Today was one of those rare but amazing days when I had NO work and NO plans. This morning I grabbed my skis and headed for Crater Lake National Park, hoping to get some turns. I knew areas of the park had received substantial snow in late September, but I wasn't sure how much or whether any had stuck around. Nevertheless, I would make the drive and scope it out... and worst case I would 'settle' for a hike.
After about an hour's drive from my house, I passed the south entrance of the park at 10:30 am. For the moment it was a beautiful, sunny day. However, I would soon be reminded of how quickly the weather can change in the PNW.