It was colder than my trail companion and I would have liked to admit today, but we still decided that we would head back to the animal den. The air was cold and I made a mental note to pick up a pair of mittens as my hands were much warmer in my pockets than they were in the gloves that I was using. The temperature must have been too low even for the wildlife as there were no new impressions in the snow. Reaching the halfway point, we took a detour to explore a section of woods that held the foundation of an old farmhouse as well as an abandoned vehicle– I don’t know who drove the bus in, but it seems to be making a nice home for a local critter.
Arriving at the den, I took a couple of new photographs as the snow had since melted and gave it an entirely new look. Seeing that the spot was still in use, we were both excited to view what was on the camera memory card; now knowing what lives there, I think the porcupine was probably not too concerned with us. My trail companion and I only stayed to look for tracks a small time longer before leaving the woods to warm up, as the water we had packed was turning to ice.