North Wapiti Siberian
Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail
May 23, 2008
Jessie Arnold's Life
I might have magical powers, as it seems my
prayers for rain were more then answered. Wednesday morning we
woke up to overcast skies and a good steady rain falling. But by
Thursday afternoon, the same overcast skies and steady rain was
kinda getting old - although I really wasn't complaining!
I did just the minimal required chores in the dog yard, which
was fine with the dogs who wanted to stay curled up in their
houses anyway. I spent most of the day catching up with some
I did find a bit of time for some not so productive, raining day
things - namely some reading. Any of you that have visited the
house know I love books and my reading tastes span a pretty wide
spectrum. I also like to mix up more serious reads with some
'lighter' ones. So I was pretty happy when the new 'Jessie
Arnold' book arrived in the mail. For those of you not familiar
with Sue Henry's mushing heroin, Jessie was first introduced in
"Murder On The Iditarod Trail" a slightly campy but enjoyable
mystery set, you guessed it, on the Iditarod Trail.
Over the years I've read all of the series - quick, easy stories
that are a nice break from more serious tales and heavier reads
- and I've come to a conclusion - I want Jessie Arnold's life.
Not that I don't love my own life - I surely do, but Jessie
seems to have all the 'perks' in my life - and none of the hard
stuff. Yeah sure, the occasional dead body shows up on her dog
trails and folks are occasionally shooting at her or trying to
burn her to a crisp in cabin fires - but she never seems to be
fretting over sponsorship, her dog yard chores take a mere line
in a paragraph and training runs are put on hold without
concern. In this most recent book, she and her handsome state
trooper boyfriend are actually planning a 10 day trip 'Outside'
over Christmas. I wish (for the trip, I mean - not the
'handsome, state trooper boyfriend'. I'm pretty happy with my
handsome electrician husband).
Jessie was portrayed by Kate Jackson in the TV movie version of
'Murder on the Iditarod Trail'. I'm still looking for the
checkpoint with the hot tub and drinks with little umbrellas in
them that Jessie enjoys on her Iditarod. Eight years and I still
haven't found it.
I also covet Jessie's team, well, maybe not her team, but as
well trained a team as hers. I nearly choked on coffee when I
read the paragraph that had her planting her snow hooks and
walking back behind her team to check on something she had run
over on the trail - especially since this was her first training
run of the season on a sled!!
Even with Kara, my version of Jessie's beloved leader, Tank, in
lead I'd still be chasing that team through the woods of Alaska.
Jessie's evening also often includes dropping by the
neighborhood bar for a drink and a game of pool with friends.
Mine?? Well, they usually involve a TV show or two, while
bustling around answering emails, doing laundry, or other such
menial chores - and then collapsing into bed early so I'm ready
for the next day's early morning.
Ah well, I must get on with my day. It may not involve a weekend
helping friends fix up a light house or a riverboat cruise on
the Yukon River, but I do have to run into Perryvale to pick up
And btw, this morning the sun is shining and the skies are blue.
You just couldn't ask for a prettier morning, with mist and
raindrops still hanging on the trees - straight out of a novel!
Karen's Diary - Iditarod 2008 Edition
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