Today was snow play day. Off-trail, the snow was deep. Shyla porpoised through it.
When we first saw them, they were running very fast through the deep snow from a lower meadow up to the one where we were. They crossed our trail about 50 yards ahead of us and continued up the hill at an incredible speed considering the slope and the snow conditions.
I was charged by a different mother moose.
Intriguingly, as the locals are learning how to live with almost daily moose encounters in the forest, an article about the moose population explosion in our state came out today. The astronomical increase in moose activity in our "backyard" is happening all over the Front Range.
Let's hope that the moose, the people, and their dogs reach an equilibrium so that no one gets hurt.