NOV 10, 2015 – The cold season has arrived in the Idaho Panhandle. I spent ten days at my friend Ryan’s house 12 miles north of Priest River, ID, and only one day was sunny. While Switzerland enjoyed uncommonly warm spring weather way into November, temperatures dropped below freezing here, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. We went hiking twice and spent the rest of the time cutting and splitting firewood, starting to insulate Ryan’s house, cooking, baking, eating and drinking. I also tried out the new running shoes I had acquired in Seattle – the area is full of nice forests and trails. My train to Portland was reportedly delayed 13 hours, so I decided to take a flight from Spokane instead. In the meantime, I made more detailed plans for next week’s National Park roadtrip, which I am really looking forward to.