Archive for February, 2014
February 28th, 2014 Posted 7:45 am
First, here’s Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook (“our” team in the Iditarod, world’s greatest dog sled race):
Following the mandatory mushers’ meeting, the mushers banquet was held. It is an evening packed with entertainment, food, autographs, photos and fans. It is also where mushers draw their bib number.
For the second year in a row, AJ drew bib #34. This is a good starting number. Not only does it keep the dogs from running earlier and in the heat of the day, but trails should still be in fairly good condition. Teams will leave the starting line every two minutes so Team Snowhook will leave the starting line shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. AJ has built his race schedule around leaving at 3:00 p.m. so this bib number suits us just fine.
After drawing his bib number, AJ shared that his race is dedicated to Melanie and that the team will be running in purple collars in honor of our dear friend.
Thanks, Rebecca! And special mention today of the Plunderers who have gathered in Alaska for the race: Jennifer, Mary Lou, Eileen and Ray, Sharon and Digger, Carol. Hope we didn’t leave anyone out. Good news on the bib number, especially with how conditions sound this year. And now, it’s the last day of the month, and therefore time for the Friend of the Month reminder. See Alex over there on the right? He’s Chet’s Friend of the Month for February. All his human companion did was send in a photo to the gallery. The random number generator (see below) did the rest, and Alex’s human companion got a signed and paw-printed copy of The Sound and the Furry. This could be you! Just send in a photo!
Welcome new friend Ginger.
Random number generator:
February 27th, 2014 Posted 7:39 am
Rebecca (CEO of Snowhook, “our” kennel, at least emotionally) and AJ, musher extraordinaire, had a pre-Iditarod conversation, and Rebecca very kindly has shared the results. Go, Snowhook!
Trail conditions are expected to be hard and fast all the way through to Rainy Pass and become extremely difficult through the Alaska Range and onto Nikolai. Several veteran mushers have either withdrawn from the race or have expressed concern about the trail. Fortunately, thanks to Rose and Grizz, for the first time we are able to send out a second sled this year. In each of the past two Iditarod races, the sled has been damaged in the first 300 miles of the race.
We are unsure if the race is going to go over the sea ice on the coast this year or run an overland trail. Word is that there is 100 miles of bare ground and tussocks going into Nome. More about the trail conditions and plans for the coast will be shared at the mandatory mushers meeting on Thursday.
The team has a lot of miles on them this year which is good for their experience. However, the weather and trail conditions have been poor the last few weeks. Despite the uncertainty of any race as well as the weather and trail changes, the team is ready to go.
Frank and Natty have proven themselves to be leaders through the course of training this season. The more leaders the team starts the race with, the better. The final team line up will be whittled down by Friday—the day the Plunderers visit Snowhook Kennel for their own personal tour— and then finalized on Sunday morning, the day of the restart.
The plan is to pace and conserve the team’s energy throughout the race.
We are very grateful to all the Plunderers who have supported and sponsored the team this year. It has made a significant difference.
– Welcome new friends Linus, Jessie & Keera, Poochie (first Poochie in the gallery).
February 26th, 2014 Posted 7:28 am
Newcomers to this blog might not know that we’re big supporters of Snowhook – a wonderfully humane kennel in Willow, AK. The Iditarod – greatest dog sled race in the world – is coming up in a few days and a bunch of Plunderers (an energetic and creative sub-group here) are already assembling up there. We’re jealous.
Good luck to Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, AJ, musher extraordinaire, and all those beautiful and athletic members of the nation within. We’ll have some up-to-the-minute reports and analysis from Rebecca during the race. Go Snowhook!
February 25th, 2014 Posted 9:10 am
We’re in chicken-with-head-cut-off mode.
Welcome Gorman (Murphy’s doppelgänger, compare them in the galley, Murphy’s a few back), sylvan dude, Bubba, Prissy Maybell Jones.