We got up early yesterday morning for a sunrise skijor in hopes of being first on the light layer of new snow on the trails!
|Success! Laying fresh tracks up this gentle rise in the trail.|
Love being towed up by the Siberian Tow Rope :)
As has been the case for most of this early skijor season, we were on the upper elevation trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center as sufficient snow has yet to accumulate on lower trails. We only had time for a quick out & back on the highest of all trails at the nordic center. The photos are a little dim as we were out just after sunrise; but a great time was had by all!
Here's a cool shot of Jack & Rudy catching air as we round a gentle right along the way.
|Whee! The tracks to our left are our own "out tracks" before coming back on|
this same section of trail.
Now come along for some video fun from the morning. As with the prior photo, you can see our "out tracks" to our left while Jack & Rudy run the middle of the trail on this way back. Laying fresh tracks out and back! Fun!
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Things like this always get me on high alert. What was Rudy eyeing off trail?
|"Wildlife to the left!" declares Rudy hunting to his left without breaking stride.|
Notice Jack is not distracted by anything to the left, that gave me some comfort. But, we were on known moose terrain, so I was on high alert scanning the trees for big moose after seeing this from Rudy. Luckily, we did not encounter anything and Rudy refocused to the trail moments later.
Jack & Rudy know, "stop for exposed ground and wait for the dude on skis to figure out how to proceed!" Such good teammates!
|"How are we going to cross this?" asks my fun partners.|
I was able to step with my skis through this short dirt patch as Jack & Rudy
know to walk slowly and not pull until I am back on snow!
Short run, long run, doesn't matter to Jack & Rudy - all skijoring is fun and all runs end with well deserved end of run treats :)
|"Ready!" declares the happy & focused pair.|
A quick but still very fun sunrise outing: 5.3 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.
2023/2024 Season to Date: 13 days on the trails covering 101.5 miles with 10,300 feet of elevation climbed.