Tom left right after Christmas to go to Winthrop, Washington to spend the last week of break with Maddy and her family. It was a long day's trip for him--starting out from the Portland Greyhound station at 8:30 in the morning, changing buses in Seattle to go to Wenatchee, travel delays on the bus due to the snowstorm and then getting picked up by Maddy's dad for the last leg to Winthrop. He didn't get to the cabin until 11:30 that night. Winthrop is pretty far north in Washington--very close to the Canadian border.
It was up bright and early the next morning to go cross country skiing for the first time. He caught on pretty quickly and enjoyed it. Much of their time there was spent skiing although once New Year Eve arrived, the temperature was too cold to enjoy it so they spent the rest of their time in the cabin reading and watching movies.
New Year's Day they went back to Kirkland and then back to Ellensburg Sunday night after enjoying watching the Packers beat the Bears and get into the playoffs.