On a whim, we decided to take a trip up to Mt. Charleston for the afternoon. The weather app on my phone assured me that the temperatures were only mildly colder than in the Las Vegas valley. That prediction was very much off the mark. Despite the biting cold and our unpreparedness for it, we enjoyed some hot cocoa at the lodge and I managed to keep my shutter finger just warm enough to snap some photos. There were lovely low-lying clouds surrounding the mountains. They really gave place a magical air. The blue sky peeked through the clouds to introduce much color to the cold monochrome nature of the place. A wonderful detour.