Saturday, February 6, 2021

Still Snowing

 A moment of unauthorized play between the three year olds on the trail this morning :)

"Unauthorized? What for! We are having FUN!" says the silly kids
getting ready to play tag & tackle.

It has been snowing almost nonstop since Wednesday evening! This has been our first multi-day superstorm of the 2020-2021 snow season and we really needed it! 

With so much great new snow, each day has been another powder day for Jack, Rudy and I on the trails. We started this morning on the popular Sally Barber Mine Trail and were thrilled to find only 2 people had been out on the fresh snow before us. The set track from the two before us was, thus, very narrow. As a result, Jack & Rudy got some good practice running with their shoulders connected :)

Jack & Rudy fused into a single 8-legged sled dog flying along the trail.

Come along for a fun video glimpse into the tight, shoulder-to-shoulder skijoring this morning. Wheeee!

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After a fast lap on the Sally Barber Mine Trail, we dipped into the backcountry and found ourselves first on the narrow trail leading up and away from the mine. It was narrow enough that we had to go single file for quite a distance!

Jack leading the way breaking trail in 10+ inches of powder on a narrow
backcountry trail.

Jack tends to take lead when we go single file (he has the 'lead dog' mentality). If we are single file for extended distances, he'll sometimes defer to Rudy to take lead and share the load. But, with Rudy in lead, you never know where he is going to lead us :)  In the photo below, the trail we are supposed to be on is to the far left, but with Rudy in lead the kids have drifted far off track to search for moose in the forest.

"I say we go THIS way!" says Rudy leading willing Jack off trail to
attempt and take me into the forest :)

Finally, we found ourselves breaking trail on a wonderful stretch of fresh snow for a very aerobic end to the day's skijor:

Kicking up powder as we fly along in the fresh snow!

Back to the trailhead and the Quality Control Division (Zorro, Jack, & Rudy) are making sure I properly handle the 'end of run' treats.

"Careful there dude, that's precious cargo!!!" says the QC trio.

Third day in row enjoying fresh powder all morning long! 8.4 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 77 days on the trails covering 616.8 miles with 54,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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