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It was a sun-enriched day. But because it’s still winter, temperatures were chilly enough to require a down-filled puffy jacket atop a covering of fleece layered atop a long-sleeved wool T-shirt.

The original plan was to hike a very pleasant loop Spence Mountain trail that begins at the Shoalwater Bay Trailhead, follows alongside the bay, climbs gently up Spence’s west flanks, then snakes downhill back to the trailhead.

The Cedar Pass Ski Park, located off Highway 299 between Alturas and Surprise Valley, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ski hill managers said rentals and concessions will be available at the park lodge.

The other night, I finished working on rental renovations and went for a run. Admittedly, I hate running, but the basketball and indoor soccer leagues that usually fill my winter nights are on hold, and if I go too long without exercise, I can’t sleep. So I ran.