Over the weekend I went on a guided snowshoe hike with a volunteer from the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation (this was arranged through Tree Utah, but you can get in on the action through March 23rd, directly through  the CCF). It was an hour and a half tour of SCIENCE!

I got to see a moose foot (taxidermied, produced by the guide) and learn about prints, animal adaptation, and winter habits:



I learned how to tell the difference between spruce (with scaly bark on the right) and fir (on the left, flat bark).



And the guide even pointed out another squirrel mess at the base of a tree, just like I saw the weekend before.


I highly recommend it–just find some snowshoes and dress warmly (it’s not strenuous at all). It’s also really pretty: IMG_0276