Sunday, March 22, 2020


Starting the day laying fresh tracks in 3+ inches of powder with Jack & Rudy!
Zooming along as we lay fresh tracks in 3+ inches of powder. Wheeee!
The plan for the morning was to skijor the trails on & around Breckenridge Nordic Center starting the day with Jack & Rudy and then adding Zorro about 2/3rds of the way through the outing.

It was a beautiful morning with 3 and up to 5 inches of fresh snow on the trails (3 inches lower and upwards of 5 inches as we climbed). The skies were overcast with the promise of more snow to fall. But, we started the day with clear conditions laying fresh tracks.

About 1/3 of the way into the outing and it started snowing lightly. Rudy decided to give us a beautiful rodent dive to showcase the lightly falling snowflakes against his long body :)
"Dunking for rodents!" demonstrates silly Jack.
"Incoming - here's my WHOLE profile to showcase the snowflakes!" says Rudy.
Notice the flakes you can make out against his red fur and purple harness.
Then, about 1/2 way through our outing and it started DUMPING!!!! How hard? Well, I kept having to wipe the camera clear of snow. But, the flakes were small & light, so very hard to make out against the white terrain around us. So, we'll use some skiers we passed on the trail to show the snowfall (and entertain those passing by :)
You cannot really make out the snowflakes all around us until you look
at them against the dark outfit of the guy to our left.
"Hi... bye!" says Jack & Rudy cruising by and bringing smiles to the faces.
By the time we picked up Zorro, it was really coming down. We are happy to report that just about all of our footage with Zorro was blurry from constant falling snow!

I would wipe the camera and get a partially clear shot of the fun trio:
Flying Zorro on the right.
Hovering Jack in the middle.
Slightly blurred, but fast running Rudy to the left.
But within 10s of seconds of wiping the camera clear and the footage was blurred again:
Blurred, but flying, Zorro on the right.
Blurred and sprint-tucked Jack in the middle.
Clearest and most visible Rudy to the left.
Snow spots all over the camera - yay for snow!
Come along for today's video clip to showcase the active falling snow. We start at our turnaround point with Zorro (note veteran Zorro paying attention to me while Jack & Rudy are looking the other way just waiting for my "GO"). I have just wiped the camera clear before this video starts. Then, off we go as the camera gets blurrier and blurrier as we go. But you can see the active snow falling all around us. Yay for Snow!
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Finally, coming around the final bend in the trail as Nancy was just on the other side. You can see my pals cutting the corning tight (as they always do) as I am trying to swing wide and keep this crazy vehicle under control :)
Tight cornering, all smiles and more snowflakes
visible against everyone's fur.
A fun day from laying fresh tracks to running in active to heavy falling snow: 7.4 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

Fun note for the season. If you've followed along you know Zorro has been on all but 2 of our outings this year; but he does partial runs most of the time as he is approaching 12 years old. Well, the impressive "11 approaching 12 year old" just surpassed 500 miles for himself on the season. Zorro's total miles: 500.2. Impressive for his age!!!!!

2019/2020 Season to Date: 128 days on the trails covering 867.3 miles with 79,350 feet of elevation climbed.

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