Published March 4, 2011

  In January I was cooking breakfast on a bright, cold and sunny day—the temperature outside 32 below zero. The crew of workers building our garage was noticeably absent. If you’re a carpenter, 32 below is an ideal temperature to call your boss and take a day off. If you’re a skier, it’s a good day to hunker down, rest your sore muscles and tune up your skis. Later that day during lunch in the lodge, someone asked me if it ever got that cold back in 1947 when I was living in the Sun Valley parking lot in our 8-foot teardrop trailer.

  The answer was yes.

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