Friday, November 25, 2016

New View

A "new view" of Breckenridge Ski Resort on our skijor this morning.
Snow capped peaks and the ski runs of Breckenridge Ski Resort across the valley in front
of us. Nice view!
How could there possibly be a "new view", you are probably wondering. Well, today's outing took us on a trail that, until last summer, traversed through a dense forest of trees. Unfortunately, most of the trees were lodgepole pines and they died in the pine beetle epidemic that hit Colorado recently. So, this past summer the Forest Service cleared all the dead trees from this area (for forest health and wildfire mitigation). As a result, a trail that used to wind through thick trees (blocking all views) is now a wide open trail with stunning views of the ski resort. See the one tall tree in the center of the photo? Well, there used to be tons of such trees so thick that you could not see the ski resort through them!

After some nice views of the ski resort, we turned back into the forest to tour some old mining cabins.
Fun old mining cabin to the right.
Zorro always cracks me up at the following cabin. Regardless of time of year (summer, winter, etc) or speed (hiking, jogging, skijoring), when we get to this cabin he is ALWAYS fascinated by it. It draws his complete attention and Max & I cannot figure out what is so interesting :)
"My favorite old mining cabin! Can't take my eyes off it!" declares focused Zorro.
"We don't get it!" state Max & I only glancing to the left trying to figure out why Zorro
is so mesmerized. 
Done with the views, done touring the cabins, nothing left to do but ZOOM:
Tight, shoulder-to-shoulder form as we sprint along the trail. Wheeee!

A fun skijor stroll on wide open trails that were a dense forest just 6 months ago: 7.2 miles traveled with 950 feet of elevation climbed.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 17 days on the trails covering 120.7 miles with 12250 feet of elevation climbed.

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