Everyone OK with repeating the same skijor outing as yesterday?
|"Yes! I could repeat the same trail with fresh snow every day!" declares happy Zorro.|
"Yes! So much to explore, I could do it every day too!" adds curious Jack.
"Yes! But can we get going yet!" adds Rudy.
With the Boreas Pass trail coming back to life with the recent snow, we decided to return again today. Since the trail was down to dirt/mud just 1 week ago, we know the trail is one or two warm days from being dead again. So, let's redo this trail and enjoy it as much as possible.
Well, this morning was a repeat of yesterday
in just about every way possible! Come along for the fun...
As with yesterday, we were first on the trail and found ourselves laying fresh tracks up Boreas Pass:
|Trotting along in the morning's fresh snow. Late April Freshies - wheeee!|
As with yesterday, we were laying fresh tracks up Boreas ALMOST the entire way up. As with yesterday, the only time we were not laying fresh tracks is when we encountered moose tracks on the trail! We were at most 50 yards from the location of yesterday morning's fresh moose tracks when look at what we found again:
|"<sniff> <sniff> - these are VERY fresh!' declare the moose inspecting trio.|
Look at the prior photo and you can see the moose tracks go off trail to the right of Jack and go up trail in front of us. Which way did the moose go? Well, let's ask the expert....
|"Children, they are fresh UP the trail, not off the trail!" declares Zorro the expert moose tracker.|
"Are you sure? Maybe they went off trail!" says Jack.
"I have NO 'moose direction' yet, but I'm going to submerge myself in these delicious
smelling tracks going off trail!" adds young Rudy.
Of course, Zorro was right. Eventually he convinced Jack & Rudy that the moose went up trail, not off trail. Once he had his partners properly focused, it was time to search for moose:
|"Ok, we smell what you are saying - they get fresher up trail!" say Jack & Rudy joining|
Zorro to go moosing up trail :)
After maybe a 100 or 150 yards of following moose tracks and they left the trail to go off into the woods. Zorro knew this, time to give the kids a lesson:
|"Yes Jack - this is a MOOSE EXIT! It was a MOOSE ENTRANCE before!' declares teacher Zorro.|
"Okay, okay, I get it. It just smelled SO GOOD before that I got confused!" says young Jack who is
still refining his moose direction skills.
"Let me see, let me see! How do you tell an entrance from exit?" asks youngest Rudy who
has a lot of work to do on his moose direction skills :)
The only difference from yesterday? Well, it got really deep at the upper elevations of our morning's outing. Time for some powder plowing up high:
|"Powder flying!" demonstrates Zorro.|
"Powder hopping!" demonstrates Jack.
"Powder plowing!" demonstrates Rudy.
Two days in a row of "fresh tracks" and "moose tracks" on Boreas Pass: 5.7 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.
2018/2019 Season to Date: 107 days on the trails covering 609.0 miles with 56,800 feet of elevation climbed.