Dome Rock. Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. A very early, heavy snowfall. I was home for a life celebration 10 days ago. I got out of the truck, looked up at that giant star covered sky and I could smell the moisture coming. I was still surprised a few hours later though when the temperature fell 35 degrees and so did 5 inches of very wet snow. Nebraska, never fails to surprise me even though I expect to be surprised there. I've been reading a lot about the American West lately. Wallace Stegner and Barry Lopez principally but also some fine new work by @bschaneman. This morning it was Stegner---"It is not an unusual life curve for Westerners - to live in and be shaped by the bigness, sparseness, space clarity & hopefulness of the West, to go away for study and enlargement and the perspective that distance and dissatisfaction can give, and then to return to what pleases the sight and enlists the loyalty and demands the commitment." I've never understood that better.