Friday was a busy day for the twins, filled with dog care, packing, organizing, and working with a documentary film crew. Friday night we found a few hours to pop over to friends for a lovely belated birthday gathering and “going away on Iditarod” party for Kristy and Anna (thanks Tom, Tina and family!!).
Saturday had us all up early, as the dog teams had to be down in Anchorage to get parked for the Ceremonial Start by 8:30am. And this isn’t the sort of thing one wants to be late to! The weather was gorgeous, bright blue skies, blazing sun, and tons of fans lining the streets. The dogs were all fired up, and each of the girls had a great Iditarider riding in their sleds (great meeting you Paul and Clare - hope you had an awesome experience!). Treven was Anna’s tag sled driver and Kristy’s husband Andy had the tag sled for her.
The trail for this portion of the event was really nice, snowy and fast. Neither twin had any issues with respect to sled tips or moose encounters. When we got the dog truck out to Campbell airstrip to pick up the teams, Anna had already arrived. But we got to see Kristy arrive. The dogs definitely would have been happy to keep going!
Saturday afternoon and evening were spent back at the kennel, shaking off the C-start and getting ready to launch for the main event. It never ceases to amaze me all the things the twins need to do and think about going into an event like this. I will say, though, this year was probably the smoothest yet. With only 2 teams running out of the kennel this year, and the ample experience the twins have accumulated to this point, the last minute items were more manageable.
And now we need to start loading dogs and head to Lake Willow! I’ll keep posting pics to the twins’ Instagram account. And if all goes to plan, I’ll have lots of time Sunday night to post updates here - including the long awaited dog team bios! - so you’ll have lots to check out Monday morning. Don’t forget, there’s also great info on Iditarod.com in case you’re too excited to wait.