The trail up Monroe is mostly bare, with the usual ice patches just above the hut.
I drop my snowshoes at the summit loop junction.

8:55 am - Shortly below the summit of Monroe, I pause to look back at Washington. As I take some photos of the hut, I notice something moving.

A red fox is scurrying effortlessly up the trail, coming right at me. Now I know who has been making all the tracks.

Casually approaching me within 10 feet, he immediately starts doing his best to look cute. He stretches and squints into the rising sun, as if to say: "Ain't this day a beauty?".

He even offers to strike a dramatic pose for me on a nearby outcrop if I give him top billing in this little tale. I agree. Who can argue with a cute fox?

However photogenic, his artful efforts to secure a snack from this fellow hill tramper fail, and the fox trots off downslope.

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