Monday, January 25, 2021

Cruising

 Starting out the day skijoring from Breckenridge to Frisco on the Blue River Recreation Path. Wheeee!

Off we go for a wonderful skijor from Breckenridge to Frisco!

The rec path follows the Blue River from Breckenridge to Frisco and, along the way, we get many opportunities to run alongside Highway 9 (which mirrors the river too) along the way. Here is one of our many flirts with the cars along the highway. The SUV to our right gave an approving honk and yelled, "Woo!" out the window to us :)

Laying fresh tracks in the light layer of new snow as we entertain the 
cars along Highway 9.

The rec path gets groomed and, every once in a while, you find yourselves the first tracks on a freshly groomed track. Fresh groom = zoom!

First tracks on this stretch. Zoom!

But, most of today found us laying fresh tracks in the light layer of new snow over the groomed trail:

Fun footprints behind Jack & Rudy as we continue to entertain
the cars out on Highway 9.

Is that a stop sign ahead of us in the prior photo? Yes, indeed. Side roads turn off the highway and cross the rec path at 5 different points along the way to Frisco. At each crossing, I have to take my skis off, walk over the road and put the skis back on. Well, that means we stop 5 times....

This is what happened at each of the 5 crossings :)
"You futz with your skis, we'll roll snow angels!" declares the goofy kids.
As you see by the sign, we just crossed the road leading into the Breckenridge
Building Center from Highway 9.

But, in between the 5 road crossings, it was ENDLESS skijoring from Breckenridge to Frisco. Come along for a fun glimpse into the endless ride behind Jack & Rudy. Fun!

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End of a very entertaining skijor and time for 'end of run' treats. I love how Jack & Rudy so politely yield to retired Zorro first at every end of run event. 

"Ready!" declares Zorro.
"Of course we let him go first - he taught us EVERYTHING we know!
adds patiently waiting Jack & Rudy.

Another fun skijor trip from Breckenridge to Frisco: 8.3 miles traveled with 300 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 67 days on the trails covering 537.9 miles with 47,000 feet of elevation climbed.


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Flying Reindeer

"I'm known as Rudy the Flying Reindeer. Let me show you why!!!" exclaims super happy Rudy.

You don't see a set of faces much happier than this!

Rudy is known as the flying reindeer for two reasons. First, he's Rudy (think Rudolph) and he has a red nose. Thus, "Rudy the Flying Reindeer" from "Rudolph the (flying) Red Nosed Reindeer." Second, well, Rudy literally FLIES around the trails :)

We did our fun "mix up of trails" this morning where we start in the backcountry, then drop onto fast groomed trails of Gold Run Nordic Center and then exit via the backcountry again. Once on the nordic trails, Jack & Rudy were in super fast form this morning as we topped 24 MPH as a top speed!

We did two fast laps around the nordic trails and Rudy decided to really showcase his flying reindeer skills. Here we are on the first lap - flying Rudy!

Beautiful form from the flying reindeer!
Jack is no slouch himself, but Rudy really has the "fly form"!

Second lap, same as the first: Rudy the Flying Reindeer!

Beautiful shot of flying Rudy!
Jack is right there with him in speed; but, oh my, Rudy sure has some
impressive lift and fly in this shot!

Put it all together and you get this fast & fun 'Skijor Minute' for today's video highlight. Zoom is pretty much how to sum up the day!

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Of course, doing two laps means you really need to 'cool the jets' and roll in the snow after the second pass:

"Fast & fun, but need to roll and cool the jets!" demonstrates the silly kids.

Finally, how about this for a close knit trio ready for their 'end of run' treats?!? Good thing we all like each other!

The trio in tight ready for me to dish out the pork treats!

A fast & fun day showcasing Rudy the Flying Reindeer: 8.2 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 66 days on the trails covering 529.6 miles with 46,700 feet of elevation climbed.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Good Dogs

 "Hello! We had so much fun skijoring this morning!" says happy Jack & Rudy!

Such happy kids at our turnaround point. Oh, don't worry, they rolled snow
angels before posing for this shot (note the snow on Rudy's nose leftover 
from rolling in the snow :)

Lots of fun to be had on the trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning. Come along for the ride.

We started in the morning shade topping 23 MPH on the Gluteus Maximus Trail. Zoom:

Nice power from Rudy and nice speed from Jack. Wheeee!

We then got out of the shadow of the mountains and into the early morning sun. Such nice views:

Cool clouds, mountains and morning sun to our right.
Impressive Jack & Rudy flying along the trail :)

Here is a really cool shot that needs a little explanation to appreciate. It was snowing nearby with a slight breeze while we are flying along this trail in the sun. So, all the white speckles you see against the trees are snowflakes being blown onto us from the nearby snow via the morning breeze. Look straight up from Jack's right ear and that white blob is a snowflake that just hit the camera. Snowing while the sun is shining, pretty cool.

