Tours Galore

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.

5 Responses to “Tours Galore”

  1. Janet Says:

    Glad to hear you are all doing o.k.. While I’d love to see RGK racing, it’s great to take time to kick back, regroup and just have fun.
    So sorry about the delay in the book but when it arrives you will absolutely love it, I do. Also you are in the back on the mushers section, very kewl.
    When mine arrived it fell open on Butters page as I first opened it, just gorgeous. Everytime I look at it Iimagine that Butter is thinking…o.k already take the picture and give me a snack

  2. Susan Says:

    I was getting worried! Have been following the weather and it has sure been weird. Glad that you’ve been having some fun with the tours.

    The dogs look so charged and happy! The pictures make me smile.

    Did you get the Christmas Paypal?

    hugs to you guys and rubs to all the dogs.


  3. Amy Gregg Says:

    So glad to see an update. Miss you when you’re gone. More later.


  4. Martha in Juneau Says:

    Brrrr in that last pic! You will love your book, I just got mine today and have yet to sit down with it and enjoy every page. I love that Albert is a fashion photographer!

    I fell a little out of touch over the summer so am confused on whether you signed up for any races, or still get to decide when the time comes? It’s great to see the dogs giving their guests the ride of a lifetime – it’s not something you ever forget, especially if you only get to do it once. Enjoy!

  5. Kathy Says:

    Having a warm winter in central Illinois… But that could change any day. The sledding looks fun. I hope to do it some time. Enjoyed your post. Hope to hear from you again soon.

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