Monday, May 8, 2023

Perfect Conditions

Look who was thrilled about this morning's great skijor outing!

"It's like February out here; but it is May!" declares the happy, happy kids.

What was to be so thrilled about? Well, check out the following photo of the absolutely perfect conditions we found this morning. We chose to skijor the Harrison Creek Trail at Rabbit Ears Pass hoping that this lesser used trail did not get too much snowmobile traffic over last weekend. Oh boy was that the right decision. Not only did the trail have very little recent usage but it also had 1-3 inches of fresh snow for us to frolic in all morning. Fresh tracks in May? Yay!!!!

You do not see conditions much better than this in May. Wow!

Conditions were so good that I miscalculated our time out on the trail. Once I realized we were way ahead of schedule, we abandoned set trails to tour a vast meadow near the highest point of our outing. Whee!

Fresh snow over a firm Spring Crust - so perfect.
The crust was actually too soft to support us near the trailhead; but this
is at our highest (and thus coldest) point so the crust was solid.

Back to the main trail and the perfect conditions. Come along for today's short video glimpse into the glorious day. Laying fresh tracks in May - yay!

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We had two  "turnaround points" on today's outing. At the first turnaround, I got the happy, happy faces from the kids you see in the first photo. At the second turnaround, it was time to return to normal (Jack & Rudy "normal" that is :)

"Turnaround, roll around!" declares snow rolling Jack.
"Wooooooooooo!" adds Rudy the woo-man.

On the way back, it was still "fresh tracks" as Jack & Rudy had no interest in reusing the tracks we set on the way out. Fresh tracks all day in May!

Our "out tracks" to the left as Jack & Rudy stay far right to keep laying
fresh tracks on the way back.

Great morning, who is ready for end of run treats?

"READY!" exclaims the focused, fun kids.

An absolutely beautiful May skijor this morning: 9.2 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2022/2023 Season to Date: 150 days on the trails covering 1326.4 miles with 121,500 feet of elevation climbed.

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