The musher meeting Thursday morning and banquet that evening went really well! The former confirmed what most of us now know - plenty of snow for this year. The latter was a fun event with tons of great fans of all ages anxious for autographs, selfies, and the chance to maybe ask a quick question or two.
Friday was mostly a much needed day of preparation and work around the kennel, including on Seeing Double's dog trailer. But everything came together, a little sleep was had, and that gets us to my Saturday morning phone call.
Both Anna and Kristy sounded coolly excited for the Ceremonial Start, and I know the dogs are always happy to go for a run. Having live-streamed it on Iditarod.com, it was great to see loud, excited dogs, tons of fans, and snow in the air. The live-stream had commentary from the trail, and it sounds like there was a cow moose out there with a calf. Hopefully she and her baby kept moving along!
I know the twins would have bee-lined it back to the kennel after wrapping up their run to Campbell, as the next few hours are akin to a massive wardrobe change before the biggest, longest scene in the movie. And there's no second take.
Same goes for those of you who intend to catch the live-stream of the restart tomorrow. Same order of business as today aside for two key points - First, wherever you're tuning in from, it is Daylight Savings in Alaska tomorrow. So they'll be springing forward an hour, even if you're not. Adjust accordingly! Second, the relaunch starts in the afternoon ... 2pm to be precise. Be in front of your screens from 2pm to 2:45pm or so, and you'll see Kristy, Anna, and 14 dogs each take off on their way to Nome.
Hopefully I'll get to talk to one or both of the twins again before they hit the trail, but I'll be back with more regardless. I've got Kristy's dog team bio all queued up and ready to go, but I'm going to hold out on you for the time being as I continue to wrap up Anna's.
A couple things you can check out while you're waiting:
- How did I not know there is a CNN-affiliated meteorologist that's a huge Iditarod fan?! Learn about the near-term forecast (storms at least until teams reach Skwentna) and more on snow conditions with this CNN Weather piece.
- There are lots of reasons for us all to have the markets and finance on our minds, and mushers are no exception. Read more in this Marketplace.org article featuring Seeing Double.