Wow - what a trail breaking powder day in April we had today!
|Going "single file" and following Max's trail breaking lead. Notice how the path|
laid by Max is as deep as Zorro! That's why we all fall in behind the tall red boy!
2) The next 4.75 miles found us breaking trail in 12-20 inches of untouched powder. Almost 5 miles straight of powder often as deep as Max & Zorro! We did a "loop route" around Baldy Mountain, so we were breaking trail in incredibly deep powder this entire route!
3) The last mile found us following our own tracks and sprinting to the finish line (see video below).
Accolades to Lead Dog Max... Twice we were high up on Baldy in about 20 inches of snow and Max took a right that I was sure was incorrect. When you are looking over an untouched field of deep snow and trees, all turns look "the same". I was convinced we were making each turn too early, but I kept quiet and let Max lead. Of course, Max was right and I was wrong. Each turn was the correct right, even though you could not see the trail and all turns looked the same. Both times we quickly got to landmarks that showed me Max made the correct turn. I love that sled dog ability to sense and follow a buried trail!
Some more fun shots of the deep powder:
|Near the trailhead, breaking trail in 8+ inches fresh snow. Woo Fun!|
|You can't make Max do *all* the trail breaking work. On a downslope, he lets|
Zorro hop to the front and make the trail.
|When short Zorro is in lead, we go a bit slower. I swung out to the right to get|
a shot of Zorro plowing through shoulder deep powder. He might be short, but
he gives it 110% all the time!
|BUNNY ALERT!!! I had already thrown the snowball at the silly rabbit to get|
it to run off into the forest. But, Max & Zorro (especially Zorro) are still locked
on the direction of the fresh rabbit food.
|"Maybe the bunny is under here!" Max investigates.|
|"No, I'm sure he went that way. Let's turn this vehicle around and chase after|
the bunny!" proclaims Zorro.
A nice shot of the deep snow trench we just carved coming up the trail.
A fast jog down the home stretch to the Baldy Mountain trailhead.