Well, as I've said we got hammered by deep snows here and major winds. Taking a while to get the lines I had in broke out again, making about a mile per hour. Water is pretty much everywhere under the snow on the river and the heavy wet snow and warm temps have collapsed the areas of thinner ice and formed some new open leads.
Trying to get upriver on friday:
Interestingly, all this snow and warmer temps have rotted out places right along the gravel bars about five feet wide. Some of those places were where we had been running. Can't see it in this next pic, but we broke though here and so I was making some trail for the dogs on this bar to get away from this section:
When I got back to the rig I saw where the trail had collapsed a bit behind us and so I made trail back down on the gravel bar a bit more, then when I walked back out to the trail I broke through. Was only just above my bunny boots. Went back and made trail farther back downriver some more, went back to trail, broke through again. This time with both feet, was a bit deeper...went a bit farther down the bar again and this time got to the trail without breaking through, took a couple steps on the trail and whooomph, it all collapsed into the river, knee deep this time. Oh boy! Just freaky conditions right now.
Here's a shot from yesterday, we had been running where this open water is now:
Had to divert off the river cuz of overflow, put my leader in loose lead and broke trail across this high flat, very slow going, was walking behind on a little pair of trail snowshoes: