This photo, looking west to the Jemez Mountains from the top of Picacho, indicates how bereft of snow the south and west slopes are.
Thanks to a marvelous little product called the YakTrax traction device, which is essentially snow chains for running shoes, I am still out there running. I’ve been enjoying running up Picacho, getting warm on the steep ascent, and then bounding downhill off-trail, into Bear Canyon. Downhill bounding in snow is one of my favorite activities. The socks get a little wet, so I save it for the end of my run.
I continue to encounter bobcat tracks and scat everywhere, as well as the occasional retreating bobcat, and I conclude that bobcats are doing well indeed in my little corner of the Santa Fe National Forest. I am concerned for the deer I’ve come to know in the area, however. I am sure that they are not happy at the proliferation of their bobcat neighbors. May we all coexist with the least possible suffering.