Saturday, February 14, 2015

Peaceful Day

A Peaceful Day running some of the lesser used trails on this otherwise very busy holiday weekend!
"What a great day!" say my happy pair looking back when I announced time to
turnaround and head back the direction we came.

There was a beautiful sun beaming bright whenever we were out of the shadow of trees:
Gliding "into the sun" as a break in the trees exposes the super bright morning sun!

Today's route took us by numerous old, abandoned mining cabins and mines themselves. Zorro always cracks me up when we jog by old cabins as he is soooo nosy that he must inspect every building as we glide by.
"Roof, walls and trails right outside your front door... We should live here!" states nosy Zorro
scoping the cabin as we go by.
"Silly kid - no heat, no water means mom would never let us move here..." states Max knowing
there is no hope of moving into this cabin nestled in the forest.

We like this route as we spend most of the day gliding through the forest and are eventually treated with a wide open meadow 1000 feet up from where we started. We always do 2-4 loops (of different configurations) around the meadow before heading back the same route we used to climb in.
Coming out of the forest and into one of our favorite open meadows.

The meadow is frequented by snow machines; but we have never seen a non-motorized human as it is a difficult climb to get here from any direction. The machines always leave some nice tracks for us to use as we make circles and figure eights around the meadow:
Gliding along in the tracks of a snowcat. Note that there are two "cat tracks" - one being used
by Max & me and the other by Zorro. Both snowmobiles and snowcats are frequent visitors
to this meadow. The snowcat tracks make a fun double track for us to run in.

As I said, a peaceful day staying on lesser used trails: 8.1 miles with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 80 days on the trails covering 690.6 miles with 73,050 feet of elevation climbed.

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