|Zorro, looking up to the sky, "Santa? Is that you coming|
early? I've been a good boy and all I want for Christmas
is MORE SNOW (and lots of it). Thanks and Wooooo!"
All we want for Christmas is MORE snow!
It was a chilly & fast outing today. The temperature was 3 degrees when we started with a brisk wind. As our route was a climb up, that just meant dropping temperatures and more exposure to the wind. As a result, we do not have any "skijoring action" shots or videos today - none of the human hands were willing to shed a glove for camera operation.
The "Siberian viewpoint" on the day? Beautiful conditions! Not too hot, not too windy - just a perfect, cool & breezy 3 degree (and below) day... The conditions made for a nice, fast sprint outing. Although, the wimpy human shortened it to under 1.5 hours - "Why didn't we go for 2 to 3 hours?!?!" asked Max & Zorro.
The Route: (1) Start at the Barney Ford trailhead to the Sally Barber Mine trail; (2) skijor up to Sally Barber Mine; (3) sprint down the other side of Sally Barber to French Gulch; (4) hang a right and skijor up and out French Gulch into the last open meadow in the gulch (just past the last private cabin); (5) feel the bone-chilling wind gusts in this meadow and quickly backtrack for shelter to take a quick break and turnaround; (6) sprint back down French Gulch to the French Gulch winter trailhead.
Vital Stats: 7.8 miles; 85m total time; 75m skijoring time; 23 MPH top speed; 1000 feet of elevation climbed.
|We retreated from the windy open meadow in the upper section of French Gulch|
to take a break here. Max & Zorro are unimpressed, "You can't possibly mean we
are turning around already? Let's go this way, it was beautiful Siberian conditions!"
|Nice collection of "natural Christmas trees" with light snow cover.|
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....
|Finished at the French Gulch winter trailhead. Max & Zorro patiently|
waiting for their "hotdog treats" they get after each outing. Such patient