This year California has been experiencing one of the worst droughts in modern history. During a weekend trip to Lake Tahoe last month, a group of friends and I hiked to a small snowy patch of forest. The morning after we left, six of the sixteen major resorts in the Lake Tahoe region closed down for the season. Historically the snow season runs into the latter part of April. For me this was another perfect example to reflect on when thinking about our ever changing world.