Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Another Day, Another Moose

Another Day in French Gulch, Another Moose Sighting off the Trail!

The day started innocently as we found ourselves laying fresh tracks in about 3 inches of new snow on the French Gulch Trail:
Setting the trail for everyone else - love gliding and laying fresh tracks!
After the innocent start, it became very moosie...

What does it look like when your noses say "We smell moose to the right!" but the trees are thick and the moose are not visible? Well, here you go:
All noses say "Moose Scent to the Right!!!!" So, we stare intensely into the forest trying
to find the moose!
What does it look like when your moose seeking partners convince you to go "off trail" and follow our noses? Well, here you go:
Happily breaking trail in 15-18 inches of snow as the human has let us go off trail and
follow our noses!
What is the reward for "following your noses"? Well....
Two Bull Moose!!!! Look in the top of the photo, just left of center (or just follow Max's gaze).

Zoom in on the moose from the prior photo. Such big & beautiful creatures!

You may be thinking, "Zorro doesn't look to be locked on the 2 moose as Max is - what's up?" Well, I followed Zorro's gaze to the right and, low and behold, there was another female moose down in the gulch too. THREE moose - wow!

It is actually pretty rare to see two bull moose hanging together as in the photos above. I believe these two are twin brothers (based on our past year's moose encounters in French Gulch). We spotted them together frequently at the beginning of last season and then they seemed to disappear. I figured they had matured and went on their separate ways. But, no, here we see them again still hanging together. Fun to see two big antler racks so close together!

We only had time for a short run in French Gulch this morning; but it was very "moose entertaining" - 5.8 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 28 days on the trails covering 207.6 miles with 20,550 feet of elevation climbed.

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