Friday, December 23, 2016


A rare treat this morning: laying fresh tracks on the front side of the Sally Barber Mine Trail!
It is not so obvious given the lighting; but we are laying fresh tracks in 2-3 inches of new
snow on the front side of the Sally Barber Mine Trail! What a treat!
Why is the previous photo such a treat? Well the front side of Sally Barber is in the "top 5" of popular cross-country/snowshoe trails around Breckenridge (for both locals and tourists). The general rule is that you have to get on the trail before sunrise to be first tracks when there is fresh snow. We were out early this morning, but not close to sunrise. What a treat to find the popular front side of Sally Barber untouched as we were able to sprint & glide in 2-3 inches of new snow!

After skijoring up & over Sally Barber, it was time to add an out & back to French Gulch to our outing. French Gulch is our favorite "moose seeking" trail. While our noses certainly caught the "whiff of moose" this morning, we failed to spot any such big beasts. But, it was not from a lack of effort :)
"Climbing, climbing - our noses say moose are somewhere this direction!" state Max & Zorro
climbing a snow wall on the side of the trail to look for moose. We did not see any; but the
Siberian noses said they were nearby and I did see tracks going up into the trees across the gulch.
So, failed to spot a moose (although we filled our noses)... No problem, we know how to entertain ourselves in many ways...
"Chomp, chomp - love snowcones!" demonstrates snowcone eating Zorro.

"Rub-a-dub-dub, love rolling snow angels!" demonstrates silly Max.
Snowcones, snow angels and one last form of "other than moose" entertainment in French Gulch:
Floor it - as we surpass 20 MPH. Zoooooom!!!

Despite the lack of "French Gulch Moose" it was still a very entertaining day with rare fresh tracks on Sally Barber and snowcones + snow angels + pedal to the metal in French Gulch: 9 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 40 days on the trails covering 302.7 miles with 30,450 feet of elevation climbed.

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