Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Max Kiss

Another great morning laying fresh tracks atop Buffalo Pass!
Beautiful, snow-covered trail as far as the eye can see!

Yesterday found us laying fresh tracks on the steep ascent and descent of Buffalo Pass - it was fresh snow all day! Well, the snow let up yesterday afternoon and it was a windy day up high. As a result, we were worried how much wind damage would be on the trails. If you look at the prior photo, you are thinking, "No wind damage at all - yay!" But, the damage was there as we encountered many stretches where the wind had blown the snow off the ice under layer:
Frozen layer of ice, so the sled could still glide; but "sledding on ice" is always tricky!
What to do when you encounter a stretch of ice, like above? Well, I grab a tight hold of the sled and pretty much "close my eyes" until I feel the sled come in contact with snow again. It's too scary to watch :)

So, the day had a mix of "laying fresh tracks" and "sliding over ice" (mostly fresh tracks, thank dog)! Yet, it was toes on snow in early October, so no complaints from any of us:
"What ice? We are having a GREAT day!" exclaim the happy pair at our turnaround point
of the morning.

How fun was it? Well, Max told me..
"Smack (or lick) - I love snow!" says Max giving me an approving kiss at our turnaround point.
"Loving it too; but how about using that free hand to rub my ears!" suggests silly Zorro leaning
into my free hand.

Not sure if Max really loves snow? Well, he has now rolled 2+ snow angels on every outing of this early 2016/2017 season :)
"Look at me 'roll & eat' this lovely snow!" demonstrates talented Max.
"Waiting for this silly brother, again!" suggests Zorro.

Laying fresh tracks and sliding over ice for a daily total of 5.7 miles with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

Soon, we hope, we'll be on skis instead of the sled and start getting our normal 9-10 mile runs! But, we will take snow for 4 shorter sled outings by Oct 5th any year!

2016/2017 Season to Date: 4 days on the trails covering 22.8 miles with 2700 feet of elevation climbed.

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