It had warmed by a few degrees by the time we headed out. Only the tips of our pine trees were in the sunlight yet.
Almost immediately, we saw our "friends", the mama moose and her calf, who were breakfasting on a leafless bush. It's astounding that they can survive the winters here.
I took a few photos and turned around to take a different route, further from the moose pair. At that instant, mama moose made a beeline to a point ahead of us. Her calf followed, and the pair disappeared into an area of endless aspen groves. Shyla and I could go on our way.
Because it was so cold, Shyla needed her red boots again, and she had "snow face" within minutes of our start.
It stayed very cold for most of our hike. Shyla's snowface persisted but, as long as she is wearing boots and they don't build up ice inside them, she doesn't mind the cold.
I am endlessly astounded by her strength, speed, and exuberance!
As much as I'm enjoying the beauty of this extreme winter snap, I'm ready for some warmer air. I'm hoping that it's warm enough for Shyla and I to be out for sunrise in the morning. I want to see that amazing sunrise light!