Fresh moose tracks upcoming to our right?
|"Hey, moose tracks ahead!" declares Rudy pulling back a bit to check the tracks.|
"Not fresh, keep going!" states onward Jack.
Jack is VERY accurate in "moose freshness" - so, "moose tracks?" Yes.
"Fresh moose tracks?" No :)
It was a very blustery morning on the trails. Part of our route took us up in elevation near treeline. Once up high, the wind gusts were brutal causing a "ground blizzard" around us:
|Jack & Rudy powering through a ground blizzard caused by|
intense wind gusts.
Are you thinking, "Brrr, wind chill?" Well, I was thinking and feeling "Brrr, wind chill!" What did Jack & Rudy think of the wind chill? Ha!
|"What's a 'wind chill'?" asks young Rudy.|
"So hot, rolling to cool off!" demonstrates goofy Jack.
Luckily (for me :), we did not spend very much of the outing at/above treeline. After battling through the wind, we dipped into the forest for a little aerobic trail breaking:
|Plowing through powder on a deep side trail.|
The reward for battling wind and breaking trail? Well, dropping onto the beautiful groomed trails of Gold Run Nordic Center. Talk about a serious "This (wind & snow) to That (groomie zoomie)!!!"
|Groomed nordic trails! Zoom!|
Come along for part of the fun on the groomie zoomies. I love this stretch of trail at Gold Run. It is a fast and wide straightaway leading into a tight left behind my speed demons and then back into a fast and wide straightaway. I can tell Jack & Rudy really get into this stretch as well. The straightaways last for about 4-5 minutes on each side of the tight left; but I cut the video down to each side of the left (nobody is going to watch a 10 minute video :)
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Despite chilling the human a bit with the wind gusts, it was an extremely fun day out on the trails!
|"Glad the 'end of run' treats didn't blow away!" says focused Zorro.|
"Yes, fun indeed!" exclaims happy Jack.
"I'm still wondering what a 'wind chill' is!" adds curious Rudy.
9 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.
2020/2021 Season to Date: 78 days on the trails covering 625.8 miles with 55,100 feet of elevation climbed.