, there is still so much water coming out of the hills, that it flows in torrents across roads and fields - here are 2 photos of the water coming out of our western most pasture and tumbling down into the stream which runs along our farm.