Today I made my annual pilgrimage to the top of Mount Palomar, accompanied by my British colleague and friend Peter. We start at Lake Henshaw, ride about 10 miles along the base of the mountain, then ascend the South Grade, 8 miles at 8%. (Yee haw!) Visit Mother's, visit the observatory, and then descend the East Grade, 13 miles at 5%, for a nice little 40 mile ride with about 4,000' of climbing. This year's incarnation was made more interesting by the fact that Palomar is presently shrouded in snow (!), and in fact we were unable to go all the way to the observatory because the roads were closed. We also shared the day with hundreds of families who thought to take their kids to the snow. And yes, it was a bit nippy at times, but all in all it was a great day.