Blading Middle Cottonwood!
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs. Very high energy. To help release some of Tylly's energy we've been hiking near our house. Tylly is more than happy to take off and explore the creeks, boulders, and whatever else she can get her nose into. I like it because it forces me to get out and exercise.
The last time Dylan and I went up to Middle Cottonwood we saw a lady nordic skiing, and I wanted to try and do that up the canyon. Dylan had a better idea, and thus we ended up in touring boots strapped into snowblades. He went up yesterday while I was working as a trial run and deemed it awesome enough to do again.
We hiked up and into the canyon, crossing over the creek and ducking in between different parts of the mountains. School starts back up tomorrow meaning my chance to get out is going to become near impossible. Between working and school, I have to be selective about when and where I go. This was my choice for my last adventure.
Armed with a GoPro, filmer, two dogs, and poles to aid us on our hike, we set off. As expected, I was not that good. With a creek running next to you, and thick thrush on the other, it was a bad spot to fall. The first section I took extremely mellow, but later found my confidence!
Because of the flat sections we had poles, thank goodness. When I fell I needed them to get back up! Tylly was on our heels the entire time. She only tried to bite the skis twice, and got Dylan's boots once. We're trying to break her of that habit, as it can quickly become dangerous in the backcountry. She hasn't quite learned all that Alpen knows about staying out of the way and not biting the equipment.
We moved swiftly down the slope, jibbing, snow plowing (if you're me) and running the pup. I fell only once, which is three times less than I thought I would. we ended up at the parking lot in no time, and decided to ski until there was no snow. We left the truck in safe hands and continued down the road, having more fun then we would have on nordic skis.
I couldn't have had a better day. It started with my favorite breakfast in Bozeman, and ended with my favorite people and dogs. Catching the sunset via skiing, and seeing it fade thru a canyon was a nice view that I'll miss once school starts up. Hopefully I'll find time to get out.