Turns out rubber boots aren't great for traction in the snow, but I don't have any other winter boots, and they were definitely a better choice than the trail runners I would normally have worn. Humu goes absolutely crazy for snow, she only sees it a few days a year and LOVES playing in snow.
The trail winds through the forest, down a steep bank to the river, along the water, then back into the forest. Normally there are lots of opportunities for birds and other wildlife spotting, but it was pretty quiet out there today. There were a few places along the banks where bears had dragged some salmon off for a feast - we need to keep an eye out for those spots! Not because of bears, but because Humu loves to roll in the salmon carcasses, which leaves us with a gross, stinky dog. Luckily the snow helped hide them today, and there was one close call with an almost-roll, and one attempt to abscond with a salmon tail that we quickly put a stop to.
Happy holidays everyone!