...also it was 50deg and starting to snow!...
Isn't that weird? Guess the air higher up is cold enough to form snowflakes but layer of warm air below is not thick enough to melt them before they hit the ground.
Nice Flickr slideshow and sounds like a wonderful trip - Fun, fun. BTW, more paragraphs and line breaks in the text of trip reports (TR) make it easier for us short attention span/visually challenged types to enjoy your TR.