Thursday, June 11, 2015

Season Finale

All good things come to an end.
Today brought an end to our 2014/2015 Skijor Season.
Another season surpassing 1300 miles of skijoring - woo hoo!
Tally for the season: 1324.9 miles traveled with 139,000 feet of elevation climbed and a
top speed of 26 MPH.
"And we LOVED every inch of every outing!" declare the happy husky pair.

We returned to Buffalo Pass this morning as it is typically the last trail to keep alive in June. Unfortunately we had warm temperatures last week and then rain the last few days. Nothing destroys a snowpack like horrible, ugly rain! Here is what we found...
On the top of Buffalo Pass and still white as far as the eye can see!

How could this be the season finale, you ask? Well, as nice as that last photo looks, very little of the terrain was actually this nice. We parked the jeep where the snow got too deep to continue driving and started skijoring; yet, within a 1/4 of a mile, the snow was gone again and we had to hike over dirt for a ways before putting the skis back on. Once restarted, though, the trail continued in & out of narrow snow (with exposed dirt on the sides) to occasional wide snow most of the way up the pass. As shown above, the top was wonderful; but it is shrinking so fast that it is time to declare the skijor season over. Here is what I mean:
Less than 1/4 mile from the start and we had to take the skis off and hike over the terrain for a ways.
"I see why this may be the last run, let's make it a good one!" states agreeable Max.
"But, but, but..." says 'Zorro in denial'.

Back to one last fun picture from the top of the pass...
"One of our favorite activities: hunt & jog!" declare Max & Zorro jogging while watching a group
of squirrels playing in the snow and trees to our right.

Our final outing of the 2014/2015 Season: 6.4 miles with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.

2014/2015 Season Summary: 155 days on the trails traveling 1324.9 miles with 139,000 feet of elevation climbed.

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