Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Moose Sighting

A fun couple of moose sightings on the trail today!
Our noses lead us to peek over the snow wall to our right and sure enough, we saw a female
moose sauntering across French Creek and up into the forest!
We thought the distant moose sighting in the previous photo was going to be the highlight of our outing this morning. But, the further we went into French Gulch, the more animated Max & Zorro's "moose radar" became! When they get extra moose animated, my eyes start playing tricks on me and I think every big brown object in the forest is a moose! We kept going further and further into French Gulch until we were breaking trail. Then, as we came around a corner.... Two Bull Moose!!!! Big antlers atop their heads and all! Wow. Unfortunately, moose are so camouflaged to their surroundings they hardly show up in the clips below. But, we were close!!!
Breaking trail as we come around a corner and find two bull moose "in our way"!
They are soooo hard to see due to their coloring. I have circled them in the photo above and,
if you look really close you can kind of make out one of the big brown bodies. But, look
how close we are - yikes! I put on the brakes (too much disagreement from my partners) and
made us pause until the moose wandered off the trail.
Zoomed in from the photo above. The two brown bodies are a little easier to
see. Wow.
Two bull moose is an extremely rare, if not unheard of, sighting - especially two standing side by side. Based on our past years skijoring French Gulch, I believe these two are twin brothers and still adolescents. That is, they have not matured enough yet to get in an argument over a girl and part ways forever :)

Oh yeah, we were skijoring today... The conditions of French Gulch:
Packed, fast and wide down low - zoom!
Single snowmobile width in the middle sections.
Single track (to eventually breaking trail) in the upper sections.

Two moose sightings with an up close of two bull twins - what a day: 8.8 miles covered with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 20 days on the trails covering 164.1 miles with 16900 feet of elevation climbed.


  1. Good post! ;) I keep spotting reindeers almost every day with my huskies :D

    1. Reindeer - what fun! Unless they are too close, of course :)