At the beginning of the Upper Big Creek hike, I mentioned we chose it to avoid snow. Less that three weeks later, the snow came to Olympia and all of western Washington State. In Olympia, we had 18 - 20 inches (46 - 51 centimeters) of snow on the ground after two back-to-back storms. That's not much snow for many places but for Olympia, that's a lot. Some years, we get no snow at all.