Although the critters themselves are seldom seen during the day, the record of where they went, what they were doing, and how fast they were moving is all there for the observant snowshoer. It can make a fine game–like when we were kids and were asked to make up a story from looking at a picture book.
An off-trail snowshoe trip with a friend today showed us lots of tracks, especially mule deer which had crisscrossed along the same ridges we were traveling. In fact, since the deer know the the woods they live in better than we visitors, it’s not a bad idea to take a clue from their tracks–they tend to use the easiest routes around terrain.
Though not nearly so graceful in the snow, I hope to be back on snowshoes again soon to read more stories from the remarkable creatures that also make New Mexico their home.