January through March, 2009

Marcus and Samantha brought granddaughter Lauren and friends Matt and Maggie for a visit the week after New Year's. At 19 months, Lauren was not quite old enough to enjoy the fresh snow, but the rest of us had a good time skiing. Temperatures moderated into January, causing the elk to depart for the other side of the canyon and melting much of the accumulated snow; several nights did not go below freezing. Meanwhile, people on the northwest coast, along the east coast and in the middle of the country were "enjoying" the snow and cold that was rightfully ours.