Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Nice shot from the front as we arrive at the trailhead after a day of puppiness on the trails :)
"We had a great outing - do not believe what the human is going to say!"
express the happy pair finishing the day in perfect form and all smiles.

It does not happen often, but it does... A few times a season my usually perfect skijor partners lose it on the trail and think "skijoring" means "wrestling"... What goes through the Siberian Mind when both decide that today is wrestle day instead of skijor day? It is so hard to concentrate on giving correction and not falling over in laughter (and, thus, completely encouraging the unapproved behavior)!

Today's quick video clip shows what happens when two Siberians decide that today is wrestle day on the trails. Once I see it starting I call out "Hey!" a few times as this usually snaps everyone out of their goofy train of thought and back into skijoring train of thought. Today's HEYs do nothing and I resort to calling out "Max!" hoping my usually dependable lead dog will right the ship (it is not that Max is the only instigator; it is just that he is the more reliable un-instigator). Well, the MAXs fail and all puppiness breaks out on the trail as I resort to reeling in the wild animals by the gangline before getting everything back in order and starting again. Goofballs!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Okay, well that video clip was a disaster :)   Let's review everybody...

Proper skijor behavior:
Perfectly synchronized & sprinting skijor form - aahhh!!!!

Improper skijor behavior:
Uh, Max, how are we supposed to make forward progress with you running sideways and
dorking with your brother? IMPROPER...
Uh, Zorro, how are we supposed to make forward progress with you hanging off your
brother's neck? IMPROPER...

Review over, everybody got it?
"Uh yeah, tackle your brother. Hee hee!" says giddy Max not fully accepting my review.
"Uh, can we go over that again? I was chewing on my brother and think I missed some
of the review!" states silly little Zorro.

So much for the review... An interesting day running up & down Boreas Pass with multiple improper skijor maneuvers and, apparently, multiple misunderstood reviews of proper behavior. Goofballs!

8.8 silly miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH (we did have some nice stretches of proper behavior :)

2014/2015 Season to Date: 102 days on the trails covering 883.0 miles with 93,800 feet of elevation climbed.

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