Normally an outing of breaking trail all day in Indiana Creek would be the highlight of the day...
Normally, that is, as today's trail breaking was trumped by nonstop scents & sights of MOOSE!
|Breaking trail all day long!|
Normally the highlight of any skijor outing. Normally...
Our plan for the day was to tour the trails in & around Indiana Creek. Much to our surprise, we encountered fresh moose tracks within the first mile of the outing! Moose tracks are easy to recognize; but you might wonder how I know they were "fresh". Well, fresh moose tracks are the only thing that can cause my skijoring pair to come to a dead stop on the trail. Old moose tracks will get a glance from them as will other wildlife tracks (fresh or not). But, fresh moose tracks bring an immediate halt to the Siberians and moose inspection must begin! So, within a mile of our outing and Max & Zorro's "moose radar" was ON for the rest of the day!
|Within the first mile and we encounter fresh moose tracks. Nothing can put a stop to the|
skijor engines except fresh moose tracks!
We know there are at least 3 moose living in Indiana Creek as we have seen a mother plus kid and a huge male moose with big basket on his head on the same outing before. After today, though, I am thinking there are more than just 3 moose residing in Indiana Creek. There were too many "fresh tracks & scents" setting off the Siberians' moose radar for there to be only 3...
|About 1.5 miles later and another intense halt. Both noses went up in the air and all focus|
went to the trees to our left. A fourth moose? It is seeming so...
The above tracks went into the shadows of the trees as I stopped for us to turn around and head back down the trail. I swear I heard the breaking of branches that would be caused by moose moving through the trees.
|"Turnaround? BUT the moose went this way!" say intense Max & Zorro who are not too|
keen on my idea to NOT pursue the moose tracks :)
|"Well, ok, I guess we'll turn around." say the happy pair (eventually).|
"But, we are willing to turn around because we know there are 4 more moose back this way!"
Amazing that trail breaking shots like the one below were not the highlight of the day!
|Cruising along an untouched 10-12 inches of snow!|
An exhilarating 6.8 miles with 800 feet of elevation climbed as we were breaking trail all day in the search for moose!
2013/2014 Season to Date: 97 days on the trails covering 829.7 miles with 96,450 feet of elevation climbed.