Saturday, March 7, 2020

Z Lead

Everyone having a good time this morning?
"You bet!!!!" exclaim super happy Zorro & Jack.
"Yes, but why are we stopped!" asks Rudy.
Today's outing was one of our favorite "weekend routes" as we go to the trails in Swan Valley to run with dog sled teams and avoid the overcrowded amateur trails in town. It is so refreshing to run with the professionals instead of dealing with tons of tourist crowds :)

As always, today was a smashing success as we got to flirt and run along with the dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures. Here is a fun shot of us paused to let a team cross the trail perpendicular to us.
6 dogs of the 8 dog team in front of us and the musher on the sled
to the right of Jack's head.
Doesn't Jack look so well-mannered in the prior photo as he is sitting to watch the team go by. Well, fast forward to a different trail and we are stopped again to let a team cross in front of us. This time Jack does a complete 180 from above and he is a bucking bronco lunging forward trying to get me to release us to join and follow the team :)
Oh Jack, you are one strong bucking bronco! He was able to slide me
forward about 5 feet before I used all my strength, skis and poles to
keep us still!
After a few perpendicular passings as you see in the two prior photos, we finally got on the same trail as a team in front of us. Time to play "fly & follow" with the team in front. Wheeee!
My fast running partners as you see the musher and 8 sled dogs going
around a right bend in the trail ahead of us.
Today's video goes with the prior photo. Come along and watch closely as you can make out the team in front as they go around bends in the trail. Then watch closely at about 30-35 seconds in the video and you'll see the team exit the main trail onto a side trail to the right. Zorro clearly saw this too as he proceeds to back out of the middle of the team to move himself to the right to try and make sure we go the same way, which we do once we get to the same side trail. Everyone follow Zorro, he knows where to go :)
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Such a fun outing leads to well-earned 'end of run' treats!
"Dish them out! We had a blast today!" says the focused & happy trio.
A wonderful way to avoid weekend crowds by joining the dog sled teams in Swan Valley: 6.1 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 114 days on the trails covering 771.1 miles with 70,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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