Well, we arrived in Two Rivers on Friday night.
The drive chasing that big blue moon up the Alaska Highway was completely uneventful! We saw a lot of wildlife - mostly moose, caribou, and elk - but for 2 moose near Delta, AK all of it was safely off the road!!
The border crossing was one of the fastest I've had in years! The only thing of issue to them was the straw in the dog boxes. The insisted on inspecting that, so Crunchie was nice enough to charm the US Customs Guard with tail wags and happy wiggles while she looked for 'noxious weeds' in his bedding. There were none - I'm far more concerned with seed heads and such being around my dogs then she will ever be about them getting into her country!
There were a few little challenges to the drive because of our timing over New Year's Eve and New Years Day - but thanks to some planning and generosity by our friends Lee and Tim we had a place to sleep each night, diesel for the truck and food in our bellies!!!
Actually, we have been 'regulars' at Fast Freddies in Tok for the last number of years, but they were closed January 1st, so we tried out a new (to us) restaurant in Tok - the Grouchy Grizzly (I know, how appropriate for Mark to eat there!) - it was fantastic. Lots of great home cooked food (including fabulous homemade biscuits and a nice little salad bar) - so much in fact, none of us were able to clean our plates!!
I realize that I might have forgotten to mention that our niece, Jenny (Mark's older brother's middle child!) is along for the this trip. We were surprised and quite delighted when she mentioned she would be interested in handling for us for the drive up and the Copper Basin. We are enjoying her company (even though she spent most of the trip buried in the back seat of the truck with her headphones on trying to block out her uncle's slight strange music choices on the satellite radio!!) and she is proving to be a very good worker!!
Yesterday was spent getting the truck unpack, dogs completely settled in, a trip to Fairbanks for groceries, some visiting (I will at some point have to get a picture of my 'hennaed' hand by Georganne on the blog. Amazing the things I sometimes get myself talked into - but it does look cool - and no fear Mom, it will only last 3 weeks or so!!), etc, etc.
It looks like Muzzy's Place is going to be a great fit for us this winter!! Jan's place is great and she has lots of room for us and the dogs.
I sadly have not taken one picture - but you all know that will change!
Today we are going to explore the trails a bit on snowmachines and then head out on a run. Can't wait!!
The dogs can see me working on the computer from their yard and I hear a bit of fussing out there now. I think they are telling me to get off the 'flashy box' and to get them fed!! Goodness knows I best not brush them off!!!
In closing I have this great quote I found on New Years resolutions!!
"Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself."
Happy New Year!