I like hiking all year round. While I was in boots for this trip, I often use snow shoes, allowing me to wonder off the trail to do some exploration or get a different angle on something of interest. I really could have used the snow shoes on this adventure as the red doors drew me off the path through some rather deep snow. Not nearly so bad for me as for Molly the Doodle, my canine walking companion whose body is much closer to the ground than mine. She appreciated it when we returned to the path.