I have been looking forward to cold weather activities this season, but winter has surely taken its time this year. Coming back from a week in Canada, my trail companion and I were glad to see that snow had made its appearance and was going to stay. The winds were strong today and some roads were covered with drifts of 8 inches of snow at the crown– the trip was made at a slow pace but gave me an excuse to take in more of the scenery. It did not take too much convincing to stop for any photographs, especially when we spotted a rainbow at such an early hour. Luckily, I was not the one in charge of the camera as the cold could be felt through the seals of the doors. Making it home took more time than usual, but slower was safer and more enjoyable. What a way to bring in the new year, with fresh blankets of snow.