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.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Bittersweet End to the Adventure
I find myself at a loss for words to describe the experience of the last 2 weeks, 2 months and year. We made it to the finishline and now all that I have worked so hard for and planned for is done. I thought perhaps this trip would shed some light on what happens next. But I find that instead of finding clarity of thought, everything has become more blurred. Maybe that is just the sleep deprivation.
The dogs did an incredible job and there is something changed in them now, especially the younger dogs. They know they have done something. They aren't just your average dogs anymore (if they ever were). They are Quest veterans and have traveled 1000 miles over rugged terrain. 12 of 14 starting dogs finished the whole race. Boggle was dropped in Dawson as he just wasn't having fun anymore. Miss Cleo stayed there as well. The whole team had had a bit of an intestinal bug that Cleo just couldn't seem to shake. Brooke and Anita took great care of her and she was back to herself in 24 hours.
We saw some beautiful scenery but spent a lot of time in the dark wishing for a full moon. The Northern Lights were spectacular and at times seemingly touchable. I traveled a lot of the first half with Bart De Marie and Peter Fleck. We had a lot of fun on the trail and in checkpoints. Going out of Eagle toward Dawson City, we got spread out and I traveled most of the second half by myself just seeing the boys and Jennifer Raffaeli at the occassional checkpoint.
I am having technical difficulties adding pictures and now am heading out the door for the rest of the adventure: 4 days in the truck to finally return home. I will work on some stories to tell and hopefully be able to make a post en route or as soon as we return home. Thank you to all you sponsors, supporters, followers, friends, family, Brooke and Anita for believing in me and offering you support in so many ways.
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.