Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Flying Jack & Rudy zooming along the trail at Gold Run Nordic Center:

Completely airborne Rudy, our flying reindeer.
Jack might have a toe or two of his left front on the ground; but is
flying other than 1-2 toes :)

We started and ended the day on single file tracks taking us into and out of the forest. Single file typically means leader Jack in the front with Rudy trotting behind:

A beautiful, albeit very narrow single track to take us into the forest.

But, as you saw in the first photo above, eventually we drop out of the forest and onto the fast and wide trails of Gold Run Nordic Center. Come along and watch the fun on these trails. We start the clip in the "shadow of the mountain" behind us and end this clip breaking out of the shadow and into the morning sun. Fun!

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I thought the following shot was pretty cool. Let me explain what you are seeing. There was a rise in the trail we were flying along. Jack & Rudy are atop the rise while I am still being launched up the rise by them. So, I'm in a ski tuck and Jack & Rudy are actually 4-5 feet higher than me. Cool shot:

The kids flying above me as they are atop the rise while I am still in it.

Along the way and Jack did one of his, "MOOSE! Must Exit Trail Here!" declarations. So, we drifted off trail into the deep snow to follow Jack's nose. We never spotted the moose; but I could see Jack and Rudy's noses sniffing/twitching with intensity. Something moose smelling was clearly nearby!

Look closely, you can see Jack's nose it pointed up as he takes in the
aroma of moose. "Sniff, sniff - I smell you, where are you!" declares Jack.

With no moose to be found, we might as well head back and get 'end of run' treats with elder Zorro:

"No moose meat? Ok, we'll take pork instead!" says the focused trio.

Narrow single track to wide fast track and back to narrow single track, what a fun day: 7.4 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 56 days on the trails covering 439.7 miles with 38,700 feet of elevation climbed.

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