|First Ski of the Season|
and also trekked across the ice a bit, but a layer of slush has formed under the snow already, making it not as pleasant as on the trails - and that was before the rain.
I came upon a set of mink tracks coming out from under a tree trunk at the water's edge.
I'll watch for more tracks in this area this winter. Mink keep several dens, usually living in one for a few days before moving on to another.
I didn't see any fox or deer tracks in the deep snow, even several days after it fell. I expect now that I've set some ski tracks the fox will find them soon enough, as they like the easy traveling that the packed trail allows. I might see deer tracks as well now that the warm weather has thinned out the snow cover. I had a report of a deer killed on the ice near Bryant Island. I'm not sure I'm ready to trust the ice enough to venture out in that area, especially with the warm weather of the past few days. Let's hope we get back to winter soon!