The plan for yesterday was to take the team on another camping trip but when we woke up to a -26C reading on the thermometer plans were changed. ATV's don't 'camp' well at those temps - mushers either!!!
We fed on schedule, I worked out while the dogs were digesting their breakfast, piled on an extra layer of clothing as the temperature was still holding at -26, and I headed out on run. I told Sarah that I wasn't sure how long I'd be, I'd see what the weather was 'out of the valley' before deciding.
Twenty one miles later I pulled into the campground to find Sarah waiting with a meal for the dogs, Mark tending a roaring, hot fire, and Bet shivering her fur off. Sweet.
Oh, I almost forgot to report my 'traffic violation' on the way into the campground -
Anyway, it was cold, the hot dogs sucked (I bought 'all natural' hot dogs that was very proud of the fact you could pronounce all their ingredients. Apparently, the 'unnatural' and 'unreadable' things are what make hot dogs good!! Who knew!!!!), the dogs rested badly......BUT ...the runs themselves were GREAT!!! The dogs are very fast and very driven this season. I am so very pleased with them.
The run home was in fabulous bright moonlight - we saw 3 moose, a herd of elk and more deer then I could count. It was wonderful.
I'm glad I changed my mind!!!!