Friday, February 27, 2015

Rare Treat

Laying fresh tracks for the majority of our outing today!
The only "existing tracks" we encountered were our own on the return path in French Gulch.
It got fun & deep the further back we traversed into French Gulch!
Everyone having a great time breaking trail...

A rare treat on the trails today: laying fresh tracks on both sides of the popular Sally Barber Mine Trail. Usually you need to be on this trail at sunrise to enjoy laying fresh tracks on both sides!
Sprinting along the Sally Barber Mine Trail as we lay fresh tracks in the morning's 1-2 inches
of new snow.

After enjoying Sally Barber Mine all to ourselves, we took a tour out & back in French Gulch and were treated to even more new snow:
Laying fresh tracks in the lower section of French Gulch. You can see lots of existing
"track troughs"; but each trough has 1-2 inches of new snow to lay fresh tracks.

We have had a couple of days of new snow since we were last at French Gulch and we always know what that means... It means nobody has traversed the upper sections of the gulch as most cross country skiers turn around when they find deep snow and wait for someone else to break trail and extend the track. Well, Max & Zorro love to set the trail for the rest of the world to use:
Untouched & deep as far as the eye can see. The world is waiting for Max & Zorro to set the
trail in upper French Gulch.

While fresh tracks on Sally Barber was a rare treat, we also had a rare miss. For the first time this season, we did not encounter moose or moose tracks in French Gulch. But, it was not from a lack of looking...
"Time to turnaround, huh? Let us scan the gulch for moose first!" state the intense pair surveying
the trees across the way in hopes of finding moose.

Our original plan was to skijor upwards of 10 miles today; but we were happily slowed down by deep snow in French Gulch: 8.4 miles traversed with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 89 days on the trails covering 771.0 miles with 81,700 feet of elevation climbed.

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