And precious little sleep it was. This Mad Blogger's alarm announced the day at 4:55am, and I could already hear one of the twins knocking around. This is the first time I am staying out at the kennel with the twins as opposed to a cushy hotel in Anchorage. And while I've always had a good sense of how hard they work and the hours required to pull this all off, witnessing it firsthand is truly humbling. And awe inspiring. And a little overwhelming.
But as the seasoned mushers they are, everything came together in the wee hours today. As the dawn starts to light the sky behind the mountain peaks around Anchorage, truck, trailer, gear, 25 dogs, and the twins make their way into town. It's going to be a warm one today, with temps approaching a balmy 40F. But at least the rain/snow mix called for previously is no longer on the cards.
I'll try to post some pictures on Seeing Double's Instagram feed during the festivities and will report back later with details on this year's abbreviated Ceremonial start!