On the Trails: Variable sightings and weather in winter


Winter is an odd time of year here. Sometimes it rains, seemingly forever; sometimes a low, gray cloud parks itself over us for days; sometimes it’s absurdly warm but at other times it’s quite cold and the little bit of wet snow on the ground turns rock-hard. Even expert forecasters don’t always get it right. When we’re lucky, there’s a good fall of deep, soft snow that makes skiers smile.

One such good snowfall at the end of February sent me and a couple of friends out on snowshoes, plonking around the big meadow near the Eagle Valley Center. That meadow often offers a fine winter record of animal

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