Saturday, April 9, 2016

Moose Bed

Nothing quite as entertaining as encountering a fresh moose bed on the side of the trail!
"Sniff, sniff - smells very fresh! We just missed the napping moose!" declare the moose bed
inspecting pair.
It was clear a moose had recently been laying right were Max & Zorro are sniffing. I saw the big 2-toed tracks coming in & out of the bed and my partners sniff intensity told me the moose had been laying here very recently. Imagine coming across a moose laying right on the side of the trail - yikes!

We failed to spot a moose on this morning's outing to French Gulch. But, the "scent of moose" was enough to tickle our noses a few times. Scent of moose and a fresh moose bed - fun! Here is Max catching a whiff of moose as we trot along the trail:
"Sniff, sniff - beautiful aroma!" states hunt-n-jog Max.
"Not strong enough, keep going!" declares Zorro (he did get some moose whiffs later)
One of the saddest sights of springtime: creek breakup! While the snowpack is still sufficient to skijor over most of French Creek, there are a few spots of breakup here and there. So sad...
"Eek, the creek - stay to the left!" exclaim all three of us.
The evil creek was not visible most of the day - yay! Here we are skijoring the top layer of snow crust in the last meadow of French Gulch. This meadow houses a swamp with French Creek flowing down the middle in summer. So fun to run the top layer knowing there is nothing trail-like in this meadow once the snow melts!
Zoom! Love when the crust can hold our weight!

Today's short video clip is the counterpart to the previous photo. Here we go skijoring the top layer of snow crust on the upper/final meadow of French Gulch. Wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

A peaceful day cruising French Gulch with just enough "moose juice" to add some excitement: 8.8 miles traveled with 950 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 113 days on the trails covering 958.6 miles with 105,050 feet of elevation climbed.

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