Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Perfect Temps

0 degrees when we started at the trailhead, below zero as we climbed up 1000 feet and 4 degrees when we finished at the trailhead.
"Almost perfect, but just a tad bit warm!" say my Siberian Goofballs...
At our turnaround point of the outing - time to cool off in the warm sub-zero temps :-)
Max rolling his patented snow angels to cool off.
Zorro eating his patented snowcones to cool off. Crazies!
Today's outing took us north of Rabbit Ears Pass. The trail we were on is a very rocky 4WD trail in the summer & fall. I was expecting there to be enough snow to make the rocks a non-issue (as we have experienced on this trail last season); unfortunately, though, the size & amount of rocks was still an issue on the trail. This is not a problem when we are going up; but it makes for dangerous conditions on the downslopes. Luckily Max & Zorro listen and understand the terrain so it was a very rare day of "fast up" but "slow down"! Oh well, it was still a great time had by all!

Opening up the throttle a little bit as the "center snow" on the trail looks deep enough.
Do not be fooled though, the large rocks on the trail kept catching my skis even though the
conditions look perfect!
This particular trail takes you winding up many narrow trails with steep sides. The views are absolutely amazing every time you get in an opening in the trees...
Trotting up as we encounter an open stretch with the endless forest in view.
I have nice equipment so that 0 degrees does not feel cold to me. It always amazes me how Max & Zorro view this as almost perfect (a tad bit warm, below zero is their perfect) conditions. What winter machines!
"Why yes, I am having a great day. Rolling that snow angel to cool off was perfect!"
says happy Max giving me an approving look as we prepare to restart after our quick snow angel
and snowcone cool off break.

A perfect day up, a sketchy & difficult day down and a great time by all covering 7.4 miles with 1050 feet of elevation climbed.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 13 days on the trails covering 101.8 miles with 11400 feet of elevation climbed.

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