First off I want to comment on the nice view I'll have in my rear view mirror for the next few weeks.
Mark had a few extra holidays that he needed to use up before the end of the year, so he is off for the next 2 weeks!
Smartie seems pretty happy about that and snuck in a kiss while Mark was busy trying to get a bootie on an uncooperative Dew.
So, I've had this missing Greyhound parcel floating around northern Alberta for the past week or so. It's been reported here and there and paperwork for it showed up in Grassland, AB last week, but no package.
Richard and I were out scouting out some new trails on Monday (Got to chat with a 'Fish Cop' who was concerned that we were doing some illegal hunting on the last day of the season out of Mark's little Ford Escort!!) and passed through Rochester - where the parcel was SUPPOSED to come to - on the way home. Richard suggested we stop in and ask about it, but I reminded him that they had assured me it wasn't there. Of course, we arrived home to find 2 messages on my answering machine telling me the parcel had now been found and was in Rochester. No one was in a hurry to drive back out to pick it up, so Mark suggested that we run to Rochester with the dog teams the next day to get it. Good thinking - that would kill two birds with one stone!!
So yesterday morning we hooked up two teams and headed out.
We took a nice meandering route-
-and arrived in Rochester after about 20 miles.
I ran into the Grocery store/post office/Greyhound depot/coffee shop - - while Mark and the teams waited patiently outside.
...was contents of this well traveled package.
These might be the most delicious meat snacks on the face of the earth!! And thanks to my Mom and a nice deal from Longview Beef Jerky, I now have a good number of them to pack along on Iditarod this year!! (This particular package didn't actually make it home - it got devoured turning the trip! The rest are safely in the freezer now!)
The dogs did a bit of smooching with some 'Rochester-iarians'...
...before hitting the trail home
...one pretty sunset (sorry no pics) and one beautiful moonrise later...
...we arrived back home!!
More pictures can be seen here