WINTER SPORTS -- If I weren't forced at knife-point to be here in the office today, I'd be taking advantage of the prime conditions presented by the weekend's dump of 10 inches of new snow to be skiing Art's Boogie and other off-trail routes at Mount Spokane State Park.
See Sunday's story (also click the Photos button for photos) about Art Bookstrom, who helped blaze an off-the-groomed-trails route for people who sometimes long for a peaceful trek through the woods.
Extension: Art's Boogie is about 3Ks one-way from the Selkirk Lodge area to the Nova Hut. Extend your pleasure by continuing up the access road to the Quartz Mountain Lookout (see photo).
On the other hand, there's freezing rain in the area, so driving would be tricky and the temperatures will be warming as the day advances.
Maybe the office isn't such a bad place to be?