Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

We celebrated Earth Day today with a multitude of wildlife encounters while skijoring Boreas Pass.

Beautiful conditions at the upper elevations of Boreas Pass!

Mother Earth provided us with the following forms of wildlife encounters: 1 fox crossing, 3 different squirrel encounters, 1 chipmunk crossing, 1 low flying robin and 1 low flying bluejay - wow, what an Earth Day! Here we go...

"Fox straight ahead, let's get this human moving!" say the fox-locked pair determined to
sprint up the trail and catch the fox.
"Squirrel on the shoulder and our radar is locked - go, go, go!" demonstrate Max & Zorro as
we fly down the trail towards the squirrel target.

Along with the day's theme, today's video highlight starts with a chipmunk distraction on the trail. You cannot actually see the little chipmunk cross the trail, but you can tell it happened by the reaction of Max & Zorro. Watch as I almost lose my "typically composed lead dog Max" off the trail to the chipmunk before he finally recovers and we begin real skijoring again.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Max & Zorro's opinion of our Earth Day outing...
"Excellent wildlife viewing & chasing today!" say the happy brothers giving me an
approving glance as we glide past Bakers Tank.

A 10.4 mile outing up & down Boreas Pass with 1100 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 136 days on the trails covering 1178.3 miles with 135,900 feet of elevation climbed.


  1. You still have such nice snow. Idaho didn't get much this winter and a couple local sled dog races were canceled due to bad conditions. How late in the year are you normally able to go?

    1. For a good snow year, we are able to skijor into mid/late May (and this year was a good year). On a bad snow year, we are usually done in April. Our latest ever outing was June 1st of 2013. Here's hoping for the snow to hold up until June 1st again this year!