Loping home through snow flurries, bright cold air, and wind. Welcome to November, at last.
I think Swamper is hungry.
Time lapse photo essay of Fauna’s ears.
‘Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that.’-Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Happy dogs in snow. Elim and his aunt Wembley.
It may have been wet, and it may have been short lived, but there was snow yesterday.
Today’s snow report from Inferno for Thursday, November 16: boy is it fun to find an inch of snow falling during our morning training run!
Hilde and House goofing off inside after leading a morning run.
Mushing friends in the mid west and in Alaska are already on sleds....but at least we still have snow under paws and steady cold in the forecast. It’s been a weird and rough fall for training, but we are on our way once again. Hilde and House in lead, with Ellie and Hyside behind.
Hawkeye jumps out of the team, almost immediately. For most people it's his bright ice-blue eyes, made even bluer by his eyeliner, and for mushers it's his sheer size and height. Hawkeye is a handsome devil.
His personality doesn't jump out in the same way. Hawkeye is calm and reserved, his mind ticking over slowly as he decides how to interact with people he doesn't know. He is incredibly serious. However, given that, he still likes to reach out for people's legs with his giant paws, thus earning him the nickname 'grabby pants.' .
With me, and in the team, Hawkeye was at first slow to bond in that first year and integrate. The evidence of that integration was found last year when he ran in every single race team, and was so consistent, steady, and willing. Without even realizing it, I have come to rely on him so much in the team, an invisible and calming presence. He responds immediately to my voice, and I'm working on him responding to non-verbal asks as well. I have been spending a lot of time with Hawkeye recently, in communication with him about what's coming up this winter.
Hawkeye welcomes Ryan Surette as his sponsor! Ryan also sponsored the team as well via his business @rmsironworksllc. It means a lot to have the support of local NH small business owners. Thanks so much Ryan!
Support of the team helps us reach our race goals this year, which are going to be fast-and-fun 100-120 mile races: The Eagle Lake 100 in Eagle Lake, ME, the Can AM 100 in Fort Kent, ME, and the Defi Taiga 120 in Fermont, QC.
Link in bio to learn more about sponsorship. .
I’ll be featuring more of the awesome small businesses and friends who are supporting the team this year in the coming weeks!
Image by Lauren Dobish Photography @laurendobish
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.