Saturday, March 28, 2015

Swan Valley Fun

A gorgeous bluebird day on the trails at Swan Valley this morning...
Fast trail conditions, beautiful scenery and wonderful sprinting sled dogs.

For Max & Zorro the highlight of runs at Swan Valley is always encountering dog sled tours from Good Times Adventures. We have such a great time getting on the trail behind one of the 8 dog teams and then running with the team along the trails!
Pausing to let a team take a right turn in front of us, giving the team a head start and then
running down the same trail behind them - wheeee!

Today's video highlight is "fun running behind a sled team". The team is actually not that far in front of us but you have to look close as the musher was wearing white and our bouncing in & out of the shadows makes it hard to focus. Pay attention at about 17 seconds into the video and you get the best view of the team in front of us (but they are there the entire clip if you look closely).
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

We always do a 5-6 mile warmup lap at Swan Valley before getting on the trails to run with the sled teams. It was a gorgeous morning to run out & back the Middle Fork Trail for our warmup:
Beautiful shot as we glide down the meadow paralleling the Middle Fork Trail.

A great day had by all:
"Wheeee had so much fun today!" say the happy pair looking back at me before turning
around on the trail to find more sled teams to run with.
A great day covering 9.6 miles with 950 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 110 days on the trails covering 951.4 miles with 100,900 feet of elevation climbed.

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