Thank you to all sponsors and fans for your support and encouragement. Without you, not only would Evening Star Kennel been absent from the 2010 Yukon Quest, but this incredible sport and these wonderful dogs would become a thing of distant memory. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope that you have enjoyed following this amazing event.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
10 days and counting...
For frostbite prevention, this is about all the skin I will be showing for the nearly 2 weeks that I will be running my 1000 mile journey from Fairbanks to Whitehorse. I had some minor frostbite on my cheeks when I ran Iditarod in 2006 and I can feel it wanting to come back with minimal exposure.
The temperature here has not been so cold as it might be during the race. I has been only down to about -10 or -15 degrees these last couple of days. That is cold enough for me and my dogs to feel it though. I have been wearing all my cold weather gear and have been almost too warm. Except my feet. I have to say, I am hugely disappointed in my Cabela's boots. I am going to have to try to figure out something else in the next couple of days to keep my feet from getting frostbite if it gets colder. I am going to town tomorrow to run errands and am going to look at other options for footwear.
We went for another run on the river today. The navigation on the glare ice was not so smooth as it was yesterday. Whitney did not like the ice one bit and we had a bit of a tangle that I could do nothing about as they dragged me toward the shore. I managed to set my snowhook in a small snow drift and untangle the team and get them pointed mostly in the right direction. I will get a few more river runs in before we start on February 6th, so hopefully the leaders will get more comfortable with the ice.
My camera was working today and I got lots of pictures of the long shadows at high noon, fish camps and fish wheels on the river side, and, of course, dog butts. I wanted to get a picture of the glare ice to share, but I had to have both hands on the sled and would have liked at third to help hold on. The snow is a bit skimpy everywhere this year and should make for an interesting trip. Vet check on Saturday, bib draw and start banquet Wednesday, meetings all day Thursday, and out into the wilds on Saturday.
Evening Star Kennel is the home of Katie Davis and her 21 sled dogs. Katie and her team competed in the 2010 Yukon Quest: 1000 miles from Fairbanks, AK to Whitehorse, YT, Canada. Check in here to find out more about this adventure as it unfolds and what the future may hold.
Whitehorse Sponsor: $1,500+ Your contribution as a Whitehorse Sponsor will go toward the entry fee of $1,500 or toward travel expenses and major equipment (sled, harnesses, dog truck, etc.) needed for the race. Dawson City Sponsor: $500-$1,499 All Dawson City Sponsors will pay for basic kennel costs incurred throughout the year. A $500 sponsorship pays for the care for an individual dog throughout the year: food and basic vet care. Circle City Sponsor: $201-$499 Circle City Sponsors will contribute toward warm musher gear, headlamps and batteries to light the way, booties, assorted ointments and medications for proper dog care, and all the miscellaneous items the dogs will need. Fairbanks Sponsor: $200 and under Fairbanks sponsors contribute to the costs of dog booties to protect the dogs’ feet from the start to the finish of the race. A $100 sponsorship purchases all the booties and a dog jacket for one dog on my team for the Yukon Quest. Sponsor a Mile: $20 There are 997 “official” miles on the Yukon Quest trail. That number can change from year to year depending on trail conditions or changes. For $20, you can sponsor 1 mile of the trail and help provide the dogs with all the things that they will need to complete each mile to reach the finish line.