We had our first totally blue sky here in months! It seemed like a crime to stay home, so I went out to paint, heading south on US31. Just north of Elk Rapids is Erickson Road, one of my favorite places. Lots of snow on the ground, but it was well above freezing. And quite windy. I parked along the road and slightly opened both front windows to let in the breeze. Tiny snow crystals stung the side of my face the whole time I painted.