Uh-oh, moose in the neighborhood!
|Jack & Rudy BOTH catching a "scent of moose" to our left!|
Over the years, I've learned how to read the kids' wildlife sensors. When I see a sensor fire on the trail, I read it for what level of wildlife has caught their attention and how I need to react and prepare. In the photo above, this is Jack & Rudy catching a "scent of moose" but no visual sighting of the moose. When any of their moose sensors goes off, I am on HIGH alert the rest of the outing and ready to throw myself to the ground to become an anchor if a moose appears! No moose today, but the sensors were ON and there was certainly one nearby in the trees.
Sometimes people ask me which of Jack/Rudy runs on the right side of the team and which on the left. Well, I let them choose what side they want. As they have matured into professional sled dogs, their default configuration has become Jack on the right and Rudy on the left. I don't enforce this, it is just what they choose. I'd say about 75% of the time it is Jack right and Rudy left; but they'll switch it up now and then for reasons known only to them :)
|Cruising along this nice trail with views in the default Jack on right|
and Rudy on left.
Every once in a while, we'll redo sections of a trail. Sometimes because we are ahead of schedule and sometimes just to re-enjoy a great section of trail. This is the one time I can guarantee Jack & Rudy's alignment. They will always switch sides if we redo a section of trail. Apparently it's a different feel to run the same trail from the other side :)
|Same location as the prior photo; but this is pass 2 on this segment so|
Jack & Rudy have switched sides.
Today's video highlight is "pass 1" along this nice stretch of trail. Come along as we start with Jack & Rudy towing me up a slight rise in the trail and then they floor it as the trail flattens out into a sprint run. Wheeee!
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Back to the first photo, the kids' moose sensors were ON for a significant amount of time this morning. Around the corner and uphill from the first photo and we encountered where a moose had crossed the trail and sauntered off into the trees (the same trees Jack & Rudy are sniffing towards in the first photo):
|"Sniff, sniff - very fresh!" declares the moose track inspectors.|
Look at those deep post holes the moose has put in the trail before
exiting into the woods. Lots of scent of moose today but no actual sightings.
Finally, I have a mugging to report during end of run treats at the trailhead :)
|"HAND THEM OUT!" demands my muggers!|
Fun day on the fast trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center: 9.9 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.
2022/2023 Season to Date: 23 days on the trails covering 183.4 miles with 15,800 feet of elevation climbed.