Early on this walk up the Perseverance Trail we stumble upon grottos of moss blocked off the forest by icicle bars. They made a gaudy display on an otherwise low contrast gray day. Aki waits impatiently for me to take a few pictures. For one with her interests and nasal talents, this is an abundant and rich place. The snow cover is gone but not the offal messages left by animals during winter thaws. When we leave the visual beauty spot, the little poodle mix twitches from other dogs’ pee to poop and back. She shows no joy, just a serious intent to catalogue all the smells in case winter returns before she can.