As the temperatures climb near the century mark, today’s image takes you back to another time of year. A time decidedly on the cooler side.

Crossing Donner Summit in winter, one gets snow at some point. Even if it is just on the ground, the product of recent storms. But more often than not, the white powder (or heavier Sierra cement) manages to fall from the sky at some point.

I have lost count of the number of times I have made this trip. Not as many times as some folks I know, but it gets to the point where I can look out the window at any moment and know where we are.

Yet some of the most refreshing times have been stepping from a hot kitchen onto the open platform as the cooling snow flies through the air with the passing of the train. Bracing? You bet, but feels great after working in the heat.

So, buck up! Winter and snow fall? Not all that far away…

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