Well winter finally came to town with some punch this past weekend with some brutally cold windchills. It also provided me with the opportunity to see a bird I've longed to see but never had. It's funny how sometimes one has to go "home" to find a gift. This past weekend I made the trek to my hometown to visit my brother, a life long friend and his parents. The visit was perfect in so many ways. My friend, Mike, asked if my brother and I wanted to take a ride to the beach to see if any Snowy Owls were around? That was an easy one to answer, so we went for a little ride and were fortunate enough to spot two owls. I took a ton of pictures and here a few that stood out. I had a great time seeing everyone that I had an opportunity to visit with and as a bonus I got to visit with some other friends on the way home. I feel grateful for the people that I have in my life and the opportunity to see some of the gifts my hometown has to offer.