With winter half -over, I guess an update is long overdue. This winter has been weird, even by Alaskan standards. November was one of the coldest months on record. I wasn’t particularly brutal on any one night, but it was just consistently minus 20 for weeks and weeks. Then in December we got some good snow, but it was quickly followed by rain, and as I write this it is 36 and raining for about the fifth day in a row.
With last season being so tough on the dogs we’ve decided to take this year and have some fun. We’re always focused on making sure the dogs continue, year after year, to enjoy mushing, so we try not to just pack miles onto them every season. Instead of lots of training and camping trips, we’ve been doing loads of tours, and we may not even race at all the ways things are going. We’ll just keep working on putting away money to pay off last year and putting away for next year.
Sharing the dogs with others is always fun though and so far this seasons we’ve given rides to lots of Alaskans and Lower 48ers, including some from as far away as Texas. We’ve even given a sled ride to a pair of Aussie, which on the day they came out it was minus 20 for the entire ride….a little colder than it gets “Down Under,” I’m sure.
A few of you have asked about the “Born to Run” book. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows our luck is not the best. We were supposed to receive a copy of the book about two months ago, but it got lost in the mail. I was following the tracking number, and it just stopped moving and never started again. Apparently it got lost somewhere in the Christmas boom that moves through the Post Office.
We contacted Albert and he sent out another one, and fingers crossed, it should be here soon. I’ve seen one copy of the book in the Anchorage Museum and it looked AMAZING. I was pressed for time so didn’t get to flip through the whole book, but in the few pages I scanned I did see Butterscotch, Waylon (although he looks very scruffy since we was blowing his coat at the time of the picture), Cyder and probably the best shot of Penny I’ve ever seen. Hope to get the book and see who else is in it.
Well, all for now, enjoy some of these tour pictures which range in temperature from 20 below to 40 above. See if you can tell by our gear which ones were taken on which days.
Above, Dunkel says “I like doing tours!”
Bully’s face in this one cracks me up.