Tuesday, December 16, 2008
life in Eureka!!!!!
niether one is bothering the dogs I just dream of a Quest filled with, wind, snow (lots of it) and frigid temps, because that is a Quest the Wild and Free team will excel in!!! After 4 hours of climbing mountains, breaking trail through 5 inches of new snow and facing that ever present wind we drop into the Hoot valley go down some famous switchbacks on tight trails, we arrive at the Hoot, park next to a river that is running and a wall tent covered in frost. Next we tie the sled of to a tree, take of booties,start a fire in the tent, grab some hot water from the springs, water and straw the dogs and we are off duty for 3 hours. To the nice warm wall tent for a freeze dried mountain house meal (beef strog. Is my chose) and some water. Then it's strip down and run the 100 yards to the springs NAKED!! I ya forgot to say we are protected from most of the wind but the temp has now dropped to -20. And it's cold, but then it's hot not too hot just perfect as we sit in a pool of hot water in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. We are the only sign of man around there is nothing but trees, snow and water. After 2 hours of relaxation it is time for the 100 yard dash back to the warm tent. Dry off get dressed water the dogs and prepare for the next 30 mile run. At 7pm we pull the hook with the temp at -22 ( I know this because I have a thermometer mounted on my sled) under what is now clear sky filled with the light from a full moon. For the next three hours we navigate our waydown a tight trail in the woods as I watch the dogs and try and figure out what we are going to do tomorrow. At 10 pm we pull into the yard take all the booties off water and unhook the dogs and get the sleds turned around and ready for the next run. It's now time to stoke the fire split some wood, feed and shovel the dogs. At 1130 pm we are eating my specialty moose and potatoes. Then the lucky 8-10 dogs get let in, they all get a good rub down assume their sleeping preference some like to lay on Kyla some on me and others on the couch or floor but rest assured nobody moves until 530 AM!!!! Just a look into a typical day for the Wild and Free Gang. This is my crazy life and Kyla choses to live it with me and is becoming a great musher, just being able to live this life can be tough and she doing an awesome job. So everyone in Fairbanks Please let her know that if you ever see her, She deserves allot of credit!! Ok I better get going my fingers are beginning to freeze and the battery on the iPhone is getting low!! Sorry for all the typos but I just types all this on my iPhone sitting on my sled bag on the top of Eureka Dome!! It is amazing up here tonight we are being rewarded with calm clear full moon skies after a week of crazy wind and snow. There is too much to update you on right now but I'll be back to town this weekend for the first race of the season the Solstice 100 in Two Rivers. This is a big one because it's Kylas first race. She has come a long way and deserves to hit the race trail. So wish her some good luck!!! I'll be in touch. Signing off from Paradise
Brent and 12 resting Wild and Free Huskies
Moose and potatoes - yum!
Good Luck Kyla and Brent in the Solstice 100! We'll be "watching".
howls, roos, and thanks for your posts,
-Pat and Mike
in the +20s with thundersnow and 50mph winds tonight
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