Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Rabbit Pair

Sunday and Monday provided two wonderful skijor outings atop Rabbit Ears Pass!

Come along for the fun....

Sunday morning, BEFORE we started our outing.
Jack & Rudy rolling snow angels to stretch out before starting our run :)

Rabbit Ears got over a foot of snow Saturday and into Sunday. As we began our outing Sunday morning, we found snowmobile tracks to use for miles & miles of fun!

Reusing a set of snowmobile tracks to let us open up the skijor throttle.

Eventually, though, the snowmobiles turned away from the direction we wanted to go. No problem, we'll just break trail instead!

Impressive shot of Jack & Rudy, the powder twins, blasting through
over a foot of fresh snow!

We returned to the same general area Monday morning to cruise around the pass again. Here are the power kids towing me up the Muddy Creek Trail, whee!

Riding the skis behind the power twins :)

Monday, though, turned out to be a day of moosing! We caught a glimpse of a young bull moose off trail at one point. But, he was young & timid and ran off before I could stop, get us under control, and square my camera at him. Oh well, all three of us saw him :)

Then, after that initial sighting, we encountered moose tracks crossing the trail 5 different times! Jack and Rudy HAD to stop so inspect the tracks each time. Jack has an incredible moose radar and he can direct us to a moose anytime I allow. When safe, I'll sometimes say, "Which way Jack?" and he knows I'm letting him set the path to search for moose (until we find one from a distance and then turnaround :) Well, on Monday's outing, Jack REALLY wanted to follow one set of moose tracks into the trees (must have smelled very fresh). Ha, no chance Jack, we are not going into thick trees to accidentally run into a camouflaged moose!!!

"Please say 'which way Jack', I WANT to follow these fresh tracks!" declares Jack.
"Sniff, sniff, very fresh!" confirms Rudy.

The fifth set of moose tracks we came upon were at my planned turnaround point of the outing. Apparently the moose had the same trail plans as us as the tracks made a u-turn at our planned turnaround point.

Jack & Rudy standing in a moose track trough. You can see the moose drifted
over to the trees in front of us before u-turning back down the trail.
"Sniff, sniff, it's still in the area!!!" declares the moosing twins :)

For video entertainment, we'll use a fun clip from Sunday morning showing us cruising along the edge of Rabbit Ears Peak. Wheeee!

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Two great outings on Sunday/Monday, we wore Rudy out :)

"Ready for end of run treats!" declares happy Jack.
"Woo, you two wore me out!" adds satisfied Rudy.

Sunday: 7.1 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

Monday: 8.3 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2022/2023 Season to Date: 11 days on the trails covering 74.1 miles with 6250 feet of elevation climbed.

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