Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dunk

Fun shot from the front as the happy sled dogs tow me to the finish on the Harrison Creek Trail at Rabbit Ears Pass.
Wheeee - riding the Siberian Three!
Harrison Creek is our favorite early & late season trail at Rabbit Ears as it always has the best early/late snow. The reason is that this trail is heavily shaded at the beginning and rises quickly in elevation before breaking out of the trees. Shade at the start makes for great early season snow.
Mid winter looking in the shade at the start of the morning's run!
After rising quickly in the shade, the trail opens up at high enough elevations that the temperatures are cold enough to preserve the snow, even in the sun. Such a pretty trail once you get into the open:
Beautiful up high. Love this shot of out-stretched Zorro & Rudy on each side of sprint-tucked Jack. Zoom!
A very rewarding climb to get up high, right guys?
"Well worth the work to get here!" declares the happy trio.
How nice up high? Well come along for today's short video clip showcasing the great upper elevation terrain on Harrison Creek:
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Eventually we had to turn around and everyone wanted to go play in the side powder first. At first I though Zorro was going to roll a snow angel with the kids; but, instead, he led them into a synchronized head dunk.
DUNK!!! It must smell delicious under the snow! 
Oh, don't worry, Jack & Rudy did roll snow angels too; they simply joined Zorro in the synchronized head dunk first :)

If you tow the human, you get end of run treats - my partners know that :)
"Dish them out!" states the focused trio.
A great early season day on Harrison Creek as we await the new snow forecast this week to re-open all of our trails! 6.2 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 20 days on the trails covering 122.2 miles with 12,650 feet of elevation climbed.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Safety Dust

What a great day laying fresh tracks in the new snow high up on the trails of Peak 7!
"We are having a BLAST!" exclaims the happy, happy trio!
Today's blog is all about "Safety Dust". Those of you who remember the song Safety Dance from Men Without Hats in the 80s, well today we rewrote the song as Safety Dust. We got new snow overnight with a dusting up to an inch on the trails. We went to the same network of trails as yesterday and, oh boy, what a difference a day and a layer of safety dust makes! Yesterday the trails high up on Peak 7 were super hard packed - you could almost say "too packed and dangerous"! Well, this morning found us on the same trails with a layer of safety dust and we were able to really open up the skijoring machine. What a difference a simple layer of safety dust can make!
Ss-aa-ff-ee-tt-yy
Safety Dust!
Beautiful conditions are we are laying fresh tracks in the safety dust on the right side of the trail.
Sorry to everyone who now has "Safety Dance (or Safety Dust)" ringing in your head all day. I cannot get the song out of my head either :)

Cool shot of the trio in a synchronized sprint tuck as we ride the safety dust leaning into a right corner on the trail:
Safety Dust - wheeee!
You will not believe the difference in today's video clip versus yesterday. This is roughly the same section of trail I showed yesterday with me bouncing and bumping all over the place on the hard packed terrain. Today, though, I am simply sitting back on the skis enjoying the Safety Dust as I ride behind my sled dog trio. What a difference safety dust makes!
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I did have to take my skis off to traverse over some rocky terrain. Stopped to put the skis back and, well, stopped... :)
"These silly, silly kids!" says Zorro.
"As usual - stopped, rolling!' adds the goofball twins.
Now for more silliness from young Rudy. We were coming around a bend in the trail when we encountered a hiker coming up the trail. Silly Rudy decided he needed to flirt with the oncomer and launched himself left to flirt as we flew by. Obviously we need to re-introduce Rudy to the "on by" concept this season :)
Nice "on by" from Zorro & Jack.
"Hi - flirt with ME!" says silly Rudy.

Ss-aa-ff-ee-tt-yy - Safety Dust! What a great day with perfect conditions as compared to the same "too packed" trails as yesterday: 7.3 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 19 days on the trails covering 116.0 miles with 11,850 feet of elevation climbed.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Bouncy Ride

Trail damage ahead! Oh well, time to turnaround anyway :)
"Yes - time to turnaround!" says happy Zorro.
"I'm with you big brother." adds happy Jack.
"What damage?" adds silly young Rudy :)
We have not been out skijoring for over a week as we thought all the trails were too melted to get out. Well, on a whim we drove by the upper trails of Breckenridge Nordic Center yesterday high up on Peak 7 and were surprised to see the trailhead in useable condition! It was too late to get out yesterday when we drove by, so we got up early to hit the trails this morning.

The trails were very hard packed since we have had no new snow yet in November, but the trail was covered in snow. Here's a great shot of the sled dog trio towing me up the trail. Wheeee!
Beautifully out-stretched Zorro next to sprint-tucked Jack and Rudy.
On an open straightaway and look what we got - our first triple hover husky shot of the season!
All twelve feet off the ground as we hover along the fast trail :)
While the prior two photos look great, it was actually a very bouncy & bumpy ride for the human. Come along and watch as I am bouncing and bumping all over the place behind the fast trio. Needless to say, my legs got quite the workout this morning!
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But, conditions were pretty good for how dry & warm it has been this November. I did have to take the skis off once to cross over exposed ground. Then we stopped while I put the skis back on. Did I say "stopped" - oh you silly kids....
"Surprise! Not!" says happy Zorro waiting for me while his little brothers do their typical
snow roll when we are stopped.
"Hey, you stopped - we roll!" demonstrate the goofball kids.
End of the morning run and look at happy, happy Zorro flashing mom a smile while I get my glove off to hand out 'end of run' treats:
"Hi Mom!!!!! I had a great time!" flashes happy Zorro.
"I'll make sure the human has the treats!" says focused Jack.
"Lala land!" adds lala land Rudy :)
Treats out and Zorro is, of course, all business now:
"Ready!" declares focused Zorro.
"Me too!" adds focused Jack.
"Oh yeah, 'end of run' treats!" says 'just starting to pay attention' Rudy.
Hard terrain for the human this morning; but we were back on snow for the first time in over a week: 6.1 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

Luckily there is FINALLY snow in the forecast starting tonight and mid to late next week!!! Pray for Snow!

2019/2020 Season to Date: 18 days on the trails covering 108.7 miles with 11,050 feet of elevation climbed.