Sunday, December 8, 2019

First and Second

Fun "shot from the front" of the happy sled dogs towing me to the end of this morning's skijor run!
7 miles later and smiles all around :) Happy, happy boys!
We were first tracks on a light layer of new snow almost all morning long (a trace to an inch or so of new snow). I love how safe the trails feel with a light layer of new snow!
Laying fresh tracks in a 1/4 inch or so along this section of trail.
As I said, we were first tracks ALMOST all morning long. We were second tracks for one stretch of trail. Who was first? A MOOSE or two or three!!!!!
Look directly left of my ski tips - that is a moose footprint in the snow.
You can follow that print up the trail and see the moose tracks next to and in front of Zorro.
There was another set of tracks in front of Jack & Rudy and a third set to the left of
the tracks going by Zorro.
I could tell by the intensity of my trio that these tracks were pretty fresh. We continued cautiously along the trail following the moose prints for a while. Well, ok, I continued cautiously, my partners wanted to floor it following the moose prints :)  Then we came around a bend and the trail was completely tracked up by moose footprints. Clearly a group of moose had congregated here recently having a party on the trail. Then Zorro snapped his head to the left and I put on the brakes preparing to encounter a moose (or 2 or 3). But, alas, we did not see any despite Zorro locking into the trees to our left!
"Beep beep - I detect moose to the left!!!" says moose detector Zorro.
Look at all the prints on the trail here - moose party!
Ok, moose excitement over without a sighting (phew), back to laying fresh tracks all morning long. Come along for a peaceful glide along the trail with my three partners.
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We did an "out & back" outing this morning. So, that meant we had to turnaround at one point. Well, turnaround time from the kids :)
"Turnaround - roll around!" demonstrates goofy Jack.
"I love turnaround antics!!!!!" exclaims cute little happy Rudy.
"Well, if you two are going to roll around, I might as well eat a snowcone!" adds Zorro.
Finally the kids got up and we turned around :)  With a wide trail, everyone moved to the right to continue laying fresh tracks all the way back:
Our "out tracks" to the left. Our "fresh tracks path" on the right. Fun time!
A fun day laying first tracks almost all morning long with one stretch of "second tracks to a group of moose": 7.1 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 36 days on the trails covering 238.9 miles with 24,300 feet of elevation climbed.

Saturday, December 7, 2019


With a day full of chores to do, we had to get out on the trails early this morning. We started at about sunrise for a fun run; as a result, most of today's photos are pretty dark. But, a fun time was had by all!
Cresting on the trail at Sally Barber Mine.
We gave Zorro most of the day off this morning as 11.5 year old Zorro did a big 8 mile run yesterday.

We started on the Sally Barber Mine Trail and did an up, over and down to French Gulch. Come along as we crest at the mine and then take off heading down to French Gulch. Zoom!
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Once down from the mine, we turned right to go out French Gulch. Within a few hundred yards and Jack's moose sensor went off and drew his attention off trail. Rudy eventually joined to take in the moose search:
"I smell moose!" declares moosing Jack.
"What, really? Oh, I smell them too!" adds Rudy.
I did see one moose far across the gulch moving in the trees. It was too far away to show up in a photo, but clearly close enough to tickle a Siberian Husky nose :)

Done moosing and time to run out & back the gulch:
Flying along in French Gulch - wheeee!
Doing and "out & back" meant we stopped to turn around at one point. Well, today's turnaround entertainment is rodent dunks & dives :)
"About to dunk, I smell rodents!" says Jack.
"Really? Wait for me - incoming!" adds rodent diving Rudy.
After doing most of French Gulch with just Jack & Rudy, we added Zorro in for a short sprint to the finish. I couldn't decided which front shot I like better, so you get two:
Happy, happy and fast running trio!

A little closer but still a happy, happy and fast running trio!
A sunrise run for young Jack & Rudy with a short sprint to the finish with Zorro to end the day: 7.4 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 35 days on the trails covering 231.8 miles with 23,600 feet of elevation climbed.

Friday, December 6, 2019


"Really, you have to 'drop & roll' right in front of me? Where's my personal space?!?" asks mature Zorro looking at the goofball kids rolling snow angels around and next to him :)
"What's 'personal space'? Rolling - wheeee!" demonstrates the goofs.
We spent most of the morning on terrain like that below: a light layer of new snow with a few pre-existing tracks over what is the groomed trails of Breckenridge Nordic Center underneath the new snow.
Flying along with light powder poofs behind Zorro & Jack as Rudy rides along the
existing track down the middle.
Another fun shot similar to the prior as we fly along in the light layer of new snow as we cruise by the Kathy's Viewpoint warming hut. Zorro, Jack & Rudy love to fly by the huts :)
"Warming hut? How silly - on we go!" demonstrates the fast trio.
Here we go with the video counterpart to the prior photo. Running fast and flying by the hut. Wheeee!
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As I mentioned, we were on the trails of Breckenridge Nordic Center. So, what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a freshly groomed trail with only a single other track! With three fast sled dogs so lively and quick, I knew in a moment we'd be flying so quick. On Zorro, on Jack, on Rudy - a zoom, zoom, zoom we go!
Fresh groomie!!!! Zoomie!
Finally, we end the day with the happy trio towing me to the finish.
Not the best shot due to the heavy shading, but you can still see 3 happy faces!

A fast day around Breckenridge Nordic Center with a "groomie surprise" to finish off the outing: 7.9 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 34 days on the trails covering 224.4 miles with 22,900 feet of elevation climbed.