Sunday, November 8, 2015

Even Better

If yesterday was "Perfect Conditions" then today was, well, "Beyond Perfect Conditions" :)
Beautiful, snow covered and wide open terrain atop Rabbit Ears Pass. Zoom!

We went back to Rabbit Ears Pass with the goal of doing the opposite side of the pass from yesterday. Today we found a snowmobile track to follow right from the trailhead. Wheeee - we hopped in the track and ran for 4.7 miles before turning around and coming back the same route. Perfect Conditions!

It does not get any better than this, especially for early November. Watch for yourself:
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Partway through the outing, Max & Zorro's "moose radar" went off. I have come to recognize when they sense moose in the neighborhood. They have a distinct intensity that you cannot miss. Within minutes of the moose radar firing, I then saw moose tracks in our snowmobile track and many, many moose tracks leading out of the track into the nearby meadows. They must have just been there as Max & Zorro's radar was very intense (the fresher/closer the moose, the more intense the radar); but we never spotted one of the big brown animals - darn...
"We certainly smell you; we might even hear you - SHOW YOURSELF!!!!" exclaim my moose
seeking pair. Such intensity when they sense moose. The scent (or sight) of moose is the only
thing that can bring Max & Zorro to a stop and draw their complete attention off skijoring!

Okay, now that you see the intense moose radar was ON, go back and watch the video clip above. Look for the following as you watch: (1) moose tracks intersecting the trail from the left at 3 seconds; (2) moose tracks intersecting the left & right at 10 seconds; (3) moose tracks to the right at 13 seconds; (4) tracks to the left at 20 seconds; and (5) a confluence of moose tracks all over the place at 30 seconds (there had most certainly been more than one at this location). Moose, moose everywhere!

Quick pause at our turnaround point and...
"Why yes, great day! Thanks for asking!" exclaims happy Max.
"Have you seen my moose?" asks intense Zorro.
"Why yes, great day! Thanks for asking!" exclaims happy Zorro.
"Have you seen my moose?" asks intense Max.

A fast & fun moose seeking day at Rabbit Ears: 9.4 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 10 days on the trails covering 83.1 miles with 7900 feet of elevation climbed.

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