... so we drove up to the mountains to my stepmother's ranch and played in the snow. Well, the kids played in the snow - we played cards in the Short Branch Saloon at the ranch. It snowed for a while when we were up there. At about 3:30 we took off back to crystal-blue skies at the coast. It's still very cold here though - low 50s right now. Hopefully we won't freeze. Here's the Short Branch. It's heated by a cast-iron stove and is very cozy.