And then, you hook up three dogs and just zoom around on your (normally plowed) road for the first sled run. We. Have. Snow.
This is your snow report from Inferno: the first big storm dumped just over a foot, and Ferno thought the best way to show you was to knock my phone into the powder.
The tireless excitement at the back of the team on Sunday: Elim and Zippo.
Flora and Fauna’s first snow.
Sibling day today: half sibling pairs of Inferno and Bolt (same dad) and Foreman and Elim and Wembley and House (all same mom). Keeping it in the family.
Winter. It just might come after all.
Flora on the run....it’s Friday!!
Paolo has been showing me recently that he is in it to win it. As a yearling last year, Paolo wasn’t mature enough to race, and he fell out of the running pool. This year, Paolo is driven, focused and turning into a lean mean running machine.
I’ve raised Paolo and his sister Oriana from puppies, and I love seeing them firmly plant themselves in the team at two years old.
Well, I tried. I really did. I really did try to NOT run the UP200.
But no matter how hard I tried, once we really started hitting our training groove in the past few weeks, I realized that the dogs had to run. They had to run more than 100 miles. We had to return to the Upper Peninsula.
So.... I signed up for the UP200.
I was holding out from signing up, because I had originally planned on helping my good friend Chase Tingle run the Yukon Quest 300. But, if anyone can understand why you need to race, it's another musher.
This past week I also got a slug of photos from the fantastic Sig Utych, from the 2017 UP200. Scrolling through, I saw friends, trail sections I remember so fondly, and more than anything the pure joy of the dogs.
Coming into the finish at last year's UP200, 11 dogs strong. Wembley has her eyes entirely on the finish line ahead. Photo by Sig Utych.
Selected images provided by Bruce Luetters, Copyright 3Sixty and by Lauren Dobish, Copyright Lauren Dobish Photography. Drawings and sketches copyright by Chris Garby, Cooper Hill Axe Works. All other content copyright of Sally Manikian, not reproducible without permission.