1. She hates being cold. Not in a "I'd rather not be cold" type of hate, but a "Me and cold will someday meet on American Gladiators" type.
2. She likes being cozy. I have learned that being "cozy" doesn't just mean being warm. It's much more than that. To be cozy, not only must one be warm, but they also must be wearing pink fuzzy socks and be wrapped so tightly in a blanket that they resemble a newborn in a freshly wrapped papoose pouch.
3. If she's not warm and/or cozy, she has every right to sling belittling one liners my way at an intense rate. Simply put, a cold Jesse = Mrs. Grumpy Gills. This isn't a problem, it's just a fact that has made itself more clear every day. If I want to keep my self esteem up, I had better keep the warmth levels up as well. No problem.
4. Jesse also is incredibly supportive. She wants to be with me whenever possible and take part in what I enjoy. I love this, but it creates some problems, as most of the things I like doing include being outside regardless of the weather.
5. Lastly, Jesse is impressively resourceful. When I asked her if she wanted to trek up to the Rowena Viewpoint with me, I figured that because of the cold, the answer would most certainly be no. Jesse arrived at a different conclusion. When I came back into the room, she was proudly wearing this:
The Rowena Overlook is a pretty popular viewpoint West of The Dalles, and offers awesome views of certain portions of the Columbia River and its' surroundings. It's a perfect starting spot to gather footage for the Gorge Project. I eventually want to gather both day and night footage at this location, so we started with our 1st visit for night-time footage. We were there from about 9pm to 12:30am, and Jesse was happy as can be sitting in the car in her Caterpillar Suit with her reading material as I scurried around taking pictures at various locations. It was very peaceful. A light wind blew up the bank as cars painted the freeways down below. It was a great opportunity to leave technology behind and just sit quietly and listen.
I haven't completely processed the footage yet, but it looks promising. The cloud cover made for perfect combination of bright stars and smoothly moving clouds. Before we left, I decided that I wanted to try a light painting experiment with a portion of the curvy road leading up to the viewpoint. Because no other cars were around, I recruited Jesse to drive the car on a particular portion of road, and I captured the light from our car for about 90 seconds straight. Jesse's a good painter, and I have proof... Here's the result of our little experiment.