Interesting doesn't even begin to describe the weather we have had in Western Montana over the last few weeks. Given the mild winters we have had the last few previous years most of us thought we had gotten away with yet another relatively boring season. Then the snow hit, and hit and then it knocked us out a bit. Avalanches and freezing rain have now brought us into severe flooding. A fun side effect of all of this is potholes, potholes that can swallow small cars or at least small children. Driving has been precarious; walking has been iffy. In the midst of all of this however comes the reason why all the seasons are amazing. The reason why, as enjoyable as San Diego non-weather was, I am deeply glad to be back in the Bitterroot Valley. If you ignore the hassle of this weather and allow a bit of the child to sneak back into your viewpoint then snow is a wondrous fluffy type of play-dough, the cold is just an excuse for hot chocolate and "bad" weather is a reason to have a good playdate with your friends. The wonderful Natalie came up with the snowforting party plan and hosted Hardeep, Mike and I with all of her usual exuberant kindness. After a bit of an adventure in front wheel driving and getting stuck on Natalie's road we arrived in the 0 degree weather, ready for some snowforting. It is incredible what four adults can make happen with some shovels and a lot of snow in just a couple hours. I am so grateful to live in a place that allows for this sort of silliness to take place and for the people that make it possible.