Sunday, November 19, 2017

Soon Jack

A beautiful bluebird day to skijor the fresh snow up & down Boreas Pass!
Cruising along behind Zorro as a nice shot of the snow-covered runs of Breckenridge Ski
Resort comes into view across the valley.
About 6-12 inches of new snow fell overnight in and around Breckenridge (6 at lower elevations, 12+ up higher). Zorro and I set out to skijor the new snow on Boreas Pass. It is still hunting season, so Boreas is open to 4WD vehicles. Hunting ends this weekend and, then, Boreas is closed to motor vehicles until May and it becomes one of the most popular cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in the area. But, the benefit of it still being hunting season - well, look at the photo above and video below... When there is enough snow, then a vehicle traveling the pass serves to pack the terrain and produce a nice fast-packed trail to skijor!

Come along and watch a short video clip of Zorro towing me along the packed tire track on what turned out to be a beautiful bluebird morning with lots of fresh snow. Wheeee!
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Here is a great shot from the front of happy Zorro towing me along as we near the end of our run up and down Boreas:
"Wheeee! Look at me!" says happy Zorro towing me along.
Who took the prior "shot from the front"? Well, Nancy of course. Not just Nancy; but Nancy and Jack!!! Introducing Jack, our new little puppy and Zorro's future skijor partner. Jack is still a baby at this point, but we will start introducing him to short & easy skijor runs in a month or two and plan to have him up to medium length skijor runs by the tail end of this season. As you can see from the photo below, Jack believes he is ready NOW as he is airborne, bucking up & down to get loose from Nancy and join Zorro. Soon Jack, soon...
"I want to come! I want to come!" exclaims bucking bronco Jack.
"Soon kid, you couldn't hang with me yet!" says Zorro running by.
A better shot of Jack with his big brother Zorro as our parting shot of the day:
"Love you big bro!" says cute little Jack sleeping on Zorro.

A fun cruise with Zorro up & down Boreas Pass: 6.7 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 5 days on the trails covering 33.8 miles with 3400 feet of elevation climbed.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Solo Run

Zorro and my first "solo skijor run"...
"Such nice snow!!!" exclaims happy Zorro.
Our first skijor run since the loss of Max (see Miss You Max), so it was a mix of sad and happy as Zorro and I were missing our partner but really enjoying being out on the snow-covered trails doing our favorite thing.

We had a fun mix of activities and terrain on this outing at Rabbit Ears Pass.

We started from one of the more popular trailheads. It is still hunting season at Rabbit Ears and there was 15+ inches of new snow. This meant we encountered a range of snowmobile tracks and 4WD tracks along the high use areas. Zorro was quite happy to switch into high gear and floor it along the fast packed terrain:
Little Zorro catching air as we skijor the fast-packed terrain near the trailheads.
After going full throttle for a while, we got to enjoy another favorite activity: smelling fresh moose tracks!!! I let Zorro take me off-trail to follow the delicious smelling moose tracks. We never spotted the moose itself, but filling your nose with the scent of moose was almost as good!
"Sniff, sniff - yum! Moose was here RECENTLY!" declares my moose inspecting partner.
After failing to find a moose, we returned to the main trail to continue on. I expected to find the same snowmobile+4WD fast-packed terrain the rest of the outing. But, to our surprise, the vehicle tracks ended and we found ourselves breaking trail in about 12 inches of fresh powder for almost 1/3 of the outing! What an aerobic workout for short Zorro and I!
12+ inches of untouched powder as far as the eye can see! Breaking trail with little Z - whee!
Our final form of entertainment for the day: rolling snow angels!!! Zorro was in rare form getting his entire body deep into the snow and dousing his head with powder:
"Ah, now this is a 'Siberian Facial'!" demonstrate snow playing Zorro.

A short, fun day returning to the snow with my wonderful partner Zorro: 4.7 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 4 days on the trails covering 27.1 miles with 2800 feet of elevation climbed.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Miss You Max

Many followers of this blog also follow our adventures via Nancy's Facebook page, so you know the sad news.

For those of you who have not heard... Our beloved Max passed away on October 18.

This was shocking and came from "out of nowhere". At our annual Vet checkup in June, Max was deemed to be in perfect health. The first week of October, he was "fit, trim & happy" and skijoring in the early season snow. But, on Oct 11th, Max started acting a bit sluggish. On the 13th he was diagnosed with a fast spreading cancer in his liver and spleen. On Oct 18th, he was taken into emergency surgery at the CSU Canine Cancer Center in Fort Collins, CO. He did not make it out of surgery as the cancer had spread too far.

We put together a tribute to Max's incredible personality and life - Max: Feb 17, 2007 - Oct 18, 2017.

We miss him so much and still struggle to believe that he was taken from us so suddenly and so much sooner than we ever expected.

Zorro and I will continue to skijor this season. Obviously, our outings will be less frequent and not nearly as far as he and Max were able to tow me as a team. But, Zorro and I still love the snow and will dedicate all of our outings to our "gone but not forgotten" leader Max.