Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Such incredible focus as we get our "end of run" pork treats at the trailhead this morning!
"You've got them, we want them!" declare the intense pair.
The white dots in the photo are fresh falling snowflakes all around us.

There was 3-6 inches of fresh snow all over Rabbit Ears Pass this morning. Not a track or trail was visible as far as the eye could see. We were first on the pass after a night of fresh snowfall. What a late April treat!
Fresh snow on the ground, snow still falling and it was all ours everywhere we went!

Max was thinking, "We should probably camp up here to make use of all this fresh snow!" Well, it just so happens that we were skijoring around Dumont Lake and came upon Dumont Lake Campground...
"What? Closed?!? Is this Wally World??? Why would the campground be closed with
such perfect conditions?" exclaims perplexed Max looking at the closed sign for Dumont
Lake Campground.

This is an extremely popular summer campground with reservations needed weeks (or months) in advance. Yet, here we were in "perfect Siberian conditions" and the campground was closed. Who closes a campground for winter :)

"No really, why is it closed? Who closes a campground when the conditions are perfect (winter)
and opens it when the conditions are broken (summer)?" asks snow loving Max. "Closed with
snowcones everywhere, why?" asks Zorro snacking on snowcones while I try to explain to Max
that humans close campgrounds in winter.

Fresh snow everywhere, campground closed... Guess it is all for us to use:
Zoom we go running through about 4 inches of fresh powder in the forest.

Only time for a short run today, but we sure made the most of it! 5.8 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a mild top speed of 16 MPH (we were never in less than 3 inches of powder and 4+ most of the day).

2015/2016 Season to Date: 125 days on the trails covering 1055.4 miles with 115,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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