Report from this morning's outing: a little skijoring and a LOT of moosing! Oh my....
|Skijoring a narrow trail through the forest - wheeee!|
Moose sighting #1: we were gliding along French Gulch when suddenly both Max & Zorro leaped of the trail to the right. Only moose can pull them off trail...
|"Mooooooose!!!!!" exclaims silly Max leaping off the trail (Zorro is already off trail and|
off camera). Scan the trees and I found a big bull moose a safe distance away looking back
Moose sighting #2: coming back in French Gulch when a leap off the trail to the left occurred (different location than sighting #1):
|"Moooooose!!!!!!" exclaims silly Zorro leaping off the trail to search for moose (this time|
Max is already off camera and locked on the moose). Scan the trees and I found a female
moose staring back at us from a safe distance.
Moose sighting #3 seemed innocent at first. Max & Zorro both drifted off trail to the left to climb the snowbank in search of the moose scent their noses caught. I glanced with them and found another female moose a safe distance away in the trees. No problem, I thought, until Zorro whipped his head to the right. "The moose is to the left Zorro, what are you doing?" I commented. But....
|I turned to follow Zorro's gaze and, uh-oh, a child moose to our right!|
"I got the mother in check!" declares Max.
"And we've got a baby to the right!" exclaims Zorro.
Luckily we were near a junction to another trail which went up and then parallel to the mother and child. So, I got Max & Zorro on this trail and we went up and then straight until we were above the location where we saw the mother and child. Moose sighting #4: same two moose as sighting #3 but this time from a safe distance away and *not* being caught in between the mother and child.
|"We see them again!" declare the moose seeking pair.|
Away from the moose and back on the main trail. I paused to catch my breath while Max & Zorro thought this was the most fun outing ever:
|"So much fun!" declares happy Max.|
"Yes, and we learned to get between momma and baby and the mother comes!" states silly
Zorro (not something we wanted him to learn :)
Skijoring and moosing in French Gulch this morning: 8 miles traveled, 700 feet of elevation climbed, top speed of 20 MPH and 4 moose sightings with one "yikes" adventure accidentally finding ourselves between a mother moose and child.
2015/2016 Season to Date: 71 days on the trails covering 600.7 miles with 63450 feet of elevation climbed.