The duo and I plodded out into the deep snow, tromping through it with snowshoes. Early in the morning, the air was still freezing (5°F) and the snow light and powdery. The snow-laden trees contrasted with the deep blue sky.
As we passed a snow-carpeted boulder, K clambered to the top for a view and gave me a photo-opportunity.
R hasn't developed the same love of standing tall atop boulders so his spontaneous photo ops are less impressive.
R remained mired down in the deep snow near the boulder base.
Shortly later, R goaded K into raucous play.
And they sprinted away, kicking up a cloud of powder, while carrying a stick.
After climbing and working up a sweat in the frigid air, we found views to the mountains that sit to our west, towering behind R and K.
I loved having both of the duo with me. R brings out the playful side in K and me. He's good for both of us!
I have to admit that my spine is protesting the sudden intrusion of big snowshoes into my life. Walking in them has caused me pain for years but cross country skiing is forbidden right now while my spine is healing. Since I can't bear to miss a day like today in the forest, I plodded in my cumbersome snowshoes. It was simply a glorious day!
I promise another bear video tomorrow. It's currently uploading, at a snail-like pace, to Youtube.