I am at a place in life where I can say, “I am truly content.” I have an amazing husband by my side, last week our beautiful daughter was married to a wonderful man, and we live in a magical place – Alaska. I wrote a book called “Reaching Beyond the Clouds,” and we have done just that. We have been to incredible places, met incredible people, seen incredible sights, and done incredible things. Life is for living and that is what we are doing. One of the most incredible things: The 2017 Iditarod finish line with the Big Banana – you can feel the love. Photo by Laurent Dick.
THE DOGS DID AWESOME! It is said that we, the mushers, are the weak link in the team and for me this was the case. I was one of three mushers who had their full team of dogs at the half-way check point, Iditarod. This photo is the dogs resting in Iditarod. Yes that is the Big Banana up front along with Flood, Fema, and Tug. The whole team did great on some very difficult trails during this race. Mother Nature rules, and she is not being kind to the teams this year.
After crossing a 20-mile stretch of tussocks (with NO snow) coming into the check point, the dogs were tired but I was disabled The hours of very rough trail has caused some trauma to the spine cage that I have in my back.
The dogs are looking great! The Iditarod starts 4 weeks from today (March 2nd). Photo by Tim Escher.
A big thank you goes to Roni, owner and operator of Roni’s Chinook Deli and Pizza in Willow, AK. She is donating some of her amazing pizzas for my drop-bag food. There’s nothing like being on the trail and throwing a slice of pizza on the wood stove in a remote cabin.
NOTHING BUT THE BEST FOR THE DOGGIES: I just picked up 1700 pounds of human-grade salmon, beef heart, ground turkey, ground pork, and boneless chicken breasts and legs. A big THANKS goes toThree Bears Alaska – they sponsored the meat for my 2019 Iditarod. I tell people that those dogs eat better than most people – and they do!