It does help to be properly attired for whatever inclement weather is being offered up. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my lightly insulated gloves are indeed waterproof, and I was riding in my muck boots anyway because they're a little warmer than my Blundstones, so my extremities were toasty & dry. I had my polarfleece beanie (completion award from our 50 miler last Oct) under my helmet, so my head stayed warm. My jacket was water-resistant, and held up pretty well since we weren't getting drenched, but I was glad to have a polarfleece layer on beneath it. I wore my Kerrits Windpro insulated winter tights, which shed rain for a while and are also polarfleece lined. By the time we returned to the trailer, my legs were cold and if we slowed to a walk, I started to feel the chill creeping in - but, really, for not actually planning to be riding in the rain, I was pretty pleased! I had also thrown a light polarfleece rump rug on Rhio, and was glad of that decision as well. The boys were steaming pretty good when we stopped!
We saw two particularly interesting wildlife-related things, one of which I snapped a photo of & one of which I didn't. The one I didn't get a shot of was a large dead pine that had been extensively remodeled by a woodpecker (or several), so that it looked like the beginnings of a totem pole. The excavated tree bits littered the snow around the tree in quite an impressive circle. I have been noting a lot of activity from Pileated woodpeckers recently; I hear them calling a lot and see them flying around. I presume it is the beginning of mating/nesting season for these native, year-round residents and that one had an enthusiastic plan for this particular dead tree.
See the next photo for the one I did get a picture of:
|Moose poo! Pretty fresh looking, too :)|