North Wapiti Siberian
Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail
December 12, 2007
Karen & Kathryn Run The Retired & Young Dogs
It's actually blizzarding today - snow, blowing
wind and all that goes with it. Hard to say how much snow we are
getting, as it is all on the move!
I had planned to take a big team out with the 4 wheeler this
afternoon, but I knew the roads were going to be miserable, so
decided staying closer to the house was in order.
Kathryn hadn't had the opportunity to drive a sled yet, so today
seemed great for that. I hooked up 5 dogs - 4 yearlings (Wonder,
Trigger, Shooter and Nate) and Olena to lead, while Kathryn took
Surge, Nik and Kluane. Things didn't go particularly well
leaving the yard, but nothing really disastrous!
Then within the first ½ mile I had a bunch of trouble with Olena
and ended up grabbing Nik off Kathryn's team and putting him in
lead with Ollie. I gave Kathryn Shooter to run next to Klu and
left Surge in single lead on her team. That seemed to straighten
the issues out and it was smooth sledding for the rest of the
When we got back into the yard, I talked Kathryn into taking
Camilla, Gus and Draco out on her own. I want her to get
comfortable enough with the dogs and the trails to go out when
I'm not around.
She had a really good run and even took them for a second
smaller loop before giving them a fish and tucking them back
into Geriatric Park.
Learning to sled behind 3 multiple Iditarod finishers is
definitely the way to go!!!
You can check out pictures of Kathryn's adventure (and a few dog
I've been cooking up a storm this afternoon preparing Trail
Meals. First it was Flautas with shallots, Portobello mushrooms,
feta and ricotta cheese - then penne in vodka cream sauce
(Kathryn and I each stole a small serving for our dinner. Mark
ate earlier in the afternoon, as he is working nights right
now). Think I'm onto Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine next!
Those are the tales for this evening!
Karen's Diary - Iditarod 2008 Edition
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