Rain. The topic is on the minds of most Curry County residents, and the reactions range from “Enough already!’ to “Meh.”

For some, the rain seems never ending: “It’s been raining since Oct. 15!

Others, however, take it in stride: “What’s the big deal? We get a few days of sunshine between storms.”

Curry County, and much of Oregon, is experiencing its wettest winter in years. The rain that has fallen in Brookings since Oct. 1 — about 80 inches — is nearly 30 inches above normal.

Despite all the rain, it’s your choice to be miserable or ... wait for it ... find a silver lining.

Escaping the winter blahs is as easy as taking a drive. Yes! In the rain. Head up the coast to get a cup of hot chocolate in Gold Beach and park at the south jetty of the Rogue River to watch the thundering waves. Drive to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and take a short walk through the dripping rainforest.

For those who like their excursions to be of the indoor type, a quick check of the Pilot’s Bulletin Board and Arts Scene show a variety of activities and events. The Chetco Photographers Association meets today. Brown Bag Thursday (bring your lunch and enjoy live music) happens Thursday, and local arts Sarah Broderick leads a drawing and painting class on Friday.

Join the pinochle group or exercise classes at the Chetco Activity Center, or enjoy a special talk on climate change at the Chetco Community Public Library.

And make sure you check out the Brookings-Harbor High School’s annual talent show on March 14. That’s always a blast and sure to lift your sodden spirits!

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