Sunday, November 15, 2020


 "Made you smile!" as we cruise by a skier coming up the trail beside us :)

Besides smiling, he also said, "Wow, that is cool!" as we smiled
at him while cruising on by.

Remember I mentioned yesterday that it was a very windy day? How windy? Well here's one piece of evidence:

Uh-oh, wind blown downed tree across the trail!
"Uh oh indeed!" says Jack looking back for guidance!

Over the course of this morning's outing, we encountered TEN (10) downed trees across the trail from yesterday's extreme winds. That is a record for us from one day of wind! Some trees were so large that we simply turned around to take different trails. Other trees, like the one above, were small enough for me to take off my skis, hop over, re-attach the skis and then restart. But, wait, did I say "re-attach" the skis? Yes, and you must be stopped to re-attach. So, you know what that means:

Re-attach = stop = Jack & Rudy roll snow angels :)
Where does Jack end and Rudy start? Your guess is as good a mine.

Then, there were the occasional downed trees that had one little window of skiable crosssing:

Jack & Rudy crossing this downed tree at the ONLY point where
there is enough snow for me to ski over too! Impressive!

Just how impressive is the prior photo? Well, let's put it to video to show the incredible skills of Jack and Rudy. Come along as we are flying along the trail until we approach a downed tree. All it takes from me is to utter "over the left" and then "easy, easy" for Jack & Rudy to move to a safe place for my skis to gently glide over the tree. Once we are all over, it is petal to the medal again. Such impressive listening and execution!!!

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Nothing could make me prouder than the prior video. Consider that Jack & Rudy are only 3 and 2 years old; yet they are already perfect "listen and execute" sled dogs. The skill at which they skijor does not get much more impressive than this!

Finally, what to do when the trail was clear of downed trees? Floor it as we hit our fastest speed of this early season this morning: 22 MPH. Pretty good for "early season conditions!"

Our first synchronized "hover husky" of the season as it takes
real synchronicity with your brother to top 22 MPH!

Today's fun parting shot: frisky Zorro! We got back to the trailhead to meet up with Nancy and Zorro. Once Zorro joined us, he had a friskiness about him and wanted to jog around the parking lot a few times before getting our end of run treats. Go Z Go!

"Whoa, wait up big bro!" says Rudy surprised by elder Zorro's burst.
Go Z Go!

What a great day to showcase young Jack and Rudy's perfect sled dog "listen and execute" skills! 8.6 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 8 days on the trails covering 55.4 miles with 5400 feet of elevation climbed.

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