Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Repertoire

Catching Air Skijoring in Late May! Yay!
May 22nd on Walton Peak at Rabbit Ears Pass. Beautiful conditions and Zorro & Jack
"catch air" flying along the terrain.
Jack expanded his "snow angel repertoire" today to include rolling snow angels BEFORE we even got started. His repertoire now consists of (1) rolling snow angels before we start; (2) rolling snow angels during both of our short breaks; and (3) rolling snow angels after the day's run. Quite a talented young boy!
Here we are at the start of the day's outing. We have not even started our run; but silly Jack
is rolling himself in the snow!
"Love snow, love snow! Wheeee!" demonstrates silly Jack.
"Geez, we haven't even started yet! I cannot watch this silliness!" declares Zorro.
If you are rolling snow angels before you even run and get hot, then you know what happens during our short breaks:
"Ok, he's earned this roll in the snow to cool off!" declares happy Zorro at our second short break.
"Rub a dub dub, aaaaahhhh!" demonstrates silly Jack.
In between rolling snow angels, we actually did skijor :)  Come along for a short clip of the day's action. The trail may be bumpy as the camera is bouncing (and my legs were burning); but it's skijoring in late May - Yay!
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Fun time, fun time, fun time! Right guys:
"Oh yes! Oh yes! So much FUN!" declare the ecstatic pair of happy huskies
Done with the outing and time to collect puppy Rudy and dish out the 'end of run' treats:
"Ready!" states intense Zorro.
"Hi mom! I had a blast today!" exclaims happy Jack looking to Nancy.
"I want treats too!!!!!" declares happy little puppy Rudy.
Today's outing was always one of our "late May goto" routes for Max, Zorro and I. To honor Max, we paused to set some of his ashes free in the slight breeze. Miss you Max!
"He was such a great pal!" declares Zorro.
"Wish I knew him!!!!" adds happy Jack.
If you look closely, the white at the top of the baggy is a puff of Max drifting off in the wind.

Still going in Late May - Yay: 3.1 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 54 days on the trails covering 338.4 miles with 32,950 feet of elevation climbed.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Back to Back

Yesterday morning was young Jack's first "back to back" skijor (going out 2 days in a row).
He had a blast; there's no slowing him down :)
Zorro and Jack "catching air" as we cruise along the Walton Peak ridgeline at
Rabbit Ears Pass
So, Jack, your first "back to back" outing, what are your thoughts on the day?
"Loving it!!!!" declares happy Jack at one of our 2 short breaks.
"He's really coming along nicely!" adds happy Zorro.
I love watching young Jack learn and mature into a professional sled dog. It helps that Zorro is a very good & experienced teacher, too. Below is a nice photo showing the developing maturity. If the conditions are good (or better), the sled dogs like to get into running synchronized. But, when the conditions are suspect, it is better to run such that one is out-stretched when the other is in a sprint tuck as this helps balance the skijoring engine on less than perfect terrain (think of a 4WD car with the tires operating independently on uneven ground). While today's trail had plenty of snow, the terrain was very bumpy. Bumpy terrain is just the conditions where you'd want to run "out of sync" to balance out the skijoring vehicle. Here is a great shot of Zorro and Jack adjusting like a perfect 4WD:
Out-stretched Zorro beside sprint-tucked Jack as you see them adjusting perfectly to
extremely bumpy conditions. Nice!
Today's video highlight will give you a feel for the bumpy and often slick terrain. If your volume is up, you can hear my skis scraping as I try to keep things under control as we "bounce and go" along the bumpy trail. But, hey, it is skijoring in mid May, so we'll take these conditions any day :)
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First of our two breaks and it is the now patented "stop, drop and roll" from silly Jack:
"He's coming along nicely, but still such a goof!" declares happy Zorro.
"Stopped, so starting my drop... soon to roll!" demonstrates silly Jack.
I did not get a good photo of Jack's actual snow angel at the first break (the reason the previous photo only shows his "drop") as my knee and Zorro were in front of the camera. So, polite Jack obliged by giving us a clearer stop/drop/roll at the 2nd break:
"How's this! Can you see me now?!?" demonstrates silly snow rolling Jack.
Nice leg extension :)
End of the morning's run and time to gather puppy Rudy and get our end of run treats. Only Zorro remembered the protocol...
"Hi mom! I'm ready for my end of run treats!" says Zorro looking back at the camera as he is
in the right position to get his treats!
"Yum, snowcones!!!!" demonstrates silly snow eating Jack who seems to have forgotten
about the end of run treats protocol.
"How about a gnaw on your hand instead of treats?" says silly Rudy deciding that I am
a chew toy as he forgets about the end of run treats protocol too.
Silly Puppies... Smart Zorro!

A perfect day on young Jack's first back-to-back skijor: 3.2 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 53 days on the trails covering 335.3 miles with 32,550 feet of elevation climbed.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Frisky

Zorro and Jack were very frisky and happy to be back on snow after a week off! Silly boys...
"Shall we wrestle first?!?" suggests frisky Zorro.
"Hey, I can hold my own you know!!!" responds frisky Jack.
You could say this morning was somewhat of a milestone for young Jack. Before this morning, when Zorro would start something during an outing, Jack would quickly back off. But, not today, young Jack is almost 10 months old and feeling very confident that he can play right along with frisky Zorro :)  The pair was quite comical breaking out in this "wrestlefest" before we could get on the trail and start skijoring.

Unfortunately, signs of the "end of season" are appearing quickly. Rabbit Ears Pass is one of our last sections of trails to maintain snow through Spring. But, look at the sad ground exposure in the following photo:
Zorro and Jack smartly moving far left onto firm snow as you see exposed ground far to
our right and soft slush between the ground and Zorro & Jack. Ugh!
Today's short video clip goes along with the prior photo. Come along as we skijor the top of Rabbit Ears Pass and watch how smart Zorro and Jack are to keep far away from and ground or slush obstacles. Good boys!
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Despite the deteriorating conditions you see in the prior photo & video, we did still find some really nice stretches of all snow! Yay!
Zipping along a nice wide & all snow section of trail - yay!
As has been our pattern since hooking up young Jack: short runs with 2 short breaks. Well, Jack has certainly "mastered" the break concept (and he's doing great at the skijoring part too :)
"Silly, this kid is just silly!" declares happy Zorro looking back to me at one of our breaks.
"Rub a dub dub, cooling my happy jets!" demonstrates silly Jack. Clearly 'break' has
translated to 'stop, drop and roll' in Jack's skijoring dictionary :)
End of the morning run and where is little puppy Rudy? Here he is....
"I had a great time today!" declares happy Jack.
"Surrounded by children, <sigh>!" smirks funny Zorro.
"Look at me!! Look at me!!!!" states focused little Rudy hoping for my attention.

The ground is certainly starting to show at Rabbit Ears; but there is still plenty of snow to go a little longer... 2.85 miles today with 350 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 52 days on the trails covering 332.1 miles with 32,050 feet of elevation climbed.