Today set up as the opposite of yesterday. Where Tuesday was relaxing, Wednesday was stressful. Where Tuesday's perambulations on skis were mostly free and easy, along well-marked trails, Wednesday's involved questionable route finding and gluey snow. Tuesday's weather aided and abetted our journey; Wednesday's worked against us. If, yesterday, we operated on autopilot, today we relentlessly worked the controls without much reward. Successes proved fewer, hard-won, fleeting. We learned plenty today, including that we need valleys to appreciate the peaks, or vice versa.