Iditarod: A Special Post From Rebecca of Snowhook
(Cast of characters: Rebecca – CEO, Snowhook; AJ – musher; Melanie – a great person, Plunderer, and friend of this blog. The rest should be self-explanatory.)
I could report about Team Snowhook having finished their mandatory 24 hour layover in Galena. I could write about the opportunity to take leave of the Yukon River and run overland to Huslia, the next checkpoint. However, my thoughts have turned to something unrelated to run and rest schedules, GPS trackers and race standings.
A year ago, Melanie passed away. And, practical and rational as AJ is, will tell you that he does not believe it is a coincidence that Melanie waited until the team crossed the finish line of a race dedicated to her to cross the Bridge. While this year’s race is not dedicated to our Heartfriend, she is with him on the trail.
After the Ceremonial Start, as AJ prepped his gear for our trek to Fairbanks for the restart, I witnessed something special. Unbeknownst to him, I watched as AJ removed the purple ribbon—a remnant from the 2014 Ceremonial Start and a way to honor Melanie— from our Ceremonial sled and tied it to his race sled. I spoke when I saw this, surprising him from behind, “You’re taking her with you?” His response was simple, “Yes.” And, why would he not?
Melanie was not only a good friend to each of us and welcoming, she was one of the loudest voices in Snowhook’s cheering section. Heaven help me, I think about her every day. I think of her when I am stressed or making big decisions, or playing with the dogs. I do not think I am alone when I say I feel blessed to call her my friend.
Melanie is on the trail, Melanie is on the trail, and for this AJ and the dogs are supported and lifted by her spirit.
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