Attire and Other Interesting Weather-related Thoughts
When you are traveling from other areas of the US and you come to visit Fishhawk Lake to look at lake properties with me as your host, my mantra for attire is this:
Layer and Peel!
You might be coming from Arizona or California (we get several folks from there) where the temperatures are far and away much warmer and drier than you experience in the coastal range of Oregon, and that is part of what some are seeking—a respite from very hot weather—especially in the southern areas and in summer months. However, what a body is used to becomes very different when enjoying a completely new climate. That’s why layering and peeling as you go through the day is paramount to having an enjoyable adventure looking at properties at or on Fishhawk Lake.
Here you will experience a lower temperature by 6-12 degrees from Portland weather. I have been here since 2003 and can say that it definitely has gotten warmer in the summer months, hitting the 90s more frequently than it used to, BUT. We also have winds and rain and sun and rainbows and snow….maybe not all of this in the same day, but quite often you will see dramatic changes in a matter of minutes. And that is part of our allure.
With shade from our vast trees, wind that whispers along the water’s edge and gets more powerful as you take a boat onto the lake, if you come prepared for these fluctuations, you will find it to be quite pleasant, no matter the season.
Another item of attire that makes for an easier tour of properties are shoes/boots that can be slipped on and off easily. In the spring months, if you are going to want to tromp around the yard, landscaping or a vacant lot, be forewarned that areas do get a bit mucky, depending upon whether or not you are checking out the area in the winter, spring or fall. Summer months, you’re usually safe. But, we do have rainfall regularly in the early spring for sure and periodically in winter and fall, which certainly adds to our lush landscape and in the fall, with dropping leaves and the needles from our resident trees, you’ll be dragging in bits of debris that a homeowner will not be too happy about. I’m not one to offer those silly blue shoe covers…I gave up on those long ago, because they get stretched out and fall off and they feel somewhat ridiculous, so that’s my take on THOSE. Come with socks and your easy on/off footwear and it will make for a grand time, with no worries about dirtying the often white carpet that seems to be popular here! (I don’t know why, as I gravitate towards more of a hardwood floor because it seems more natural here with “cabins at the lake”, but that is just me).
It’s not pleasant being cold when you are looking at vacation or full time possibilities here at Fishhawk Lake and if you have kids with you, please make sure they are warm and dry! I like to take about 2 hours with new buyers and when you are comfortably dressed it creates a much more fun experience for all. I have occasionally offered jackets to folks who obviously didn’t come prepared and I don’t mind, but sometimes I just don’t have the right size! Windbreakers are great, because you can layer underneath and they’re not usually so heavy that you become too warm too fast.
I do like to give my clients a heads up if they aren’t used to our weather patterns and if there’s a sudden storm brewing, we may want to reschedule. I had a brave soul who came up from Arizona and marched around in the snow with me this last winter and she and her husband now reside here (as of May) and I think they are basking in the moderate temperatures and far-different surroundings than where they came from! (Which was the point, but she was a real trooper coming up here during one of the harshest winters I’ve seen here since ’03).
Weather can really affect people and that is one of the standard questions that I get and I’m well equipped to handle it. I have found that I pay attention to what Mother Nature is doing to get a better handle on what the day holds, rather than watching a weather report because they are notorious for being wrong about our area!
Years ago, I set up a Facebook group called Fishhawk Lake Folks, and the neighbors are great about sharing what is happening with the weather, if we are having road issues as a result and often beautiful photos are posted to everyone’s delight! (Especially for those who can’t make it up on that particular day or weekend, it makes you feel a bit more informed and sometimes feels almost like you are here).
I hope that this gives you a fuller picture of just what you will partake in and enjoy when you come to view properties at or on Fishhawk Lake with me, your local expert!
If this piques your interest to know more about full or part time living at Fishhawk Lake, please give me a call for a private tour of the community I love and am a member of!
Gayle C. Rich-Boxman
REALTOR® John L Scott Market Center
Birkenfeld OR 97016
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Real Estate ™"Your Gateway to the Lake!"