March 2nd, 2011: Schweitzer

"Plenty of fresh snow to warrant a stop at Schweitzer Mountain... And it's still snowing."

Schweitzer is way off the beaten path, nestled in the hills above Sandpoint, Idaho. It's a super mellow scene with great terrain and snow. I had heard good things and was happy to find it on my path to Seattle.

Schweitzer was getting hammered with snow and wind all day, and my legs took a licking. I had a hard time distinguishing up from down most of the day, so stuck to the trees, which were deep and plentiful. Finally, after taking my sticks off for the day at the bottom of the mountain (which apparently isn't the real bottom...), I got a clear view of the massive Lake Pend Oreille.

I love this picture. Makes me want to buy a red "UBA" and move to Idaho.

I had no expectations of the western Washington plains. In fact, I didn't know that western Washington was plains country. Deep distant clouds and spotty rain glistened in the setting sun en route to Seattle. It's beautiful country.

"Blower powder at Schweitzer and great microbrews in Seattle. Solid day."

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