Snowing? Yes. Sun shining? Yes. Cool.

Now for today's video we get good dogs and bad dogs. Good dogs: Jack & Rudy towing me along the trail and then stopping on command when we encounter loud barking dogs coming up the trail. Bad dogs: the two coming up trail barking excessively as their human can barely get them slightly under control. Good dogs: Jack & Rudy silently waiting for the bark frenzy to get close enough where I can release them to run away from the bad dogs and finish taking me to the trailhead. I like good dogs :)

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Good dogs get 'end of run' pork treats!

"We were all good dogs today!" says the happy & focused trio.

Lots of cool photos today with an impressive video of good dogs Jack & Rudy: 9.1 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 65 days on the trails covering 521.4 miles with 46,100 feet of elevation climbed.


Friday, January 22, 2021

Fly and Flirt

 Jack & Rudy showing their usual disregard for "trail signs" :)

"Hey, we can't read! Go, go, go!" demonstrates the fast running duo.

We had a fabulous morning skijoring the trails in Swan Valley. We started the day doing an 8 mile loop towards and then away from Georgia Pass. The south direction of the loop was a wide and well-used trial. But once we turned to come back north, we were on a much lesser used trail that winds through the forest:

Winding through the trees on a trail roughly one snowmobile wide.
Laying fresh tracks in about a 1/2 to 1 inch of fresh snow too!

Come along and watch some fun video footage of the romp through the forest. Gliding behind Jack and Rudy as we cruise through the forest. Wheeee!

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After the 8 mile warmup lap, it was time to reconnect onto the "dog sled" trails used by Good Times Adventures back closer to the trailhead. I paused to listen for teams to decide which direction to go. Well, I stopped:

"You stopped, we ROLL!" demonstrates the goofy kids.
Love the look on Jack's face :)

I did pickup what I thought was the sound of teams in the area, so off we went to flirt with the teams on the trail. Here is a nice shot of us paused for a team coming towards us before veering off on a trail to our right:

"Hi friends! Bye friends!" says onlooking Jack & Rudy.
They LOVE running into teams on the trail to flirt with :)

A great day with a fast 8 mile warmup lap and then 2+ miles of "seek & flirt" with the dog sled teams. We need to tell Zorro all about it:

Happy trio at attention for the 'end of run' party!

10.3 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 64 days on the trails covering 512.3 miles with 45,300 feet of elevation climbed.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Catch the Groomer

Look what we found on the trail this morning - the groomer!

Oh boy,  a day of "catch the groomer" fun!

"Groomer ahead, groomer ahead!" declare fast running Jack & Rudy as
we came upon this groomer after rounding a corner on the trail.

It's always fun to catch & play with the groomer on the trail. The groomer drivers love it too as they always wave and smile at us. It turns out that Jack & Rudy are faster than a groomer on flat, downhill or slightly uphill terrain whereas the groomer is faster on any steep inclines. I think today's groomer driver was having as much fun as us! Here we are at a loop in the trail where the groomer turns around (the groomer went right where Jack & Rudy are heading before looping around the trees in the center to come back towards us). We had just finished a steep incline to this point so the groomer was ahead of us. The driver stopped and waited for us at this junction and then smiled and made a "come on" gesture with her hand/arm for us to follow :)

"Hi groomer! Take your head start and we'll come after!" says Jack & Rudy.

I stopped Jack & Rudy for minute or so to give the groomer a big head start and then off we went racing behind. The result? We caught the groomer again of course!

"Groomer ahead! Caught it again!" says flying Jack & Rudy.

Come along and watch one session of "catch the groomer." When the video starts, I have just released Jack & Rudy from a pause to start up again. If your volume is up you'll hear me say, "Woo Hoo, Catch the Groomer!" as we take off. Jack & Rudy knew what I was saying and zoom we go. Eventually we do catch the groomer (as shown above) and I pause Jack & Rudy again to give the groomer another head start. Fun day of "catch the groomer"!

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After a fun few rounds of pause/chase/catch, the groomer turned right whereas Jack, Rudy and I needed to go left to head back towards our intended trailhead. Our final glimpse of the groomer for the day:

"Bye groomer, it sure was fun running with you!" says Jack & Rudy.

