Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Found One

It started as a normal day skijoring up & over Sally Barber Mine...
Cresting our initial climb as we trot by the historic mine.
Once you climb up the trail to the mine, you are rewarded with a fast sprint down the other side:
Zoom, zoom, zooooom we gooooo!  :)
Sally Barber is a short trail by Max & Zorro's standards, so we always add an out & back on French Gulch to the outing. It was a peaceful glide along French Gulch until...

First Max & Zorro slowed and their noses shot upwards. I know this means they have got a whiff of moose. Both of their heads were spinning left/right/left/right/etc until they both locked to the right:
"Our noses say 'GO RIGHT' - moose!!!" I quickly followed their stare and saw the butt and antler
basket of a bull moose at the edge of the forest to our right (visible but a safe distance away).
Max let out a quick 'moose scream' and both launched right - off the trail and into the deep snow in the direction of the moose.
"Moose!!!! This way!" declare snow hopping Zorro.
"I'm coming, I'm coming!" demonstrates snow launching Max (he was a step behind
Zorro because he had to complete his 'moose scream' before launching :)
Max's scream caused the moose to move upwards into the trees. By the time I got myself pointed in the right direction the big moose was no longer visible on the camera. But we all saw (and smelled) him. Well, okay, I didn't really smell him; but I did see him...
"He's in the trees and we KNOW IT!" declare my moose staring partners.

A peaceful day gliding along Sally Barber and French Gulch until all moose broke loose: 8.7 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 67 days on the trails covering 531.3 miles with 56,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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