Monday, January 25, 2021

Cruising

 Starting out the day skijoring from Breckenridge to Frisco on the Blue River Recreation Path. Wheeee!

Off we go for a wonderful skijor from Breckenridge to Frisco!

The rec path follows the Blue River from Breckenridge to Frisco and, along the way, we get many opportunities to run alongside Highway 9 (which mirrors the river too) along the way. Here is one of our many flirts with the cars along the highway. The SUV to our right gave an approving honk and yelled, "Woo!" out the window to us :)

Laying fresh tracks in the light layer of new snow as we entertain the 
cars along Highway 9.

The rec path gets groomed and, every once in a while, you find yourselves the first tracks on a freshly groomed track. Fresh groom = zoom!

First tracks on this stretch. Zoom!

But, most of today found us laying fresh tracks in the light layer of new snow over the groomed trail:

Fun footprints behind Jack & Rudy as we continue to entertain
the cars out on Highway 9.

Is that a stop sign ahead of us in the prior photo? Yes, indeed. Side roads turn off the highway and cross the rec path at 5 different points along the way to Frisco. At each crossing, I have to take my skis off, walk over the road and put the skis back on. Well, that means we stop 5 times....

This is what happened at each of the 5 crossings :)
"You futz with your skis, we'll roll snow angels!" declares the goofy kids.
As you see by the sign, we just crossed the road leading into the Breckenridge
Building Center from Highway 9.

But, in between the 5 road crossings, it was ENDLESS skijoring from Breckenridge to Frisco. Come along for a fun glimpse into the endless ride behind Jack & Rudy. Fun!

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End of a very entertaining skijor and time for 'end of run' treats. I love how Jack & Rudy so politely yield to retired Zorro first at every end of run event. 

"Ready!" declares Zorro.
"Of course we let him go first - he taught us EVERYTHING we know!
adds patiently waiting Jack & Rudy.

Another fun skijor trip from Breckenridge to Frisco: 8.3 miles traveled with 300 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 67 days on the trails covering 537.9 miles with 47,000 feet of elevation climbed.


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Flying Reindeer

"I'm known as Rudy the Flying Reindeer. Let me show you why!!!" exclaims super happy Rudy.

You don't see a set of faces much happier than this!

Rudy is known as the flying reindeer for two reasons. First, he's Rudy (think Rudolph) and he has a red nose. Thus, "Rudy the Flying Reindeer" from "Rudolph the (flying) Red Nosed Reindeer." Second, well, Rudy literally FLIES around the trails :)

We did our fun "mix up of trails" this morning where we start in the backcountry, then drop onto fast groomed trails of Gold Run Nordic Center and then exit via the backcountry again. Once on the nordic trails, Jack & Rudy were in super fast form this morning as we topped 24 MPH as a top speed!

We did two fast laps around the nordic trails and Rudy decided to really showcase his flying reindeer skills. Here we are on the first lap - flying Rudy!

Beautiful form from the flying reindeer!
Jack is no slouch himself, but Rudy really has the "fly form"!

Second lap, same as the first: Rudy the Flying Reindeer!

Beautiful shot of flying Rudy!
Jack is right there with him in speed; but, oh my, Rudy sure has some
impressive lift and fly in this shot!

Put it all together and you get this fast & fun 'Skijor Minute' for today's video highlight. Zoom is pretty much how to sum up the day!

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Of course, doing two laps means you really need to 'cool the jets' and roll in the snow after the second pass:

"Fast & fun, but need to roll and cool the jets!" demonstrates the silly kids.

Finally, how about this for a close knit trio ready for their 'end of run' treats?!? Good thing we all like each other!

The trio in tight ready for me to dish out the pork treats!

A fast & fun day showcasing Rudy the Flying Reindeer: 8.2 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 66 days on the trails covering 529.6 miles with 46,700 feet of elevation climbed.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Good Dogs

 "Hello! We had so much fun skijoring this morning!" says happy Jack & Rudy!

Such happy kids at our turnaround point. Oh, don't worry, they rolled snow
angels before posing for this shot (note the snow on Rudy's nose leftover 
from rolling in the snow :)

Lots of fun to be had on the trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning. Come along for the ride.

We started in the morning shade topping 23 MPH on the Gluteus Maximus Trail. Zoom:

Nice power from Rudy and nice speed from Jack. Wheeee!

We then got out of the shadow of the mountains and into the early morning sun. Such nice views:

Cool clouds, mountains and morning sun to our right.
Impressive Jack & Rudy flying along the trail :)

Here is a really cool shot that needs a little explanation to appreciate. It was snowing nearby with a slight breeze while we are flying along this trail in the sun. So, all the white speckles you see against the trees are snowflakes being blown onto us from the nearby snow via the morning breeze. Look straight up from Jack's right ear and that white blob is a snowflake that just hit the camera. Snowing while the sun is shining, pretty cool.

Snowing? Yes. Sun shining? Yes. Cool.

Now for today's video we get good dogs and bad dogs. Good dogs: Jack & Rudy towing me along the trail and then stopping on command when we encounter loud barking dogs coming up the trail. Bad dogs: the two coming up trail barking excessively as their human can barely get them slightly under control. Good dogs: Jack & Rudy silently waiting for the bark frenzy to get close enough where I can release them to run away from the bad dogs and finish taking me to the trailhead. I like good dogs :)

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Good dogs get 'end of run' pork treats!

"We were all good dogs today!" says the happy & focused trio.

Lots of cool photos today with an impressive video of good dogs Jack & Rudy: 9.1 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 65 days on the trails covering 521.4 miles with 46,100 feet of elevation climbed.