June 24th? Yes. Summer? Never!!!!
|Following snowcat tracks atop Rabbit Ears Pass in Summer!|
Today was our first ever skijor in summer. Sure we have had lots of June skijors; but today was our first ever when the calendar says "summer" instead of "spring".
It started snowing in the Colorado High Country on Saturday and continued on and off through Sunday. Upwards of 12 inches of snow fell on top of Rabbit Ears Pass so we headed back to Rabbit Ears this morning for our first ever Summer Jor.
As you can see in the first photo above, we found some really nice conditions and even found a snowcat track to follow out and back. But, it was really summer at Rabbit Ears just a few days ago and, as a result, we did encounter the occasional treacherous stretches.
|Yikes! Just enough ice in the cat track to continue going.|
|Perfect cat track again - wheeee!|
|"Egad, now what?!?" asks Rudy.|
"Oh boy!" adds Jack.
"This is a 'skis off' patch!" declares veteran Zorro.
|"You ok back there?" asks the happy & polite trio.|
Notice the sideways skis and chunk of loose ice bottom/center that gave way and caused my spill.
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End of day's fun run, time for a group celebration :)
|Happy boys all circling and focusing on the musher.|
Yay for Summer Jor: 5.9 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a modest top speed of 15 MPH (too may obstacles to open the throttle more than this).
2018/2019 Season to Date: 135 days on the trails covering 793.2 miles with 74,150 feet of elevation climbed.