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.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Katie arrived around 8:30p.m. Sunday. Her trail report was that Eagle Summit was not as bad as she had anticipated. She actually said that Rose Bud was worse. She finished her work with her dogs around 9:30p.m. and came into the Steese Road House for a Prime Rib dinner. We ate together and then she went to a warm cabin to sleep for about five hours. I went to join Annita in the truck to sleep. We woke around 4:30a.m. Monday and found Katie getting ready. She was eating cheesecake and pumpkin pie with a cup of hot chocolate for breakfast. Once she was finished her meal she went to bootie the dogs and get them ready to run.
The dogs were bedded down on straw in groups of four. I watched Katie work with each dog. She put booties on all four feet while they were still laying down taking advantage of every minute of rest possible. Once all booties were on she moved Shilo out of lead and put Sneezy up front with Whitney. Katie walked down the line back to her sled patting all the dogs on their heads. Lighting was the first to start screaming to go and the enthusiasum spread to the rest of the dogs. Katie got back to her runners pulled the hook and I helped lead her team out of their parking spot to the trail. Once to the trail I stepped a side and watched as Katie and her fourteen furry friends disappear down the dark trail. She left the checkpoint at 6:30a.m. Monday.
Now we are at the Circle City checkpoint. Temperatures are favorable, there is a light snow and now we wait for Katie. She should be in around 6p.m. or so.
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.