Category Archives: My Journey


Banana meets the Beams. My long-time friends, Bill and Terri just arrived at the kennel. As a student at Cal State Fullerton, Bill was my mentor. During my graduate years we became friends. We later became colleagues and he is now the retired Kinesiology Chair. When I was diagnosed with Wegeners, he was the second person I told (Larry was the first). And throughout my journey up mountains and running sled dogs across Alaska, he and Terri have been among my greatest supporters. I am so excited that they are here to experience a taste of our Alaskan life.

Rare Disease Day 2017

Rare Disease Day is Feb 28th. On March 4th I will be starting the 1000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. In 2015 I completed the 1000-race for the 1st time, and stood at the finish line holding the NORD (National Organization of Rare Disorders) Banner that I held on the summit of Mt. Everest in 2010. This is Cy, he was on that team. He is now retired but he is still my “special boy.”

Life is Wonderful

Great photo of Vern Halter and Susan Whiton’s Dream a Dream Homestead. This is were I have been running dogs from for the past three seasons. Up unitl last Sunday, I lived upstair in the big building. Our new house is 5 miles north and I can get to the kennel by road or trail. A few years ago, if you asked Larry or I would we ever move to Alaska, the answer would have been “no.” Not only did we move here, we built a house, and I am running the Iditarod again :) We are having a blast moving along the road of life – awesome!

Love Life!

Life is as crazy as usual. After 5 years of work, Banner on the Moon showed at CSUF last Saturday and it should be available for On Demand viewing within a few weeks. Our house in Willow, AK is in the beginning stages of construction and should be completed by October. Exciting stuff – love life!

CSUF Film Showing


Moving to Willow!

We just returned from watching the start of the 2016 Iditarod. It was very strange to not be running in this year’s race. The day before the race started, I spoke at the Iditarod Winter Teacher Conference, great group! And we bought a lot and are building a house in Willow, 6 miles from Dream a Dream Dog Farm – we are moving to Alaska!  Then I can just take a snow machine to the kennel – here we come dogs!Leaders March 2016 - Copy (1280x905)