Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Angels and Cones

Rolling Snow Angels (Max) and Eating Snowcones (Zorro) - a Siberian Husky Tradition :)
"Aahh - rub a dub dub!" demonstrates Max.
"Chomp, chomp - yum, yum!" declares Zorro.
Despite a chilly morning and mostly shaded route, apparently snow angels and snowcones
were in order to cool off at our turnaround point in French Gulch.

It was shady on both sides of Sally Barber Mine with a short patch of sun as we crested at the mine:
Cresting at the historic Sally Barber Mine. I have no idea what Max & Zorro were locked on to
the left. I followed their glance and found nothing. But, humans are pretty inept at spotting
rodents and other small creatures in the snow :)

There are lots of open straightaways on the Sally Barber Trail. Each one means pedal to the metal:
Zoom we gooooo - wheeee!

After skijoring up & over Sally Barber, it was time for an out & back in French Gulch. This trail is much less traveled (especially far back) and we had the treat of laying fresh tracks deep in the gulch. The new snow was from Monday night; but it was still untouched for us - yay!
Tickling our toes in an inch or so of fresh snow!

Moose had been an almost guaranteed sighting in French Gulch up until the last 3 weeks or so. We have been on a "moose drought" since then. Max & Zorro's noses did pull us off trail once to stare into the forest for moose. We failed to spot one but the scent was apparently very strong...
All three of us staring intensely into the trees for moose (notice my head shadow).
"I smell them - where are they?" asks scanning Max.
"The scent is clear as day - where are they?" asks intense Zorro.
"I don't smell anything, but I'll look anyway!" says nose-impaired Brad.

Fun run with snow angels and snowcones to top it off: 8.8 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 93 days on the trails covering 789.7 miles with 84950 feet of elevation climbed.

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