Saturday, February 28, 2015

Found One

We failed to spot moose in French Gulch yesterday. So, with determination we searched until we found one today!
"Bingo! Moose radar found one!" say the intense pair watching a moose move in the trees
a little ways in front of us (you cannot see it in the photo as it is so camouflaged in the
trees; but it is there)!

We had so much fun skijoring French Gulch yesterday that we returned today. Typically we do both the Sally Barber and French Gulch trails on an outing to get sufficient mileage to satisfy Max & Zorro. But, today we decided to do a solo French Gulch run so we added part of French Gulch Road before the real trail and went far into the last meadow of the gulch. A satisfying 8.7 miles of skijoring and moose searching in French Gulch!

Starting out on French Gulch Road. While the road is plowed, we had some fresh snow
overnight and temperatures below zero to make the road skiable (uphill) this morning.
We then connected onto the main French Gulch Trail and had a quick run up the lower portion
of French Gulch.
After a few miles, the tracks always narrow significantly and we found ourselves in the
narrow track we set up the gulch yesterday - wheeeee!
Finally, all existing tracks disappeared and we were breaking trail far into the final meadow
of the gulch. Trail breaking fun!

The scents and tracks of moose were ever present all day in the upper sections of French Gulch and, as mentioned in the first photo, an eventual moose sighting was the reward for the day's work...
"Sniff, sniff - one went this way RECENTLY!" say the moose sniffing pair.
You can see moose tracks in front of them that lead into the trees. Luckily the moose was
not as close as Max & Zorro's noses implied! I was quite worried when their moose noses
shot so quickly into these trees and was happy to find nothing nearby when I peeked!

A fun day of skijoring and moose seeking in French Gulch: 8.7 miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 90 days on the trails covering 779.7 miles with 82,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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