Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Deer Leg

Jack & Rudy doing their usual "dunk for rodents" on the side of the trail.
Or so I thought....
Dunking & searching for rodents. Or, are they searching for something else?
I've become used to Jack & Rudy's rodent dunks & dives this season, so I thought nothing of them until today. They love to search in the snow, but never actually come up with anything. Well, today is the day they hit the jackpot.

What did they find when dunking in the snow? Well, a frozen DEER LEG with some meat still intact! Imagine my surprise when they came out of the snow sharing a deer leg and they placed it on the trail to snack on!
"Yum, deer meat!" says leg chewing Rudy.
"Hey, I found it too - share!!!!" adds onlooking Jack.
They came out of the snow with the leg in both of their mouths. But it wasn't until Rudy pulled it away from Jack that I realized what they had found. What to do with a deer leg? Well, pick it up...
What a well preserved frozen deer leg!
Rudy was sure I was just picking it up for us all to share :)
"Tasty, huh dad? I'll share with you!" says Rudy coming to share with me
after I took the leg from him & Jack.
Why pick it up? Well, to toss it off the trail and far into the trees.
Problem solved. The deer leg is now far off trail in deep snow :)
How's that for an exciting morning. Oh yeah, we went skijoring too. We started the day without Zorro to give him some time off after a big outing yesterday. We were laying fresh tracks in a few inches of fresh snow on one of our favorite backcountry trails:
Fresh snow all to ourselves!
Eventually we dropped onto the freshly groomed trails of Gold Run Nordic Center and put the pedal to the metal.
Flying along the Groomie Zoomie!
We even topped 24 MPH skijoring today. Normally that would have been the highlight of the outing; but it was overshadowed by the delicious deer leg prize! Anyway, come along for a view of 24 MPH skijoring. You'll hear me "woooo" and "wheeee" at times as I could feel we were hitting some extremely fast speeds. Zoom!
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Finally, we met up with Zorro to add the fun old guy into the team for a short sprint to the finish.
Such a happy, happy sprinting trio!
What a fun day: new snow on side trails, freshly groomed nordic trails and a deer leg reward for dunking in the snow: 8.2 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 86 days on the trails covering 592.9 miles with 54,800 feet of elevation climbed.

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