Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Happy, happy boys enjoying their 'end of run' treats this morning:
"We had a great time, now dish them out!" says the happy & focused trio.
We spent the morning zipping around the recently groomed trails of Gold Run Nordic Center. The trio really likes getting out on these trails and uncorking the skijoring engine. Here's a cool shot of hovering Zorro & Jack next to flying Rudy:
Hovering blacks alongside red Rudy the flying reindeer :)
While the trails at Gold Run are super fun, there is one caution to be aware of: moose! This terrain has a pretty dense moose population (well, as dense as you get amongst aloof moose; but still pretty populous). I am always scanning the terrain for moose and watching Zorro & Jack for any indication of moose in the area. Youngest Rudy does not have a reliable moose sensor yet, so you pretty much ignore anything that distracts him; but a distraction to Zorro or Jack is a "moose alert"!

Anyway, we were cruising along when Zorro made a very serious (for him) glance into the woods to our left. Eek, MOOSE ALERT!!!!!
"Beep, beep - to our left!" says glancing Zorro.
We never saw any moose and Zorro's glance was very quick. But, from years of experience watching Zorro, I know his glance was serious. I was on high alert the rest of the outing. Come along for today's video clip and see Zorro's quick "moose glance" to the left at about 25 seconds into the video. Yes, the glance was very short; but the intensity from Zorro told me it was serious...
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Back to the day's outing, we did an out & back trail. So, that meant we stopped once to turn around. Well....
"They are at it again, aren't they? I can't look!" says Zorro.
"Stopped means rolling!" demonstrates the goofball twins (you can make out Rudy's
back legs behind Zorro - he is upside down just like Jack, of course :)
Rolling snow angels done but I was not yet done texting Nancy our arrival time. So:
"Ready and waiting!" says happy Zorro & Jack.
"I'm not looking until you are ready to GO!" adds Rudy.
Finally, all smiles as we end the day's run:
"Wheeee!" says the happy trio.
A speedy day on fast trails with a quick yet serious moose alert from Zorro: 7.1 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 56 days on the trails covering 381.1 miles with 36,700 feet of elevation climbed.

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