“I like that name,” Spence says. “I like a lot of these Alaska names. Are they Eskimo?”
“Couldn’t tell you,” says Admin. “But this cappucino is Italian. So are the capuchin monks, so there must be a connection. I’m thinking hood, myself.”
“You seem perky today,” Spence says. “And off-topic. Here’s news from Rebecca, slightly dated since the Snowhook team – ‘our’ team – has reached the Kaltag checkpoint.”
At the time of this email, AJ and the team are within minutes of the Kaltag checkpoint, the first checkpoint off of the Yukon River. The team has traveled 134 miles on the river and once they leave Kaltag will have a long run to Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the coast. To break up the long run between Kaltag and Unalakleet, AJ will likely stop at new Old Woman Cabin to rest the dogs. Where there is a new, there must be an old. Shortly before the team will rest at new Old Woman Cabin, they will pass old Old Woman Cabin, where AJ may make a brief stop. Legend has it that the ghost or the witch of Old Woman will follow you to Nome and curse your trip unless you do one simple thing—leave her some food or candy. In 2007, I left a piece of hard candy on the woodstove of the decrepit, old cabin. Will AJ leave a baked good or beef jerky from team Feed the Giant?
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