It has been rainy and cold for the past week. And by rainy, I don't just mean the occasional shower. I mean a constat light rain punctuated by heavy downpours that seem to occur just as I am stepping out of the house. The winter weather has me rethinking our car-free lifestyle. It is much less fun to hitch or bike when you spend the rest of the day shivering. Luckily, only 5 weeks until I venture to the northern heisphere. Just in time.