Sunday, January 5, 2020


Three happy sled dogs awaiting their well-earned 'end of run' treats :)
"What a fun day! Now let's get to the treats!!!!!" declares the happy & focused trio.
We went to the trails at Swan Valley this morning to flirt and run alongside the dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures. We encountered 5 different dog sled teams on the trails and had a blast flirting and chasing the teams. Sometimes we get the opportunity to pass teams on the trails; but today, unfortunately, we did not have any pass opportunities. But, no problem, we still had a great time seeing teams go nearby and a blast chasing teams in front of us on the trail.

Here we are paused on the trail as a team came from a trail to the right to intersect onto our trail:
"Hi friends!!!!" says Zorro, Jack & Rudy watching & flirting with the team coming onto our trail.
You can make out 3 of the 8 dogs on this team directly in front at to the right of Rudy.
Later on and we were coming from a side trail onto the main trail as a team was coming up the main trail. We paused to be polite and let them trot on by before continuing on:
You can see the 2 lead dogs of the oncoming team just above Zorro's left ear.
Zorro, Jack & Rudy were perfect and politely stayed next to me and watched the
team pass by.
We then got to show our disinterest in silly SLOW signs on the trail :)
"Whatever - floor it!!!!" says the fast trio sprinting past the slow sign.
In addition to dog sled teams, there are snowmobile groups you encounter on these same trails. You can see a group of snowmobiles stopped in the following photo as they watched us execute a fast & perfect right turn. The snowmobiles came past us a bit later and the person in front waved and yelled out  "Impressive turn!" as he passed by!
Flying into & through a right turn as the snowmobilers are impressed watching.
Finally, today's fun video clip. We are flying along the main trail towards the parking lot. There is a dog sled team far in front of us, but too far to show up on the video (but close enough to motivate Zorro, Jack & Rudy to floor it). Eventually we approach a junction in the trail. Everyone, especially smart veteran Zorro, slows a bit as we approach the junction. Once they feel me drifting right, they know what direction we are going and they enter the right turn before I even call out "right". Once through the turn, everyone continues a gentle trot to the parking lot and then stop on command as we get to a berm between the trail and parking lot. Perfect skijor partners!!!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

A fun "flirt & fly" day on the trails with the dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures: 6.2 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 59 days on the trails covering 404.0 miles with 38,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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