Saturday, November 28, 2015

Moose Gulch

We have officially renamed French Gulch to Moose Gulch as moose sightings are becoming almost guaranteed this skijoring season!
"Can you believe all the moose today?" exclaims happy Max.
"Moose Gulch is FUN!" states happy Zorro.
Max & Zorro are trying to extend our outing following moose tracks deep into the forest. I am
trying convince everyone that it is time to turn around and head back instead :)

Today was a record day for moose sightings as we spotted 5 moose on the outing! Come along for some moosing fun...

Our noses lead us to peek over this snow wall and spot a big male moose in the trees across the
gulch. Moose Count = 1. "We see you!!!" say the intense moose hunters.

1 moose down, 4 to go - onward we go along the trail until...
"Beep, beep, beep - our moose radar says straight ahead!" say my partners as their moose radar
brought them to a halt once again to stare across the meadow.

Time to zoom in on what Max & Zorro are intensely staring at in the previous photo and:
Bingo - moose! Look just below the arrow and you can see the male moose
body and his big basket of antlers against the snow. To the right is actually
another male moose, just more camouflaged. Moose Count = 3.

Continue on in French Gulch until turning around to head back and what to our wondering eyes should appear but a mother moose and little baby too!
"Holy guacamole! 5 moose in one day?!" say the ecstatic pair as they spotted the mother and
offspring in the trees across the way. Too camouflaged for the photo, but we all saw them!
Moose Count = 5.

In between spotting moose, it was flying along the trails to get to the next moose viewpoint!
Zoom we go from one moose overlook to another!

What an entertaining day! 8.3 miles covered with 850 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH (hard to hit our usual 20+ MPH when you keep stopping for moose :)

2015/2016 Season to Date: 23 days on the trails covering 190.1 miles with 19,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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