Finally, back to the trailhead to celebrate the fun day with elder Zorro:

"You should have seen us 'catching the groomer' big bro!" says proud
Jack & Rudy.
"I know, I taught you both that game!" declares Zorro who had many
days of 'catch the groomer' in his skijoring career :)

Fun day of 'catch the groomer': 8.2 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 63 days on the trails covering 502.0 miles with 44,300 feet of elevation climbed.



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

25 MPH

Hitting our top speed of the season this morning: 25.4 MPH. Zoom!

Jack & Rudy hitting 25.4 MPH on the trail this morning. Wheeee!

We have been hitting 22-24 MPH regularly as a daily top speed and I've been waiting for Jack & Rudy to burst past this and hit 25 or 26 MPH. Well, today was the day as the GPS clocked us at 25.4 MPH!

Somewhere along the way in this short video clip, we hit 25.4 MPH. Come along and watch the fast fun. Wheeee! What trail is this? Well, it's Gluteus Maximus Trail at Breckenridge Nordic Center. We've been waiting all season for this particular trail to finally have enough snow to be opened. Jack & Rudy sure showed their appreciation for this trail finally being open for business!

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After that fun burst, we did a couple of laps around the rest of the nordic center to get 10.1 miles of skijoring in for the day. Lap one passing Kathy's Viewpoint warming hut:

Flying on by, wheeee!

Lap two by Kathy's Viewpoint. Note Jack & Rudy have switched positions:

Switched positions, same result. Zoom :)

A very satisfying day for the fast & fun three year olds, just ask them:

"Fun, fun, FUN!!!!" exclaims the happy pair.

A fast day leads to well-earned end of run treats:

"I taught them, so I earned them too!" declares elder Zorro.
"Yum, I can taste them already!" slurps Jack.
"So much fun today!" adds happy Rudy.

Top speed of the season this morning: 10.1 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 25 MPH!

2020/2021 Season to Date: 62 days on the trails covering 493.8 miles with 43,700 feet of elevation climbed.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Rare Treat

 The "snow angel brothers" doing their usual at our turnaround point on the trail :)

"You turnaround, we roll!" declares snow rolling Jack.
"You KNOW you want to join!" adds silly Rudy.

We had a great time skijoring Baldy Mountain, then Baldy to Boreas and then Boreas Mountain this morning. Come along for the fun.

We started the morning doing a short warmup lap on the popular Baldy Mountain Trail. We typically encounter other skiers on this trail and always put a smile on their faces when we fly on by.

"Hi, bye! Made you smile!" says Jack & Rudy flying on by.
The guy in green even called out "go dogs go!" as we went by :)

Come and watch the video counterpart to the prior photo. Jack & Rudy zooming along the trail as they do not even break stride to fly by onlookers. Too bad the GoPro didn't pickup the "go dogs go" comment from the skier as it doesn't capture audio very far away. Wheeee!

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After the Baldy warmup lap, it was time to transition into the backcountry and skijor the narrow trail connecting Baldy Mountain to Boreas Mountain. As expected, we were first on the trails in the backcountry and found ourselves laying fresh tracks the entire connector!

Laying fresh tracks. Wheeee!

Eventually we drop out of the backcountry and onto Boreas Mountain on the popular Boreas Pass Trail. But, today we had the blog title "Rare Treat" once we got onto Boreas. We were first on Boreas! A rare treat to be first tracks on popular Boreas Pass.

First on Boreas! Rare, rare, rare treat! Fun!

Let's go tell Zorro all about it!

"End of run treats first, stories later!" declares Zorro.
"But we had SO much fun! Can't we tell stories first?" asks happy
Jack & Rudy.

Fun day doing a warmup lap on Baldy and the fresh tracks from Baldy to Boreas and rare fresh tracks on Boreas too: 9.3 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 61 days on the trails covering 483.7 miles with 42,700 feet of elevation climbed.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Huh

 Huh?

"What did that sign say?" asks Jack zooming on by.
"Huh, what sign?" adds Rudy.

What?

"What? Another one? What does it mean?" asks Jack.
"I'm only three, I can't even read!" adds Rudy :) 

We had a beautiful morning on the fast & fun snowmobile trails at Swan Valley. Come along for a glimpse into the great outing. It was fast & fun all day long!

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In addition to great trails, we also like skijoring Swan Valley as we get to see and run with the dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures. I take Jack & Rudy for a 7+ mile skijor first (their warmup lap) before we enter the trails where the dog sled teams are typically found. On the way to the dog sled trails and look what we encountered - a 2 wheel drive passenger car STUCK in the trail. Oh jeez, this person had to pass a minimum of three "No Vehicles: Nov through May" signs to get to this point! On top of that, how did he get this low end car so far up the trail (we are over a mile from the trailhead at this point).

