Friday, June 2, 2017

1400 Miles

We did it! We surpassed 1400 miles of skijoring for the season!
1405.3 miles and counting....
"We did it!!!!" say all three of us to one another as we relive and celebrate the milestone
at the end of our run this morning.
After 3 seasons in a row of 1300+ miles of skijoring, we broke through to surpass 1400 miles this season. What a fun accomplishment. Max & Zorro are incredible!

Okay, on to this morning's outing. We did roughly the same route as yesterday: climbing quickly up Walton Peak at Rabbit Ears Pass to get to better and higher elevation terrain. While conditions are deteriorating quickly near the trailheads, it is still nice near and at the top of Walton Peak. A few fun shots and video from the upper elevations...

Flying along in a 'shoulder-to-shoulder sled dog machine':
You cannot get in a tighter configuration than this as Max & Zorro sprint while
rubbing shoulders :)
One more interesting shot before the video as it will help you watch the video. A suicidal chipmunk ran across the trail in front of us and barely escaped being scooped up by Max's mouth...
The arrow shows the chipmunk. Max & Zorro see "trail food" :)
Okay, on to today's video highlight. We start skijoring on "soft summer snow" near the top of Walton Peak. If your volume is up high, the "clicks" you hear are slush bombs flying off Max & Zorro's feet and into the camera (and my face :).  About 8 seconds into the video and you'll see some of the slush bombs hit & stick to the camera. Then, watch closely, about 33 seconds into the video and the suicidal chipmunk crosses the trail. Max & Zorro, of course, floor it towards the "trail food" and you see Max dip out of view as he tries (and barely misses) scooping up the chipmunk before hopping back into the skijor setup. Silly...
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

One last shot from the top of Walton Peak:
"Oh man, JUNE.... so hot!!!!" say the snow rolling sillies.
The cool curvature of this photo is due to the fact that we are on the tiptop of Walton Peak.

Unfortunately, this was most likely our last run at Rabbit Ears Pass this season; but what a fun time and major accomplishment today: 7.4 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 169 days on the trails covering 1405.3 miles with 148,800 feet of elevation climbed.

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