Earlier this week we had a series of winter storms. While most of you are probably extremely tired of snow and ice, it is a novelty here in the land of everlasting summer. We had rain but our mountains got snow. Knowing that the temperature is going up into the upper 80’s soon, we took a trip up to Mt. Piños, near Frazier Park. We were pretty lucky because normally when the local mountains get snow there are tons of people who travel up to play in the snow. Mt. Piños was, for the most part, pretty pristine when we got there. One of the most interesting things, though, is the way the frost surrounded the needles on the pine trees. I had never seen this effect before. I’ve seen the effects of ice storms and have seen lots of snow on pine trees, but for each needle to be surrounded by frost was a new experience. This was also seen on some of the shrubs and grasses. My apologies to those of you who would be happy never to see snow again but I really wanted to share this!