MACDOWALL to EMMA LAKE 06-08

FULL DAY NISBET FOREST CROSS COUNTRY TOURS


FULL DAY NISBET TOURS

  • Lots and lots of Km's through Nisbet Forest & around outlaying country side and communities.
     
  • Transportation for up to 4 persons included unless otherwise specified.
     
  • Head to toe gear available as required.
     
  • Each individuals meals, fuel & oil extra, + + as required unless specified otherwise.
     
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RIDE'N WITH THE BOYZ
March 4,  2006

This leaves 2006, our plan is to take one of the longer rides, 160-180 miles [260-290Km] from Macdowall across country to Emma Lake for lunch and back on the 4th of March. Sunset Bay has a top restaurant in the area and it's a pretty cool hike that we sometimes have done a few times a year.  There was storm warnings that hit Saskatoon after we trailered to Macdowall. Things started to get interesting right away! Someone forgot their electronic key at home, his wife said that she wouldn't hop in the car and bring the key, but she did offer to drive out and take buddy home! Quite an offer! We were held up briefly while Buddy drove into Prince Albert with his sled on the truck, and bought a replacement electronic key at the dealer. He drove on to the town of Shellbrook on the other side of Nisbet, where we met him at noon and carried on heading N, NE. We had rode through the Nisbet to get to Shellbrook taking the time to hit some new spots, that we often by pass just because we're in a hurry. When it was time to leave the restaurant at Emma Lake it was starting to snow. It looks like we are headed straight into the WEATHER that was predicted. We were leaving pretty late, it was 4:30 PM at least a couple hours later than usual. We left the gas station at Emma at 4:37. When we rolled into Shellbrook it was nearly 8 o'clock and it had been dark for several hours. Many times we had to just follow tree lines in the both the forested areas and in the rolling forest fringe fields. The "invisible" rolling hills at a steady 50 to 60 Km/hr were at their peak for excitement and our tracks filled in just as fast as we could make them, running boards filled up and snow piled up on top of the hoods covering the headlights all the time! It was not cold but rear ending the sled in front of you or getting left behind was the biggest concerns. The next leg of the journey was to get from Shellbrook to the Nisbet, it was only a few miles but it  took some extra time, once a scrub pile came out of the dark snow storm into our peripheral.......we finally recognized something familiar, from here we high balled 'er through the forest and back to Macdowall! Weather, in Saskatchewan we do have the occasional storm but they have never interfered with our snowmobiling. Even our temperatures often dip down into the -20's C sometimes usually over night hitting the -30's for several days at a time, but it is a dry cold, not the humid wet air that feels super cold, chilling your core to the bone like in other parts of Canada. This is why we have such unusual dry powder that is so much fun to ride in!

 

 


Canyon Road, the trip to Emma was spectacular, the heavy snow fall the week before was more than enough.

 


A little off trail excursion thru the trees!

The storm is just beginning a couple of miles out of Emma before the
Bell Lakes.

Your's truly just about bit'er, notice the track that just by inches makes it onto the road from the ditch!


There are 3 sleds in the picture, two people are standing behind the Firecat.


Now there are 5 sleds in the picture, the Mountain Max on the far left of the photo, the driver seated in a red suite.


The 5th sled is in the extreme right of these 2 pictures, you can see the headlight and the reflective trim on the riders arms and chest.


We stopped often because it was easy to get separated, it was very hard to follow tracks in the blowing snow!


The operator of the Ski-Doo Rev loaded up and had the truck to drive back from Shellbrook, (remember the key?).


It was waiting in Macdowall hooked to the trailer when I skidded to the front and just barely got stopped!

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