|Everyone taking a quick break before cruising back down to the trailhead.|
For the most part, the answer that question was "yes". But, we did have to remove the skis twice on the way up (and twice on the way down): once to cross over about 20 yards of exposed dirt & rock and once to cross over Indiana Creek. We also had to slow down to navigate over 2 different downed trees (the trees fell in early winter and had been covered in snow until recently). After about 3.3 miles heading out & up, we had to stop and turn around. We had out-skied the common cross country trail and were in a flat meadow with a hard layer of top snow. After skijoring for a bit through this meadow, suddenly Max & Zorro stopped. Then the top layer of snow cracked and a circle about 10 feet around us in all directions and dropped about 3-5 inches. Smart boys sensed this happening and stopped to wait through the "snow shelf" dropping around us. We took a break at this point and then turned around and headed back.
|Surveying the terrain around us. A group of squirrels was making noise to our|
left - thus the reason both Siberians are intensely looking to the left!