"Uh, dude, no cars allowed! You can't read signs either?" asks Jack & Rudy
slowing to trot by the 'shouldn't be here' vehicle.

We did not realize at the time of the prior photo that all dog sled teams were being held back at the trailhead until a snowcat could come up the trail and pull this car out. So, Jack, Rudy and I did some laps around the "dog sled trails" wondering "Where is everyone?" Eventually we gave up and came back to meet up with Zorro. Once with Zorro, the car came down the trail behind the snowcat and then all the dog sled teams started out for the morning. So, no flirting and running with the teams on the trails, only a glimpse of them at the start:

Zorro, Jack & Rudy watching a dog sled team head out for the morning.

Oh well, at least we got to see two teams start. Back to the important part of the day: end of run treats!

Such happy faces on Jack & Rudy.
Such focus from Zorro!

A great day on the trails although a stupid car interrupted our chance to flirt and run with dog sled teams: 9.6 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 60 days on the trails covering 474.4 miles with 42,000 feet of elevation climbed.


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Downed Trees

 Rudy can taste the end of run treats before I even handed them out :)

"Slurp! I know what's coming!" demonstrates silly slurping Rudy.
"Ready, hand them out!" adds focused Zorro & Jack.

The morning started out perfect as we had a light layer of fresh snow on the trails with light snow continuing to fall. As we approached one of our favorite backcountry meadows, I was thinking what a perfect day this was turning out to be!

Perfect conditions as we approach this vast backcountry meadow.

But, everything changed once we got deeper into the forest. We had a severe windstorm last Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The trails we were on today are lightly used in the backcountry. As a result, they are far down the list of trails for the county to take care of after heavy winds. We encountered 11 downed trees during our outing that each required some form of creative crossing over or around.

I had to stop to study and evaluate our options with many of the trees. Well, stopped...

"You study, we'll roll!" demonstrates the 'stop, drop & roll' brothers :)

Some of the trees had a natural crossing point. So, I only needed to tell Jack where to look and he would lead us over:

Good Jack leading us over the tree. Polite Jack & Rudy both waited patiently
for me on the other side of the tree to step over sideways in my skis.

For a while, it seemed like every time we just started to "get going" we'd encounter yet another tree. Come along for today's short video highlight as we just started "getting going" on the trail when we have to stop for yet another downed tree!

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Despite the prior video, we did have quite a few extended openings between downed trees to get in some serious skijoring:

Zooming along without a downed tree in sight! Yay!

An interesting day full of backcountry downed tree obstacles: 8.1 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 59 days on the trails covering 464.8 miles with 41,200 feet of elevation climbed.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Bluebird

 Jack & Rudy rolling a well-earned snow angel to "cool their jets" at our turnaround point this morning:

"Ah, rub a dub dub, cool the jets!" demonstrates the snow rolling twins.

It was a beautiful bluebird morning to get out and take in some awesome views. We spent the morning on the upper elevation trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center. With most of the outing spent between 10,500 and 11,500 feet elevation, the views are stunning on a bluebird day. I couldn't decide which view shots were best, so you get a bunch :)

Hovering Jack next to flying Rudy as we get a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains to our right.

Beautiful trail, beautiful morning, beautiful views, beautiful sled dogs :)

Ok, how about this nice view of the peaks? Draw a line straight up from Jack and that is the top of Peak 6 at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Straight up from Rudy's left ear and that is the top of Peak 7. Then, to the left of the tallest tree and you see the tops of Peaks 8 and 9. Cool view of the tops of the ski resort!

Zooming Jack & Rudy as 4 of the peaks of Breck Ski Resort come into view.

Ready for some more? How about a Jack & Rudy hover husky as we approach the Kathy's Viewpoint warming hut with Boreas Mountain in the top center:

Hovering in the bright morning sun.

How about one more incredible shot? Now we have Jack & Rudy FLYING above the trail as you get the tops of Peaks 8, 9 and 10 of Breck Ski Resort straight ahead of us. 

I'll say it once more: beautiful trail, beautiful morning,
beautiful views, beautiful sled dogs!

Today's top speed? Well, the GPS recorded us topping 24 MPH (24.2 to be exact). But, it sure felt faster than that to me. I was really expecting a 26 MPH day. But, 24 is what the GPS gave us. Come along and watch for yourself. Does it look faster than 24 to you? It sure felt it to me!

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What a fast & fun way to earn your 'end of run' treats. But, remember, Zorro first:

"That's right, me first!" declares Zorro.
"We know, we know!" adds patiently waiting Jack & Rudy!

A beautiful morning for a 9.3 mile skijor with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 58 days on the trails covering 456.7 miles with 40,500 feet of elevation climbed.