Friday, November 13, 2015


A day of "moosing" (moose seeking) in French Gulch!
End of the trail far back in French Gulch when we ran into an exposed French Creek.
By early/mid December the snow will cover the creek and we'll be able to ski to the end
of the gulch!

Why is French Gulch one of our favorite trails? Moose!!!! We are almost guaranteed to get either the scent or tracks (or both) of moose on each outing and are often treated with a moose sighting as well. Today added another moose treat - Moose Fur! What fun...
Far back in French Gulch - we have out-skied all "human tracks" and are now alone with a set
of moose tracks we are intensely following along the trail. "So fresh, so fresh - they smell so
fresh!" exclaim the moose seeking pair.

As I mentioned, today's unique treat was tufts of moose fur on the tail!
"Wait, what is this? Tuft of Moose! We must be on the right track!" declares Max as he slightly
breaks stride to inspect the brown tuft of moose hair to his right.
"Whoa! Tuft of Moose!" declares Zorro as he breaks stride to dip his nose to the left (note the
brown/black dot in front of his nose - tuft of moose). Silly Zorro proceeded to pick it up and
swoosh it around in his mouth before spitting out, "Smells good, but needs meat!" says Zorro.

Finally, our "moose radar" steered us just off the trail to stare across the meadow. It does not show up in the photo, but we did see a big, brown moose butt saunter up into the trees across the way.
Ding, ding, ding - moose sighting (albeit from afar, but still fun)!

After a fun time moosing around the upper portions of French Gulch, it was back down into civilization. No more moose scent, tracks or tufts so we might as well put the pedal to the metal and fly along the fast packed trail. Fast & fun until we come upon a pair of skiers with five loose dogs and have to stop. It is not possible to pass loose dogs as one will most certainly jump into Max & Zorro and send me flying into a tree or worse.
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Moosing far back and flying close down. What a day!
"Perfect, just perfect!" exclaim the happy pair when I asked if everyone was having a fun day.

So fun to have the snow back in French Gulch: 8.9 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 13 days on the trails covering 106.4 miles with 10500 feet of elevation climbed.

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