Saturday, April 22, 2017

Especially Rabbit

A rabbit crossing the trail today got everybody in the mood to hunt. Especially rabbit!

It was a snowshoe hare (e.g., white) so hard to see in the clips below. But, I have to show it anyway as it set the precedent for the days' outing :)
The black you see to the right of the arrow are the feet of the snowshoe hare as its body is
camouflaged against the snow. But look at Max & Zorro and you notice we all saw the bunny!
How about a slomo video to try and show you the rabbit. Watch closely at seconds 2-6 and you will see the rabbit come out of the trees from the left, cross the trail and exit into the trees to the right. Look really close (try watching the video full screen) for the black blob (the rabbit's feet) moving across the trail. Also watch Max & Zorro's gusto to catch the rabbit and you will know it was really there (and they'll show you exactly where it exited the trail :)
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

It was quite entertaining in person even though hard to see in the shrunk down video footage. But, as I said, it set the precedent for the day...

Max & Zorro were on high alert the rest of the morning. We heard something in the trees to the left at one point, must check for more rabbits:
"I hear something, but cannot put a body to it!" says scanning Max.
"Let me get a better view, where is the bunny?!?" says intense Zorro.
A little further along and passing by some old mining cabins. Do rabbits live in old cabins?
"No rabbits on this shelf!" declares curious Zorro stretching to look atop the shelf.
"No rabbits down here!" declares Max inspecting the cabin foundation.
Keep going and then something caught the attention of our noses...
"Must be rabbits in the trees! Must be!!!!" declare the hunting pair pausing to stare into the
Oh yeah, we did do some skijoring today too :)  Another amazing late April day laying fresh tracks (although the rabbit overshadowed this fact):
Gliding along laying fresh tracks! Wheeee!

I'll spare you the one downside of the outing... I had to take my skis off 5 times to cross over exposed ground and rocks. Unfortunately this particular network of trails is done for the season. "What?!? No more rabbit hunting!!!!!" is what Max & Zorro thought of this!

A fun day seeing a rabbit and then searching for miles & miles for more rabbits: 7.8 miles traveled (remember my skis had to come off 5 times, slowing us down) with 700 feet of elevation climbed.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 135 days on the trails covering 1131.2 miles with 119,400 feet of elevation climbed.

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