Saturday, January 21, 2017

Good Time

Having a good time (actually a GREAT time) running with the dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures this morning!
Letting a team pass by at a trail intersection. "Hi friends - we want to come too!!!" say
Max & Zorro flirting with their friends.
Notice that my hands are flailing into view in the prior photo. We were paused calmly to let this team pass; but, as they moved by, Max & Zorro wanted to join in the fun NOW! I had to quickly dig my skis into the ground as my hands & arms flew upward trying to keep my partners at bay without launching into this team! What sillies!!!

We encountered three different dog sled teams to play with on the trails this morning. The first was a team we saw go down a trail in front of us. I held back my partners to give them a head start and then off we flew in chase:
Flying Max & Zorro as you see the blue pants/white coat of the musher in front of us and
you can barely make out the 8 sled dogs pulling this person along.
Here is another fun encounter. We just came out of the trees on an "upper trail" and found a team trucking down the main trail. We were going to play chase with this team but they took a hard right in front of us and went off the other direction into the trees themselves.
Cruising along the upper trail as you see the team & musher taking a hard right in front of us.
I was impressed with this musher's skills as he navigated this tight turn perfectly without
tipping the sled!
We actually encountered each of the three teams 3-4 separate times on the trails. There are a lot of loops, figure 8s, etc so it is easy to wind around various trails to continue playing with the teams again and again.

Anyway, back to the first photo... Once I got Max & Zorro under control (versus joining the team passing by), we gave this team a head start on the trail and then proceeded to play chase & catch. Watch the fun video clip below as it looks like we are alone sprinting on the trail. But, watch closely, as the team we let pass by in the first photo begins to come into view in front of us. Max, Zorro & I continue to gain ground on this dog sled team until the end of the video where I call out a "right" to Max & Zorro. Wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

An extremely fun day playing with the dog teams: 11.1 miles traveled with 1100 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 64 days on the trails covering 506.4 miles with 53,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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