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April Swenson, Managing Broker at
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers

Cell / Text: 360-589-2777
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Ocean Shores, WA Real Estate

2008 Winter Snow Storm
2 Stories Rolled into 1
Ocean Shores, WA

December 20-22, 2008 ~ The Northwest was belted again with another snow storm. Not since about 1969 have we seen this much snow. Ocean Shores probably got upto a foot of snow. This time around, it was even more beautiful as everything was coated with this fresh powder. The bad part of these storms is that people were stuck everywhere without 4-wheel drive and without chains. I even had to drive into Aberdeen to pick-up chains for some clients of mine because I had a 4-wheel drive and they would have been stuck in Ocean Shores for days. But I did not mind one bit...I love to drive in the snow, especially fresh powder. It was an opportunity I gladly accepted. It was a very slow drive into Aberdeen/Hoquiam, but we were moving well on my drive back home. The snow lasted through Christmas, so we did have a White Christmas. It was lovely.

Looking south along Duck Lake Dr
(Chinook Park is on the right).

Town Center:
where Chance a La Mer & Pt Brown Ave meet.

Mine and Bob's office: Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties along Pt Brown Ave.

My house.


This is an idea of what properties looked like when they were untouched: a Winter Wonderland (picture of one my client's lots).

A racoon perched in the snow.

A deer braving the wind and snow.

Highway 109 (my drive into Aberdeen).

Highway 109 through the curves.

December 13-14, 2008 ~ Ocean Shores residents, and the rest of Western Washington, woke up to to the beautiful sites of fallen snow. It is rare for Ocean Shores to get snow, especially as much as we got, and it stuck. It was such as joy to go out Sunday morning and take all of the pictures you see below. I went all over the peninsula with the wind blowing and big snow flake flurries. The Jetty was very exciting to watch as the surf pounded the beach sand and the waves crashed on the Jetty rocks. If you have never seen a storm in Ocean Shores, I definitely suggest spending time down here in the Winter because it is a wonderful and unique sight to view.
After church, I had the opportunity to show some clients a home in Elma...and what a beautiful drive! The snow flakes were coming down in bug chunks and the roads were covered in snow and ice, which I had to be very careful driving. Luckily I have some experience driving on ice and snow. When we arrived at this Elma home, it was like seeing a picture straight from a magazine or postcard...absolutely beautiful.
Take a look at the pictures at the bottom of the page...I got some really nice shots of the Hoquiam River along Highway 101. I took these shots on my way back home from showing homes in Elma. I do hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed being out in the snow.
The following Monday and Tuesday mornings, we awoke to the beautiful sunrises along the Bay and enjoyed perfectly clear, yet very cold (below freezing) days.

     Duck Lake & the Grand Canal...


View of the beautiful Duck Lake.
(taken from the Overlake St bridge)


View of houses along Duck Lake.
(taken from the Albatross St bridge)

View of houses along the Grand Canal.
(taken from the Ocean Lake Way bridge)

     The Golf Course...

The Clubhouse w/ Driving Range & Putting Green.

The 8th Green & Fairway.

The 5th Fairway.

The 18th Green.

This bridge links the 18th Tee & Green.
It crosses the Grand Canal from Pt Brown Ave.

Seagulls perched on this bridge while it is snowing.

     Downtown Ocean Shores...

Coldwell Banker OBP...Yes, we were Open most of the day.

The Coldwell Banker/Caffe Amici building.

The Boardwalk Shops of Ocean Shores located next door.

View of Pt Brown Ave.

View of Pt Brown Ave.

View of Hotel Row along Ocean Shores Blvd.

View of Hotel Row along Ocean Shores Blvd.

     The Jetty & Beach...

The Jetty.

Waves crashing.

Beachgoers braving the wind, rain and snow.

     The Streets...

Duck Lake Dr NE.

Glover Ct NE.

Overlake St Bridge.

Harbor View Lp (my front yard).

Pacific Blvd Beach Access Street.

Pacific Blvd (east view).

     North Bay Park & the Airport...

North Bay Park ball field.

North Bay Park playground, etc.

Airport hangars.

     Other Sites...

The Elementary School.

The Babtist Church.

My home.

     The Next Morning...

We woke up to beautiful sunrises along the Bay the next 2 days.

     The Hoquiam River (along Hwy 101)...

April Swenson, Managing Broker & CRS
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers ~ Ocean Shores, WA

Cell / Text:   360-589-2777
Fax: 360-289-3941