This weekend, I went on a ski trip with some friends to the frozen wilderness of West Virginia. I didn't actually end up skiing, since the snow was blowing sideways, I was still pretty weak from the ravages of flu, and I'd never skied before...not ideal conditions for attempting a first time. But I did go on a day hike to this lovely spot: Blackwater Falls. Oh my God, was it cold. The road to the park had signs posted saying "4x4 or snow chains required," and they weren't kidding!