It starts like this.
That's what it was like after the run. It had warmed up slightly.
That leads almost inevitably to this, the first tusks of the year. Still small because it wasn't really that cold out and it wasn't that long of a run. 6K or so, 53 minutes, nice and easy, being careful on slightly treacherous footing. Maybe an inch of loose snow in places, with a bit of slippery hardpack underneath.
As a reward for suffering through 2 pics of me, you get a good one.