Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Track Follow

Laying fresh tracks in the backcountry. Fun!

Fresh tracks fun - wheeee!

Today we went to one of the lesser known (and, thus, lesser used) network of trails hidden away in the backcountry. We started the day laying fresh tracks for a few miles as you see above. Eventually, though, we came across a solo snowmobile track deep in the backcountry. So, we hopped in this track and followed for a few more miles.

Nice shot of Jack & Rudy running in the snowmobile track while I ride
one ski "in track" (for speed) and one ski "out of track" for control.
Lean right to go faster, lean left to use the powder for control.

Suddenly for reasons know only to Rudy, the little red pest decided to stop and challenge Jack on the trail. Trust me, don't try to figure Rudy out :)

"I triple dog dare you to play with me!" asserts Rudy the pest.

Jack will often ignore the silly pest. But, every once in a while, Jack has to fire back and put the kid in his place. Apparently Jack could not ignore the "triple dog dare" from Rudy this morning...

"Jab! Take that you pest!" responds Jack with a beautiful left jab :)

Sometimes it is amazing that Jack & Rudy are both 5 years old (with Jack 5 months older) as they could not be more different in personality and demeanor :)

Back to skijoring... This snowmobile track took us on a fun downhill grade with the occasional small lift in the trail. At each lift I'd get to watch Jack & Rudy rise higher than my waist and almost as high as my shoulders a few times as they went up the lift before I got in it. 

Jack & Rudy waist high as they go up the lift in the trail before me.

Come along for a video view into the fun. Jack & Rudy running along the snowmobile track while I work the skis to keep pace (and keep upright!!!). Wheeee!

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Fun day in the backcountry, right guys?

"Yes, we had a blast!!!!" says the happy kids awaiting end of run treats
from me.

Backcountry freshies and solo snowmobile tracks to highlight the day: 8.6 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2022/2023 Season to Date: 54 days on the trails covering 459.4 miles with 41,200 feet of elevation climbed.

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