Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Just Enough

Just enough "snow over frozen dirt" to pull the dog sled up & down the upper section of Boreas Pass this morning!
Laying fresh tracks in an inch or so of new snow atop frozen ground.
Just enough to pull the sled!

The second half of October in Colorado found us sweltering in record high temperatures with record low precipitation. In other words, we've been dying waiting for snow to return! We woke this morning to a fresh inch or so at home and all exclaimed, "Snow, snow - we finally have snow! We are going to use if even if it kills us!" :)   The plan: drive up Boreas Pass until the ground was frozen enough under the layer of fresh snow that we could trot pulling the dog sled up & down Boreas. Success!

The day started with low clouds and fog all around us. No problem, that was sheltering the ground from warming in the morning sun...
Laying fresh tracks as we haul the dog sled up Boreas Pass.
Again, "just enough" to trot and glide.

Our goal was to make it to the top of the pass and then head back down. Well, we accomplished the goal - yay!
Exchanging happy talk with my fun partners at the Boreas Pass Landmark. Snow under Max's
back legs flows to the Pacific Ocean whereas snow under his front legs flows to the Atlantic :)
"Snow, snow, I love snow - having a great time!" declares happy little Zorro.
"Down in front - I am having a blast too!" declares ecstatic Max (I could see his smile even
though Zorro is blocking it in this photo)

It may not have been much snow; but after the hot & dry second half of October, we'll take it!
"Aaahhhh, toes on snow - so happy!" declare my gleeful partners looking back at me in approval.

Just enough snow (over frozen dirt) to trot up/down Boreas with the sled: 6.2 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 8 days on the trails covering 53.9 miles with 5000 feet of elevation climbed.

Let's hope this morning is a foreshadow of snow to come in November! October was painful.... Pray for Snow!

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