The conditions are still incredible when you are near 12,000 feet elevation at Vail Pass!
|Woo Hoo - snow as far as the eye can see as Jack & Rudy|
fly along the endless terrain!
Elder Zorro joined the team for a short "out & back" to start the outing. Unfortunately, the conditions near the trailhead were a bit choppy and somewhat soft. As a result, we had to keep speeds to a minimum as we did a gentle "out & back" trot with Zorro:
|Having fun trotting along as we keep the speeds down for everyone's safety.|
Given the soft & choppy conditions we saw with Zorro at the trailhead, I was expecting a short outing with Jack & Rudy after we handed Zorro off with Nancy. But, once we ascended to the top of Shrine Pass, all I could think was, "Wow! We could go forever up here! So nice up high!" So, I stopped to send Nancy a text that the kids and I were going to stay out longer and enjoy the top of Shrine Pass. Well, texting means stopping, stopping means.... you guessed it :)
|"Stop, Drop and ROLL!" demonstrate the goofball kids.|
Nice view for the human too.
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After cruising around the top of Shrine Pass for a while, I stopped once more to check to see if we needed to start back down yet. Rudy had an issue with yet ANOTHER stop!
|"WOOOOO - would you STOP STOPPING!!!!" woos opinionated Rudy :)|
"No kidding, we could go on forever!" adds forward focused Jack.
|"FINALLY! I'm not stopping AGAIN!" demonstrates Rudy the Missile!|
"Wheeee!' adds fast running Jack.
|"What a fun day! How about those 'end of run' treats?" exclaims happy Zorro.|
"I'm smiling back here too!" adds happy Jack blocked by Zorro.
"Um, we ran out of snow!' says disturbed Rudy looking at the
lack of white in front of us :)
|"Ready!" says focused Zorro.|
"Me next!" adds happy Jack.
"Then ME!" says happy Rudy.
2019/2020 Season to Date: 167 days on the trails covering 1141.8 miles with 104,300 feet of elevation climbed.